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Old 08-29-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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BioLite Stove - Pretty cool.

A friend just got one of these stoves today, watched it fire up and run and it's pretty impressive. Runs on any twigs, sticks you can find laying around and will charge your cell phone, Ipad etc while you cook. Folds up compact and build quality is great. It has a Lion battery that powers a small fan to create a draft for an efficient burn, once up and running the built in TEG (Thermoelectric Generator) provides power for the fan, to charge the battery back up and charge your accessories. Has a high/low setting on the fan and boils water quickly. Would be cool to cook on with a pan as well.

The legs fold up and the orange unit (TEG/Fan/Battery unit) slides into the burn pot for storage. Burns really clean.... Pretty cool!

http://biolitestove.com/campstove/ca...view/features/








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Old 08-29-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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Dang that IS super cool! I'd be very interested in doing a test run w/ one of them but would have a hard time spending that much money on it before knowing really how well it works... Super cool ideas though!
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:49 AM   #3
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What a neat little invention.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
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Now that is slick. Markill had a stove like that about 20 years back but it didn't have a TEG. Way cool
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:16 PM   #5
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:40 PM   #6
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There's another one of these type stoves on the market for about $65 and uses 2 AA batts. A guy in Flugistan just used one on a trip to Gaspe and loved it.
Any link on this stove?

I like the TEG since you never have to worry about carrying batts.

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Old 08-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #7
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Neat idea.

If you're not camping in a rain forest and have access to dry twigs the old tomato can stove works great and only costs as much as a can of tomato juice. To get it burning it uses a rubber hose with a short piece of copper tubing in the end and a few puffs of air.

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Any link on this stove?

I like the TEG since you never have to worry about carrying batts.

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:56 PM   #8
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It went either as the Sierra or Zip stove, I think. Had one. We fried it one night getting hammered - used Sherlock to load the stove with coals from the fire and spilled a few too close to the motor and cooked it, but it's a semi-novel idea. I don't know how they feel about this when 'no fires' rules are in effect. Seems expensive and I'm not a big fan of high technology for something that should be pretty simple.

Now the house sized looks like a cool idea.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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Any link on this stove?
I think it's this one...

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:53 PM   #10
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I think it's this one...
Looks like there are quite a few wood burning portable stoves available (Link: http://zenstoves.net/Wood.htm). The one big plus I see for the BioLite is the TEG, you never need to worry about packing batteries or liquid fuel.

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I knew a few other wilderness rangers that used sierra stoves, they did 10 day hitches, I did 5. I used a MSR stove. For their long trips, they saved a lot of weight using a sierra stove, and rarely had to change batteries, so they were happy with them.

I take it the BioLite has enough battery storage to get a fire good and hot so the TEG can start working? I like the idea. Seems like TEG must be a pretty new/young tech, since there are so many possible applications for it (scavenging power from power generation and manufacturing and automobile applications), and this is the first I've seen.
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Ah, the "lets be more green" by making it easier to consume rare earths, plastics, and processed foods in the wilderness.





Being outdoors ought to be exactly that. I'd buy one of the big ones for home, in case of power outage to cook and maintain comms with, but the little one's a novelty for the camper who has everything. And this, coming from a camper who has 4 or 5 complete sets of camping gear, accumulated over 20 years.

Oh, and it's not titanium, so it'll never take off with the ultralight crowd.

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it will be mine!

Doesnt look like they sell the home version to people with money... odd, but I like their concept.
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I am not likely to feed twigs to one of those for 4 hours or more to charge my phone...

It's neat, but I am not seeing it being practical in the smaller size.
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I am not likely to feed twigs to one of those for 4 hours or more to charge my phone...

It's neat, but I am not seeing it being practical in the smaller size.
Yeah the USB function isn't spectacular, what I like about the TEG is the ability to have the draft fan without having to pack batteries since its self sufficient. I may pick one up to carry in my VW, it would be fun to play with at camp and supplement the Jetboil well since you can cook with a pan on the Biolite.

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