All New BioLite CampStove | Reserve Yours!

I wanted to share some new information about the BioLite CampStove that was brought to my attention by Steve and Andy. It appears that the BioLite is now available for pre-order for those of you that want to reserve one for 2012 – and it’s had some significant enhancements since our first glimpse.

Clearly it’s been through several rounds of product enhancements and now looks better than ever. It’s still not a lightweight stove, coming it at around 2lbs, but for that you get a soot-free wood burning stove that can also power or recharge an electronic device. Think of it as a stove and your solar powered charger all rolled into one (although this is obviously not solar powered).

I’m so intrigued by the concept of this stove that I’ve just placed my own reservation for one! I know that there were lots of comments on my last post, so I’m guessing that quite of few of you will want to jump on this PDQ!

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  • http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com Ross

    I can’t wait!

  • http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/ Ross

    I can’t wait!

  • http://www.litemountaingear.com/ LITEMOUNTAINGEAR

    Heavy Equipment! Weight: 2 Lbs 1 oz  /  935 grams!

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Yes it is, but not all of my backpacking or hiking is about weight or achieving UL. Imagine how cool this little stove is going to be when I go day hiking or overnight backpacking with my children. They have learned from an early age how to properly build and start a wood fire, but there are many places where you are not allowed to build an open fire – with this we can make a wood fire in an enclosed, controlled manner. Besides the USB charger is a huge bonus :)

    • http://awordinthewoods.com Mike Zimmermann

      I though yikes as well, but started to look at the weight of my white-gas stove and one litre of fuel… for long trips, the biolite is comparable, and desirable, as it’s just as useful for a week-long trip as for a month or indefinite stay. Makes a good thing to have when things go off-plan, too.

  • http://twitter.com/litemgear litemountaingear

    Heavy Equipment! Weight: 2 Lbs 1 oz  /  935 grams!

  • Snctool

    Brian,

    It looks great and what a breakthrough with the use of the thermoelectric module. The prototype had a 3-speed fan to control heat output. I hope the production model is the same. It sure looks better without the plastic legs. Imagine no batteries and no extra batteries to remember to take with you. I love the style of the potstand. It just flows with radii…no sharp corners.

     

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Agreed. It’s evolved both from a design perspective but from a functionality one too. It’s become more streamlined and refined as you can see from the small details such as the one you pointed out. I’ve reserved mine, now the wait begins!

  • Snctool

    Brian,

    It looks great and what a breakthrough with the use of the thermoelectric module. The prototype had a 3-speed fan to control heat output. I hope the production model is the same. It sure looks better without the plastic legs. Imagine no batteries and no extra batteries to remember to take with you. I love the style of the potstand. It just flows with radii…no sharp corners.

     

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  • Intothewildoregon

    Thanks for writing that up. Tough call. All that weight. ugh. I can use my alcohol stove, pack 12 oz of alcohol and also have a pocket usb charger at only @ 3 oz.
    BUT, I’m glad this has been developed as I think it’ll help advance good ideas for next generation.

  • Intothewildoregon

    Thanks for writing that up. Tough call. All that weight. ugh. I can use my alcohol stove, pack 12 oz of alcohol and also have a pocket usb charger at only @ 3 oz.
    BUT, I’m glad this has been developed as I think it’ll help advance good ideas for next generation.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Agreed. It’s evolved both from a design perspective but from a functionality one too. It’s become more streamlined and refined as you can see from the small details such as the one you pointed out. I’ve reserved mine, now the wait begins!

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Yes it is, but not all of my backpacking or hiking is about weight or achieving UL. Imagine how cool this little stove is going to be when I go day hiking or overnight backpacking with my children. They have learned from an early age how to properly build and start a wood fire, but there are many places where you are not allowed to build an open fire – with this we can make a wood fire in an enclosed, controlled manner. Besides the USB charger is a huge bonus :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000127363649 Jordan Hipple

    if the price was a bit lower id consider getting one over the coleman dualfuel stoves

    i would pay around 80 for it

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      I’m guessing that there is going to be a price reduction in time. This is a company that wants to make and affordable stove for the masses, once the initial rush has died down and they’ve recovered their costs, I’m sure there will be better deals. And ten they’ll be a whole glut of imitations…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000127363649 Jordan Hipple

    if the price was a bit lower id consider getting one over the coleman dualfuel stoves

    i would pay around 80 for it

  • Al Bishop

    It seems a bit on the heavy side, however if the output spec’s are high enough it could be an overall weight savings.  I checked their web site and no specs were given even for controlled burns.  Will have to sit back an wait on more info on this one before pulling the trigger.  Can see some benifits of another hiker needs a charge and gathers the wood for the burn saving some pre-meal effort.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Al you’re right. This is NOT a lightweight stove and is not targeted at the lightweight community – I’ve been posting about it because the combination of wood burning and heat powering a charger fascinates me – I also think they have a great mission statement.

      I have no doubt that this technology will become mainstream very quickly and we’ll start seeing stripped down, lighter weight version in the not too distant future. Not only from BioLite but from their competitors.

  • Al Bishop

    It seems a bit on the heavy side, however if the output spec’s are high enough it could be an overall weight savings.  I checked their web site and no specs were given even for controlled burns.  Will have to sit back an wait on more info on this one before pulling the trigger.  Can see some benifits of another hiker needs a charge and gathers the wood for the burn saving some pre-meal effort.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    I’m guessing that there is going to be a price reduction in time. This is a company that wants to make and affordable stove for the masses, once the initial rush has died down and they’ve recovered their costs, I’m sure there will be better deals. And ten they’ll be a whole glut of imitations…

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Al you’re right. This is NOT a lightweight stove and is not targeted at the lightweight community – I’ve been posting about it because the combination of wood burning and heat powering a charger fascinates me – I also think they have a great mission statement.

    I have no doubt that this technology will become mainstream very quickly and we’ll start seeing stripped down, lighter weight version in the not too distant future. Not only from BioLite but from their competitors.

  • Al Bishop

    Brian,
    Here is the response I got from BioLite on their facebook page concerning the output of the stove interface.

    BioLite ‎Allen Bishop  It’s comparable to charging via USB on a laptop computer. We’ll be releasing detailed tech specs next spring, including charging times for different types of devices

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Thanks Al. I’d be satisfied if it has the same output as my laptop’s USB ports.

  • Al Bishop

    Brian,
    Here is the response I got from BioLite on their facebook page concerning the output of the stove interface.

    BioLite ‎Allen Bishop  It’s comparable to charging via USB on a laptop computer. We’ll be releasing detailed tech specs next spring, including charging times for different types of devices

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Thanks Al. I’d be satisfied if it has the same output as my laptop’s USB ports.

  • Qwiv

    Saying this is new technology is not true. This technology has been around forever.  This is just a creative use of the technology. I will be interested to see if they solve the problems with the high temperature wearing out the peltier and how they changed the form factor of the module but other than that, there are tons of sites online with DIY devices like this.

    The peltier is typically flat with a hot side and a cool side, creating a temperature differential between the two.  You put power in and you create a hot side and a cool side.  If you can apply heat to one side and keep the other side cool, you will reverse the effect and create electricity.  Most people use a candle to power a light or a joule thief to charge a battery.

    Using fire to create power and using the power to make the flame more efficient is pretty unique as using fire to create fire has limited uses, but I have seen fire places already use this technology 20 years ago. Here are some fun links on this technology:

    http://brassgoggles.co.uk/blog/200708/steam-powered-peltier-seebeck-battery-charger
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_effect

    You could make an ultralite version of this today DIY if you wanted. A small peltier can be had for under $30 online, but these things don’t last very long with extremely high heat.Someone asked about how much power it produces.  It depends on how hot you get one side and how cool you can keep the other side.  The temperature differential creates the energy (delta T).

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Qwiv, while it may not be entirely new (they say nothing really is), you have to admit that they’ve completely re-imagined the practicality of the stove compared the the steam punk version you sent a link for.

  • Qwiv

    Saying this is new technology is not true.  This technology has been around forever.  This is just a creative use of the technology.  I will be interested to see if they solve the problems with the high temperature wearing out the peltier and how they changed the form factor of the module but other than that, there are tons of sites online with DIY devices like this.  The peltier is typically flat with a hot side and a cool side, creating a temperature differential between the two.  You put power in and you create a hot side and a cool side.  If you can apply heat to one side and keep the other side cool, you will reverse the effect and create electricity.  Most people use a candle to power a light or a joule thief to charge a battery.  Using fire to create power and using the power to make the flame more efficient is pretty unique as using fire to create fire has limited uses, but I have seen fire places already use this technology 20 years ago.
    Here are some fun links on this technology.http://brassgoggles.co.uk/blog/200708/steam-powered-peltier-seebeck-battery-charger/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_effectYou could make an ultralite version of this today DIY if you wanted. A small peltier can be had for under $30 online, but these things don’t last very long with extremely high heat.Someone asked about how much power it produces.  It depends on how hot you get one side and how cool you can keep the other side.  The temperature differential creates the energy (delta T).

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Qwiv, while it may not be entirely new (they say nothing really is), you have to admit that they’ve completely re-imagined the practicality of the stove compared the the steam punk version you sent a link for.

  • Hersh

    Hey did anyone get a small wooden promotional stand-up thing in the mail from this company?  Mine just arrived today with a postcard sized promo piece too.

  • Hersh

    Hey did anyone get a small wooden promotional stand-up thing in the mail from this company?  Mine just arrived today with a postcard sized promo piece too.

  • snctool

    Yeah, I received the cute little stand. Looks like flames shooting up.Good PR I suppose. I am anxious to see and use the Biolite. I believe it has been a long time coming due to them getting everything right before offering to the public.

  • snctool

    Yeah, I received the cute little stand. Looks like flames shooting up.Good PR I suppose. I am anxious to see and use the Biolite. I believe it has been a long time coming due to them getting everything right before offering to the public.

  • groan wow

    hey..its a cool stove….but i am confused is it safe to keep your cellphone so close to fire…..:|

    Camp Stove

  • http://awordinthewoods.com/ Mike Zimmermann

    I though yikes as well, but started to look at the weight of my white-gas stove and one litre of fuel… for long trips, the biolite is comparable, and desirable, as it’s just as useful for a week-long trip as for a month or indefinite stay. Makes a good thing to have when things go off-plan, too.