BioLite Camp Stove – Quick Look! (video)

BioLite Camp Stove

I’ve been waiting for the new BioLite Camp Stove to arrive for what seems like a very long time now, more than two years. Well, that day finally arrived on Monday and I’m very excited about testing it out. I haven’t had much time to use it, I posted photos and more videos on my Facebook page for those of you that haven’t seen them, and used the opportunity to answer some of the questions that were asked.

Does it Charge iOS Devices Properly?
It sure does. Apple iOS devices like the iPhone4 and iPad2 are notoriously fuzzy about their charging compatibility. If you’ve ever struggled to find a solar charger that can power your iPhone on the trail you will know exactly what I am talking about. Below is a very short video to show the Camp Stove successfully charging my iPhone4. I was also able to charge my iPad2 – so can confirm that both work!

Does it Really Burn Clean and Reduce The Smoke?
Yup! In fact the Camp Stove burns so cleanly and efficiently that it consumes fule at an amazing rate. Even after my limited testing I’ve learned to have a handy supply of more fule to feed the Camp Stove as it’s burning.

You will see just how much the Camp Stove reduces smoke in the video below. I started the fire with a match to get the stove started (recommended) and as soon as there was enough heat (less than 2 mins) the fan unit automatically kicked in and started forcing air around the inner chamber.

Can You Give Us a Size Comparison?
Sure. Here is the Camp Stove stood next to two standard cans of food. The exact dimensions are: 8.25 inches x 5 inches – or about the same size as a standard Nalgene bottle.

How Much Does it Weigh?
Ok, so this is not an ultralight stove by any means. It weighs 2 lbs 1.25 oz which is more than any other stove I own. Common sense would tell you that it’s not meant or targeted to ultralighters, so I’ll save you the effort of listing out all the stoves that are lighter than this :)

BUT – how many stoves do you know of that can burn wood as clean as this, charge or power an electronic device, and boil 1 liter of water in 5 mins? It’s a short list right. I’ve only used the Camp Stove a few times now and only twice for cooking/boiling, but can tell you that in that short period of time I was struck by how much of a game changer this si going to be. I’m totally digging it, more detailed review with performance metrics to follow.

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Disclosure: The author (Brian Green) owns the BioLite Camp Stove and paid for it using his own funds. However, he is sponsored by Goya and has a free lifetime supply of coconut milk.

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  • http://twitter.com/casting_around Casting Around

    thanks for the review – I’ll have to add this to my wishlist

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

      No problem. It’s not really much of a review, more of a quick look at it for those that are asking, hence the FB videos I shared instead of slightly better YouTube ones. Once I’ve had more time with it I’ll write up something more detailed. I’m not a fan of “out of the box” gear reviews :)

      • rcMike

        I haven’t had a chance to fire mine up yet but I’m interested in knowing the charge rate and how long it would take to charge 10% of my battery for example.

      • Abbi

        Hey Brian, know you’re busy, but any chance of a review after 5-6 months of use??

  • http://twitter.com/casting_around Casting Around

    thanks for the review – I’ll have to add this to my wishlist

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

    No problem. It’s not really much of a review, more of a quick look at it for those that are asking, hence the FB videos I shared instead of slightly better YouTube ones. Once I’ve had more time with it I’ll write up something more detailed. I’m not a fan of “out of the box” gear reviews :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.henegar Jim Henegar

    Sweet, but like you said: much to heavy for backpacking but I am sure it has it’s place. How long did it take to charge your devices?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.henegar Jim Henegar

    Sweet, but like you said: much to heavy for backpacking but I am sure it has it’s place. How long did it take to charge your devices?

  • karla from CO

    Thanks for the videos! Mine arrived the day I was leaving on a week-long trip, so I didn’t get a chance to test it out… It looks pretty sweet!! I’m excited to start using it!!!

  • karla from CO

    Thanks for the videos! Mine arrived the day I was leaving on a week-long trip, so I didn’t get a chance to test it out… It looks pretty sweet!! I’m excited to start using it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.bacher.5 Brian Bacher

    I, too, received mine this week, and I also have only played with it a couple of times. I am going to test it extensively all weekend . . . with Father’s Day being my justification. I am really amazed at how cleanly this thing burns, and how hot that fire can get in such a short time. So far, I love it. I may even take it out on the trail!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.bacher.5 Brian Bacher

    I, too, received mine this week, and I also have only played with it a couple of times. I am going to test it extensively all weekend . . . with Father’s Day being my justification. I am really amazed at how cleanly this thing burns, and how hot that fire can get in such a short time. So far, I love it. I may even take it out on the trail!

  • rcMike

    I haven’t had a chance to fire mine up yet but I’m interested in knowing the charge rate and how long it would take to charge 10% of my battery for example.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Roberts/100003114080041 Bob Roberts

    It charges an iPad eh? Other reviewers, and even BioLite say it won’t charge an iPad.

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

      Well that’s odd because I was able to charge my iPad2 and my iPhone4 using it. Now I don’t know how long that would take for a full charge, but both devices registered that they were being charged when plugged into it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Roberts/100003114080041 Bob Roberts

    It charges an iPad eh? Other reviewers, and even BioLite say it won’t charge an iPad.

  • burningbright

    Looks too big for backpacking, but might be nice as an emergency stove. Have to say the price is a bit of a deal breaker. Definitely not an impulse buy, more like a save up and look under the couch for all the spare pennies and nickels and dimes!! lol

  • burningbright

    Looks too big for backpacking, but might be nice as an emergency stove. Have to say the price is a bit of a deal breaker. Definitely not an impulse buy, more like a save up and look under the couch for all the spare pennies and nickels and dimes!! lol

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

    Well that’s odd because I was able to charge my iPad2 and my iPhone4 using it. Now I don’t know how long that would take for a full charge, but both devices registered that they were being charged when plugged into it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.kass.98 Jason Kass

    Anyone have anything noteworthy to report on their stove? Unfortunately I received a defective unit (battery holds no charge). Biolite support confirmed and agreed to send me a replacement…which was supposed to arrive last week. I haven’t received anything and now Biolite suppt isn’t responding. Anybody else having problems?

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

      They’re a new company, in the middle of their biggest sales and support effort ever, so give them a little time to respond. I’m sure they will make it right. They are very responsive on Twitter by the way, maybe you could politely ask them there?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.kass.98 Jason Kass

        I’m with you. I’m sitting tight. They were initially very responsive when I reported the issue…then disappeared. I must have contacted them before the flood gates open. I don’t have Twitter. Don’t judge :)

        • Abbi

          So Jason, did they respond? Did they replace the battery, or did you have to do it yourself? Need to know before we make a decision on whether we buy one to try in our group or not!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.kass.98 Jason Kass

    Anyone have anything noteworthy to report on their stove? Unfortunately I received a defective unit (battery holds no charge). Biolite support confirmed and agreed to send me a replacement…which was supposed to arrive last week. I haven’t received anything and now Biolite suppt isn’t responding. Anybody else having problems?

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

    They’re a new company, in the middle of their biggest sales and support effort ever, so give them a little time to respond. I’m sure they will make it right. They are very responsive on Twitter by the way, maybe you could politely ask them there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.kass.98 Jason Kass

    I’m with you. I’m sitting tight. They were initially very responsive when I reported the issue…then disappeared. I must have contacted them before the flood gates open. I don’t have Twitter. Don’t judge :)

  • beprepared11

    I saw an older model from this company and it is only 16 oz.

  • beprepared11

    I saw an older model from this company and it is only 16 oz.

  • beprepared11

    Here is an older model that is half the weight.
    http://www.trailspace.com/gear/biolite/campstove/

  • Ryanhenry21

    Just a note that biolite does not charge ipad 3. It does however charge iphone4s no problem. I got about 10% charge in 20mins or so.

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

      Ryan – thanks for the heads up on using an iPad3. The BioLite worked great with my iPad2 and that’s all I had to test with.