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BioLite Basecamp Wood Burning Stove
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- Cooktop - 13.25" Diameter (33.66 Cm), 138 In² Cooking Area (350.52 Cm²)
- Charging Time - 30 Min Of Charging = 5 Hours Talk Time, 5 Hours Video, 20 Hours Of Audio (Average Smartphone)
- Battery - Lithium Ion, 2200Mah
- Weight - 17.92 Lbs, 8.16 Kg
- Fuel - Solid Biomass (Twigs, Firewood, Wood Chunks Etc)
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 21.06 x 13.23 x 22.99 inches; 17.99 Pounds
- Item model number : BL2
- Batteries : 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
- Date First Available : October 21, 2014
- Manufacturer : BioLite
- ASIN : B00OQUSY08
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#307,475 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
- #304 in Contact Grills
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First, the BaseCamp has a cast iron liner to it. This made the BaseCamp a little heavier than I was expecting. The weight fully assembled is 17.4 pounds. When I opened mine, the cast iron was already rusting. I'm assuming that is OK as far as use, but I'd have thought they'd have done something to keep it from rusting so it at least wasn't rusted when the customer first opens the box or there might be some notice stating that the cast iron might arrive rusted and that is OK.
Secondly, the plastic casing that goes over the heat exchanger that converts the heat to electricity wasn't fitting very well. As I looked the casing over, I found part of that had to do with the design of the plastic casing itself and there being no screws or methods of really securing those two pieces of plastic together well.
Third, there is an orange rubber-like material that kind of fits in between the metal and the plastic casing and that material had not been installed in mine properly.
Fourth, I found that they had actually left a screw out the helps secure the electronics board and part of the top portion of the case down. It was one of the two screws that are supposed to get installed in the cone portion of the fan intake.
Fifth, the casing doesn't fit the filter snap in plastic piece all that well. It tends to want to pop out at one of the bottom corners.
So basically the plastic casing needs a little redesign work and they need to ensure that the portion around the heat exchanger gets assembled properly.
I can't tell you yet how it works because I just got it today. Other than the things I mentioned, it appears to be constructed pretty well. The legs fold out very easily and are attached well. And to fold them back for tucking away, just give a little squeeze and fold them in. The size of the grill space is pretty nice and it looks like it should overall hold up pretty well.
I'm just a little nervous for the first time I use it that the electronics portion of it works with what I experienced using the casing.
One thing I really like about the design is the ability to continuous feed the wood. And the legs raise it up to a nice height to grill with while sitting in a chair. And the light feature on it is a very good idea. From the videos I saw, the way the blower stokes the flame is an excellent idea and should make this unit great. The Campstove grill has pretty similar features. There is a little cover on the grill for the Campstove that can be flipped up to add more burning material. And it also has a fan that stokes the flames.
If the electronics work, I'll edit my rating and move it up to 4 stars. If not, I'll be calling Amazon and asking for a replacement. I love the concept of how this unit is designed though. I can definitely tell it has had some good thought put into it. The finer points just need a little tweaking.
*** Update on July 29, 2015 ***
I had someone claim that my unit was "Obviously Used" and that the review I wrote was unfair. So I decided to update my comment to address their claim. I attached a new picture of the unit. On this picture, I made sure to include a picture of the grill grate and pieces below with the rusted cast iron in view. If the unit had been used, there is no way I could have gotten the grill or pieces below that clean. And most likely in addition to being discolored from grease, etc from use the metal also likely would have been discolored from the heat of the flames. If you look at the picture, there is no discoloration to any portion of the metal on the grill portion of the unit or on the metal below, clearly visually indicating that the unit has not been used.
I'm a very detailed person and I like to cover the products I review in close detail. Comment details often help me in deciding whether I will buy a certain product or buy a different one. So thanks to all of you out there that have provided me with good detailed comments that have helped me decide what to purchase.
I like to help others out what I can. I'm an engineer. The rust on the cast iron doesn't really concern me all that much. I don't think that will affect the unit's performance. That is basically something cosmetic, but it gives a very negative first impression of the product for most people. People don't expect to open their brand new item up and find it already rusted. The way the plastic casing appeared to be improperly fit, missing at least one screw and assembled wrong concerns me far more. Those are some definite design and manufacturing quality problems that BioLite needs to fix. Like I said, I will update my review once I've tested it out. I was hoping to test it out last weekend, but the weather didn't cooperate. Hopefully the weather is nice this weekend so I can give it a good test. And for those that are wondering, I've kept it indoors in the AC the whole time. So the rust on the cast iron wasn't due to it sitting outside in the rain or anything like that.
*** Update 4/3/2016 ***
I tried my BaseCamp stove out in the summer of 2015 and it worked good. I wouldn't be concerned about the rust on the cast iron. It really shouldn't cause any issues, especially after you use it. It cleaned up pretty easily and well. It cooked a few steaks and some pork loins pretty well and it cooks them fairly fast once it gets going. Probably the biggest downfall is that you can't cook for too long before the chamber is full of ashes and you have to clean it out which really requires you to fully clean the chamber out before you can start cooking again. Although the unit fires right up pretty fast once it is cleaned out and fresh wood is placed inside. I'd probably recommend BioLite make the chamber slightly larger put a grate in the bottom with an ash catch pan below so you can keep continuously cooking by just emptying the ash catch pan and moving the kindling some to let more of the ash fall through the grate.
I also don't like the design. Pellets are cheap, compact, and very efficient. This design does not allow more than a handful without spilling out. When I used pellets I inserted a mesh cylinder to allow a few cups.
For wood I burned red oak, very dense and normally burns hot.
I returned this stove and bought the smaller one. It boiled 1.5 liters in 8 minutes with the fan on low using the same pellets. Very nice. I recommend that one.
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It takes a little getting used to to be able to properly cook on it as you need to get the fire temperature just right in order to cook meats thoroughly without burning it. However, once you have got the hang of this you will be cooking everything on it.
I recently bought the pizza dome accessory from Biolite and wow. I can now cook pizza, chips, garlic bread and even bake cookies on it. As a camping gadget this is amazing. We have spend many a night sat round it watching the gently glow of the fire as we cook a myriad of things on it.
The power output of the USB is questionable at times. It does claim to output 1A which is fine for most gadgets. However some of the more power hungry devices such as high-end smart phones may require higher charging currents for this to be effective. I use the USB charger to top up my Anker battery pack and then charge my gadgets from that.
It is expensive, but if you like camping, or cooking outside in the garden like i so, then this is a gadget you will really prize. I cannot praise this highly enough.