BioLite CampStove 1 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove (Original Model)
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|Product Dimensions||5 x 5 x 8.27 inches; 2.07 Pounds|
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The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove combines the benefits of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. The Campstove is the perfect solution for both the backcountry campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5 x 8.27 inches; 2.07 Pounds
- Item model number : CSA1001
- Batteries : 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
- Date First Available : June 14, 2013
- Manufacturer : BioLite
- ASIN : B019WDE9HU
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#423,176 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #711 in Camping Stoves
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Wow - seriously. This thing is nuts. It gets so hot that the coals constantly glow red hot inside. On high speed (the fan settings on the outside) I had 4 eggs and bacon strips cooked up and ready to eat in about 8 minutes. Boiling water took a bit longer, but still faster than I feel I could have done it on my stovetop.
After that trip it kind of just sat on a shelf in the event that I ever got around to camping again. I did purchase another unit for my brother that he literally keeps it in his trunk whenever he heads out on a lengthy road trip. My brother has freely advertised his unit to all his friends and has probably helped BioLite sell another 30 units all on his own.
Fast forward a few months to Hurricane Matthew that tore along the east US coast. I was in one of the cities affected by the storm and was without power for about 2 weeks. This was especially difficult due to having 2 adult and two children family members visiting during that time from Europe (not the greatest of impressions for their first experience in America) and cold showers are never enjoyable.
So, I break this stove out after about the 3rd day to start cooking meat that would otherwise go bad due to lack of refrigeration. Every breakfast, lunch and dinner for about 10 days this stove kept 8 people fed, EASILY. I did get the Thermos add-on for the stove which ended up being invaluable for making coffee in the mornings. The entire stove breaks down and fits inside the Thermos, which is pretty nifty and saves space when packing a backpack or storing it on a shelf. As a parting gift I ordered another stove and gifted it to my European in-laws on their way out of town. It was WELL received and appreciated.
Alright, so you know the life story of my BioLite stove, so let me point out a few things for those potential buyers so you know what to expect:
1) This stove is voracious - utterly insatiable. You have to keep feeding it to maintain the heat necessary for cooking things. I will caveat this though. Fire consumes, right? So, it is to be expected that if you introduce a source of fuel to fire, that source will be reduced as it is consumed. The harder the fuel source, the longer it takes to be consumed. That should be common sense, but I didn't come around to the obvious without some trial and error. On my camping trip, I was using pine-cones and dry fuels of that nature (Wet fuel is a no-no and will irreparably break your stove - I'll explain in the next point). But... Lump Hardwood Charcoal (which is healthier to cook with than briquettes anyway) is a very hard fuel source. I have learned that the fastest way to get up and running is to fill the stove cavity with hardwood charcoal, dribble a very small amount of lighter fluid over it, wait a second or two for it to soak in, then light it. Breakfast in half an hour or less - I guarantee it.
2) I do not recommend getting the grill add-on for this stove... It is made of really cheap metal and I've found that putting a skillet directly on top the stove works just fine, and long as you can balance your cooking apparatus. A round pot without a long horizontal handle works even better.
3) When the stove heats up, it trips a sensor in the attached thermal-charging battery/fan that you attach to the side during set-up. At the base of the inside of the stove canister, there is a small port that sits right in front of the little fan in the piggyback unit. Note: The fan blades are PLASTIC. This is why you cannot use wet fuel with this unit and also why after you're done using it and try to turn off the fan it will not turn off. Your stove is not broken, it simply has to spin the fan while there is still a heat source near the fan blades to avoid melting them and making the stove worthless. The fan has two speeds: Keep it Hot Speed, and Burn Your Eggs Speed. I use Burn Your Eggs Speed to boil water - works very well.
4) Once you get the heat going and the fan is on, etc, you can't just plug in a USB and go to town. You must wait for the little green light to come on, indicating that there is enough of a charge being created. Only then will the stove charge an attached electronic device. (We kept two smart-phones charged enough to conduct our daily lives just by charging them during meals. Note: smart phones charge faster if you turn them off before plugging them in.)
The charge generated is a trickle, but is enough to make the difference between an emergency situation and a situation that is merely uncomfortable.
Thanks BioLite for an amazing product - I've freely advertised for you guys ever since Hurricane Matthew!
I paid full price for this stove and have purchased 3 other stoves as gifts for friends and family also at full-price. One emergency and it's worth the money, you'll see.
So yeah, this is my second bio-lite stove and I'd recommend it to anyone. The stove produces a lot of steady heat and quickly brings a large pot to a boil. Starting the stove takes a little bit of practice but once you figure out the right combination of tinder or kindling it's easy to start the first time every time. While the stove does come with some starter sticks. I find it easier to use these sparingly in starting the stove. If you have difficulty starting within the stove itself. Use some burning wood from your campfire and start building the fire with small sticks. When I'm out camping I bring a zip lock bag with me and collect kindling as I hike or while at my campsite. You'll learn quick what size to break pieces into to keep the fire going and hot.
The internal fan stokes the fire and builds an impressive internal whirlwind of flames. Adding additional fuel to the fire while cooking is simple, just lift the pot, drop in more sticks, replace the pot and continue cooking. You won't have to do this much. Also, because fuel is basically limitless as you can collect it easily from your campsite (provided you're not in the desert or a snow covered climate), you don't have to worry about conserving the fuel and you don't have to carry any in with you. You're more likely to run out of food before fuel.
Since fuel is so abundant, using the charging feature can be done at any time for almost any duration. I use the charging feature to charge my cell phone (mostly for music I have on my memory card), and also to charge a small battery pack (3300) that has a built in flashlight. I've also had considerable success charging my etrex GPS and an android tablet. It's kinda zen-like sitting there with the charger connected and slowly feeding more fuel to the chamber.
Cleanup is a breeze and it a. Collapses and stores neat and tidy. Oh, yeah speaking of collapsing, the three fold out legs are considerably more stable than any other stove I've used so you don't need to worry about having a heavy pot on top of a high center of gravity and it tipping over.
All in all this is an excellent backpacking stove. I'm interested in the Base-Camp model for more local camping (car camping) ad I'm looking for an alternative to my larger Coleman stove.
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Trying to keep a normal fire going with what I had would have been messy, time consuming and very smoky but with the fan in the bottom of this it becomes as simple as chucking a few twigs in every now and then. It will only start to smoke if you don't keep a big flame on it too which makes it far more pleasant to sit near.
Realistically you need to fuel it almost constantly to keep the light on but in the event that you do let it die down to embers restarting it as simple as throwing some small twigs in and turning the fan up high for a couple minutes. The light is an excellent addition to this too because due to it's design the fire doesn't throw out much light of it's own unless you have it packed with fuel and the fan up high - which will practically create a jet of flame above it. I've not tried cooking on it yet but I imagine it would far out perform something like a hexi stove with adequate fuel.
The small bundle of twigs I had collected (plus some cardboard from the box) kept the fire going for hours easily and when I was done I was amazed that it cooled down to the point where I could put it in my bag in less than ten minutes. In fact the design is so efficient that the outer metal is cool to the touch even with a big flame. I had dug a small pit under the stove to dump the ash in so the area wasn't as messy as it would have been had I had a campfire and my clothes didn't smell remotely smokey after. The legs on this make it easy to straddle a small hole and after using it I would recommend doing that as any twigs overhanging the container will fall into the pit harmlessly.
The one downside I would say this has is emptying the ash. After hours of burning it gets quite compacted down at the base so you pretty much have to dig it out with a stick to empty it. It can be full almost to the top with ash without heavily compromising the heat and size of the flame but I'd say it could have benefited from a hole at the bottom that you can slide open and shut to empty the ash as you go.
It takes about ten minutes before it starts generating enough power for the light to come on and the power output doesn't seem to be all that high as if I ran the light on full power and the fan on high it would go out every now and then and require a few minutes before it would come back on. To put 100% in my phone I suspect would require several hours of constant burning but in an emergency situation (or just for music around the campfire) it seems quite useful.
The phone charging is ok, it works well when it's running at full blast so handy if you are stuck but I would have a small solar unit as back up. Love the little light that came with it but buy yourself a thermal glove ( IKEA) for very hot handles!
I used cheap Lidl wax covered shavings to start with small branches then used a combo of wood pellets while you gather more wood. Gets cooking very quickly. Top marks. You would need to bring some dry kindling with in case you have a couple of days downpour but the wood pellets are light and last well so just a small bag full.
Boils a kettle of water in 5 minutes
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2017
Boils a kettle of water in 5 minutes