User Review: BioLite CampStove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $129
Handy for campouts or emergency power outages. Fast and efficient. A little extra weight makes up for the fuel you won’t need to carry. Highly recommended.
- No need to carry fuel cans or hazardous liquid fuel
- Feel good purchase knowing you are, in a way, helping underdeveloped countries
- Very stable
- Weighs almost 2 pounds (but no need to carry fuel)
After reading other reviews and reading what the company is doing with the technology I was excited to see how this stove really works. When I got an REI gift card from a friend there was no doubt in mind what I was going to do with it.
Out of the box I was a bit skeptical as to how I would get it started as it has one opening at the top. The stove does come with a small pack of starter sticks but I didn’t want to get into them yet. As long as you use a good amount of tinder at the bottom you will be able to start it up quite easily.
I DID NOT pre-charge the fan battery as it had some life to it. You do not need to pre-charge it but it does make the fire/charging process go a lot faster.
I was truly amazed that there was almost no smoke. You can keep the fire going on your own but once the fan kicks in the heat really comes and getting a liter to boil took just a couple of minutes. The low level fan is strong enough to get the tender to go and when you kick in the higher speed fan it really gets the fire hot. The small charge I had on the battery died out in about 90 seconds but the fire was already going. I used some birch twigs for this fire and it was able to charge up the fan battery in about 1 minute. As the fire grew more intense I was able to kick in the high level fan.
I plugged my iPhone 5 in and monitored the percentage and noticed that it took less than 90 seconds to charge it 1 percentage point (I started at 55% but not being sure as to how long it had been at 55% I clocked it once it hit 56%).
I have USB powered speakers that I plugged in and was able to listen to the music on my iPhone. This was just to test it out as the speakers are not a priority and there is only one USB port.
I have read reviews where a con was that they had to “babysit” the fire. Weather you have a wood fire stove, camp fire, white gas stove, canister, stove, or any other heat generating devise in the wind it is your duty to “babysit” it.
This is a great product and I highly recommend it.