Rated 5 out of 5áby OutdoorEnthusiast88 No Liquid Fuel, No Problem
Finally got around to testing out our new stove and I must say this things works great for not having any liquid fuel to worry about!!
We bought this stove to take on camping trips and have for an emergency. You essentially can use this stove forever without ever having to worry about any liquid fuel as long as you have plenty of sticks, pine cones, fire pellets, etc lying around. It is a bit on the heavy side even with it being only the size of a nalgene bottle. I have a small butane propane stove that I use when we need to travel light as the stove and a small fuel bottle weighs less than this stove.
Back to the Biolite Stove, it comes with the metal stove canister/stand, the orange fan/battery unit, a usb to usb charging cable to initially charge the fans lithium battery, a triangular pot stabilizer, and some fire starter sticks. As I mentioned, when you first open up the stove you need to charge it with the provided USB cable so that you can always have a small charge to start-up the fan before the fire gets hot enough to recharge it on it's own.
Lighting this stove is very easy, first you need to put a good amount of small sticks and twigs into the stove then you have to take a half piece of a fire starter stick that came with the stove, light it, and place it in the middle of the sticks. The stove lit right up and after about 30 seconds I turned the fan on low to really get this thing heating up. The fan is slanted so it kind of acts like a fire whirlwind which makes the flames very hot! The initial pile of sticks we loaded up in the stove lasted about 5 minutes which is about how long it took to boil a small pot of water. After maybe 8 minutes of adding a few twigs here and there, you'll get a green LED light bar which means you can turn the fan on Hi and charge up your USB device. When the stove is set on Hi and you continue to add sticks to keep it nice and hot, you will get about a 1% charge per minute with an iPhone 5S. It's pretty slow, but when you're in the woods and have nothing else to do then it's better than nothing. I think you can also charge up a portable power bank with the stove then use that to charge an phone much quicker.
Overall I love this stove and can't wait to take it on our next camping trip in the mountains! We're going to try some Mountain House meals with just basic boiling water and maybe cooking up something in a frying pan. They do make a great grill attachment that I will pick up eventually and that would make for a great patio/camping grill!!
May 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Wizzy BioLite Camp Stove
This camp stove is just what I have been looking for small easy to use burns any small dry residue and produces charging for an iphone. I can't wait to get attachments for it.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby VJKS Nice Product
I purchased this around Labor day and I have tried it out on three different occasions at home to get the feel of it for my future camping trip. I like it a lot. It does not take long for it to get a good flame going. You will need to feed it it often with pieces of wood, I did find on YouTube someone who used wood pellets and they do work. I tried bark the first time got a lot of smoke at first,second time twigs and pellets less smoke. Third time I used twigs only,lots!!!! The heat that this little stove gives off is incredible. I am looking forward to seeing how it feels when the temps outdoors really drop.
I did try charging my phone & my Kindle Fire and It does show it charging. I did not let it burn long enough to say how much more battery life or how long it took to charge either of the mentioned electronics. I had the fan on Low & got the green light. It did display the charging symbol for both when plugged in. I bought this for camping the charging was a bonus. I will be using this at my campsite, not sure it would be my stove for log distance hiking and camping due to the bulkiness of it. I just noticed LLB now has the Kettle will be ordering it as well. Nice Product.
September 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Skabo Amazing little stove, works as advertised!
This stove was extremely easy to light with small sticks and parts of the cardboard box it came in. There was little to no smoke even during start-up and the green charging light came on within minutes with the fan still on low. High puts out a ton of heat and goes through fuel more quickly. I will most often use the low setting as it is still a very hot fire. I have burned sticks and some wood pellets. Both work well. Cleanup was simple. Very well designed and made. Should hold up for a long time.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 BioLite Camp Stove
Well built, hot fast fires, cools quickly after fire ends. Bought this for emergency situations as well as backyard gatherings. I love this stove!
June 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Normanthekat Awesome
I am so impressed with how simple it is to use and how little space it takes. The weight is not to bad at all.
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
áby MotoCamper Great Stove
After opening the box I read all instructions and watched a few youtube videos. I then conditioned the battery for six hours. I burned one fire just to check how easy it is to get started. It is very easy. Can be done without the fire starter they provide. The second fire was used to boil water. I boiled a 1-1/2 cups in about 4 minutes at almost 6000 feet msl. The third burn was to test charging. The light went green soon after the fan was turned to high. I was able to charge my Blackberry. I then conducted a test with my hand held GPS. I removed the battery from the GPS and connected it to the stove with a USB cable. I was able to operate the GPS without batteries.
I have never liked carrying fuel for stoves. All the places I camp have at least some small sticks to burn most have a lot of wood. This stove should make my trips safer and cleaner.
January 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby thegrandfather Ultimate camp stove
Very easy to use.
I was able to start the fire with absolutely no trouble whatsoever.
It worked well and as Iused barkless wood, there was no smoke at all. Plenty hot enough for any and all cooking.
I also hooked up the grill attachment and grilled chicken. The chicken was a little too smoke tasting. I trimmed off the outer char and the chicken was absolutely wonderful. I will wrap the chicken loosley in foil next time and finish it off on the open grill.
The clean up of the stove was very easy.
I used chunks of hardwood instead of sticks and twigs.
I think this is the ultimate camp stove as no fuel is needed to be bought or carried. Generates it`s own electricity for the fan and will recharge your iphone at the same time.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby scorpman Good stove to have
Before buying this stove, I read lots of reviews on many web sites. Some good, some bad. I decided to buy this stove as it seams like it fits my needs. If you are the type of hiker/camper that cuts the tags out of your clothes and takes the handle off your toothbrush to save weight, this might not be for you since it does have some weight. If you are feeding this stove pinecones and softwood twigs, it will eat them quickly so have a pile prepared. You will get a longer and better burn if you choose some hardwood pieces once it is going. With the fan on High, this is like a rocket engine going. It gives off good heat and light and charged my iPod Touch. There was little ash at the end of the night.
Do not throw in a handful of acorns, they smoke like crazy!
October 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Pogibear Nifty Survival and backcountry Stove and Power Sou
I first saw an experimental home stove with electric generation capacity at Colorado State University Alternative Energy Development. This unit is real genius and I like it very much. We travel the back country of the Desert Southwest and this is ideal. Where you fuel is limited and for low impact you can cook and power your cell phone, wireless internet and so on. It works great! A real buy in my book! Enjoy!
October 4, 2013