Biolite CampStove

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Biolite CampStove -
A eco-friendly cooking source for green backpackers and campers, the BioLite CampStove lets you leave the stove fuel and cumbersome portable electronics chargers at home.  This unique, wood burning stove combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an portable power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets at a backcountry campsite. Patent-pending thermoelectric technology allows the CampStove to converts heat into electricity, which runs a built-in fan for a more efficient fire AND powers a built-in USB charger for small electronics. Designed to use twigs, sticks, and other biomass gathered locally, this stove requires no petroleum-based fuel and throw-away canisters. Easy to haul, the BioLite CampStove weighs just 33 oz. and measures just 8-1/4'' x 5''. Stove also makes a great addition to an emergency pack, so you always have a cooking source when you don't have power. Comes with stove, stuff sack, firelighter, instructions, and USB cord.


  • Due to federal shipping restrictions regarding products with hazardous or flammable materials, this product can only be shipped via ground transportation. We’re sorry, but Next Day Air, 2nd Day Air, USPS Priority or Express shipping are not available for this item. Additionally, this product cannot be shipped to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Catalina Island, Puerto Rico, APO, FPO or international addresses. Thanks for your understanding.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Stove will support a pot weight of 8 lb. (1 gallon of liquid)


  • ~ 1.6 oz. (46 g) of wood will boil 1 L of water
  • ~ 1 L of water will boil in about 4.5 min. (varies based on fire strength)
  • ~ Burning biomass reduces your carbon footprint by eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, and polluting petroleum gas and keeping empty fuel canisters out of landfills
  • USB port provides 2W of power at 5V to charge small devices, such as LED lights and Smartphones; 20 minutes of charge time provides 60 minutes of talk time on an iPhone 4S (charging times vary by device and fire strength)
  • Anodized aluminum legs provide stability and fold in for compact storage
  • Stove burns renewable biomass for fuel (twigs, pinecones, wood pellets, etc.)
  • Lightweight screen on the exterior protects hot metal surfaces
  • Power module houses a thermoelectric generator to convert heat to electricity; also contains a small microprocessor to manage the flow of power to the fan and USB port
  • Copper probe regulates the flow of heat to the thermoelectric generator while jets circulate air throughout the fuel chamber; by regulating the flow of air through fuel, the high-temp steel fuel chamber gasifies wood to promote clean combustion
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
If you've been trying to find a way to pack a little lighter, be a little greener, and have a little more fun when cooking in the wilderness, then the BioLite CampStove is exactly what you're looking for! This innovative stove will simultaneously boil water and charge your gadgets using biomass, which decreases your carbon footprint and eliminates the need to carry the extra weight of a solar charging panel and fuel canisters.
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Boil Time:4.5 min. / 1 L
Burn Time:Varies
Dimensions:8.25 in. x 5 in. (about the same size as a Nalgene bottle)
Fuel Type:Renewable biomass
Ignition Method:Manual
In the box:stove, firelighter, stuff sack, instructions, and USB cord for internal battery charging
Weight:2 lb. 1 oz. (935 g)
Windscreen Included:No
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Biolite CampStove Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Works exactly as advertised

We took the BioLite stove on a 4 day family canoe trip. The trip involved multiple portages, and weight is always an issue on these trips. I usually use a whisper-lite or Jet-boil stove. I considered bringing one for a backup, but in the end decided only to bring the BioLite. It weighed in at 2 pounds 2 oz (My jet-Boil with two 3.53 oz canisters weighs just under 2 pounds, and takes up more room as only one canister fits inside).

The stove was easy to light using birch bark and small twigs, followed by pieces of wood from the size of a short pencil to the size of my thumb, and occasionally small pine cones. It took two to three minutes to get the wood gas re-ignition to create a "fuel jet pattern"

Once fired up it boiled 2.5 cups (20 oz) of water In under 5 minutes using a well filled GSI halulite one quart tea kettle. The stove needed to be fed about every 30 seconds with small pieces of wood to keep the burn up.

We also used the stove to fry sausages, pancakes, eggs, and to make dessert cakes out of brownie mix using an 7.5 inch fry pan from a Texsport kangaroo mess kit. It was a bit of a pain to keep feeding the stove. Using the low speed fan the pancakes came out very well and did not burn. We made bananas Foster the first night, and it was difficult to simmer. I needed to hold the pot up off the rest.

My whole family took turns lighting and using the stove, and none had difficulty with it.

While the flames were remarkably clean, there was some soot build-up on the bottoms of the pots, and slightly up the sides. There was very little smoke. (much cleaner than cooking on a campfire)

While the stove is heavy, the lack of carried fuel well makes up for this. On this trip we also boiled water a lot of water for not only dehydrated food and hot drinks, but also for cleaning dishes. We had no concerns for wasting fuel as it was plentiful.

The stove did charge my SteriPen Freedom and also charged AAA batteries using the Goal zero battery charger

A few pointers
1. Collect enough wood scraps for the entire cook time, and break them up into pieces less than 4 inches long.
2. Carve wood shavings off a stick to use to reignite flame. (When the stove is not fed often enough it can burn down to coals and the flame will go out. Just throwing in a few shavings will be enough to have the flame start up from the coals)
3. Use a "push stick" to move the pieces to the bottom of the stove to maximize the amount of wood gas that enters the bottom holes and exits though the re-ignition holes at the top
4. Bring a small tarp to make use in the rain easier. (a three foot square piece of nylon fabric will suffice)
Al at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2013


I bought mine this last spring after we got a huge snow storm in New England and were without power and heat for 4 days. Having dying cell phones and nothing hot to eat or drink was very stressfull.

It's light weight, and the fact that any bio degradable material can be burned in it is fantastic. If you use harder wood in it, it the fire burns longer. So I have some 4 in long X 1-to 1 1/2 in thick blocks of hard wood.

I also went to a store and picked up 2 steel dog bowl holders, put the legs on the bottom one and attached to two holders one on top of the other. This brings a stable platform around over the top of the stove. I then took the grated shelf out of our old toaster oven and placed it on top of the platform and that provided a good cook surface to place pots and pans, there by keeping that weight off my stove. It works fantastic.

Of course if I was going to use this for just camping, I would either buy or make a lighter weight platform for the stove. The heavier steel one is really good for home and local use.

One big plus is this was designed to use inside also. So in cold weather without electricity and heat, I won't be cold. And I can have hot food and drink. If you want to see more on how to use this you can go to the Bio Lite website.

I bought mine at my local EMS,(1) I didn't have to pay for shipping,(2)I could ask question of their awesome employees,(3)it's nicer to see it in person.
BOO at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2013

Like it.

Like the fact that you can charge gadgets.
S Payne53 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013

Negative Reviews:

A joke of a stove

I find this stove is a joke when compared to typical liquid-fuel stoves, particularly in wintertime. It's awkward to light without (provided) fire starter sticks, chokes on even a small piece of green/wet wood, and heat output is much lower than a white-gas stove. I had difficulty bringing a 1.5L pot to boil in 15F temps, even with good, dry hardwood chunks.
Wood needs to be cut/sawn into small chunks and is used up at a rate that will keep one person quite busy just sawing and feeding. Someone else needs to be gathering.
I haven't tried charging gizmos with it, but I suppose it would, although I expect it'll get pretty old sawing and feeding wood chunks long enough to charge a typical battery.
Josko at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014