Camping is a great way to enjoy our natural world – but lighting a campfire isn’t necessarily the most Gaia loving of acts. Burning wood releases toxic compounds into the air, including nitrogen oxides, benzene, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and carbon monoxide, a harmful greenhouse gas. What’s more, people often cut healthy vegetation to use as firewood, which affects local ecosystems and wildlife.
To provide an eco-friendly solution to this camping conundrum, BioLite have created the CampStove 2.
A 2600 mAh battery can charge your devices with or without a live fire. Generates 5V of power
Smart LED dashboard
Updates fire strength, power output and fan speed settings
Create 3W of electricity from your fire and use it to charge your devices
Internal fan jets
4 fan speed settings circulate air and control the size of your flames
Lightweight aluminium legs
A portable design means you can fold the legs up and pack it away
Honeycomb heat mesh
A protective barrier from the inner burn chamber
Scalloped pot stand
Compatible with other BioLite devices such as the BioLite KettlePot and Portable Grill
Boils 1L of water in 4.5 minutes
What is BioLite CampStove 2?
This nifty little gadget lets you cook, grill and charge your devices while you’re camping. Although it is still fundamentally a wood burning stove, you only need to use small twigs to get the (smokeless) flames going, making it an environmentally friendly choice for your campfire meals.
How it works
🔥 Heat The patented core technology collects waste heat from the fire via a heat probe attached to the device’s powerpack.
⚡ Electricity Heat is converted into electricity with the help of a thermoelectric generator. This powers a fan and the USB charging port. Spare electricity is stored in an internal battery.
💨 Air The internal fan blows air back into the burn chamber to produce a cleaner, more efficient burn.
The BioLite CampStove 2 is currently on the market for £139.99 (January 2020). When you make a purchase from their website, you’re also giving back to the planet. Part of each sale is reinvested into BioLite’s work in sub-Saharan Africa, where they provide energy and lighting for people in remote areas.
For the occasional glamper the price may seem excessive and remove some of the romanticism of huddling around a traditional fire. But for the seasoned pro, having a fast source of warmth, energy and cooking could warrant the price.