Backpacking stove

May 5, 2013 

THE LOWDOWN: The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets at a backcountry campsite.

THE DETAILS: What will they think of next? Here’s a backpacking stove that heats with twigs. It uses some kind of thermoelectric technology to convert heat to electricity that charges an internal battery and powers a fan to increase the efficiency of the fire. The company said the stove takes 41/2 minutes to boil 1 liter of water.

Extra electricity from the stove can be used to charge small electronics such as cellphones, headlamps and rechargeable batteries. According to the manufacturer, charging an iPhone 4S (2G) for 20 minutes provides 60 minutes of talk time.

The stove weighs about 2 pounds, but you don’t have to carry fuel canisters. When packed, it measures 81/4 inches high and 5 inches wide.

Cost: $130 at REI.

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Pete Zimowsky, The Idaho Statesman

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