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Lee Hnetinka - Biolite Makes For Eco-Friendly Camping

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When thinking of gadgetry, one might not normally give much thought to camp stoves. Used in situations when a wilderness cookout is necessarily and campfire just won’t do, camp stoves may not have seemed primed for an eco-upgrade, but as the Guardian reports, upgraded it has been.

The Biolite campstove is an eco-friendly camp stove that can cook meals, boil water, and charge electronics “all on a handful of kindling.” Traditional camp stoves, with their butane or other non-renewable fuel, are damaging to the environment. Biolite looks to address those issues by way of thermoelectricity. Once started, the heat from the burning kindling generates electricity, which in turn powers a fan that keeps the fire going. The electricity generated is enough to also charge phones and tablets.

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Lee Hnetinka - Biolite Makes For Eco-Friendly Camping

  1. 1. Biolite Makes For Eco-Friendly Camping When thinking of gadgetry, one might not normally give much thought to camp stoves. Used in situations when a wilderness cookout is necessarily and campfire just won’t do, camp stoves may not have seemed primed for an eco-upgrade, but as the Guardian reports, upgraded it has been. (Photo credit: Biolitestove.com) The Biolite campstove is an eco-friendly camp stove that can cook meals, boil water, and charge electronics “all on a handful of kindling.” Traditional camp stoves, with
  2. 2. their butane or other non-renewable fuel, are damaging to the environment. Biolite looks to address those issues by way of thermoelectricity. Once started, the heat from the burning kindling generates electricity, which in turn powers a fan that keeps the fire going. The electricity generated is enough to also charge phones and tablets.
  3. 3. The Guardian reviewer, Erica Buist, notes some things to keep in mind in relation to the Biolite campstove. First, though the Biolite does generate its own electricity, it actually needs to be charged before it is used. Also, she notes that the “handful of kindling” mentioned in the marketing needs to added continuously in order to maintain the heat and electricity. And finally, wetness is no good for the Biolite, which is one disadvantage when compared to traditional camping stoves, because in nature sometimes it rains.
  4. 4. Still, in almost every other way the Biolite goes toe-to-toe with traditional stoves, and its ability to charge other gadgets helps bring camping into the 21st century. Unfortunately, with a retail price of £149.95 (roughly $250), a person really needs a strong desire to avoid fossil fuels in order to justify making the purchase. But ultimately, the author considers the Biolite a step in the right direction in making camping more modern and eco-conscious. To read more about the Biolite, head over to the Guardian to read Erica Buist’s very charming review.  

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