Nature Calls Backpacking

BioLite Camp Stove - Field Use, Review and Thoughts

Field test, on the trail use and thoughts about the BioLite Camp Stove.  I put the testing video at the end if you want to see how it did.  I did light up tests, boil tests and charging tests.  

Comparing like to like. I feel it was fairly easy to light. Much easier than a regular wood fire and reached a usable level quickly.  I really only fed it a few times to achieve the goal I was trying for, but if I was going for speed and the conditions or fuel was iffy I would rather use a gas stove.  But in the woodstove category I feel this would be very hard to beat. The water, especially on my backpacking trip was heated quickly and I feel it was a lot of fun to do.  The charging capabilities were on par with my laptop, but my battery bank was faster.

Turn fire into electricity using wood

The BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. Burning only wood, the CampStove creates a smokeless campfire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes. Setup is easy, fuel is free, and flames are hyperefficient with performance on par with white gas stoves.

Renewable biomass (twigs, pinecone, wood pellets)
2.06 lbs (33 oz)
Charging Time
20 minutes of charging provides 60 minues of talk time. Charging times vary by device.
Fire Quality
1.6 oz (46 grams) of wood to boil 1 liter of water
Fire Power Output
3.4 kW (LO), 5.5 kW (HI)
Boil Time
4.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water. Boiling times vary by strength of fire
Packed Size
Height: 8.25 inches (209.6 mm) Width: 5 inches (127 mm)
Compatible Devices
Powers most USB-chargeable devices including smart phones
Lumens (FlexLight)
100 Lm
USB Power Output
Max Continuous: 2W @5V
Peak: 4W @5V
In The Box
Stuff Sack
USB Cord