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BioLite BioLite CampStove

This super-efficient woodstove recharges your phone, camera, and other small USB-compatible devices. Via a thermocouple, heat from the flames converts to electricity and loads an internal battery to top up your gadgets. It also powers a 2-speed fan, running a stove so lean and mean that less than 60 grams of dry wood boils 1L of water in under 5 minutes. The BioLite CampStove happily burns twigs, pinecones, wood pellets, and other biomass. Keep your gizmos charged without endless hand cranking or worrying about cloudy days. Campers and preppers rejoice.
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Questions & Answers for BioLite BioLite CampStove

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Allowed in parks with campfire bans?

Are these stoves allowed in provincial/national parks where campfires are banned?
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
by
Nessie
 - Surrey, BC
on BioLite CampStove
3 answers
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answer 1
Regardless of weather this is a 'camp stove' or an 'open fire' as defined by Parks Board this stove has one major kink in its use. In ALL Provincial and National Parks in Canada there is a NO COLLECTING Policy. This includes dead wood on the side of the trail. This is a technicality, but... My wife and I hiked into Joffre Lakes Park this last weekend and had to plead the Ranger to let us use this stove. If he had wanted to he could have sent us packing. Now if you want to bring this car camping, that's great, most campsites sell wood for you to use.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
Here is a great little write up of what is acceptable during a fire ban.

http://blog.portageur.ca/tipsandtri...

The gist is, nothing with an open flame, but gas powered stoves are fine for the most part..
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answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
Coabe
 - MEC Service Center
answer 3
No. Any open flame counts as a campfire.
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answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
Yorty
 - Whistla
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Is the internal battery replaceable?

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
by
JLT
on BioLite CampStove
3 answers
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answer 1
Hi , can I burn wood pellets in the stove tks b
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
No its not!
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answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 3
When used regularly, the fire will charge the lithium ion battery for thousands of hours of use. If you think your battery needs to be changed, please contact the manufacturer.
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answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
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Fire Ban in Parks...?

Would this fall under the category of a camp fire and subsequently be banned from use in a park if there is a camp fire ban in effect? Or would this be the same as a camp stove?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - North Vancouver
on BioLite CampStove
3 answers
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answer 1
Regardless of weather this is a 'camp stove' or an 'open fire' as defined by Parks Board this stove has one major kink in its use. In ALL Provincial and National Parks in Canada there is a NO COLLECTING Policy. This includes dead wood on the side of the trail. This is a technicality, but... My wife and I hiked into Joffre Lakes Park this last weekend and had to plead the Ranger to let us use this stove. If he had wanted to he could have sent us packing. Now if you want to bring this car camping, that's great, most campsites sell wood for you to use.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
Depends and provincial or state regs, but it is enclosed in a contained area, so it's definitely not a campfire.
If you're allowed to use those iron grills you see around in federal parks, your safe, otherwise call the Ministry of Natural Resources (or your equivalent) and they can tell you for your area.

I've used mine in a city park to guage people's and officials reactions to the stove, and all seem fine, including a police officer who came to look. After an uncomfortable period of him just standing there and watching he asked me where i bought it, said that it was 'really cool' and went on his way.
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answered 1 year, 4 months ago
by
JayAyeYay
 - Parry Sound, ON
answer 3
Since the "fire" generated by this stove is similar to that generated by camp stove, this stove may be classified as a camp stove. As well, the flames from this stove will actually be more contained than the flames from a camp stove.

However, many parks and governing bodies may not yet have developed a policy around wood stoves like the BioLite. Your best course of action is to inquire with the governing body for the park you will be traveling to.
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answered 1 year, 4 months ago
by
happiestoutdoors
 - Service Centre
Question

How long does it take to cool down before you can safely pack it away?

 
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asked 1 year, 4 months ago
by
Stelson
 - Saskatoon , sask
on BioLite CampStove
3 answers
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answer 1
You need to allow the fan unit to cool before it will shut down, then, I give mine 5 to 10 minutes to cool before packing it all up, but if you're in a real hurry, you can pack it up as soon as you're done, (but after letting the fan shut off on it's own) If you have to pack up HOT, I would keep the fan unit separate, to avoid any possible damage, at least for a few minutes.

The only part that's hot is the inside of the fuel box. The outside stays cool even through cooking. The lip (pot rest) cools quickly.

In a real hurry, you don't have to wait for the wood to burn down to ash. You could dump them in a cat hole, and pour water on it or stomp it out. The fan won't shut off until it's cool enough. This method is not my preference. I'm rarely in that kind of a rush, but I have done it once or twice.
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answered 10 months ago
by
MatoKuwpai
 - London
answer 2
The firebox is in a metal perforated container which can be touched with the fire going. With the embers removed you could pack it right away in a non melting or non flammable container. The charger can be packed right away. I doubt you could pack it fast enough to burn anything in the pack but I have not tried this.
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answered 1 year, 3 months ago
by
grouse
 - Alberta
answer 3
It should take 5-10 minutes to cool down before it is safe to pack away.
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answered 1 year, 4 months ago
by
TeaBow
 - MEC Service Centre
Question

Is the charger removable, and if so, how much does the stove weigh without it?

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
by
SlowSam
 - Rossland, BC
on BioLite CampStove
2 answers
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answer 1
The battery, fan and charger are permanently attached to each other. If you don't attach the power module the stove won't perform much better than a tin can would. The whole stove is about the same size and weight as a full water bottle.
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answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
MomentumFan
 - Halifax
answer 2
the charger is removable and fits inside the stove. Not sure on the exact weight, but the majority of the weight is in the charger/fan/battery
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
Anonymous
Question

Does it make a mess?

Is there soot on the pots after cooking? And inside the stove? Doesn't the power module get very sooty when stored inside the stove?
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - Vancouver
on BioLite CampStove
2 answers
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answer 1
Put a ziploc baggy over the orange unit before putting it in the pot.
Simple, and it works.
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answered 1 year, 4 months ago
by
JayAyeYay
 - Parry Sound, ON
answer 2
What you burn in your stove and how hot you burn it will determine how dirty your stove gets. Clean, dry wood burned at high temperature will leave your stove and pots cleaner than damp leaves and moss.

A wood stove is a wood stove, however, and it will create soot. With repeated use, you're likely to seeing blackening inside the stove and possibly on the bottom of your pots.
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answered 1 year, 5 months ago
by
LUKEN
Question

Can this stove be used in the rain?

asked 7 months ago
by
Anonymous
on BioLite CampStove
2 answers
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answer 1
Three of us relied on a Biolite stove during a 6-day trek on the West Coast Trail. It rained every day...the Biolite worked like a champ.
It definitely works better/burns hotter with dry wood, but once it's cooking, damp stuff isn't much of a problem.
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answered 5 months, 1 week ago
by
Steve
 - Vancouver
answer 2
Hypothetically yes, you will be able to use this stove in the rain (although i would try my best to find a slightly covered spot, no matter stove I was using.) However, what will become tough in the rain will be finding adequate fuel to keep the stove running. My suggestion would be to save the Biolite for summer camping when rainfall is few and far, and keep an LPG or an alcohol/gas based stove for the shoulder and winter season.
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answered 7 months ago
by
DanTM
 - Service Centre
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Warranty ???

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
by
FishHead
 - Central Okanagan BC
on BioLite CampStove
1 answer
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answer 1
Short answer: Yes, for 1 year against defects from the manufacturer. More info can be found on Biolite's website.

By Purchasing it at MEC, you get access to our RockSolid Warranty for the lifetime of the product.
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answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
JLACROIX
 - Service Centre
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Is the pot adaptor included with BioLite CampStove?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
on BioLite CampStove
1 answer
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answer 1
Yes. Just got my BioLite last week by Mail from MEC and the small pot adapter was included.
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answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
MomentumFan
 - Halifax
Question

What is the ipx rating for the charging/fan unit?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
on BioLite CampStove
1 answer
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answer 1
There is no IP, or Ingress Protection rating listed for the water resistance of the electrical unit part of this stove by the manufacturer. You may want to contact the manufacturer directly if there is numbered rating you require.
The battery/fan /charger is not a sealed waterproof unit and cannot be submerged under water or have water poured over it.
That being said the plastic housing of this unit does offer some protection from the elements but would be considered a low level of water protection.
It could handle a light sprinkle but should be under shelter of rain.
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answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
chboo
 - service centre
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