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in my previous thread biolite coming 2012
Well after a very long wait it finally arrived
I must apologise for a hastily put together review , forgot to do the traditional unboxing vid ( lol )
in the box you get 1 x biolite campstove
1 x usb lead ( female to female )
5 x firelighters
1 stuff sack
1 x instruction manual
the stove base has 3 fold out legs on the bottom which neatly stow away when not in use saving space
the power pack/fan which runs off power generated from a heat source slides neatly into to stove cylinder and the bottom leg cleverly clips it into place and securely holds it to the stove.
NOTE >>>>> biolite state you must charge the power pack unit before you use the campstove this is just to give it its first full charge, they also state you wont have to do this again if you use it frequently but if its left for 6mths or more you may need to recharge it, this only takes 2 hrs via usb port.
to use - simply depress the power button once for low fan speed - simmering foods - 3kw
and depress the power button twice for high speed - fast cooking - 5kw
so after charging and putting the stove outside i hacked up some old bits of wood from my shed and gave it a whirl
they claim it reduces smoke emissions and i can happily say yes it does , but at start up you get the usual amount of smoke until you turn on the power on this enables the fan on low and air circulates around the inner chamber adding oxygen adding flame and believe me instantly reduced the smoke . when the thermoelectric generator detects heat it starts to generate electric and you no when its ready to charge items as the orange led under the power button turns green.
I got a pan filled it with 1 litre of water ( cold from tap ) and started the quick test
as for charging , i connected my nokia lumia up and well it charged it i left it connected for 30 mins and it gave me half battery which is consistent to being plugged into mains !!!!!
to say the least i was very very impressed just under 6mins for a rolling boil on full heat i did need to add more wood but it done the job very well. upon cooldown the biolite camp stove turns itself into low fan to aid the cooling process of the thermogenerator and the unit .
i was amazed to see how long it kept generating heat from a few bits of wood which i would say it can very easily simmer for frying foods. All that was left was a few small bits of charcole and dust .
to clean took seconds and to pack away the same simply folf the legs and store the powerpack into the inside of the stove.
make sure the flames are not blown in the direction of the powerpack as this would damage the unit.
power when you need it
very light 3lbs
easy to carry
very easy to light - use cotton wool
no need to carry fuel ( i would carry a few starter items though just incase )
the only gripe i have is its slightly unstable on 3 legs so you will need to have a flat or stable surface to cook on but that just me being safety concious
all in all one hell of an invention and a brilliant piece of kit.
uk buyers take note ............ $50 postage £27 import tax ('') total cost £129 take away import tax and postage and its well worth the investment
us buyers not sure of postage or taxes
sorry for the back garden review but the weather here is crap rain rain rain ( which reminds me dont use this stove in the rain it is not waterproof and will break ) if i have missed any details i apologise.
if you like camping and like stoves and like me carrying fuel is an issue ie. children pets and just dnt like carrying fossil fuels then this is the one for you.
hope this review helps many thanks pt
PS any questions or more pics requested ill do my best to get them on asap....... its xbox time lol