BioLite Stove and Pocket filter review-Christmas in February

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by stg58, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    2 packages arrived yesterday with the BioLite stove and the $211 Pocket filter.

    The Pocket filter looks good new and no knockoff with better construction than the Combi filter but my Combi is the Combi+ with extra attachments so having both will be nice.

    The BioLite stove looks good not real heavy duty the legs look like they could be easily bent.

    I took it out to the garage and started it up with the enclosed starter tabs and it started well not a lot of smoke.
    After it started generating electricity I plugged in my iPhone and it charged but as the fire subsided it stopped charging so you really have to keep the fire stoked to maintain a charge and being a small chamber you have to watch it if charging is your main task.

    I like the BioLite the grill attachment did not ship yet but outdoor burger season is not here yet:)
    The Pocket filter is really the Cadillac of filters and will be tested when I go on a bike trip. I could not fault anyone who bought the Combi filter either.

    All in all it was Christmas in February....
  2. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    The Biolite really burns well, they did a really good job designing it.
  3. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    Does the Biolite put out much heat?
  4. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Inquiring minds want to know; how fast will it boil a liter of water ?
  5. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    I'm sorry, I can't give any exact numbers; we never timed anything, just test fired it.

    The unit will put out a lot of heat if you set the fan to the high setting. You must keep it fed, though.

    If you want a lower temp and a longer burn time, set it to the lower fan setting.

    Very versitile and easy to use. We never measured the electrical output, but yeah, it will charge a cell phone. I wouldn't expect more than that.
  6. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    I'll try to geet ahold of the unit again for next weekend so I can do a thurough test burn with it and give you all a detailed review.
  7. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Pellet stove pellets really work well in starting and rekindling a waning fire.
  8. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Just received an email from the Biolite folks on a new product.

    Quote from BioLite KettlePot camping Kettle | Cool Material
    The new “pours like a kettle, cooks like a pot” addition is made of stainless and goes on top of the CampStove. It’s got a wind-blocking heat shield for faster boiling and a folding side handle. When you’re roughing it size and space are definitely a concern, but even that’s not an issue because your CampStove will store inside the KettlePot. What will they think of next? (Available this fall)

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