Last year I reviewed the BioLite CampStove. I thought it was a great way to cook food, boil water, and charge your electronic devices in the backcountry, although it was a bit heavy to replace the trusted combo of my JetBoil and Goal Zero Nomad.
Now, the folks at BioLite are Kickstarting a new, larger strove they’re calling the BioLite BaseCamp Stove.
The functionality of the larger BaseCamp Stove is pretty much the same as with the CampStove. Both convert heat from burning biomass (typically dead wood already lying around the campsite) into electricity.
But where the CampStove is ideally suited for one or two people to use on a camping trip, the BaseCamp Stove provides a complete off-grid cooking and energy solution for larger groups.
The BaseCamp puts out 5W of power through a standard USB outlet. That’s enough wattage to charge most mobile devices (including tablets), headlamps, and cameras. The powerpack comes with a battery, so you can charge up either with or without a burning fire. And — a thoughtful touch — it comes with a convenient, flexible USB lamp lets you see what you’re cooking after the sun goes down.
The design of the BaseCamp Stove is based on the charitable work BioLite has done with the HomeStove, a cooking solution for developing countries that helps reduce smoke emission from open cooking fires and provides families with much-needed electricity.
There are the standard array of tiered rewards, but if you kick in for $299, you’ll be among the first to receive the BioLite BaseCamp Stove when they start shipping in October 2014. If you act quickly, you’ll also get a carrying case to go with with.
Update: The BioLite BaseCamp Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded and the stove is now available for sale.