We’re big fans of BioLite’s CampStove, which gives you a highly-compact stove that uses heat from its flames to give your smartphone an extra trickle of charge. Problem is, that trickle is so small, it’s barely usable, making the feature less useful of an addition than the outfit probably intended. That’s why with BioLite’s new CookStove, they’re removing the USB charging completely, all while retaining the features that made the original such a good companion for cooking in the wild.
Like the original, the redesigned stove uses sticks, twigs, and random wood pellets you can find around the grounds for fuel, so you don’t have to bother with squeezing a propane canister into your pack. It also comes with a thermoelectric system that converts heat into energy, which it uses to power the integrated fan to create a large, burning flame that belies the device’s compact size.
The BioLite CookStove measures just 7.75 x 4.5 inches, making it absolutely easy to find space for in your pack. While small, it’s powerful, with the ability to boil a liter of water in just 4.5 minutes. The integrated fan comes with four settings that let you adjust the flame anywhere from a relaxing campfire to a turbo-boiling machine, with the battery able to hold enough charge to keep it running for up to 30 hours at a time (in the lowest fan setting). Of course, the thermoelectric generation system will continually recharge the battery with fresh juice whenever you use the stove, so you’ll likely only have to charge this once and never again.
Available now, the BioLite CookStove is priced at $99.95.