Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about a revolutionary new type of backpacking stove called the BioLite Thermoelectric Camp Stove. The BioLite is revolutionary because unlike nearly every other type of wood burning stove on the market, the BioLite claims to have reduced the smoke emissions from burning wood by 90% through clever engineering, and their patent-pending thermoelectric-fan technology that practically eliminates the black carbon (soot).
Not only does the BioLite stove burn anything you put into it with incredible efficiency, it can also use the leftover heat that it generates to power up your cellphone or even a small light by converting a small amount of the fire’s thermal energy into electricity using the solid state thermoelectric generator.
Back in January there were very few updates being posted about the BioLite, and despite all of the interest and comments asking how to get one and when it would be available, the BioLite stove and its inventors seemed to disappear without a trace. I had several emails and comments asking if this was real or just a prototype that would never make it into production? Well, I have some great news!
I was contacted today by the BioLite team to let me know that they were sorry for the delayed response, but had been busy field testing their production versions and getting ready for the release in Spring of 2012. Here is the comment they left on my previous blog post:
Brian, thanks for the great article. We apologize for the delay in answering folks' emails as we've been overwhelmed by the positive response to our product. The great news is that the CampStove is now in manufacture and we will begin taking pre-orders in December for early spring 2012 delivery. If you haven't already, please sign up for our mailing list to keep up to date on both CampStove and HomeStove developments. www.BioLiteStove.com/contact
Thank you again to all of our loyal fans and we look forward to getting stove in your hands in the coming months.
All the best,
The BioLite Team
I don't have any additional information on the price of the CampStove or HomeStove, but I'm very excited to discover that the stove has gone into production and that it will be available for pre-order in a few months. As I learn more I will be sure to post updates.
Here's a great video that shows you how the CampStove works. If this doesn't get you interested in one I don't know what will.