Brooklyn-based BioLite has developed an innovative portable wood-burning stove with the added benefit of converting heat energy into electricity to charge small devices or power LEDs.
Unlike other wood-burning stoves that can be inefficient and possibly toxic, the BioLite CampStove is as clean and safe as modern stoves due to its inbuilt fan and thermoelectric conversion process.
The compact stove weighs less than a kilo and measures just over eight inches in height. It is ideal for use while travelling as there is no need to carry fuel – twigs and wood can simply be gathered en route.
Not yet for general sale, BioLite has also developed the HomeStove. This larger model is designed to provide a more efficient and less polluting cooking solution for developing countries, as more than three billion people worldwide cook on open fires.
For other compact travel gadgets, see the Stylus report On the Road: A Home Away from Home.