BioLite FirePit

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Bishop

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Jan 25, 2014
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AvE's review has to be one of the most honest I've seen on YouTube lol

Something with the kickstart video niggled me so checked the Biolite FAQ's

Q: Does the FirePit create electricity?
A: Nope - the FirePit is designed to radiate heat, not concentrate it (which is why we have the x-ray mesh benefit), so its intended use and benefit puts it at odds with TEG optimization.

Q: How long does the Solar Cover take to recharge the power pack to full?
A:The Solar Cover is designed to take about 4-5 days to charge the power pack to full.

At £150 plus shipping I reckon t will be a rare sight on these shores.

FYI -Could be bad news ahead for Biolite this thermoelectric beastie & others like it have been spotted in China.
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Janne

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Feb 10, 2016
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I imagine you get a complete combustion, so just pure ashes as a result. Also very efficient (= less fuel needed).

The downside is the bulk and weight, not so good if you are backpacking in the Nature.
 

Robson Valley

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Nov 24, 2014
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Maybe a long canoe trip through populated countryside.
No camp fires allowed and the constant hum of people & traffic noise, the Biolite might not even rise above the ambient noise pollution.

That doesn't happen here. There's only forest sounds and the crackle of a driftwood camp fire on some river beach.
No artficial lights, no cell coverage. Just you and the bugs.

I lived on Nipew (Lake of the Dead) on the Churchill River one summer.
5 months. 40 miles(?) from the only road. One month, I saw nobody.
 

Jared

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The fan speed is controllable. So it was suitable made suitable for hot tenting, could still generate electricity without need for the fan running.
 

Mowmow

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Jul 6, 2016
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My friend got one as a gift. Seems to do it's job as a stove well just gotta get it plenty hot to get it charging. Cool bit of kit but not for me personally.

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didicoy

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I bought a biolite base amp two years ago. I have even tried to use it yet. Suppose that says have useful it is to me (at the moment) I still think it's got its place and it will be used eventually, just not for the type of camping I've been doing.

It's a shame the BBQ couldn't generate its own power to drive the fans. That would be a tool, though even more expensive.
 

Nice65

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AvE's review has to be one of the most honest I've seen on YouTube lol

Something with the kickstart video niggled me so checked the Biolite FAQ's



At £150 plus shipping I reckon t will be a rare sight on these shores.

FYI -Could be bad news ahead for Biolite this thermoelectric beastie & others like it have been spotted in China.
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I've seen a lot of interest in Biolite, but no true positive feedback. To me it's faddy, overpriced, gadgety rubbish. I've a couple of Anker portable chargers that will easily do me a week if I don't hammer my phone. A nice fire, and charging a phone are so disconnected to me. Oh, and it's very expensive and doesn't charge anything.
 

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