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Gear: Lightweight camp stove cooks your dinner, recharges your phone

Gear: Lightweight camp stove cooks your dinner, recharges your phone
BioLite CampStove uses stuff you find on the trail for its fuel. And it also can charge your small electronics. (BioLite)

For the backpacker who wants a reliable cooking stove, the engineers at BioLite have created the lightweight, compact CampStove, which uses twigs, pine cones, and other biomass found along the trail instead of the usual gas, kerosene or propane.

The resulting fire in the combustion chamber also produces electricity through a thermoelectric generator.

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The result: a hot flame beneath the cooking surface, plus enough surplus electricity to power an integrated USB port (cable included) for charging a small electronic device.

The CampStove is about 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide and weighs about 2 pounds.

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The BioLite Bundle includes the portable grill and a kettle/pot designed to work with the stove and to nestle with it for transport.

BioLite CampStove costs $129.95; BioLite Bundle is $224.85.

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