Stove Burns Wood, Charges USB-Powered Gadgets on Side

If it works as advertized, the BioLite stove is a pretty amazing invention. Using only twigs for fuel, you’ll be able to cook soup in a pot on top and plug in your USB device on the side. The charge time is comparable to charging via a USB port on a laptop computer, the company cites.

Weighs 2 pounds, packs up small as a water bottle

The stove comes with its own stuff sack, packs down to about 8 × 5inches, and weighs 2 lbs. Cost will be $129 when it’s released this spring, just in time for camping season.

More detailed tech specs regarding charge times will be available when the product goes on sale. For now, check out the company’s site at

—Pam Wright is a contributing writer for GearJunkie and an editor at UpNorthica, a publication on canoe camping and the North Woods.

BioLite stove trades twigs burned in a canister for electricity to charge gadgets
Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.