Gear | April 17, 2018 9:00 am

The BioLite Stove That Started It All Is Finally Getting a U.S. Release

It's been a godsend in developing countries. Now, it's yours.

If you think BioLite camp stoves make all the difference when you’re out in the wild, consider what it means for people in developing countries.

For all BioLite’s portable off-the-grid offerings, which include everything from hi-tech firepits to solar home kits, it’s easy to forget the other side of its mission: to provide clean energy in “emerging markets” through affordable products designed to cook, charge and light off-grid households.

It’s a mission that goes beyond outdoor recreation. Clean-energy products throughout India and Africa are vital to everyday life: for example, open-fire cooking causes more than 4 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization, with toxic smoke directly linked to heart disease and chronic lung conditions.

BioLite’s solution was the HomeStove, a wood-burning rocket stove that used 50% less wood than a traditional open fire. Not only that, it was built with a thermoelectric design that reduces smoke while providing external electricity to power the included light.

And now, BioLite is finally releasing the HomeStove to the U.S. market in a limited-production run. It’s a curious release, especially when compared to the company’s newest offerings, which generally pack more energy and add-ons.

But the HomeStove represents the company going back to basics: to offer a simple stove to those who aren’t concerned about portability or if it can also charge their phone. And for anyone who needs a solid outdoor cooktop that’s also healthy for the environment, that’s a godsend.

For preorder details, head on over the BioLite.