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Tom Davis
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http://biolitestove.com/homestove/overview/
I posted this in the "gear" forum, but it kind of fits in both, and since filtering of forums is an option, I wanted to see what people thought of this.
It looks like their Home Stove's (which aren't for sale yet it seems) are shaped like a rocket stove.
Seems like a pretty awesome technology.
I guess one problem I see with it is I thought I had heard/read that heat is really bad for batteries.
 
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I've been lurking for the last couple days, but this is a topic I can contribute to.

I actually have one of their smaller units (the "CampStove" as opposed to the "HomeStove") and I can tell that it works wonderfully! The battery actually never gets that hot because it's heat shielded and has a heat sink on it... which of course wouldn't solve the issue on it's own, but there is also a built in fan (powered by the thermocouple) which blows through this heat sink and keeps the battery cool. This fan is also what allows the small "can" design to burn super efficiently, because it acts as a bellows, raising the heat level and encouraging a more complete combustion. It's also a *ton* easier to start, since it can use the power in the battery to run the fan on low, effectively "breathing life" into the embers as you try to get it started.

It takes about 5 minutes for it to be generating enough heat/power to output the power over the USB, but once it gets there, it will charge my phone of kindle without an issue, just keep dropping sticks in. I have not tested how long I actually have to charge for to bring either item up from "dead" but the iPhone in particular is very picky about it's power source, so I'm quite impressed they managed to provide such a nice steady power stream from a camp stove.

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Cal Burns
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That looks amazing!
 
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Cool, so we can or cannot buy them in the USA yet ?
 
Justin Shands
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The CampStove is currently available, as far as I know the HomeStove is not available for purchase at this time. It sounds to me like they're primarily intending to market the HomeStove to developing nations (and investors to help fund this effort)... perhaps if enough of us showed interest in a retail version of the HomeStove, they'd allow us to purchase some

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So, I think one can make their own similar type system using something like this http://tegpower.com/pro3.htm
They also sell individual parts and such.
Seems like promising technology.
or maybe this, or something similar from another seller?
http://tegpower.com/pro8.htm
 
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Thanks for the links Matt, these are awesome. Be great for rocket stoves.
 
Robin Caudle
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Nice concept I think I will try to impliment the fan idea into my air intake once I get my rocket stove done. It would actually help if I get started on it first. LOL

Thanks love the idea.
 
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