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BioLite BaseCamp Stove - REI Clearance (B/M only) - $135 + tax (YMMV)

BandageXDA 82 104 September 14, 2016 at 12:21 PM in Camping (11)
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Last Edited by BandageXDA September 14, 2016 at 01:00 PM
If you're a fan of the smaller BioLite Woodburning Camp Stove for hiking / camping, here's a great deal on the BaseCamp Stove for larger groups!

It looks like it's only in store, having been discontinued online, so it's YMMV. The NJ store I bought mine from had 2 out on the floor.

These retail for $300, so it's a huge discount. They are still on amazon at regular price. Not sure if it'd be at all possible to get them to PM, I've attached a receipt if you need one for any PM at other retailers.

Happy Hunting!


REI Item Page [rei.com]

Manufacturer Page [bioliteenergy.com]

Amazon Review [amazon.com]

Engadget Review [engadget.com]


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Using patent-pending thermoelectric technology, the stove converts heat to electricity that charges an internal battery and powers a fan to increase the efficiency of the fire

Converts heat into 5 watts of usable electricity; built-in 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery stores the energy for use whenever you need it

1-touch lever transforms your flame to meet a variety of cooking needs, whether you want to grill, cook or broil

Grill surface fits up to 8 burgers

Enjoy the fun and flavor of a wood fire without the smoke; a high-performance alternative to propane and charcoal

Perfect for the patio, backyard, backcountry, power outage or a tailgate, the BaseCamp sets up fast and packs easily

Smart LED dashboard lets you monitor your fire and power
Bucket handle for easy portability

Folding legs let you adjust the cooking height and adapt to uneven surfaces

Flexible USB light included to illuminate the stove at night
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Biolite always had a bit of a marketing problem justifying the high cost of their off-grid power generation stoves, particularly because that capability is only available while cooking something. The value/weight proposition is a bit questionable in relation to rechargeable power banks, lightweight folding solar panels, or simply bringing along extra batteries.

But the compact backcountry model at least had the benefit of a relatively small package tied to a piece of kit you're going to pack in anyways (a stove). And the back country is an environment where power generation options are truly limited.

But this basecamp model doesn't fold into a particularly small or lightweight package, so it'll be hard to justify carrying it very deep into the back country, even as part of a group excursion. It seems most likely to be used for car camping, or maybe at a backwoods cabin. But in those scenarios your vehicle's 12 volt power ports and/or a solar array or small gasoline generator are much more robust power generation options.

If I try really hard, I can conceive of a limited range of scenarios where this could make some level of sense. Maybe extended group trekking in undeveloped regions. But even then only if you're not using motorized vehicles and you're not interested in other, more flexible power generation options.

Beyond the admittedly heavy discount and an undeniable gee-whiz factor, I'm struggling with the real world practicality of this product. Might be why it's being clearanced out at a heavy discount.

Neither TD nor TU and really: I'm not trying to thread crap. It's just that sometimes a cheap deal isn't necessarily a good deal.
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Biolite always had a bit of a marketing problem justifying the high cost of their off-grid power generation stoves, particularly because that capability is only available while cooking something. The value/weight proposition is a bit questionable in relation to rechargeable power banks, lightweight folding solar panels, or simply bringing along extra batteries.

But the compact backcountry model at least had the benefit of a relatively small package tied to a piece of kit you're going to pack in anyways (a stove). And the back country is an environment where power generation options are truly limited.

But this basecamp model doesn't fold into a particularly small or lightweight package, so it'll be hard to justify carrying it very deep into the back country, even as part of a group excursion. It seems most likely to be used for car camping, or maybe at a backwoods cabin. But in those scenarios your vehicle's 12 volt power ports and/or a solar array or small gasoline generator are much more robust power generation options.

If I try really hard, I can conceive of a limited range of scenarios where this could make some level of sense. Maybe extended group trekking in undeveloped regions. But even then only if you're not using motorized vehicles and you're not interested in other, more flexible power generation options.

Beyond the admittedly heavy discount and an undeniable gee-whiz factor, I'm struggling with the real world practicality of this product. Might be why it's being clearanced out at a heavy discount.

Neither TD nor TU and really: I'm not trying to thread crap. It's just that sometimes a cheap deal isn't necessarily a good deal.
Totally agree with all you've said. For me, this will be used when we take the niece & nephew car camping. Hiking we'll stick with the smaller one, or our JetBoil / Pocket Rocket.

I can't stand lugging around charcoal for a "family" trip, and lighting a fire pit for coffee & eggs is just a PITA. This should fill that need nicely, and so much better than sucking in propane fumes. Much prefer the smell of percolating coffee and burning wood. Sucker is HEAVY tho. Probably won't use the charge feature, unless it's to mystify the kiddos. Science Beechez! Might use the LED light attachment, perhaps not as it's only 100 lumens.

Anyways, appreciate your restraint on the TD...this is a good deal to someone, somewhere, at this price. Especially if they'd eyeballed out of curiosity in the past.
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