BioLite adds a grill option to its gadget-charging CampStove
By C.C. Weiss
March 15, 2013
Since its introduction a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove has received much acclaim, winning multiple nominations and awards, including a selection for our top camping gadgets list. Thanks to the added function of electricity generation, the new stove appeals to more than just crunchy outdoor folks muling sweat-stained packs; it appeals to tech and gadget lovers, too. The BioLite's general market appeal is sure to broaden with the recent addition of a new accessory: a grill.
Much like Solhuma, Inc. did with its VitalStove , BioLite has added a grill attachment to its biomass-fueled CampStove. The Portable Grill secures to the cylindrical stove, funneling heat (and delicious wood smoke) up through the open, meat-dripping grates.
Anyone with experience grilling knows that wood smoke brings some of the best flavor you'll eat, and the BioLite rig brings that flavor virtually anywhere. And what could be cooler than simultaneously smoke-searing your steak while charging your iPhone?
BioLite says that the CampStove's vortex flame creates three temperature zones – one for searing, one for cooking and one for toasting. The grill fits up to four hamburgers or six hot dogs, and its flip-out legs provide a stable grillin' surface and allow it to compact down to 9.5 x 12 x 3.25 inches (24 x 30.5 x 8.25 cm). It weighs just under two pounds(0.9 kg). The flip-up top lets you add fuel to the stove while you grill, and the included plastic cover doubles as a cutting board or serving dish.
The BioLite Portable Grill retails for US$59.95. Due to high demand, shipping is currently backed up for about two months.