The Portable Wood-Powered Grill That Can Charge Your Phone

In 2012, BioLite launched its CampStove, which provided campers with a wood-powered stove that didn't require any cylinders of fuel, with the added bonus of being able to power electronics. Relatively compact and certainly novel, it was a hit, and made it possible for BioLite to produce the HomeStove, an improvement on the open fires that three billion people use worldwide. This week, BioLite has launched the BaseCamp Stove, turning their concept into an awesome portable grill.

At the flip of a switch, the BaseCamp's fire pattern turns from a concentrated stove top — for boiling — and spreads over the entire surface for grilling. Certainly more convenient than rigging a grate over a fire pit, the BaseCamp keeps the fire contained and leaves less of a trace.

The electrical aspect of the BaseCamp is where things really heat up. To get the grill to cooking temperatures quickly, there's a thermoelectric generator that powers a fan from the heat of the grill, creating a feedback loop that gets it even hotter. Since the fan only takes so much power, the stove uses the surplus to charge your mobile devices as you cook, and powers a dashboard that lets you know how hot the grill is and how much power it's producing.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor for Supercompressor. He looks up to Prometheus. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.