Biolite Campstove 2

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  1. snwcmpr

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    Good point. Splitting with a knife! Next time.
    The area I was at was a campground. I know they usually sterilize areas like that. So, branches are cleared, or so it looked. Also, other campers regularly gather for their own fires.

    My intent was to use what was available in the most obvious ways. And not to try to solve the problem before I had one. I experienced this stove as, most likely, others did, too.
    Part of my response/review is that it takes a bit of experience and 'know how' to use this stove properly. It is not simply an "Add wood and burn" stove.

    And .... while at camp I wanted to read the manual. (Does anyone read manuals anymore?) Then I remembered that I left it in the box at home.

    It, the Biolite II, came with some really good fire starter, a well fitting bag, and an LED light. I have not tried the light yet.
     
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    @snwcmpr One of the reasons I've spent as long as I have with the small gassifiers and the Biolite I have is if were to opt to take one away I'd know exactly what to expect from each of them.

    I'm sure you are normally as cautious with any new GPA stove you are unfamiliar with before relying on it in a real world scenario.

    The small wood burners have rekindled (pun intended) a part of my knowledge from scouting of woodland and the natural world that I had not used for many years and has been huge enjoyment in the process.

    Also the scientific and humanitarian reasons behind the products has been a revelation. Every day is a learning day.

    It's also given me a few challenges personally from a technical perspective to follow with on the to do list, I'm content for the time being that I could happily take one way and make a meal and a cup of tea with any of them with found fuel, or a small amount of pellets. Other options being Hexi in the TLUDs or meths if needed in a biolite.

    Something I wasn't either capable or confident of only a few months ago. And I thank you for some of the info on the path.
     
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    I got one of I got one of these for $20.83
    REI garage sale
     
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    Actually THIS one.
    BioLite.jpeg
     
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    Dang it, I now have 3 Biolite stoves. 1 V1 and 2 V2.
     
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    Ive been noticing them on local online auction site here but as yet theyre expensive nearly twice the price of a villiers inferno may wait till they get cheaper
    Would they burn normal pellet fire pellets?
     
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    I have used the oak pellets I bought years ago.
    They sell these.
    Called "Materials: Premium hardwood blend"
     
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    I think they're like cats. Sometimes you choose the stove, sometimes the stove chooses you.
     
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    They've certainly got the scent for Ken. :)

    One of the rules of stove collecting has always been don't look for them.

    Bit like bird watching, you'll spot one when you least expect it.

    I have to admit not trying the 'kitty litter' in the cookstove as I've managed to optimise the TLUD for that. A trial I've yet to undertake, and something I should really have done if I'm honest.
     
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    I was happy with the used V1.
    Then a Warehouse Deal from Amazon for a V2.
    But 20.83 dollars for the V2 bundle set ...... I had to. It was calling my name.
     
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    Are biolites the new optimus 111? do breed on the shelf?

    regards
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    We should start our own selective breeding program. I want an XGK that'll run on propane and butane while retaining it's other abilities.
     
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    I'm holding out hope that the cookstove without the TEG will have reduced it's urges. The last time I checked it was still in it's bag being guarded by the TLUDs which are under strict instruction not to give in to any pleading.
     
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    Biolites, like 111s, have the ability to breed without touching. They can even be in different locations, locked up even. There is no hope.
    Like crack, you started with a simple wood burner. I will wager they gave you the first 'hit' for free.

    ROFLMAO
     
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    @snwcmpr, I'll trust you to let me know when I need professional help, I think I have it under control at the moment. The urges to go out with an axe and saw aren't interfering with my daily routine at the moment. Although now you mention it supplies are looking a bit low on the Ash front.
     
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