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    Hi Guys, I found this nifty little off the grid stove called "biolite" that uses twigs as fire. The neat thing about is that it also generates 1 watt of electricity that can be used to power a cell phone or an led light.
    check it out here.

    http://biolitestove.com/BioLite_in_60_Seconds.html
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    Love it Yiola! Will be looking into one of these puppies. Plan on living on the river this summer on the days off from work, this will allow me my coffee and tea fixes! Much easier then starting a full fledge fire. And dry twigs too, instead of hunting down the big dry wood. This is way to good! Thank you!
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    Hi Yiola, I was given a kelly kettle last year but this one looks tempting. Wouldn't mind having it also!

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    Very cool!! Is this thing for sale yet? I couldn't figure out how to order one on their site. None on ebay either.
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    the link isn't working anymore.

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    I picked up a sterno stove from Dicks in the States recently. I love it! It's light, folds flat and it's wide enough to put a pot or frying pan on. It's in my BOB (bug out bag).

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    They look incredible!! Where can I buy one? Are they available in New Zealand?

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    It's an expensive hobo stove. Just get a large tin can, punch holes in it all the way round, in fact all over, including the bottom. light a fire insode and put your pan / kettle on top. Works for me and my lad when camping and no open fires are allowed.
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    The website says the home one comes out April 2012 and the camping one in March 2012.

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    Thanks yiolas!

    Just check the website and they are taking pre-orders

    Campstove $129.00

    Homestove still to be released this year after fields trials.

    You could always do a search for "Rocket Stove" and build one of those.

    Here's website(one of many):
    http://www.rocketstove.org/index.php...tpage&Itemid=1
    There is a tutorial on there,but this one below would be a lot easier if you don't have access to a kiln:



    There are many more designs on the tube too.

    Cheers

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    I've got a Biolite camp stove on order! Meanwhile my home wood stove does a fine job of cooking and heating. It's nice not to be dependent on electricity!

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    Yay! My biolite camp stove arrived last week and it works very well. It will be of great use camping in the summer. My little granddaughter and I had lunch outside in the cold to try it out.

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    Default Re: Off the Grid - Cooking and Heating

    One can order the camp stove but not the home stove on that website. Anyone know why the home stove is not available?

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    It's not in production yet. I've been impressed with this company. I was put on a waiting list for my camp stove last year with an estimated time this year of when I should receive it. They kept me well informed and the stove arrived exactly when they said it would. I'm also interested in the home stove when it is produced.

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    Latest small prep for indoor use, 24 butane cannisters for 28.32 euro and a small stove for 12 euro, thermos was 4. Thats 44,32 for emergency cooking during one whole winter, just wanted to share, maybe someone didnt have this idea yet

    I tried to use the thermos for simmering rice or pasta, works great, makes your butane last three times longer, doesnt cook as fast as on flame of course but give it ten minutes extra in the thermos and you can use your butane next day for the next meal, i calculated those few cannisters can last me a winter this way just in case. Incluiding hot tea of course

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    The butane stoves are an inexpensive bargain, and can be used indoors.
    Cooking in a thermos is an excellent way to save fuel.
    But it would be good to have a small wood burning camp stove for use outdoors if the butane runs out.
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    The butane stoves are an inexpensive bargain, and can be used indoors.
    Cooking in a thermos is an excellent way to save fuel.
    But it would be good to have a small wood burning camp stove for use outdoors if the butane runs out.
    I have a biolite too Ron, i think its a great invention, when it should break however its no good anymore, besides being a regular minicampstove, i posted various options for stoves complete with some six or so videos somewhere up this thread already, but i may just end up with drilling some holes in a large can and make myself a deluxe hobo stove or something, plenty of examples on the net ( youtube is great), my small esbit does wonders as well, latest experiment was with handsanitizer in a alumium tealight candle holder in my esbit, works great man, 15 minute burntime and it burns very hot( i got my hands on 4 1 liter sanitizer bottles for free somehow). Another experiment i did was just with waxed barbeque firestarters ( 36pcs for 48 cents) works great too of course since it produces fire, they only burn burn for like 5 minutes but thats plenty of time to heat up a can or fry a burger, i have not checked out your site for a while now so i will follow up on your link, thanks for your reply Ron.

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    Readily available and renewable resources (like firewood) should be included in one's planning.

    The rocket stoves and wood-gas stoves are great for efficiency.

    But the Volcano stove is great for versatility. It can be fueled with wood, propane or charcoal.
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