BioLite CampStove 2 Hiking Stove – How to setup and use

BioLite CampStove 2 Hiking Stove – How to setup and use


Congratulations on your new CampStove 2. Our latest update to our
portable camping stove. Now featuring 50% more power,
onboard battery storage, and a new LED dashboard. In this video you’ll
find quick tips on setup, fire starting, cooking,
charging, shutdown, and safety. Let’s get started. [Upbeat Music] Your CampStove 2 comes in two parts. The orange power module, and the stainless steel burn chamber. If you want to get a head
start on your power supply, you can pre-charge your
power module at home via the micro USB located underneath. To assemble the CampStove 2 insert the power module’s probe
into the burn chamber, and lock it into place by
extending the legs below. Set it on stable ground
clear of any branches, and remove any debris or brush
from the surrounding area. Now’s a good time to get
to know the LED dashboard. The orange lights on the left represent the strength of your fire, an indicator of how much
heat you’re producing. Relatedly, the green
lights on the right side show how much power is available
to you for charging devices which will be impacted by the power you generate from your fire. Lastly, the middle blue lights represent four fan speeds available to you to control the airflow and
intensity of your flames. [Upbeat Music] Good fire starting starts with good fuel. We recommend using harder woods like oak or maple which burn
longer that fir or pine. You can also use BioLite
food safe pellets, which can burn for
extended periods of time without any need to refuel. Quick heads up, do not use charcoal and do not use liquid
fuels in your CampStove 2. Also, avoid using damp or green wood, as it will cause a lot of smoking. If it bends instead of snaps, that’s a sign you shouldn’t use it. Loosely pack the burn chamber with fuel. Two important things here: One, don’t overstuff the chamber. This will prevent airflow
for proper combustion. Two, don’t extend your fuel beyond the last row of air jets. This can present a burn hazard and obstruct your ability to place cooking accessories on
top of the camp stove. Break off a small piece of fire starter included with your stove, and light with a match or lighter and
place inside the burn chamber. If you’re in windy conditions, we recommend using a barbecue lighter and lighting directly inside the stove. And if you’re using pellets, fill up the chamber about
three quarters of the way, leaving the last ring of air jets exposed. Once hot enough the
CampStove 2’s fan system will automatically kick in and start
providing air to your fire. If you want to expedite the process, you can press the power button twice to the lowest fan setting. But be careful this may
snuff out a weak flame. As your fire builds start to add pieces of fuel that are larger in diameter. This will reduce the amount
of times you need to refuel, and it will build a hot, sustained fire. Twigs and bush are
great for fire starting, but avoid using them as the
main fuel source for your fire. They’ll burn quickly and they
won’t produce a hot flame. [Upbeat Music] The CampStove 2 is a fully
functioning cook stove. Accommodating a range of camping cookware including the BioLite portable grill, kettle pot, and coffee press. Whenever using cookware with a handle, make sure it is lined
with the power module so flames are diverted away. And if you’re using the portable grill, make sure it’s facing away
from the power module. A couple other tips on the portable grill: The grill’s fuel hatch
allows access to the flame, but don’t overstuff with fuel. Stay at the jets, this shouldn’t change the way that you load the stove. To avoid overheating the camp stove, keep your fan on the first two settings. Lastly, you will have a big flame but flames should not be
shooting out of the grill. You run the risk of overheating your unit. If your fire is getting too
hot for your cooking needs you can do two things: One, stop refuelling and
let the fire die down a bit. Or two, lower your fan speed to reduce air flow and
produce a smaller fire. If you’re looking to boil, set your fan to the highest setting. But if you’re looking to simmer
or just enjoy your camp fire use the lowest two settings. Be sure to check out the BioLite blog for an awesome array
of recipes you can make with your CampStove 2 system. Pro tip: if you’re using
the portable grill, toss in some barbecue wood
chips for extra flavour. [Upbeat Music] The CampStove 2 uses a
thermoelectric generator to capture heat from it’s fire and produce three watts of electricity that you can use to charge phones, cameras, and other gear
around your campsite. It also features an on board
2600 milliamp power battery that can store energy so you can charge even when the fire isn’t burning. And, as a quick reminder, you can pre charge that internal battery at home via micro USB. To see how much power
you’ve got available, press the button on the power module once. The green lights will
illuminate to show how full the internal battery is and
will activate charge out. A full battery will provide
a full phone charge, and will charge as fast as
a typical USB power bank. As you deplete your battery,
the green lights will decrease. They’ll light back up as you produce electricity from the heat of your fire. To charge devices, simply
plug into the USB port located directly below the LED dashboard. Do not use the micro USB port,
that’s for charging only. Your kit also includes a USB flex light, that you can use to light
your surroundings at night. Just plug it into the USB port and tap on or off with your finger
or press and hold to dim. When the internal battery is below 10%, it will stop charging external
devices and reserve power to keep the internal
air flow system running. To reengage charge out, increase your fire to generate more power. If you plug in a device
when the battery is hovering around 10%, you may
notice it charges in cycles. That’s normal. Thanks to the internal battery, you can also use the
power module independently as a power bank when the
camp stove isn’t running. As a reminder, the stronger the fire, the more power you’ll generate. This is where checking the orange lights on the left becomes really helpful. However, if your fire gets too hot, the campstove will issue
a temperature alert. The orange LED’s will
start flashing all at once. This means your battery
needs to cool down. Stop refuelling immediately. The fan will automatically turn to the highest setting to assist with cool down. If the campstove doesn’t
start to cool down within a few minutes, the
fan will shut off completely. When your unit is sufficiently cooled down the lights will stop flashing and you can reengage charging devices. [Upbeat Music] The CampStove 2 will burn fuel down to ash and turn itself off when the internal temperature is cool enough. If you try to turn the fan off and then it turns itself back on, that means the inner
chamber is still too hot. Dump our remaining ash
in a fire ring or ash bin or by digging a small hole and covering it with dirt and water. Do not leave any embers
behind, those can start fires. Also, don’t try to dump
out the CampStove 2 when a live fire is going. If you’re looking to expedite shutdown, turn your fan to the highest
setting and stop refuelling. And don’t pour water
into the burn chamber. When the stove is sufficiently cool, you can take it apart and nest it. Pro tip: if you’re
concerned about residue, place the power module inside
the included stuff sack and then place that
inside your burn chamber. And if you have a kettle pot, that serves as a carrying
case for your stove. If you want to clean your
power module at home, wipe it down with a damp cloth, but don’t submerge it in water. And if you were using the portable grill, wipe down with a wire brush
and always dry thoroughly. [Upbeat Music] Lastly, a few quick safety tips
before you are on your way. The CampStove 2 is for outdoor use only. If you’ve got kids with you, great, have them collect sticks
and pine cones for the stove but let the adults do the
actual refuelling and burning. When the stove is in use, do not touch any metal parts of the stove. They get really really hot. If you’ve got a big flame going, make sure its downwind
of the power module. And lastly, burn regulations vary from park to park, and by season. Check with your local ranger for details regarding your specific area. Thanks for watching and we hope you have a great time in the
outdoors with your CampStove 2. [Keyboard Typing]

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