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Things Come Apart: The Biolite Campstove

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The idea behind BioLite’s CampStove is simple: Build a fire, use the fire to generate electricity, then use a portion of the electricity to power a fan that helps the fire burn cleaner and hotter for longer, so it can keep making power.

The guys who built the first prototype were mostly interested in using it for camping, so it’s about the size of a large can of pork and beans and weighs just a couple of pounds. But a fortuitous misadventure at a combustion conference led them to realize their simple idea could be useful in developing countries, so they also make and sell a larger version for cooking family meals and powering homes.

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