Earlier this summer I splurged and got myself a Biolite Camping Stove, when I found out about it on one of the technology blogs I read. What does a camping stove have to do with technology? Good question. Well, this puppy is different from other camping stoves. It uses wood, not gas, to heat up. Any kind thin and small sticks will do, pinecones, stuff the wind blows down from the trees along your street or in your park. Once it's heated up enough, the stove will generate energy from the heat, and while roasting smokeys or hotdogs or marshmallow, or boiling water for your tea, it generates enough electricity to charge your phone (if you have a long enough cord.) I used it all summer long, at the lake, in the garden, and on the balcony. You can put it on your table, or on the ground. Once it's cool enough, you can pack it up nicely and store it with your camping gear (or in my case, in my picnic basket).
What's not to like? Well, it's a great stove. I would definitively buy it again if it ever broke. However, it does generate a lot of ashes, so the ashes will end up in your hair, on your plate, in your drink. I suppose, ashes are part of fire, so suck it up, princess. Also, you will need to bring some kind of fire starter, otherwise you need to be pro in fire building. I use firesticks (from sawdust and wax). And last but not least, no wood, no fire. If you are out there in the wilderness and it just rained and you didn't bring dry firewood, you're out of luck. Do you need it? Probably not. Are there better camping stoves out there? Probably yes. Do I enjoy the heck out of this little thing? YOU BET.
So, there you have it. My less than professional review. If you want to have a closer look, you can find more information here: biolitestove.com (I am in no way affiliate with them. I had to buy my own stove and what I wrote is my honest and personal opinion.)