A Smarter Portable Camp Stove


Leave the fuel at home: The BioLite BaseCamp uses thermoelectric technology to generate energy. Whether you’re in the backcountry or the backyard, just a few burning sticks will power an internal fan that helps quickly spark a hot fire.

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Its best feature? No, it’s not the cooktop (which fits eight burgers at a time) — the stove will charge your phone or tablet while you cook (plugging in to the USB port for a half hour gives you hours of juice). It weighs almost 18 pounds and measures 21×15 inches when the legs are folded, giving you a great excuse for a cookout no matter where you go. [$300; biolitestove.com]

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