{ "tags" : "education,emerging_markets,featured,gifts,inside_biolite,mission_page,news_events,products,stories,team", "page_size": "12", "current_page": "1", "current_offset": "0", "pages": "14", "items": "162", "next_url": "/blogs/lab?page=2", "articles": [ { "id": "203053006", "title": "36 Hours in Brooklyn", "tags": "", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/alexander-rotker-107460.jpg?2259741374652805552');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: left;'>In New York City, there are no shortage of museums, restaurants and neighborhoods to explore but if you find yourself in Brooklyn, we recommend making a point to stay outside and have an adventure.</p><p style='text-align: left;'>If you have 36 hours to spend in Brooklyn, here are our recommendations: Start your first morning with a coffee at <a href='https://www.brooklynroasting.com/' target='_blank'>Brooklyn Roasting</a> (a BioLite favorite - we drink their coffee every morning). After you’re caffeinated, hop on your bike and take the Ocean Parkway Bike Path from Prospect Park to Coney Island. Pack a picnic and have lunch at the beach. (If you’re feeling up for it take a stroll down the boardwalk for a roller coaster ride). After cycling back to the city, reward yourself with a dinner at <a href='http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/bbq-brooklyn' target='_blank'>Dinosaur BBQ</a> and don’t miss <a href='https://www.amplehills.com' target='_blank'>Ample Hills</a> ice creamery for a sweet treat. Finish off the night with a beer at a Brooklyn rooftop with amazing views of the city. (If you can't find a friend with access to a rooftop, check out Northern Territory).</p><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/15338404_295784197489047_4285880115864272896_n.jpg?3985985746934198351'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/26569499482_5e376c7968_k.jpg?3985985746934198351'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: left;'>Spend the next morning paddling around Brooklyn Bridge Park. You can rent kayaks at the <a href='http://www.bbpboathouse.org/' target='_blank'>Park's Boathouse</a>. Take a post-paddle snack break at the Williamsburg or Prospect Park <a href='https://www.smorgasburg.com/' target='_blank'>Smorgasburg</a> where various restaurants bring delicious to-go meals for you to snack on while relaxing in the park. (Or if it’s a week-day, head over the famous Grimaldi's Pizza for a pie - because you can’t go to New York and not get a great slice). Finish off your 36 hour tour at the High Line, NYC’s elevated park that offers miles of beautiful gardens explore.</p><p style='text-align: left;'>If you want to get out of the city during your short trip, there are plenty of easily accessible day trips from the city. We recommend Bear Mountain or Breakneck Ridge.</p><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: left;'>This list is by no means exhaustive, if you ever need recommendations, reach out to us @biolite.</p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/36-hours-in-brooklyn", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/alexander-rotker-107460.jpg?2259741374652805552", "post_excerpt": "In New York City, there are no shortage of museums, restaurants and neighborhoods to explore but if you find yourself...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "202624654", "title": "What Does Cooking Have to Do With Earth Day? Everything.", "tags": "emerging_markets,", "content": "<div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40 mt20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A6468_copy.jpg?12699053407124000154'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds text-center'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'></h5></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: left;'>As a member of the BioLite community, chances are you’ve heard us say before that you’re making an impact by helping us bring energy everywhere. And we mean it – when you purchase BioLite gear, that revenue gets reinvested into the work we do to replace smoky open fires with clean cookstoves.</p><p style='text-align: left;'>But what we haven’t said is <strong>why</strong> the clean cookstove movement holds so much potential, not just for the individual user, but for our planet as a whole. Each HomeStove we get into the market offsets <strong>3.5 tons of CO2 and Black Carbon a year</strong>. To date, we’ve distributed<strong> 20,000 HomeStoves and offset 93,012 tons of CO2 and Black Carbon</strong> (that is the equivalent of taking <strong>19,789</strong> cars off of the road) (<a href='https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle-0' target='_blank'>1</a>). Going after the toxic Black Carbon that cooking fires emit is also one of the fastest ways to address climate change – here are three reasons why:</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>1. Clean Cookstoves Kick Black Carbon To The Curb, A Short Lived Climate Pollutant</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>By making fires burn more efficiently, clean cookstoves require less fuel and reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions – but they also reduce this other nasty emission known as Black Carbon. You know this most commonly as soot, the particulate matter that smudges on your pots and hands. Black Carbon not only gets into the lungs of users who cook with these fires every day, it also enters the atmosphere and is the second leading cause of climate change behind CO2. (<a href='http://www.goldstandard.org/articles/black-carbon-and-other-short-lived-climate-pollutants' target='_blank'>2</a>). But here’s the difference: While Carbon Dioxide can take decades to cycle out of the atmosphere, Black Carbon can cycle out in as little as two weeks. (<a href='http://cleancookstoves.org/impact-areas/environment/index.html' target='_blank'>3</a>).</p><p><strong>Short, right?</strong> And it’s a sizable quantity, too – Black Carbon emissions from open fires currently total more output than all the cars and trucks in the world, combined. This is a real opportunity to curb a climate pollutant where we could see effects in weeks, not years.</p><p><strong>Speaking of short, here’s a 60 second video that explains soot and our mission to get rid of it:</strong></p></div><div class='two-thirds text-center mt20'><a name='earth-day-video'></a><div class='blog-full align-center mt20'><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mybB5YXaLgc' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds text-left'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>2. In The Scheme of Things, Clean Cookstoves are an Inexpensive Intervention</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>As the global community explores various solutions to tackling climate change, they all come with price tags and various barriers to adoption. Want to replace every single car on the road with a hybrid? That’s going to require huge personal investments from people and ask them to modify their behavior where the immediate benefit may not be clear.</p><p>To bring this to life a bit, let's do some quick math: Imagine you bought a Toyota Prius Hybrid instead of a Honda Civic – you're going to end up paying about $6000 more for that model and while you may see some fuel savings, the day to day driving experience will be fairly similar. But! It's a hybrid, so you're also offsetting 2 tons of CO2/Black Carbon per year. Let's say you drive that car around for 10 years; that means, over the course of that car's life, you offset 20 tons of carbon-related emissions and paid $6000 to have a car that could do that. $6000/20 = $300 per ton of carbon offset. Pretty expensive.</p><p>Now, let's take a look at the BioLite HomeStove: This stove offsets 3.5 tons of CO2/Black Carbon annually and costs around $75 in total. Plus, unlike a Prius vs. Civic where the day to day experience is pretty similar, replacing an open cooking fire with a HomeStove is dramatically different; the home isn't pluming with smoke, eyes don't water, and the family has access to electricity. Over the course of that stove's life, say around 5 years, a user will offset 17.5 tons of carbon-related emissions at just over $4 per ton. So, compared to cars, a frequent topic of emission reductions, clean cookstoves have the potential to reduce more carbon out of the atmosphere and at a cheaper cost with significant quality of life improvement. That math looks pretty solid to us.</p><p>(By the way, if you really want to dig into this, check out <a href='http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability-and-resource-productivity/our-insights/a-cost-curve-for-greenhouse-gas-reduction'>McKinsey’s Cost Curve for Greenhouse Gas Reduction</a>.)</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>3. This is a Movement Driven By People and Doesn't Have to Wait on Policymakers</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>We’re all reading the articles about conferences and government commitments on climate policy and it can often feel like we’re waiting for these governing bodies to dictate what happens next. With clean cookstoves, we’re not waiting – we’re doing.</p><p>By adopting a grassroots distribution network and business model that enables our <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/giving-good-energy-your-impact' target='_blank'>outdoor customers to invest in our work</a>, we are able to be agile and responsive rather than bogged down by red tape or protracted processes. When it comes to cleaning up cooking fires, individual actions can make a big difference.  </p><div class='two-thirds text-left mt80'></div><p>The benefits of distributing clean cookstoves spread far beyond combating climate change. By expanding clean energy access to off-grid families we can improve public health, enable communication and education, generate income, and reduce inequality. Cleaning up cooking fires has a ripple effect of positive outcomes for families.</p><p>So now you’ve got a better sense of not just what we do, but why we do it and why we see it has so much potential to make an impact now.</p><p><strong>Fired up? So are we.</strong></p><div class=''></div><a name='earth-day-ask'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt60 mb20'>Earth Day Ask: Spread The Movement</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>The clean cookstove movement is still under or off the radar for a lot of people. There’s no celebrity making the rounds, no concerts or walkathons happening for it – so we need our community to help spread the word.</p><p><strong>This Saturday is Earth Day.</strong> Help us get the word out about the power of clean cookstoves by doing one of the actions below:</p><ol><li><strong><a href='https://www.facebook.com/biolitestove/videos/1540804685954391/' target='_blank'>Share our video</a> about soot on Facebook</strong>.</li><li><strong>Active on Twitter?</strong> Tweet a stat about cookstoves and carbon. Here are a few:</li><ol><li><em>World leaders should redouble efforts to cut soot emissions - its the cheapest fastest way to combat climate change: <a href='http://bit.ly/2ildyEw' target='_blank'>http://bit.ly/2ildyEw</a></em></li><li><em>CO2 can take a century. Soot can take a week. Learn more about how we can #GetSootDone and curb climate change: <a href='http://bit.ly/2oPckXO' target='_blank'>http://bit.ly/2oPckXO</a></em></li></ol><li><strong>Attending a march this weekend?</strong> Whenever there’s a standstill, consider asking your marching neighbors if they know about Black Carbon or about clean cookstoves. The power of conversation goes a long way.</li></ol><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>Sources:</strong> 1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle (<a href='https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle-0' target='_blank'>EPA</a>). 2. Black Carbon and other Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (<a href='http://www.goldstandard.org/articles/black-carbon-and-other-short-lived-climate-pollutants' target='_blank'>Gold Standard</a>). 3. Clean Cookstoves &amp; The Environment (<a href='http://cleancookstoves.org/impact-areas/environment/index.html' target='_blank'>Global Alliance for Clean CookStoves</a>). </p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/why-carbon-why-cookstoves", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A6468_copy.jpg?12699053407124000154", "post_excerpt": "As a member of the BioLite community, chances are you’ve heard us say before that you’re making an impact by...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "201881102", "title": "Camp Cookbook: Wood-Fired Pizza + Grilled Lime Margaritas", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='blog-divider mb40'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40 text-center'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Pizza_basil_gif.gif?5206638383268833354'></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p><em>This recipe was developed by Ted Rosen, the Executive Chef at <a href='http://www.courtstreetgrocers.com/' target='_blank'>Court Street Grocers.</a></em></p><p>What better way to celebrate the start of spring than getting outside and firing up the grill? Our friend Ted pulled together a few recipes that are perfect for warm weather grilling. Get out your <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/basecamp' target='_blank'>BaseCamp </a>and <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/pizzadome' target='_blank'>PizzaDome</a> to test out this delicious wood-fired pizza complete with a refreshing margarita.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Wood-Fired Pizza With Roasted Corn, <br>Market Tomatoes &amp; Bacon</h5><div class='blog-divider mb40'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40 text-center'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/PizzaDome_image3_blog_r2.jpg?11123917339034399036'></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40 text-left'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Ingredients</strong></p><li>12-15'' pizza dough</li><li>1/2 cup Parmesan cream</li><li>1/2 cup fontina cheese grated or cut into small cubes</li><li>1/4 cup rendered guanciale</li><li>1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved</li><li>1/4 thinly sliced red onion</li><p class='mt30'><strong>Equipment Used</strong></p><ul><li><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/pizzadome-bundle'>BioLite PizzaDome Bundle</a></li><li>Fire wood</li></ul><p class='mt30 text-left'><strong>Dough:</strong></p><ol><li>In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, combine 3 cups of flour and one packet of instant yeast and mix for 10 seconds to roughly combine.</li><li>Slowly mix in 1 cup of lukewarm water and 1 tbsp of honey.  Let the mixer work for 7 minutes on low speed then rest for 5 minutes. If the dough looks too dry at this point, add a tablespoon of water. If it looks too wet, throw in a pinch of flour. Turn the mixer back on for another 5 minutes or until a smooth, tacky (but not sticky) ball forms. Transfer the ball of dough to a bowl greased with olive oil and let it proof for at least one hour at room temperature.</li><li>If you’re going to make pizza right then, remove the ball of dough from the bowl and, on a well-floured work surface, begin rolling out the dough until the desired size is reached. If you’re making the pizza ahead of time, roll it into a tight ball and wrap with plastic. Store in the fridge until 1 hour before intended use.</li></ol><p class='mt30 text-left'><strong>The Bacon:</strong></p><ol><li>Cut a 1/2 pound of smoked guanciale into 1/4 inch pieces. Really, any bacon will work in this recipe. I like using smoked pork jowl (aka smoked guanciale) because of its sweet flavor and silky texture.</li><li>In a shallow pan, render the pork jowl on medium-low heat until it just begins to crisp. Don’t take it all the way to crispy as it will cook further on top of the pizza. </li></ol><p class='mt30 text-left'><strong>The Parmesan Cream:</strong></p><p>This is just as good of a pizza topping as it is a pasta sauce or garlic bread spread. This recipe yields about 1 Quart.</p><ol><li>In a small saucepan, sweat 1 medium yellow onion (diced) in olive oil on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes.</li><li>Add 1 quart heavy cream and 1/2 cup Parmesan rinds (if you can't find rinds, use 1/4 cup shredded parmesan) and reduce to a simmer.</li><li>Let the cream reduce for an additional 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rinds steep for 10 minutes. Remove the rinds and pour the cream mixture into a heatproof container and store in the fridge.</li></ol><p class='mt30'><strong>The Roasted Corn:</strong></p><ol><li>Heat your <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/basecamp' target='_blank'>BioLite BaseCamp grill</a></li><li>Rub 6 ears of corn with olive oil or bacon fat and season with salt and pepper.</li><li>Grill for 8 minutes or until the corn is nicely charred. If it’s not fully cooked, that’s ok. It’s going to cook again on the pizza.</li><li>Allow the corn to cool to a temperature that you’re comfortable handling and shave off the kernels into a bowl. Set aside until pizza time.</li></ol><p class='mt30'><strong>It's Pizza Time!</strong></p><ol><li>Preheat your <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/basecamp' target='_blank'>BioLite BaseCamp</a> with the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/pizzadome' target='_blank'>PizzaDome</a> lid on top for about 5-10 minutes (we recommend you achieve a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit).</li><li>Roll your pizza dough out onto a well-floured pizza peel or an upside down sheet pan. Spread the Parmesan cream into an even, thin layer as you would tomato sauce. Place dots of fontina all around the pizza. Sprinkle the corn, bacon and tomatoes evenly and then top with thinly sliced red onion.</li><li>Carefully slide the pizza onto the stone and cook for 7-10 minutes or until the pizza is nice and bubbly.</li><li>Carefully remove from the pizza stone and sprinkle with basil before serving.</li></ol><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Grilled Lime Mezcal Margarita</h5><div class='blog-divider mb40'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40 text-center'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/PizzaDome_image4.jpg?5066255240661121262'></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Ingredients (makes 2 Margaritas)</strong></p><li>2 Limes</li><li>Sugar</li><li>Salt</li><li>Agave or Simple Syrup (optional)</li><li>4 oz of Mezcal</li><li>2 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau</li><li>Ice Cubes</li><p class='mt30 mb10'><strong>Preparation</strong></p><div class='two-thirds'> <div class='grid__item large mb40 text-center'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margarita_gif.gif?9555445223921537656'></div></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds text-left'><p class='mt30'> </p><p>Heat up your BaseCamp. Slice lime in half and dip flat side into sugar to coat. Place lime halves on top of the grill, sugar side down. This will caramelize the sugar and give them a great smoky flavor.</p><ul><li>Grill for 2-3 minutes, and check to make sure the sugar doesn't burn. Remove from the grill and allow a few minutes to cool.</li><li>Squeeze one lime into a salt-rimmed glass (remember to salt your glass before you pour liquid into it). Add triple sec (1oz per glass) and mezcal (2oz per glass). Swirl together and do a quick taste test: the caramelized sugar adds a delicious sweetness but if you need a little more sweet, add agave or simple syrup to taste. Gently add ice cubes and enjoy.</li><li><em><strong>Bonus Round:</strong> </em>Cut up one extra lime into thin rounds and coat with sugar. Grill briefly and serve as garnish in glass.</li></ul><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margarita_tray_gif_blog.gif?11854076223065403605'></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/camp-cookbook-spring-pizza-with-roasted-corn-market-tomatoes-bacon", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/PizzaDome_image3_blog_r2.jpg?11123917339034399036", "post_excerpt": "  This recipe was developed by Ted Rosen, the Executive Chef at Court Street Grocers. What better way to celebrate...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "200822094", "title": "BioLite x Backcountry Barista", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><a name='Latte%20Recipe'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt5 mb20'>A Limited Edition Collection</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40 mt20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_fools_blog_hero_new_r6.jpg?3328259001746483597'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-left'><div class='two-thirds mb30'><p>Get your favorite latte out of your local café and onto the trail with our ultralight, ultra easy peel-n-stick spice solution.</p><p><strong>Here’s how it works</strong>: place your art spice side down and the steam from your coffee transfers the spice blend to the surface of your brew. The result? A beautiful cup with bold flavors to start your day right.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_fools_2017_blog_steps_r2.jpg?18327440782379976893'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-left'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 text-left' style='text-align: center;'><strong>Meet the Spice Testers</strong></h5><p>20 kayakers, backpackers, and climbers took our spice blends out for a test drive</p></div></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt10 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_fools_blog_image1.jpg?8739618267573758179'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt10 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_Fools_blog_image2.jpg?9528006241158629305'></div><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_fools_blog_test_image1.jpg?12066231253372844622'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-left'><div class='two-thirds mt20'><h4 style='border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 45px; margin-bottom: 45px; text-align: left;'><i>'Damn...it actually worked'</i> - field notes from Alex, Spicetester #17</h4></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-left'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 text-left' style='text-align: center;'><strong>9 blends were tested, only 3 prevailed:</strong></h5></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_fools_2017_spice_chart.jpg?6388960519428008762'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_fools_2017_pickimage1_r1.jpg?10522236762298722926'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 text-center' style='text-align: center;'>Design your custom spice art today:</h5><div class='list-toggle mb20'><div class='list-toggle__title' data-control-sibling='' data-control-toggle-icons='fa-plus-circle, fa-minus-circle'><span class='btn btn-transparent-primary mb20' style='font-size: 18px;'>Explore Backcountry Barista</span></div><div class='list-toggle__content'><a name='fooled'></a><h3 class='light primary mt30'>April Fools!</h3><br><p style='text-align: left; color: #262729;'>Our peel-and-stick latte art isn't for sale but we've found it's actually pretty easy to become your own backcountry barista. Here are a few tips to help you elevate your off-grid coffee game.</p><ul style='text-align: left; color: #262729; padding-left: 50px; padding-top: 20px;'><li><strong>Bring your favorite gourmet brew in a pre-measured packet.</strong>  Individual coffee packets are lightweight, packable and hassle free.</li><li><strong>Powdered Milk is your friend.</strong> Mostly because it makes your coffee easier to drink without any refrigeration required. (Pro tip: mix the powdered milk with <em>cold</em> water in a separate mug before transferring to your coffee. Mixing with hot water can result in clumpy consistency).</li><li><strong>Sweeten up your brew with a hot cocoa pocket.</strong> Use half of your hot cocoa packet to make an instant mocha and mix the other half into your morning oats.</li><li><strong>Need more sweetener or more flavor?</strong> Bring along sugar or cinnamon in ziplocs to sprinkle into your mug. Or if you have extra marshmallows from s’mores just drop one inside and watch it melt.</li><li><strong>Keep on the Sunny Side. </strong>When choosing a spot to park it for the night, look for campsites with full exposure to early morning sun. You’ll enjoy the sun on your face as you prepare your morning brew.</li></ul><a name='Latte%20Recipe'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Low - Maintenance Camping Latte</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: left; color: #262729;'>If you are still looking for more tips, here is a recipe for a low-maintenance latte that will make you the favorite friend at the campsite each morning.</p><div class='grid__item large mb40 mt30'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_Fools_2017_recipe_image.jpg?6973330017170259192'></div><a name='Packing%20list%20+%20Ingrdients'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20 text-left'>Packing List + Ingredients (for 2 lattes)</h5><ul style='text-align: left; color: #262729; padding-left: 50px; padding-top: 5px;'><li><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2'>CampStove 2</a> + <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/kettlepot'>KettlePot</a> +<a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/coffeepress'> CoffeePress</a></li><li>2 Camping Mugs</li><li>Reusable Water Bottle</li><li>Your favorite ground coffee or espresso</li><li>Water</li><li>One packet of powdered milk</li><li><em>Sweet topping (optional):</em> We like to mix 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon Sugar as a tasty latte topping.</li><li><em>Flavor (optional):</em> Mochas are easy to make using a hot cocoa packet. Vanilla or Pumpkin lattes can be made by stirring flavored powdered creamer into your mug.</li></ul><a name='Off%20Grid%20Prep'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt30 mb20 text-left'>Off Grid Prep</h5><p class='mt20 text-left'><strong>The Caffeine</strong></p><ul style='text-align: left; color: #262729; padding-left: 50px; padding-top: 10px;'><li>Bring water to boil in your KettlePot.</li><li>Once water is boiling, remove the KettlePot from the fire and scoop ground espresso or coffee into the KettlePot. Steep for 7-10 minutes.</li></ul><p class='mt40 text-left'><strong>The Frothed Milk</strong></p><ul style='text-align: left; color: #262729; padding-left: 50px; padding-top: 10px;'><li>Save 1 cup of cold water in your water bottle (this will become your ‘frothed’ milk mixture).</li><li>Combine 3 Tablespoons of powdered milk with 1 cup of water inside your water bottle.</li><li>Shake deliberately until the milk is frothy. (<em>Pro tip: </em>Steel whisk shake balls expedite the mixing process).</li></ul><p class='mt40 text-left'><strong>The Final Steps</strong></p><ul style='text-align: left; color: #262729; padding-left: 50px; padding-top: 10px;'><li>Depress the french press in the KettlePot and pour two mugs 70% full with coffee.</li><li>At this point you can feel free to mix in any powdered flavors (chocolate, vanilla creamer, etc).</li><li>Pour half of the frothy milk mixture into your coffee mug to taste.</li><li>Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar to taste.</li><li>Enjoy!</li></ul><p class='mt60 mb10 text-center' style='color: 262429;'><strong>Complete your camp coffee setup <br>with the new <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/coffeepress'> CoffeePress</a> </strong></p><div class='grid__item large mt20 mb20 text-center'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_Fools_2017_coffeepress_blog.jpg?12358058589202452298'></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/biolite-x-backcountry-barista", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/April_Fools_2017_recipe_image.jpg?12358058589202452298", "post_excerpt": "A Limited Edition Collection Get your favorite latte out of your local café and onto the trail with our ultralight,...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "199515406", "title": "Your Burning Questions Answered: A CampStove 2 FAQ Special", "tags": "inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt0 '><div class='two-thirds '><p>Since the launch of the <a href='/products/campstove-2' title='CampStove 2'>CampStove 2</a>, we’ve been reading your questions and comments and compiling them into a list.</p><p>We put BioLiters Ben and Erica to the test to see if they (with the help of some input from BioLite Beta Testers) could answer your ten most burning questions in <strong>under three minutes</strong> – let’s see how they did:</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt30'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='two-thirds '><iframe width='650' height='366' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/KyNB2a_WGyQ' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe><h4 style='margin-top: 40px;'>Looking for more?</h4><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Check out our annotated appendix below for additional helpful info as well as some honorable mentions that didn’t make it into the video:</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 30px;'>1. What are the differences between CampStove 2 and CampStove 1?</h4><p>First, CampStove 2 generates 50% more power than CampStove 1 thanks to updated thermoelectrics.</p><p>Second, with its 2600mAh on-board battery you can cook now and charge later</p><p>Third, the updated LED dashboard tells you exactly what your stove is doing at all times. Whether that is the strength of the fire on the left, the current fan setting in the middle or the available power on the right.</p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> it’s also important to note what has stayed the same - the weight! We were able to add a ton of new functionality but keep the weight at 2 pounds thanks to upgraded materials and internal design.</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>2. Are the power packs between CampStove 2 and CampStove 1 interchangeable?</h4><p>Nope. We updated the thermoelectrics on the CampStove 2 and as a result CampStove 2’s heat probe is larger and fits exclusively with the CampStove 2 fuel chamber which also has a slightly modified airflow design.</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>3. How do you start a fire in the CampStove 2?</h4><p>Fill your burn chamber ¾ of the way with fuel (this can be small dry sticks or pellets – don’t overstuff or you’ll block the air jets that help combust the smoke).</p><p>Use a small piece of firestarter (included with all CampStove 2s) and light with a match or lighter and place inside your chamber (we recommend bbq lighters if you’re in windy conditions, you can light directly inside the chamber).</p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> don’t have firestarter? Take a tip from our <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3RI8y4cqX4&amp;t=9s'>Beta Testers at Fresh Off The Grid</a> and start with a little bit of crumpled paper at the bottom of your stove and place some sticks around it. Classic firestarting technique.</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>4. How often do you need to refuel?</h4><p>It depends on what type of fuel you are using. If you’re using BioLite Fuel Pellets, fill up the Fuel Chamber three quarters of the way and the CampStove should run for 30-40 minutes without needing to refuel.</p><p>If you are using sticks, as your fire catches, begin to add sticks that are larger in diameter for a stronger, sustained fire. Avoid using only small twigs or brush, as they will burn quickly requiring frequent refueling.</p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> Fan speed also affects your refueling - if you’ve got your fan all the way on HIGH, you’re burning fuel faster cranking at full blast. If you’re looking to refuel less often, put your fan on the lowest setting.</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>5. How do you stop the fire?</h4><p><strong>Standard:</strong> Let the fire burn itself down and out. The CampStove 2 will automatically shut itself down when sufficiently cooled to ash.</p><p><strong>Fast:</strong> Crank your fan to the highest setting to burn through your remaining fuel.</p><p><strong>Super-fast:</strong> Find a fire ring or ash pan and carefully dump out your coals – and always have water to snuff out the coals completely. You’ll still need a few minutes to allow the burn chamber to cool with the fan on.</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>6. Does CampStove 2 work with original BioLite accessories?</h4><p>Yes! We designed the CampStove 2’s fuel chamber to work with the KettlePot, Portable Grill and CoffeePress so you can use existing accessories to cook a delicious backcountry meal.</p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> Looking to see the CampStove 2 in action with BioLite accessories: Check out our recent <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/camp-recipe-tacos-al-pastor' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #20a09d;'><strong>cooking videos</strong></a> from our Beta Testers at Fresh Off The Grid!</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>7. How long does it take to charge up the internal battery?</h4><p>Once you have a strong fire going it takes about 2-3 hours to charge up the CampStove 2’s internal battery.</p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> Use the new LED dashboard to your advantage! The orange LEDs represent fire strength, so make sure it’s all the way lit if you’re looking to charge up your internal battery as quickly as possible. If you’re in windy conditions, concentrate your flame by covering with the KettlePot (and make your self a cup of tea). </p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>8. What can I charge?</h4><p>The CampStove 2 can charge most small USB powered devices such as phones, GoPros, Fitbits, GPS, Tablets, and other BioLite devices like a <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini'>PowerLight Mini</a>.</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>9. Can I use CampStove 2 at festivals, parks or during burn bans?</h4><p>We’ve found that it really depends on the location you’re visiting or event you’re attending. Beta testers Toni &amp; Ruben took their CampStove to 36 national parks in 2016 and based off of their experience Toni says, <i>“It’s best to check in with local park rangers or the local fire department before using it or collecting fuel.”</i></p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> If you’re specifically looking to use it for festival camping, most festivals have regulations listed on their site about the equipment you can bring – check it out in advance!</p></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 60px;'>10. Why wood stoves over gas stoves?</h4><p>It really depends on your situation and the experience you’re looking to have. As Ben mentioned in the video above if he’s on a backpacking trip longer than 2 days he prefers to bring along the CampStove 2 because he saves on weight in his pack because he doesn’t have to bring along fuel canisters. After speaking with a few experts in the field and our community of ambassadors, it turns out that most folks have a place for both wood and gas stoves on their trips <strong>(bottom line: it’s actually not an either/or situation, there’s room for both in your gear closet)</strong>.</p><p>As Amy Jurries of Gear Institute says, <i>“For me it depends on both length and location of the trip. If I am going on a backpacking trip for a few weeks, that requires tons of gas, so bringing a bio burning stove — even if a little heavier — makes sense. But if I am going on an ultralight weekend to someplace like Desolation Wilderness where they don't allow any type of fire, or winter camping where biomass might not be as readily available, then gas makes the most sense.' </i></p><p><i>“When I'm trying to go super fast and light, or I know I'm going to a very rainy environment, I take my gas stove,” says BioLite Ambassador Christin Healey. “When I have a little more time, when I'm traveling with friends, and know there there will be ample wood to burn, I definitely bring the CampStove. It's also great to know that I'll be able to charge up my devices while I'm making coffee or dinner. There's just something about a fire that screams 'camping', and making that food over crackling wood just feels right.”</i></p><p><strong>Beyond the video:</strong> added bonus for using the CampStove 2? no reliance on fossil fuels.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 40px; margin-bottom: 30px;'>We’ve received a lot of questions since the launch and couldn’t add them all to our video. Here are a few honorable mentions:</h4><meta charset='utf-8'><p><strong>Didn’t CampStove 1 have a battery in it?</strong></p><p>Yes, but it only had one job, to kickstart the fan system. It didn't store energy to charge other devices. The CampStove 2 has a 2600mAh integrated battery so can be used to charge up your gear even when you’re not burning.</p><p><strong>How long does the battery inside CampStove 2 last?</strong></p><p>Our Power Packs contain batteries that are designed for years of use when maintained properly. When used regularly, the fire will charge the lithium ion battery for thousands of cycles of use.</p><p><strong>Can you charge the integrated battery at home?</strong></p><p>If you want to get a head start on your power supply before heading off grid, charge the CampStove 2’s battery up via the micro-USB port on the bottom of the Power Pack.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt15'><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 40px; margin-bottom: 10px;'>Thank You Corner: To Our BioLite Beta Testers!</h4><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Our Beta Testers have taken the CampStove 2 along with them on off grid adventures from Colorado to Peru to California to Ecuador. Huge shout out to Christin, Abigail, Toni &amp; Ruben, Mike, Nash &amp; Kim, Bruce, Megan &amp; Michael, Kathleen &amp; Greg, Joe, Xander, Nicole &amp; Savanah and Erin &amp; Mehedi for putting CampStove 2 to use and sharing your feedback.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt30'><div class='blog-full mb30'><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #fff; border: 0px solid #fff; height: 160px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CS2_FAQ_blog1.jpg?9862359323067451031' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #fff; border: 0px solid #fff; height: 160px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CS2_FAQ_blog2.jpg?12546034001724969675' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #fff; border: 0px solid #fff; height: 160px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CS2_FAQ_blog3.jpg?13072932349709160498' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #fff; border: 0px solid #fff; height: 160px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CS2_FAQ_blog4.jpg?10141349219404036463' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #fff; border: 0px solid #fff; height: 160px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CS2_FAQ_blog5.jpg?5806042342789804135' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt30'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt15'><div class='two-thirds '><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Still have a question? Reach out to us on <a href='https://twitter.com/biolitestove'>twitter</a> or send us a message.</p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/you-asked-we-answered-campstove-2-faq", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Screen_Shot_2017-03-22_at_12.23.18_PM.png?1027339898553489994", "post_excerpt": "Since the launch of the CampStove 2, we’ve been reading your questions and comments and compiling them into a list....", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "199366670", "title": "Roundup: CampStove 2", "tags": "inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>We took years of feedback from our community and integrated it into a redesigned stove that has more power, energy storage and a completely new LED interface. Below, we’ve gathered a roundup of reviews so you can see what everyone is saying about the CampStove 2.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>CampStove 2 In The News</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><div class='two-thirds'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/popularmechanics.jpg?534190989864446963' alt='Popular Mechanics' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>Popular Mechanics: Things Come Apart</h5><p>'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...'</p><p>It took the Popular Mechanics team 1 hour, 51 minutes, 17 seconds to disassemble our CampStove 2 into 79 parts. Watch the video below to see what they found.</p><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/yDwMW2rzj2E' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe> <a href='http://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoor-gear/a25459/biolite-campstove-disassembly/?src=socialflowFB' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a></div><div class='two-thirds'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/digitaltrends.jpg?18124682789161111347' alt='Digital Trends' width='150px' class='mt40'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>BioLite’s New CampStove 2 Improves on the Original In Just About Every Way</h5><p>“Most of the improvements to the CampStove can be found under the hood. For instance, BioLite says that its latest model is more efficient, producing 50 percent more energy than the original version. That allows it to power up the stove’s removable 2600 mAh battery pack more quickly while also powering the onboard four-speed fan too. That fan that not only helps the stove to cook more efficiently but keeps the amount of smoke generated to a minimum as well. The CampStove 2 also comes with an LED dashboard that provides information on the amount of power that is available in the battery pack, the current speed setting for the fan, and the amount of heat being produced by the flame. The new stove even ships with one of BioLite’s handy FlexLight, a USB powered lamp that helps you cook after dark.”</p><a href='http://www.digitaltrends.com/outdoors/biolite-campstove2/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a></div><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/gearpatrol_PLMini.jpg?10484464162124721504' alt='Gear Patrol' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>The Best Tech For Any Disaster</h5><p>“The stove burns twigs and sticks for warmth and cooking purposes while simultaneously converting some of that energy to electricity, made available via USB. The newest version generates 50 percent more power and has an improved LED readout and an integrated battery for later use. Its built-in fan creates a well-stoked, smokeless fire, so even tenderfoots will be able to keep their micro-blaze burning in a pinch.'</p><a href='http://gearpatrol.com/2017/03/16/best-survival-tech/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a></div><h2 class='two-thirds'><strong>Van Life Diaries</strong></h2><div class='clearfix'></div><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>On how easily CampStove 2 fits into van life:</h5><p><span>'With 50% more power and integrated battery, you can feel assured that this stove will last for several days or weeks in the backcountry. You can charge your devices from the electricity generated from your fire, and you can even watch a LED dashboard to see your fire strength, power output and fan speed settings.</span></p><p>It would be easy for BioLite to keep producing the same products as they are tried and true, but we are grateful that they keep pushing the envelope to make them even better. The upgrades made to this stove make it more efficient, reliable and user-friendly.'</p><a href='http://www.vanlife.com.au/brand-reviews/biolite-campstove-2' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><p class='text-center mt50'><em> Have you taken the CampStove 2 out for a spin? <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2'>Leave a review</a> and help out fellow users! You can also share stories, photos, and feedback with us at <a href='mailto:support@bioliteenergy.com'>support@bioliteenergy.com</a>.</em></p></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/roundup-campstove-2", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove2-Hero_tablet.jpg?534190989864446963", "post_excerpt": "We took years of feedback from our community and integrated it into a redesigned stove that has more power, energy...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "199423886", "title": "How Does the CampStove 2 Work?", "tags": "inside_biolite,", "content": "<a name='cookstovevideo'></a><div class='blog-full' style='text-align: center;'><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/kDLajlJCqHU' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main' style='margin-bottom: 80px;'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>This week, we sat down with Ben, the </span><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2' title='CookStove' target='_blank'>CampStove 2's</a> Lead Engineer<span>, to learn more about how the team approached designing the upgraded stove and see how we burn wood like gas and turn fire into electricity.</span></p><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2' class='mt40 mb40 btn btn-outline-green'> <span>See Full CampStove Specs</span> </a></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/how-does-campstove-2-work", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CS2_insideTheTech_Hero_blog.jpg?476943105787322150", "post_excerpt": "This week, we sat down with Ben, the CampStove 2's Lead Engineer, to learn more about how the team approached designing the...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "198839502", "title": "CampStove 2 Cookbook: French Omelette", "tags": "inside_biolite,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-4.jpg?10239447970389563480');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p>Take your camp cooking skills to the next level by mastering the art of the French omelette. This tender, fluffy omelette has been famously used as a culinary entry exam in many professional kitchens, but with a little patience and practice you can learn how to make this beloved breakfast dish right at your campsite.</p><p>So what’s the difference between an American and French omelette anyways? Without over editorializing, the classic American diner omelette tends to be a little tougher, slightly crispy, and loaded with additional toppings. The eggs are fully cooked on the inside and slightly overdone on the outside. Like America itself, the American omelette takes a maximalist approach.</p><p>In many ways, the French omelette is the complete opposite. Light and delicate, with a silky smooth texture, a French omelette requires a bit more finesse to properly pull off. The eggs should be soft and custard-like in the middle, and slightly runny when you cut it with a fork. While the French omelette takes a more refined approach - for those who appreciate it - it can be well worth the extra effort.</p><p>So how do you make French omelette while camping? The short answer is practice. But we’ve compiled a few steps to help you get started. This can be a difficult dish to truly perfect, but the good news is that even your misses will be irresistibly delicious. So crack open a couple eggs and start practicing your French omelette skills!</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>French Omelette</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-1.jpg?10239447970389563480'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-2.jpg?10239447970389563480'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Equipment Used</strong></p><ul></ul><ol><ol><ol><ol><li><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2'><strong>BioLite CampStove 2</strong></a> - Traditionally French omelettes are cooked over high heat, but for beginners, cooking over medium heat allows a little more control. The BioLite CampStove 2 is great because not only can you modulate the heat by using the built-in fan, but you can lift the pan over the flame to find the perfect temperature zone.</li><li><strong><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/kettlepot'>BioLite Kettle Pot</a> and <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/coffeepress'>CoffeePress </a></strong> - For the full Franco breakfast experience, the BioLite KettlePot and French Press make an excellent cup of coffee to go along with your French omelette.</li><li><strong>Non-Stick Frying Pan</strong> - A true non-stick pan is an absolute must when making a French omelette. Titanium or even a cast iron pan will only lead to disappointment.</li><li><strong>Plastic Spork</strong> - You’re going to be continuously moving the eggs while they cook, so a plastic fork will allow you to really stirs things up without scratching the pan.</li></ol></ol></ol></ol><p class='mt30'><strong>Ingredients</strong></p><ul><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>3 eggs</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>4 cherry tomatoes quartered</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2 tablespoons grated gruyere cheese</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>Handful of chopped spinach</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1/2 teaspoon salt</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1 tablespoon of butter</li></ul><p class='mt30'><strong>Preparation</strong></p><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-3.jpg?10239447970389563480'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-4.jpg?10239447970389563480'></div><ol><ol><li><span><strong>Beat the Eggs:</strong> Before you begin, your eggs should be fully scrambled into a smooth, silky consistency without any loose strands of whites. </span></li><li><strong>Butter:</strong> The secret ingredient behind a great French omelette (perhaps all French cooking?): butter. Melt your butter in the pan until it’s foaming - but not sputtering - and then add in your egg mixture. This decreases the risk of sticking while increasing the overall flavor of the dish.</li><li><span><strong>Keep It Moving:</strong> Once your eggs are in the pan, the key is to keep them moving. Stir continuously with your fork and shake the pan back and forth over the flame. The goal here is to achieve essentially a pancake of soft-scramble eggs, without forming curds that are too distinct. The lower the heat, the less feverishly you’ll have to stir.</span></li><li><span><strong>The Fold:</strong> Once the eggs achieve a slightly underdone scramble and are starting to set, remove from the heat. Hold the pan at a 45 degree angle and use your fork to flip the top edge over on top of itself. Still holding the pan at an angle, tap the bottom edge on the table to slide the bottom edge of the omelette up the side of the pan. Then use your fork to flip that bottom edge back on top of the omelette. </span></li><li><span><strong>The Flip:</strong> Still holding the pan at an 45 degree angle, hold a plate over the top of the pan, essentially covering it, and then - in a single sweeping motion - flip the plate and pan upside down. The omelette should slide right out of the pan and land upside down on the plate </span></li></ol></ol><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-5.jpg?10239447970389563480'></div></div><p class='mt30'><strong>See This Recipe In Action</strong></p><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/I3RI8y4cqX4' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/how-to-make-a-french-omelette", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Omelette_Recipe-blog.jpg?1567047530074188329", "post_excerpt": "  Take your camp cooking skills to the next level by mastering the art of the French omelette. This tender,...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "198806862", "title": "CampStove 2 Cookbook: Tacos Al Pastor", "tags": "", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-6-2.jpg?7204744949382456236');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p><em>Smokey chile-flavored pork with sweet grilled pineapples, tacos al pastor are a sure-bet crowd pleaser.</em></p><p>Combining Mexican seasonings with Mideastern style spit-roasted meats, tacos al pastor was originally developed by Lebanese immigrants in Central Mexico. Similar to a shawarma, gyro, or döner, al Pastor is traditionally prepared on a spit over an open flame. However, unlike shawarma, which is prepared with lamb, tacos al pastor are prepared using chile-marinated pork. The meat is shaved from the spit and served in a corn tortilla with chunks of warmed pineapple. The result is smoky, spicy, and sweet.</p><p>Sounds delicious, right? But can it be made at a camp site? With a few modifications, absolutely! Roasting the pork over an open fire on a rotating spit might sound fun, but we found that by simply grilling the pork, the entire recipe becomes a lot more approachable.</p><p>The first step is performed at home. Prior to your camping trip, you’ll want to prepare the chile marinade. Now, there are a lot of different ways to make this marinade, ranging from pre-made and store-bought to handcrafted and elaborate. We chose the middle path by mixing our own blend of powdered spices. The meat isn’t supposed to be spicy per se, but rather have an earthy, smoky flavor. We settled on ancho and New Mexico chile powders, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and white vinegar. Mix that all together with the pork inside a ziplock bag and put it in the refrigerator. Right before you leave, pop the ziplock bag in your cooler and off you go.</p><p>At the campsite, it’s time to start grilling. Set up your grill and get the fire up to temperature. Remove the marinated pork from the ziplock bag and place over medium high heat. You’ll want to flip the meat periodically to ensure even cooking. The goal is to cook the pork all the way through while producing slightly crispy edges on the outside. Remove and let rest.</p><p>Now you can add the pineapple slices to the grill. These slices can either be fully grilled or just warmed. Once they’re done, remove and stack on top of the pork chops to create a stacked tower. Use a chef's knife to cut vertically, slicing both the pork and pineapple. As you’re about to serve, you can also warm up some tortillas over the grill.</p><p>The warming, smoky aroma and subtle spice of the pork combined with sweet tropical flavor of pineapple makes a perfect pairing. With a little bit of preparation at home, this meal is super quick and easy to prepare at a campsite. So the next time you’re going camping, try serving up a round of tacos al pastor.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Tacos Al Pastor</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-2_2.jpg?14827346790421303691'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-5_2.jpg?14827346790421303691'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-3.jpg?12282193014366382098'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Equipment Used</strong></p><ul><li><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2'><strong>BioLite CampStove 2</strong></a> - Grilling over an open fire is what gives al pastor pork it's signature crispy texture. Using just small sticks and twigs for fuel, the CampStove 2 is one of the fastest ways to start grilling at a campsite.</li><li><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/portable-grill'><strong>BioLite Portable Grill</strong></a> - With enough space to hold three decent-sized pork chops, the BioLite Portable Grill is the perfect size for smaller groups. It heats up quickly, allowing you to get cooking much faster than over a traditional wood fire.</li><li><strong>Tongs</strong> - Tongs are an absolute must for transferring ingredients to and from the grill, flipping and rearranging.</li><li><strong>Chef's Knife</strong> - A good, sharp chef's knife is an essential piece of camp cooking equipment.</li></ul><p class='mt30'><strong>Ingredients</strong></p><ul><li>1 ½ tablespoons New Mexico chile powder</li><li>1 tablespoon ancho chile powder (sometimes labeled as pasilla chile powder)</li><li>1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano</li><li>1 teaspoon cumin</li><li>1 teaspoon garlic powder</li><li>1 teaspoon salt</li><li>⅓ cup white vinegar</li><li>1 ½ - 2 lbs pork shoulder</li><li>1 can pineapple rings</li><li>Tortillas, cilantro, diced red onion, and limes for serving</li></ul><p class='mt30'><strong>Preparation</strong></p><ol><ol><li><span>At home, mix the spices, salt, and vinegar in a large bowl to make the marinade. Slice the pork shoulder into ¾ inch chops. Add the pork to the bowl of marinade and coat well. Transfer the pork and marinade to a ziplock back and store in your cooler. The pork should marinate for at least 2 hours but will be even better the next day. </span></li><li>At camp, fire up your <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campstove-2'>CampStove 2</a> with the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/portable-grill'>Portable Grill</a> attachment. Once the grill is hot, place the pork on the grill surface and cook 5-7 minutes on each side, until the pork is completely cooked through. Repeat until all the pork is cooked, then set aside. Place the pineapple rings on the grill and cook for a minute or two on each side.</li><li><span>Serve &amp; enjoy!</span></li></ol></ol><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-4_2.jpg?14827346790421303691'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-7_2.jpg?14827346790421303691'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-1_2.jpg?14827346790421303691'></div></div><p class='mt30'><strong>See This Recipe In Action</strong></p><iframe width='650' height='366' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/5i-TtoT3JUk' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/camp-recipe-tacos-al-pastor", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CampStove_Taco_Recipe-blog.jpg?3942782548134574661", "post_excerpt": "  Smokey chile-flavored pork with sweet grilled pineapples, tacos al pastor are a sure-bet crowd pleaser. Combining Mexican seasonings with...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "198363918", "title": "BioLite, Keep Burning", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'> </p></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/27522172014_6aece63f81_k_1.jpg?15950846571145316121');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>In 2016, BioLite introduced a new generation of the HomeStove. In a pre-launch field visit we were met with kindness and skepticism. The top concern of households was durability and longevity, and while we could promise that we had designed it to be durable, we didn’t have the data to back it up. As an unknown brand we were asking families to take a big chance with little information. Despite a lot of momentum behind our impending launch, we pushed pause to go back and get that data. </span></p><div class='wrapper mt30' style='background-color: #fff;'><div class='blog-full'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/27522240193_0ac2ab430b_k_1.jpg?15950846571145316121'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/28059181301_f92d5d1208_k_1.jpg?15950846571145316121'></div><div class='blog-full'><p>Back at the lab, our engineers kicked off a durability blitz. Andrew and Venky (pictured above) designed a custom testing rig that ran the HomeStove’s Power Packs through cycles of constant use. We hired “burners” in both Bhubaneswar and Brooklyn to feed our stoves 24/7. All in all, we logged 1800 hours of extreme use, monitoring both combustion and electrical performance. By pushing our stoves to the limit we got data to back up our durability claims, as well as caught and fixed potential quirks that forestalled future customer service calls down the road. Six months later, we have a superior product and a much stronger understanding of customer troubleshooting, which will be invaluable to long-term adoption and support. It was an epic few months where the global team banded together, everyone in our Brooklyn office spent at least one overnight session, while our sales agents in Bhubaneswar also worked around the clock.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/biolite-keep-burning", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/biolite_keepingBurning_blog.jpg?7240758739403822889", "post_excerpt": "  In 2016, BioLite introduced a new generation of the HomeStove. In a pre-launch field visit we were met with...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "198362702", "title": "The Power Of A Good Neighbor", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><i>How These Ugandan Customers Are Bringing Energy Everywhere</i></p></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A5822_copy.jpg?6268596579525021245');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>After sale service is a crucial component of BioLite’s model in Emerging Markets, it helps us set each customer up for success and encourages long term HomeStove adoption. As part of this service, every HomeStove customer receives at home training from a local sales agent and access to support anytime they have a question. We’ve seen that customers who have great experiences are more likely to share that experience with friends and neighbors. As a growing brand, recommendations from a trusted source are a great way to help us build recognition and expand our customer base. A perfect example of how powerful word of mouth can be are our customers Goretti and Mary. </span></p><p><span>Goretti is a community leader living in a village near Kampala, Uganda. She purchased the HomeStove in 2014 and has used it every day since. Goretti’s so impressed with the HomeStove that she invites friends over to experience the benefits of a smokeless stove first hand. During these meetings she offers to connect anyone who’s interested directly with BioLite. Word of Goretti’s new stove made way it’s to Mary, a neighbor who jumped at the chance to explore an alternative cooking method. The smoke from her open fire had made cooking a painful task, it caused her eyes and nose to sting and she worried about her children’s health as they were constantly coughing and sneezing. As Mary watched Goretti cook a meal with no smoke and charge a phone through the HomeStove’s USB port, she asked to get in touch with BioLite. </span></p><div class='wrapper mt30' style='background-color: #fff;'><div class='blog-full'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A5810_copy.jpg?6268596579525021245'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A6058_copy_db2c8216-9f79-4897-80fb-41776fe6b77c.jpg?6268596579525021245'></div><div class='blog-full'><p>One year later, Mary, now a HomeStove owner, finds cooking comfortable. She can boil water for morning tea without causing her children to wake up coughing. Her family even offers to help her cook meals and after eating, they enjoy plugging an LED light into the HomeStove and sharing stories from the day. Mary’s favorite part about becoming a HomeStove owner is the savings. Her old cooking fire required excessive amounts of firewood but her HomeStove is efficient and uses 50% less fuel. She purchases less wood and is saving 50,000 UGX (15,00 USD) each month. That extra money is going directly towards her children’s school fees. Following Goretti’s lead, Mary invites neighbors in to show off her HomeStove and explains how they can easily become a HomeStove owner.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/the-power-of-a-good-neighbor", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/powerOfAGoodNeighbor_blog.jpg?5484356064356135880", "post_excerpt": "How These Ugandan Customers Are Bringing Energy Everywhere After sale service is a crucial component of BioLite’s model in Emerging...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "198364174", "title": "Meet A BioLite Partner: Fullerton", "tags": "emerging_markets,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><i>The Power Of Microfinance In Emerging Markets</i></p></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/DSC00001_2.JPG?16132618536660626298');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>After sale service is a crucial component of BioLite’s model in Emerging Markets, it helps us set each customer up for success and encourages long term HomeStove adoption. As part of this service, every HomeStove customer receives at home training from a local sales agent and access to support anytime they have a question. We’ve seen that customers who have great experiences are more likely to share that experience with friends and neighbors. As a growing brand, recommendations from a trusted source are a great way to help us build recognition and expand our customer base. A perfect example of how powerful word of mouth can be are our customers Goretti and Mary. </span></p><p><span>Affordability is a key to making the HomeStove accessible to our customers in emerging markets. At BioLite, we’ve found that microfinance institutions (MFIs) play a key role in making our products more accessible to rural customers across India and East Africa. Microfinance Institutions enable low-income families to access small loans, which they can use to invest in businesses and assets that can generate income and improve living standards. In 2015, we began partnering with local MFIs to open our network to new customers who can easily adjust their loans to include our product. In Rajasthan, India, we work with Fullerton’s Gramshakti program, which offers various financial services to 42,000 villages across eight states in India. </span></p><div class='wrapper mt30' style='background-color: #fff;'><div class='blog-full'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/DSC00002_1.JPG?16132618536660626298'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FullSizeRender_1_9c1f7eea-a466-42b3-aefb-08af9e86b5cb.jpg?16132618536660626298'></div><div class='blog-full'><p>Today, we work directly with ten Fullerton branches where BioLite sales agents host HomeStove demonstrations when customers meet for their loan disbursement. Our sales agents also accompany the Fullerton team on loan collection meetings to villages and small towns. Interested customers with good credit history are eligible to finance the HomeStove with their existing loans. Once the loan is secured, BioLite schedules a home delivery. Upon arrival, families learn to light the stove and receive training on how to maintain it over time.</p><p>As we expand across Fullerton’s 260 branch network, we will have the opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of new customers. Beyond Fullerton, we work with 5 other partners that are providing financial services to our customers across Uganda and Kenya. Thanks to these partnerships, we are reaching thousands of new customers at a pace we haven’t experienced before.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/meet-a-biolite-partner-fullerton", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/fullterton_partner.jpg?11968595285361411225", "post_excerpt": "The Power Of Microfinance In Emerging Markets After sale service is a crucial component of BioLite’s model in Emerging Markets,...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, {"title": "","tags": "","content": "", "featured_image": "", "post_excerpt": ""} ] }