{ "tags" : "education,emerging_markets,featured,gifts,inside_biolite,mission_page,news_events,products,stories,team", "page_size": "50", "current_page": "1", "current_offset": "0", "pages": "3", "items": "147", "next_url": "/blogs/lab?page=2", "articles": [ { "id": "195530446", "title": "Giving Good Energy This Giving Tuesday", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/e56hra1Jd8M' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds text-center'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Give Good Energy This Giving Tuesday</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: center;'><span>On 11/29/16, 100% of all sales from the BioLite Shop will go directly towards eradicating energy poverty. <strong>Every single dollar. </strong></span></p><a href='/products' class='btn btn-transparent-primary mt30 mb30 '> <span>Give Good Energy Today</span> </a><p class='text-center'>What do those dollars do? Read on for Chapter 9 of our Road To Impact Series.</p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Chapter 9: We're More Connected Than You Think</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Outdoor Recreation, Off-Grid Households, and Why They Work Together to Shape The Future of Energy</em></p><p><span>Got two minutes? Watch the video above.</span></p><p><span>Got a few more minutes? Let’s talk about how you directly are helping us bring energy everywhere. From the purchases you make to the reviews you leave on our site, every interaction has an impact on what we do to reimagine energy on a personal scale:</span></p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/YourImpact_Graphic_v2.jpg?4243122695887891900' alt='Your Impact'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Dollars</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Let’s get the obvious one out of the way – money matters. Your purchases create a steady stream of revenue, allowing us to build a stable business (in <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/89921475-the-road-to-impact'>Chapter One of The Road To Impact</a> we discuss the pitfalls of relying solely on donations or grant funding, more there). We know it might be tempting to say, “A $100 purchase gives a family electricity or a year!” or “Buy a stove, give a stove!” but we don’t do that. Why? Because honestly, that’s not how it works. Your dollars are agile: they can go any number of ways to helping us achieve top priorities at hand. That could be hiring a local team (like the awesome team we just built up in Kenya), investing in new research equipment, or building tricked out motorbikes to deliver stoves (<a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/adventures-in-firestarting'>see Chapter 8</a>). The point is you give us the ability to invest in new ways to tackle big challenges.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Feedback</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>When living off-grid, whether by choice, or by circumstance, similar needs arise: safe, reliable ways to cook, charge, and light daily life. Each time you share your experiences with us, we take that feedback and combine it with insights from our customers in Uganda, Kenya and India to design new products that can serve everyone’s needs. For example, guess what? We all want overhead lighting that can light multiple rooms, or sites, at once. That’s how the SiteLights were born. Our first insight came from a house visit in India, it was refined by ambassadors in the United States, and SiteLights are currently used all over the world by all of our customers. Your honest use of our gear helps to inform the future technologies and designs we’ll invest in for both the outdoor and emerging markets.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Community</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Anytime we tell someone that the smoke from indoor cooking fires kills four million people annually, we’re almost always met with a gasp followed by “I had NO idea.”</p><p>That’s where this community comes in – getting the word out. But we’re not going to do it through doom and gloom; we’re doing it with real solutions and some serious perseverance. And that takes all of us. Your support is a signal to the broader world that this is something worth caring about and that you believe we all have the potential to unlock a world of better energy. And your actual use of our products is instant proof to new BioLiters that we’re creating solutions that really work.</p><p>Each time you tell a neighboring camper about BioLite, email a friend about our Kickstarter campaign, or share how you’re bringing #energyeverywhere on Instagram, you’re helping grow the BioLite community. That, in turn, grows awareness about our mission and helps us gain momentum to grow and reach even more households living in energy poverty. This public display of support not only inspires our team to keep going (we love your emails!), it helps build confidence with our HomeStove customers. They take pride in the fact that the technology inside their HomeStove is the same inside the award-winning products that you purchase right here at the BioLite Shop.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Impact</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>This community, spanning 75 countries, has made some amazing things happen.</p><p>Together we’ve enabled 20,000 households to bring clean, reliable cooking and lighting into their lives. That means 74,180 people are breathing cleaner air, 52,212,887 watt-hours of electricity have been generated in off grid households and 59,219 tonnes of CO2e have been offset. And we’re just getting started (more on that in our next chapter).</p><p>We said it in the video, but we’ll say it again: Thank You.</p><p>Thank you for helping us grow, staying engaged, and showing the world, one campsite at a time, that good energy is all around us.</p><div class='blog-divider mt50'></div><p class='text-center'><em>Stay tuned for Chapter 10 of The Road to Impact where we look to 2017 and what BioLite has in store for the year ahead. </em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/giving-good-energy-your-impact", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Screen_Shot_on_2016-11-28_at_12-53-38.png?10720262532666599519", "post_excerpt": "Give Good Energy This Giving Tuesday On 11/29/16, 100% of all sales from the BioLite Shop will go directly towards...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "195132110", "title": "Adventures in Fire Starting", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'>5 Stories of Failing Fast and Failing Smart in the World of Social Enterprise.</span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/23714475483_885b361652_k_1.jpg?12047024511091244058'></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><em>Fail fast, fail smart.</em> Words entrepreneurs are taught to live by. Starting a company and scaling it up means preparing yourself for rejection, sleepless nights, grueling hours, and iterating your process quickly. Above all, it’s about bracing yourself for a cascade of challenges and having the resourcefulness to turn them into actionable lessons. Here at BioLite, we come to work to tackle those challenges everyday.</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>BioLite designs and manufactures personal scale energy appliances that enable our users to cook, charge, and light their lives off the grid. We serve two distinct markets that are united by the common need for safe and reliable energy access: outdoor recreationalists and low-income households in emerging markets. Our flagship products are two wood-burning stoves that generate electricity from fire while reducing toxic emissions by 90%.</span></p><p><span>We polled our team for their best examples of the epic fails, tough choices, and ongoing challenges that have shaped our company for the better – here’s what we found:</span></p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Time We Drowned Our Inventory</h5><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/Adventures_in_firestarting_image1.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Adventures_in_firestarting_image2.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>What Happened:</strong> In 2013 we were gearing up for our first ever shipment of stoves in India, coming in by public train. Their arrival was nothing short of a disaster: one thousand damaged boxes each filled with a waterlogged stove inside. Turns out the train had traveled through a monsoon and the storage and handling process had no provisions in place for harsh weather. The entire batch was ruined. We had to push our launch timeline back, causing pressure on both our manufacturing capabilities and our relationships with local partners.</p><p><strong>What Happened Next:</strong> After a healthy moment of panic, we realized that durable packaging was going to be a must for whatever we did going forward. We reinforced the HomeStove Box and redesigned the inner packaging for a more protected fit; this was going to be the beginning of many tumbles and drops for these stoves along their delivery journey. And when it came to the deliveries themselves, we realized we needed more reliable modes of transport beyond the public train system – this became a critical insight into building our own distribution model. </p><p><strong>What Others Can Learn From This:</strong> Bad surprises are going to happen. Instead of wallowing, take a step back and break down what happened into two categories: what can we control and what can’t we control? Knowing what you can’t control (Monsoon Season, Packages taking a beating) can help inform how to modify what you can control (choosing transportation that protects against weather, stronger packaging).</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>When Dominoes Pizza Was Our Best Mentor</h5><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/Adventures_in_firestarting_image3.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Adventures_in_firestarting_image4.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>What Happened:</strong> The quickest, most reliable way for our sales agents to reach our customers in the last mile is by motorcycle. Only problem is, large boxes + motorbikes + unpaved roads don’t really mix well. Not only were the rides themselves a bit too thrilling, but having an agent show up to a home and have the bike immediately topple over (with the family’s brand new stove attached) wasn’t exactly a great first impression.</p><p><strong>What Happened Next:</strong> Motorcycles are a really popular mode of transportation in our markets so we took a look at who else was using them to run their business – and we found inspiration in an unlikely place: Dominoes Mumbai. This wildly successful pizza delivery service was fueled by a fleet of men on mopeds, but with custom delivery boxes attached to the back. We designed our own box that could accommodate the unique physics of stove + motorcycle + movement, built and hand-painted it ourselves, and we still use them to this day.</p><p><strong>What Others Can Learn From This:</strong> Seek inspiration outside your industry, and don’t be afraid of a little DIY. Channel your inner maker and start with your own sketch from scratch; from there you can see if there are simple off-the-shelf solutions you can retrofit to your needs or if you need to embark on a true custom build. We’re talking about a physical item in this case, but this applies to things like workflows, software, and marketing templates, too.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Eating Humble Pie (or Bush Cat)</h5><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/Adventures_in_firestarting_image5.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Adventures_in_firestarting_image6.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>What Happened</strong>: Here in the States, we might say “oh, no thank you” as a self-deprecating way to avoid imposing oneself on a host; in Uganda refusing hospitality, no matter how polite, is deeply offensive. Our Uganda Country Director, Jan, experienced this dilemma firsthand when Rose, one of our earliest customers, offered him freshly seared bush cat, cooked on her HomeStove.</p><p><strong>What Happened Next:</strong> He ate the damn thing, duh. Jan has been working in Uganda for years and understood the importance of accepting such a generous gesture. Over that meal he and Rose established a lasting friendship – so much so that Rose has become one of our top ambassadors, referring five neighbors to become customers.</p><p><strong>What Others Can Learn From This:</strong> Get to know your customers – and get over yourself. Jan’s respectful handling of that meal reminds us that humility and the desire to understand are invaluable traits.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Blood, Sweat, and Soot: It's Not Done Until It's Done</h5><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/Adventures_in_firestarting_image7.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Adventures_in_firestarting_image8.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>What Happened:</strong> In 2016 BioLite introduced the HomeStove 2, the newest generation of our biomass stove. In a small pre-launch field visit, we were met with kindness… and skepticism. The #1 concern of households was durability and longevity and while we could promise that we had designed it to be super durable, we didn’t have the data to back it up. As an unknown brand we were asking homes to take a big chance on very little information, and they weren’t biting.</p><p><strong>What Happened Next:</strong> Despite tons of momentum behind our impending launch, we pushed pause to go back and get that data. Back at the lab, we kicked off a durability blitz, logging 1600 hours of extreme use, monitoring both combustion and electrical performance. We built custom testing rigs and hired “burners” in both Bhubaneswar and Brooklyn to feed our stoves 24/7; each BioLite employee took turns sleeping over at the office to ensure testing was constant. By pushing our stoves to the limit not only did we get data to back up our durability claims, we also caught and fixed potential quirks that forestalled future customers service calls down the road.</p><p><strong>What Others Can Learn From This:</strong> Stopping momentum can be your bravest act. We’re not saying to throw deadlines and calendars out the window, but sometimes a hard choice now can prevent much harder outcomes later. To be clear, it has a ripple effect: our choice to delay threw off sales and caused some unpleasant phone calls, but our transparency to partners created mutual confidence in this decision. 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.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>No, It's Not Like TOMS.</h5><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/Adventures_in_firestarting_image9.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Adventures_in_firestarting_image10.jpg?427880085487130925'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>What Happened:</strong> This one remains a challenge to this day. BioLite has a unique business model that builds impact directly into our operations as a company. It’s not a marketing tactic, it’s not a corporate social responsibility campaign – it’s the business of our business; that being said, explaining what we do can be a mouthful. With the rise of cause-marketing brands like TOMS, we are frequently confused with one-for-one models because, honestly, TOMS has made that concept really easy to understand. We have tried to counter that with our concept of Parallel Innovation, but the subsequent explanation of that requires a lot of attention. The reality of social enterprise is often more complicated than a tidy tagline.</p><p><strong>What Happened Next:</strong> You’re looking at it, right now. This article is part of a series called The Road to Impact; ten chapters about the business of impact and what it takes to make it happen. Rather than try to tell you what we do, we wanted to show you what we do through firsthand stories of our team and users.</p><p><strong>What Others Can Learn From This:</strong> Don’t get caught up in explaining your cause; show how you live that cause as an organization. Our recommendation? Take a few friends out for beers and talk at them about your mission until you’re exhausted. Then, have them repeat back to you what stuck with them, what they’re curious about, what they want to know more of – you’ve got the basis for stories you can tell that might connect with your community. Simplify wherever possible, but don’t compromise your business, or your impact, for some sexy copywriting.</p><p>These lessons are just a glimpse into what a few years in the field have taught us. The truth is there’s still a lot to learn. By keeping an open mind and embracing each new learning that comes our way, we have built stable entities across the US, India, Uganda and Kenya, grown to a team of 100, launched over 20 products and distributed 20,000 HomeStoves to families in emerging markets. As we continue to grow, we’d love to learn from your challenges too, feel free to share in the comments below.</p><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt50 mb0'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'> <br>Stay tuned for our special edition Giving Tuesday chapter of the Road To Impact where we unpack how your purchase in the outdoor market gives us the ability to bring Energy Everywhere.</span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/adventures-in-firestarting", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A5814_copy.jpg?12746478926828556656", "post_excerpt": "5 Stories of Failing Fast and Failing Smart in the World of Social Enterprise. Fail fast, fail smart. Words entrepreneurs...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "156756867", "title": "The Outside Podcast - Science of Survival", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/storiesOfSurvival_hero.jpg?17670877956115068107' alt='Science Of Survival'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt20'><div class='two-thirds'><p>This season, the <a href='https://www.outsideonline.com/2127156/ep-07-cliffhanger-part-1'>Outside Podcast</a> has produced a special series called The Science of Survival and we’ve been hooked from the start; part physics, part biology, part psychology, and 100% adventure, these episodes fly by, leaving you gripped by just how much a human can handle (or not).</p><p>BioLite is proud to be sponsoring four episodes in this series, including the 2-part story <strong>Cliffhanger</strong>, a story about a plane crash in Bolivia and the expedition team that went out to investigate what happened.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Listen To The Episdoes:</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt0 mb40 pr10'><h5 class='mb20'>Cliffhanger: Part I</h5><iframe width='100%' height='450' scrolling='no' frameborder='no' src='https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/288841717&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true'></iframe></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt0 mb40 pr10'><h5 class='mb20'>Cliffhanger: Part II</h5><iframe width='100%' height='450' scrolling='no' frameborder='no' src='https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/291003547&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true'></iframe></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>More Stories To Tell – Tell us What You Think</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>We’re big podcast fans here at BioLite – are you?</p><p>We want to support great storytelling. When we’re not outside, podcasts are our chance to escape, to transport ourselves somewhere completely different, even just for twenty minutes. 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We'll notify the gift card winner by 11/30/2016.</h3></div></form></div></div><!--***************FORM***************--></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/the-outside-podcast-science-of-survivial", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/storiesOfSurvival_thumb.jpg?17191870737813797092", "post_excerpt": "This season, the Outside Podcast has produced a special series called The Science of Survival and we’ve been hooked from...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "156590787", "title": "The Path To Ownership", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'>The Power Of Microfinance in Emerging Markets</span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></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/DSC_3242_3.JPG?8217318684104516514');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'>This article was originally published on <a href='http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/11/clean-cookstoves-can-solve-energy-paradox/'>Triple Pundit.</a></span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></p></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>On the outskirts of Dangiyon Ka Hundar, a small village in western India, Durga strolls down a winding path that separates the dusty main road from vast plots of farmland. It’s mid-afternoon and she’s left crop tending early to run errands. But unlike the grocery run or quick trip to the bank you or I might typically experience, Durga’s to-do list revolves around something we take for granted every day: she’s out to collect her energy for the week. </span></p><p>She starts by walking a kilometer to the village well and a kilometer back home to drop the water off. She then heads out on a two-kilometer walk to meet her husband in the town center where they pay a small storefront owner to charge the family’s mobile phone. While they leave the phone to charge up for 30 minutes, they head to another shop where they purchase a liter of kerosene to light their un-electrified home and a bundle of firewood for the open cooking fire she uses every day. An hour later, they are back home and have spent up to 15% of their monthly income on inefficient energy sources. From a proportional standpoint, that is three times as much as most middle class families in the US pay for their energy utilities (<a href='http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/energy-poverty-low-income-households/486197/'>The Atlantic</a>).</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'><p>Not only are Durga’s energy sources expensive – with families paying up to <a href='http://www.enlighten-initiative.org/portals/0/documents/Resources/publications/OFG-publication-may-BDef.pdf'>$100 USD per kilowatt</a> or paying <a href='https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pay-as-you-go-solar-energy/'>400x more than the typical American</a> to charge their mobile phone – they’re dangerous, too: household pollution from open cooking fires and dirty kerosene leads to serious health complications and kills four million people annually – more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined (<a href='http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs292/en/'>WHO</a>).</p><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='grid__item large mt40 pb30 mb30'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/G0017338_2.JPG?17709330410763228089'></div></div><p><span>Durga and her family face an energy paradox, caught in the cycle of relying on bad energy sources that, in turn, put a further strain on family finances and well being. Here at BioLite, we’re out to break that cycle with innovative technology and, thanks to Durga, a viable path to ownership (more on that in a second).</span></p><p><span>BioLite’s flagship product in India and Sub-Saharan Africa is a smokeless wood-burning stove that reduces toxic emissions by 90%, uses half the fuel, and generates usable electricity. Through in-depth market testing on willingness-to-pay, we have been able to benchmark the price of our stove around the cost of a local mobile phone, an appliance that has been proven as a valued asset even among the lowest income households. At roughly $40-50, this stove is both aspirational but well within reach for almost any family – but ‘within reach’ depends heavily on the financial levers available to the household.</span></p><h4>A Wakeup From Durga</h4><p><span>At BioLite, we have a team of trained local staff who give compelling village demonstrations of the HomeStove. Our Sales Agents light the stove, boil water, cook local foods, charge phones, and explain in detail the long-term cost savings of HomeStove ownership, most notably, that the stove pays for itself in less than a year thanks to saving on fuel and mobile charging. </span></p><p><span>Durga attended one of these demonstrations with her husband and was eager to learn more about bringing this into the home. However, upon hearing the upfront cost of $50, Durga hit a roadblock; it wasn’t the harvest season, so the family’s cash reserves were low. However, the ever-resourceful Durga offered up an alternative: could she pay for the stove in installments? She had previous experience taking out business loans for her farm equipment and a stellar track record of paying them back on time – couldn’t the same be done here?</span></p><p><span>Durga was onto something. </span></p><p><span>No matter how compelling our demonstrations might be, we weren’t going to sell our product if our customers didn’t have the cash on hand. For most rural households in our markets, income is sporadic and seasonal, and we needed to offer an alternative to upfront cash sales.</span></p><p><span>Think about it this way: here in the United States, many of us have been pitched on the benefits of solar roof installation. Highly efficient, long-term savings – but we are rarely asked to pay the $30,000 installation fee upfront. We have access to rebates, installment plans, and ways to make these significant investments feasible without tying up all of our cash. This is exactly why consumer financing and credit exist – to make purchasing high-ticket items accessible to a wide network of potential customers. BioLite customers in the United States make purchases using credit, why shouldn’t our customers in India be able to do the same?</span></p><h4>Microfinance and Liquidity Stability</h4><p><span>Microfinance enables low-income families to access small loans, which they can invest in businesses and assets that can generate income and improve living standards. Over that past few decades, Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) have changed the way millions of low-income people, particularly women in the developing world, access capital. Credit can be the difference between a bare plot of land and a flourishing farm, a husband and wife trying to find daily work and a family owned and operated business.</span></p><p><span>Consider Durga who works as a farm hand. When it is not harvest season, cash on hand is scarce. MFIs offer her stable liquidity through small loans, giving her the opportunity to start a business, purchase land or equipment for their farm, or weather crises. Families like Durga’s get a jumpstart to fulfill financial aspirations. </span></p><p><span>It is hard to think of a better place for us to reach potential customers than when they are making investments in their financial future. In 2015, we began partnering with local microfinance institutions across India and Sub-Saharan Africa. These partnerships opened our network to millions of new customers who can easily adjust their loans to include our product.</span></p><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb10'><meta charset='utf-8'><div class='wrapper mt30' style='background-color: #fff;'><div class='two-thirds'> <h4 class='text-center mt10 mb0'>BioLite's MFI Partners</h4></div></div></div></div><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='grid__item large mt20 pb20 mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_Chap7Micro_finance_map_r1.jpg?3223967028361082458'></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>A typical MFI customer looks a lot like Durga; a hard working mother looking for a way to contribute the family income. Durga borrows from Fullerton, an MFI that we established a partnership with in 2015. When visiting her local branch to borrow Rs. 20000 ($300.00) to buy farming equipment, she meets a BioLite Sales Agent, who gives HomeStove demonstrations to borrowers like Durga. At the end of each demonstration, s/he lets borrowers know that for Rs. 300 ($4.50) each month, they can include a HomeStove in their new, one-year loan. There is little risk associated with a product that, during the first year, pays for itself based on energy savings in less than a year, and has the stamp of approval from your loan officer.</span></p><h4>Small Payments, Big Return</h4><p><span>Thanks to her good standing as a Fullerton customer, Durga added a HomeStove to her loan and went home with a life-saving product. Every other week she pays the stove off incrementally and her path each week looks much different. </span></p><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='grid__item large mt40 pb30 mb10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_0263_1.JPG?3223967028361082458'></div></div><p><span>Now rather than spending excess rupees on firewood or kerosene, Durga uses collects sticks on her way home and uses the HomeStove to power an LED light and the family’s mobile phone. Instead of spending 10-15% of the family’s monthly income on energy, she generates it from a cooking fire and uses it how and when she sees fit. But for Durga, the small HomeStove loan did much more than give her more the chance to supplement her family’s income and energy in the home. The HomeStove gives Durga more time to spend with her family and with that time a bright light that she uses to read to her two sons after the sun goes down each night. </span></p><p><span>Thanks to MFI partnerships, it’s not just Durga who’s benefitting. Our MFI partners allow our Sales Agents to reach tens of thousands of other women who are just like Durga. During these demonstrations, we not only educate new customers on the benefits of a clean, safe and reliable energy alternative, but also help them get access to the financing to bring these life saving products into their homes. MFIs are a critical lever in allowing BioLite to scale our efforts and bring us a step closer to reaching all of the families looking to break out of the cycle of energy poverty.</span></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Stay tuned for Chapter 8 where we discuss the challenges we’ve faced so far on The Road To Impact. </span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></p></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/the-path-to-ownership", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/DSC_3242_3.JPG?8217318684104516514", "post_excerpt": "The Power Of Microfinance in Emerging Markets This article was originally published on Triple Pundit. On the outskirts of Dangiyon...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "154989635", "title": "Fall Favorites: Oktoberfest Kebabs", "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/FOTG_BioLite_BaseCamp_21.jpg?16377026518055194437');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds' style='text-align: center;'><em class='text-center'>This is a special guest post from <a href='http://www.freshoffthegrid.com/'>Fresh Off The Grid.</a></em></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds' style='text-align: left;'><em class='text-center'></em><p> For many, Labor Day weekend is the end of the regular camping season. As the days get shorter, the crowds that once flocked to the campgrounds during summer now slowly begin to fade away. For them, it’s time to put away all the fun outdoor gear in the garage and start making plans for next year. But for us, it’s just the start of the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/the-3-energies-for-fall'>camping postseason.</a></p><p>While fall weather doesn’t always cooperate 100% of the time, when it does, it can be truly spectacular. The trick is to keep an eye on the forecast and when a good stretch of weather comes along, seize the opportunity and do whatever it takes to get outside. Warm sunny days, cool dry nights, some of the best days of the year can be found in early fall.</p><p>We recently capitalized on such an opportunity by taking a trip up to Maine. We hadn’t explored Maine yet, so when we found out that our friends Johnie and Marlin were going to be traveling along the coast, we happily decided to make the trek up to meet them.</p><p>One of our favorite things about fall weather is that you rarely get uncomfortably hot, even while hiking. We spent much of our days exploring mountain cliffs and scrambling up rock ledges. If we had done this during the dog days of the summer, we would have no doubt been drenched in sweat. But in the cool crisp air of autumn, we could climb up the mountain like a jungle gym without overheating.</p></div></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/Blog_Photo_4.jpg?16377026518055194437'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Blog_Photo_1.jpg?16377026518055194437'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds' style='text-align: left;'><em class='text-center'></em><div class='blog-full'><p>Another great aspect of postseason camping is the ability to cozy up next to a fire with a flannel and really enjoy some warming comfort food. For some reason, a roaring campfire just doesn’t have the same appeal on a hot, sticky summer night. But in the fall, when the sun goes down and air turns brisk, hanging out around the fire becomes a major evening activity. We’ve only known Johnie and Marlin for a short while, but somehow spending time around a fire can make people feel like old friends nearly overnight.</p><p>Thankfully we brought our <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-basecamp'>BaseCamp</a> with us, so not only did we get a chance to warm up, but also cook up some fall-inspired flavors for dinner.</p><p>One of our favorite recipes we’ve made this fall are these Oktoberfest kebabs. Combining bratwursts, red cabbage, onions, and apples, this interactive campfire food is pure autumn on a stick. They’re great for groups and can provide endless entertainment throughout the evening. We had a blast roasting these up and enjoying them with some spicy mustard and craft brews.</p><p>As the night drew to a close and we all slinked off to bed, we were thankful to be spending the night outdoors. There won’t be too many of these days left before winter arrives, so when the weather’s right, you just got to get out there.</p></div><a name='recipe'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Oktoberfest Kebabs</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FOTG_BioLite_BaseCamp_20.jpg?8565205176114460010');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong>Ingredients (Serves 3-4)</strong></p><ul><li>1 lb bratwurst</li><li>1/2 small red cabbage</li><li>2 apples (Fuji, Gala or Honeycrisp do well on the grill)</li><li>1 medium yellow onion</li><li>Olive Oil</li><li>Mustard, for serving</li></ul><p><strong>Equipment:</strong></p><ul><li>Kebab skewers <em>(if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water a bit ahead of time)</em></li><li>Sharp knife + cutting board</li></ul><p><strong>Preheat your BaseCamp</strong>: Start stoking your BaseCamp so that it’s ready to go once you’ve assembled your kebabs!</p><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FOTG_BioLite_BaseCamp_9.jpg?8565205176114460010'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'></div><p><strong>Prep the kebabs:</strong> Cut the bratwurst, onions, cabbage, and apples into bite sized pieces, about 1” across. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the cabbage, onions, and apples to prevent them from drying out on the grill. Assemble the ingredients on the skewers, alternating cabbage, apples, onions, and bratwurst. Leave about 1 inch empty on either side of the skewers to make it easy to handle while cooking and eating.</p></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FOTG_BioLite_BaseCamp_4.jpg?8565205176114460010'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FOTG_BioLite_BaseCamp_15.jpg?8565205176114460010'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt20 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'></div><p><strong>Grill the kebabs:</strong> Once your BaseCamp is hot (we heated it to 4), place the skewers on the grill. Cook, rotating them every couple of minutes, until the bratwurst is cooked through and the onions are beginning to soften, about 15-20 minutes total.</p><p><strong>Serve:</strong> Once the kebabs are done, pull them off the grill and serve with mustard and your favorite Oktoberfest beer!</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Kebabs_Final_H.jpg?8565205176114460010'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/fall-camp-recipes-oktoberfest-sausages", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FOTG_BioLite_BaseCamp_21.jpg?9327407264252447279", "post_excerpt": "This is a special guest post from Fresh Off The Grid.  For many, Labor Day weekend is the end of...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "154808835", "title": "The 3 Energies For Fall", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Key Tips For Cooler Temps</span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Bio-6_4.jpg?9527055401153432580');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Energy is all around us, filling our days in forms we may not even realize. Here at the BioLite office, we’re all about exploring those different forms and finding ways use them to enhance our time outside.</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>Fall camping is here (YES!) and with that comes a shift in how we view energy outside – changes in temperature and daylight both have a profound impact on building an off-grid ecosystem. There's much more to consider than what you'll do without access to an outlet.</span></p><p>As you head out on your next fall adventure, keep these three forms of energy in mind:</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Energy #1: YOU</h5><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/Fall_camp_blog_image1.jpg?4983636022563317947'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Fall_camp_blog_image2.jpg?4983636022563317947'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>That’s right, YOU. Your body is a personal furnace, working hard to keep you at a perfect 98.6 degrees. Fall camping puts this to the test with quick fluctuations in ambient temperature and humidity requiring you to walk a fine line between underdressing and overheating. And getting a chill on day one of a camping trip can leave you feeling drained for the rest of your trip so we recommend keeping your body happy with the following:</p><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li><strong>Layers. </strong>We recommend a merino wool base layer that can keep you cool in hot conditions and warm in cold ones. The best layers can be kind of expensive but you can dirtbag it and wear the same one your whole trip – cheers to natural odor resistance!</li><li><strong>Sleeping pad.</strong> Pads aren’t just about making it easy to sleep on a root or a rock, they’re about providing critical insulation between you and the ground. The ground is COLD and if you’re laying on it all night directly, it’s going to suck your body temperature down.</li><li><strong>Watch the sweats.</strong> Sweating in the summertime is no big deal. Sweating in the fall can trip you up. If you’re exerting yourself on a hike or you find yourself overheated in a sleeping bag, strip your wet clothes off as soon as possible and change into something dry.</li></ul><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Energy #2: YOUR FUEL</h5><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/Fall_camp_blog_image3.jpg?4983636022563317947'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Fall_camp_blog_image4.jpg?4983636022563317947'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>That furnace (aka YOU) needs fuel to burn, making your food choices an important factor in your energy ecosystem. Treat your core right with a warm beverage at the start and end of your day (and if you pick the right mug, your hands will get a little warm up, too). Keep in mind that colder temperatures can alter cooking times so be sure to bring a little extra fuel and patience with you. A few tips:</p><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li><strong>Watch the salt. </strong>Dehydrated meals might feel like an easy win but they’re often packed with sodium. Consider building your own dehydrated meals from scratch (our favorite hack: Ziploc bag of small shells + parmesan + sundried tomatoes = camp mac’n’cheese)</li><li><strong>Filters are lighter than water.</strong> Carry a filter and a platy bag so you don’t have to lug around water.</li><li><strong>Prep at home, cook onsite. </strong>Colder temps can mean stiff fingers and impaired agility – dicing with a sharp knife is asking for it. Chop up your stuff at home so you can focus on stirring and eating at your site.</li></ul><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Energy #3: YOUR LIGHT</h5><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Fall_camp_blog_image5.jpg?4983636022563317947'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Fall_camp_blog_image6.jpg?4983636022563317947'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>In the summertime we take long days of sunlight for granted – in the fall light can fade quickly, leaving you with a dark campsite (or a dark hike home) much faster than you think. Here’s some lighting to think about:</p><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li><strong>Know your sunsets. </strong>Before you head out, look up when the sun sets in your area – as the days get shorter, these can change pretty quickly.</li><li><strong>Think about social light.</strong> When the sun sets at 6:30pm, chances are you’re going to want to keeping hanging with your crew. Think about the lighting you want for things like group meals, card games, or just sitting around and talking. We recommend ditching the headlamps and going for overhead lighting. Friends don’t blind friends.</li><li><strong>Go red. </strong>Your eyes can do more than you think. If you’re looking to keep things low-key, say maybe to supplement the glow of a campfire, try red night mode on your lantern. It’ll preserve night vision and let you see the stars.</li></ul><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt50 mb0'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'>What other forms of energy do you think about when you head off-grid? <br>Let the BioLite Community know your favorite tips.</span></em><em><span style='font-weight: 400;'></span></em></p></div></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Shop the tips:</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li><strong>Merino base layer:</strong> You can't go wrong with <a href='http://www.icebreaker.com/en/mens-baselayers'>Icebreaker</a></li><li><strong>Sleeping pad:</strong> We're big <a href='http://www.cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-rest'>Therm-a-rest</a> fans</li><li><strong>Stay warm with hot meals and warm beverages:</strong> <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-bundle'>CampStove Bundle</a></li><li><strong>Ditch the headlamp:</strong> <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini'>PowerLight Mini</a></li><li><strong>Nail your overhead lighting:</strong> <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-bundle'>PowerLight Bundle</a></li></ul></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/the-3-energies-for-fall", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Bio-6_4.jpg?4983636022563317947", "post_excerpt": "Key Tips For Cooler Temps Energy is all around us, filling our days in forms we may not even realize....", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "154822339", "title": "Recipe Roundup", "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/ajwells_TOR_BioLite_14_3.jpg?13990241147513619842');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p>Is it just us or do meals cooked in the outdoors and over an open flame just taste better? In anticipation of fall camping trips, we gathered five of our favorite recipes that are sure to spice up any camp cookbook.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/116984323-two-recipes-to-spice-up-your-camp-cookbook'>Korean BBQ Kabobs</a></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>“I love making these kabobs because most of the messy prep is done at home so they are super easy to prepare at the campsite, plus all the pieces are bite size.”</em> ~ Kelly</p><p style='text-align: center;'><strong><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/116984323-two-recipes-to-spice-up-your-camp-cookbook'>View Full Recipe Here</a>.</strong></p><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='grid__item large mt20 pb40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kabob_hero.jpg?16834279833680484940'></div></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/18670319-dinner-by-firelight-a-special-guest-post#risotto'>Mushroom &amp; Leek Quinoa Risotto</a></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>“I love replacing quinoa with traditional risotto rice because it is quicker to make and results in a high-protein dish that’s ideal when you’re expending energy in the outdoors.”</em> ~ Emma</p><p style='text-align: center;'><strong><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/18670319-dinner-by-firelight-a-special-guest-post#risotto'>View Full Recipe Here</a>.</strong></p><div class='grid__item large mt20 pb40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BioLite_CampStove_Emma3.jpg?167786'></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/116984323-two-recipes-to-spice-up-your-camp-cookbook#salmon'>Wood-Fired Salmon and Asparagus</a></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>“BioLite stoves are so fun to use &amp; bring on camping trips. It's a comfort knowing we have a source of energy for cooking or warmth most places we go, but the cherry on top is that it's being used for a great cause - providing clean, renewable energy to all.”</em> ~ Abigail and Dylan</p><p style='text-align: center;'><strong><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/116984323-two-recipes-to-spice-up-your-camp-cookbook#salmon'>View Full Recipe Here</a>.</strong></p><div class='grid__item large mt20 pb40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Z7A7062-7_1.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/69075715-84-recipes-for-foodies-on-the-move'>Cranberry and Kale Turkey Burgers</a></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>“This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients that are widely available, takes 20 minutes to prepare and a major bonus: not a lot of cleanup.”</em> ~ Nikki</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p style='text-align: center;'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/69075715-84-recipes-for-foodies-on-the-move'><strong>View Full Recipe Here.</strong></a></p><div class='grid__item large mt20 pb40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/recipes-photo-3.jpg?8218403872181085015'></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/85932291-brave-the-elements-with-these-cold-weather-camping-tips?utm_source=newsletter_promo&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=cold_wather_campingkit_giveaway&amp;utm_content=recipe_image&amp;_bta_tid=3.AIi4.Crs6Kg.DAUn.AUD-dA..AjObRw.s..l.BurG.n...XDFSFw#recipe'>New Mexico Style Baby Back Ribs with Green Chile BBQ Sauce</a></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>“Barbecuing isn’t just a summertime activity! Grilling out is a perfect way to keep warm and enjoy views of any season. Pick up a bottle of locally grown and fermented New Mexican red wine to sip as you grill; it’ll warm you from the inside out. A spicy Syrah pairs with these grilled ribs perfectly.”</em> ~ Rachel</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p style='text-align: center;'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/85932291-brave-the-elements-with-these-cold-weather-camping-tips?utm_source=newsletter_promo&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=cold_wather_campingkit_giveaway&amp;utm_content=recipe_image&amp;_bta_tid=3.AIi4.Crs6Kg.DAUn.AUD-dA..AjObRw.s..l.BurG.n...XDFSFw#recipe'><strong>View Full Recipe Here.</strong></a></p><div class='grid__item large mt50 mb40 pb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Recipe__3_Fliping_Meat.jpg?8218403872181085015'></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/18670319-dinner-by-firelight-a-special-guest-post#hot-chocolate'>Aztec Hot Chocolate</a></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>“Use a peppermint stick to stir in the water and dissolve the mix. It instantly makes this a luxurious dessert beverage.”</em> ~ Emma</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p style='text-align: center;'><strong><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/18670319-dinner-by-firelight-a-special-guest-post#hot-chocolate'>View Full Recipe Here.</a></strong></p><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BioLite_Campstove_Emma2.jpg?167786'></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p><em> Still hungry? Check out the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/blogs/lab/69075715-84-recipes-for-foodies-on-the-move'>Vanlife Cookbook</a> with 84 recipes for foodies on the go.</em></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/recipe-roundup", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ajwells_TOR_BioLite_14_3.jpg?13990241147513619842", "post_excerpt": "  Is it just us or do meals cooked in the outdoors and over an open flame just taste better?...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "153608963", "title": "Pitch Perfect", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>This article originally appeared on <a href='http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/09/pitch-perfect/'>Triple Pundit.</a></em></p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/KFES99BSVfQ' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt30 mb30 text-center' style='border: 1px solid #f3f3f3; margin: 0 auto;'></iframe></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span>It’s nearing dusk in Baripada, a small town in the Eastern state of Orissa, India. Colorful concrete buildings line a dirt road, and as families walk briskly closing out their daily errands, a man appears. He enters a clearing, carrying a shiny object in his right hand. He walks with the air of a cowboy, but instead of spurs and a vest, he’s wearing a grey polo neatly tucked into tapered jeans paired with sensible running shoes. Don’t let the outfit fool you: this man is larger than life. This is Himanshu, The Magician.</span></p><p><span>Himanshu’s magic has evolved over the past few years, from sleights of hand performances to a more daunting feat: turning fire into electricity. This time around, it’s no illusion – it’s simply a matter of physics. But Himanshu’s job remains the same: make them believe.</span></p><p><span>Himanshu is now a stove salesman for BioLite, a social enterprise that manufactures the HomeStove. This wood-burning cookstove utilizes advanced combustion to burn 50% less wood than a typical open cooking fire and reduce toxic emissions by 90%, all while producing using electricity to charge phones and lights. For the three billion people who still cook on smoky open flames every day, this product has the potential to transform households. But for the transformation to take place, the stove needs to be widely adopted. And for this to happen, households need to understand how it works, why it’s different from their current fire, and why it will make their lives better. And in this remote part of India, Himanshu is the best man for the job. </span></p><p><span>Himanshu sets his shiny HomeStove in the middle of a small crowd, and gestures for others to come closer, to see his demonstration. His voice booms, </span></p><p><span>“All of us have homemade chulhas [mud stoves] at home – but today, I will show you something new, something innovative…” </span></p><p><span>The crowd grows as cyclists hop off their bikes, curious about the circle of people huddled around this man. He points to one of the women in attendance, “Are you tired of smoke filling your home each time you cook? What if I told you there was a stove that cooks without producing any smoke?” He nudges the man next to him, “what if that same appliance saved you money on fuel and gave you access to electricity in your home? I have it right here. This is the HomeStove. And today I’ll use it to make you some tea and charge your phone.” </span></p><p><span>The crowd is smiling, some of them even laughing. They can’t believe what they’re hearing. </span></p><p><span>Himanshu requests a volunteer to join him near the stove. A few young men step forward, he picks one and together they jump on top of the stove. “A stove that two grown men can stand on will not fail you in the kitchen.” The volunteer steps off and Himanshu wastes no time placing a few small sticks inside the stove. Himanshu pulls out a matchbook, strikes a single match and flicks it a few feet through the air. He watches as it lands in the stove’s chamber and ignites. “Easy as that.”</span></p><p><span>He places a pot of water on the stove and asks the crowd to watch how quickly it boils. “I challenge you to bring food from your home: rice, chapati, subzi. I’ll show you how well this stove cooks.” In just a few minutes the water reaches a boil and a green light turns on. He smiles; it’s time to fulfill his last promise, charging mobile phones with fire. “Step up, plug your phone in and watch the battery fill up.” Two men push to the front, phones in hand, and within seconds they are shouting to their friends back in the crowd, “IT WORKS.” Excited chatter explodes among the audience but Himanshu quickly breaks through with his confident voice, bringing people back to focus, reiterating the health benefits of a smokeless stove that uses any locally available biomass, that prepares food that tastes as delicious as a traditional fire. He explains that the HomeStove will save so much fuel that it pays for itself in less than a year, and the upside to having on-demand electricity in the home. As the fire dies down, the shape of the crowd changes. No longer a cluster, it morphs into a line: a line of new customers eager to find out from Himanshu how they can get their hands on a HomeStove. </span></p><h4>Welcome To The Perfect Pitch</h4><p><span>In lieu of digital ads, online shops, and displays you might find at large retail chains here in the United States, BioLite employs Himanshu and 39 other tenacious local sales agents who can captivate a crowd with in-person demonstration, a highly effective tool for explaining a new and fairly complex product in rural, remote markets. Himanshu’s performance feels effortless on the surface, but it’s the result of his hard work and constant refinement. His perfect pitch boils down to four key elements:</span></p><h4>1. Trust</h4><div class='two-thirds '><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Trust_forblog.gif?11780868936799867269/&gt;%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;Himanshu%20was%20born%20and%20raised%20in%20Mayurbhanj,%20the%20district%20he%20manages,%20which%20is%20helpful%20when%20he%20has%20to%20introduce%20the%20HomeStove%20to%20its%20residents.%20His%20customers%20are%20his%20neighbors%20and%20friends.%20He%20casually%20describes%20circumstances%20that%20accurately%20reflect%20their%20and%20his%20daily%20life;%20he%20speaks%20with%20a%20local%20accent;%20he%20references%20his%20own%20experience%20learning%20to%20use%20the%20stove.%20Discovering%20BioLite%20from%20someone%20the%20crowd%20feels%20comfortable%20questioning%20or%20relating%20to%20helps%20establish%20a%20critical%20baseline%20of%20trust.%20It%20is%20one%20of%20the%20many%20reasons%20building%20local%20sales%20teams%20is%20at%20the%20core%20of%20BioLite%E2%80%99s%20emerging%20markets%20operations.%20&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;%0A&lt;h4&gt;2.%20Mind-reading&lt;/h4&gt;%0A&lt;div%20class=' two-thirds=''><p><span>Himanshu was born and raised in Mayurbhanj, the district he manages, which is helpful when he has to introduce the HomeStove to its residents. His customers are his neighbors and friends. He casually describes circumstances that accurately reflect their and his daily life; he speaks with a local accent; he references his own experience learning to use the stove. Discovering BioLite from someone the crowd feels comfortable questioning or relating to helps establish a critical baseline of trust. It is one of the many reasons building local sales teams is at the core of BioLite’s emerging markets operations. </span></p><h4>2. Mind-reading</h4><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Mindreading_forblog.gif?12310755661289451791/&gt;%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;Okay,%20Himanshu%20is%20a%20magician,%20not%20a%20mind%20reader,%20but%20when%20you%20watch%20his%20demo%20it%E2%80%99s%20hard%20to%20distinguish%20between%20the%20two.%20His%20previous%20experience%20as%20a%20performer%20taught%20him%20a%20crucial%20sales%20skill:%20anticipating%20an%20audience%E2%80%99s%20concerns%20and%20proactively%20addressing%20them%20before%20skepticism%20takes%20hold.%20Himanshu%20is%20like%20a%20walking%20FAQ,%20delivering%20useful,%20relevant%20information%20that%20assuage%20concerns%20and,%20above%20all,%20showing%20that%20this%20product%20was%20intentionally%20designed%20to%20fit%20into%20the%20audience%E2%80%99s%20daily%20lives.%20&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;%0A&lt;h4&gt;3.%20Showmanship:%20Seeing%20Is%20Believing&lt;/h4&gt;%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;Himanshu%20has%20no%20trouble%20drawing%20a%20crowd,%20who%20are%20in%20awe%20watching%20the%20stove%20turn%20fire%20into%20electricity.%20However,%20keeping%20that%20attention%20is%20a%20struggle%20for%20any%20performer.%20Himanshu%20knows%20that%20lecturing%20a%20crowd,%20spitting%20off%20too%20many%20technical%20facts%20is%20a%20surefire%20way%20to%20bore%20people.%20To%20really%20convince%20them,%20they%20need%20to%20see%20what%20he%E2%80%99s%20promising.%20Lighting%20a%20stove%20with%20a%20flying%20match,%20jumping%20on%20stoves,%20serving%20steaming%20cups%20of%20chai,%20charging%20phones%20with%20fire.%20These%20are%20just%20a%20few%20of%20the%20tricks%20that%20Himanshu%20keeps%20up%20his%20sleeve%20to%20get%20his%20message%20across%20effectively.%20What%20would%20you%20remember%20more:%20Himanshu%20telling%20you%20that%20the%20stove%20is%20highly%20durable%20and%20can%20withstand%20the%20wear%20and%20tear%20of%20daily%20use%20or%20Himanshu%20hopping%20on%20top%20of%20the%20stove%20with%20a%20stranger%20in%20his%20arms?%20His%20entertainment%20is%20packed%20with%20information,%20but%20delivered%20in%20high-energy%20actions%20that%20are%20captivating%20and%20show%20more%20than%20they%20tell.%20To%20the%20audience,%20they%20didn%E2%80%99t%20sit%20through%20a%20sales%20pitch%20%E2%80%93%20they%20got%20a%20phone%20charge%20and%20a%20show.%20&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;%0A&lt;h4&gt;4.%20Urgency%20&amp;%20Opportunity&lt;/h4&gt;%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;Himanshu%20always%20concludes%20his%20pitch%20by%20painting%20a%20picture%20of%20opportunity.%20%E2%80%9CImagine%20cooking%20over%20a%20stove%20with%20no%20smoke%20filling%20the%20air.%20No%20more%20coughing,%20no%20more%20stinging%20eyes.%20Imagine%20what%20you%E2%80%99ll%20do%20with%20the%20extra%20time%20or%20money%20now%20that%20you%20don%E2%80%99t%20need%20to%20collect%20or%20purchase%20as%20much%20wood.%20Imagine%20if%20you%20could%20plug%20a%20bright%20light%20at%20night%20instead%20of%20spending%20money%20on%20dirty%20kerosene.%20This%20stove%20can%20change%20your%20life%20today.%E2%80%9D%20&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;Himanshu%20can%E2%80%99t%20give%20his%20pitch%20about%20a%20lifesaving%20product%20and%20let%20people%20know%20they%20can%20have%20one%20in%20a%20few%20weeks.%20They%20need%20it%20now.%20After%20all,%20there%E2%80%99s%20nothing%20worse%20than%20getting%20excited%20about%20a%20product%20and%20finding%20it%E2%80%99s%20out%20of%20stock%20or%20too%20expensive.%20The%20urgency%20of%20Himanshu%E2%80%99s%20pitch%20doesn%E2%80%99t%20work%20unless%20there%20is%20product%20on%20hand%20and%20customers%20can%20purchase%20it%20on%20the%20spot.%20&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;%0A&lt;h4&gt;Enter%20The%20MFIs&lt;/h4&gt;%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;%20Microfinance%20institutions%20enable%20low-income%20households%20to%20afford%20highly%20valuable%20home%20investments.%20This%20can%20mean%20small%20lines%20of%20credit%20to%20start%20a%20business%20or%20in%20our%20case,%20a%20loan%20to%20transform%20their%20home%20with%20a%20HomeStove.%20Customers%20visit%20their%20loan%20offices%20regularly%20to%20take%20out%20loans%20and%20pay%20back%20their%20loans%20in%20installments.%20Himanshu,%20along%20with%20each%20HomeStove%20salesman,%20works%20with%20a%20local%20MFI%20branch%20to%20ensure%20that%20local%20demonstrations%20can%20take%20place%20near%20or%20at%20these%20branches,%20lending%20instant%20credibility%20to%20each%20pitch.%20At%20the%20end%20of%20a%20perfect%20pitch,%20the%20audience%20has%20a%20clear%20path%20to%20purchase%20and%20bring%20this%20stove%20into%20their%20home.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;%0A&lt;div%20class=' two-thirds=''><p><span>Okay, Himanshu is a magician, not a mind reader, but when you watch his demo it’s hard to distinguish between the two. His previous experience as a performer taught him a crucial sales skill: anticipating an audience’s concerns and proactively addressing them before skepticism takes hold. Himanshu is like a walking FAQ, delivering useful, relevant information that assuage concerns and, above all, shows that this product was intentionally designed to fit into the audience’s daily lives. </span></p><h4>3. Showmanship: Seeing Is Believing</h4><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Showmanship_forblog.gif?12720987901989064820'><p><span>Himanshu has no trouble drawing a crowd, who are in awe watching the stove turn fire into electricity. However, keeping that attention is a struggle for any performer. Himanshu knows that lecturing a crowd, spitting off too many technical facts is a surefire way to bore people. To really convince them, they need to see what he’s promising. Lighting a stove with a flying match, jumping on stoves, serving steaming cups of chai, charging phones with fire. These are just a few of the tricks that Himanshu keeps up his sleeve to get his message across effectively. What would you remember more: Himanshu telling you that the stove is highly durable and can withstand the wear and tear of daily use or Himanshu hopping on top of the stove with a stranger in his arms? His entertainment is packed with information, but delivered in high-energy actions that are captivating and show more than they tell. To the audience, they didn’t sit through a sales pitch – they got a phone charge and a show. </span></p><h4>4. Opportunity &amp; Urgency</h4><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/OPPURTUNITY_forblog_r1.gif?12720987901989064820'><p><span>Himanshu always concludes his pitch by painting a picture of opportunity. “Imagine cooking over a stove with no smoke filling the air. No more coughing, no more stinging eyes. Imagine what you’ll do with the extra time or money now that you don’t need to collect or purchase as much wood. Imagine if you could plug a bright light at night instead of spending money on dirty kerosene. This stove can change your life today.” </span></p><p><span>Himanshu can’t give his pitch about a lifesaving product and let people know they can have one in a few weeks. They need it now. After all, there’s nothing worse than getting excited about a product and finding it’s out of stock or too expensive. The urgency of Himanshu’s pitch doesn’t work unless there is product on hand and customers can purchase it on the spot. </span></p><h4>Enter the MFIs.</h4><p><span>Microfinance institutions enable low-income households to afford highly valuable home investments. This can mean small lines of credit to start a business or in our case, a loan to transform their home with a HomeStove. Customers visit their loan offices regularly to take out loans and pay back their loans in installments. Himanshu, along with each HomeStove salesman, works with a local MFI branch to ensure that local demonstrations can take place near or at these branches, lending instant credibility to each pitch. At the end of a perfect pitch, the audience has a clear path to purchase and bring this stove into their home. </span></p><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_Ch6_collage_1.jpg?13008518249627044614'><p><span>From Orissa, India to Kampala, Uganda, many of our sales team members have been inspired by Himanshu’s approach, but they also put their own personal twist on the pitch. Prem in India creates a Bollywood-like entrance on his motorbike; Abacha in Uganda uses contagious humor to keep the crowd laughing; Emma speaks passionately about his doing this not only for his mom’s health, but for everyone’s mom. With each personalized pitch, an unknown appliance becomes a desirable, affordable, life-enhancing solution for some of the world’s poorest households. </span></p><p><span>Maybe it is magic, after all. </span></p><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Stay tuned for Chapter 7 where we explore the economics of ownership and what consumer financing looks like in emerging markets.</em></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/pitch-perfect", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch6_RI_bg.jpg?2686780106667331258", "post_excerpt": "This article originally appeared on Triple Pundit. It’s nearing dusk in Baripada, a small town in the Eastern state of Orissa, India....", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "147920131", "title": "What's In Store When There Is No Store", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>The Road To Impact Chapter 5 originally appeared on The <a href='https://hbr.org/2016/09/how-one-startup-developed-a-sales-model-that-works-in-emerging-markets'>Harvard Business Review</a>.</em></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/20086521164_49369c3b4a_k_1.jpg?16890077011547487610');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span>As the heat continues to blister on this summer in New York I think back to the first time I ever bought an air conditioner: fresh out of college, it was a daunting investment, but well worth the quality of life improvement. I stumbled through a few consumer report roundups online, asked the advice of friends and coworkers, but eventually found myself at a local hardware store where the owner enlightened me on the complex world of BTUs, replaceable filters, and square footage calculations. Within thirty minutes, I had a giant box on a dolly and 300 more points on my recently opened credit card. </span></p><p><span>This seemingly banal transaction speaks volumes to the power of how established retail has pervaded our everyday experience in the United States. A lot had to take place for this all to happen: I had a problem but I knew a solution existed; I had access to information on my options; I had a physical destination to see my options in person; a trained employee was available to provide advice and recommendations; and I had a means of financing to bring this appliance into my life almost immediately. </span></p><p><span>The thing is, for millions of people, this model doesn’t exist – and those are my customers. </span></p><p><span>I am the co-founder and CEO of BioLite. We design and manufacture personal scale energy appliances that enable our users to cook, charge, and light their lives off the grid. We serve two markets that are very different, but united by the common need for reliable and safe access to energy: outdoor recreationalists and low-income households in emerging markets. Our flagship products are two wood-burning stoves that both generate electricity from fire while reducing toxic smoke emissions by 90%. The stove designed for campers is called the CampStove, and the stove for families living in energy poverty is called the HomeStove. </span></p><div class='two-thirds blog-main mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Parallel_Innovation_BioLite_Press_Release.jpg?8757470991209774066/&gt;%0A%0A&lt;p&gt;&lt;span%20style=' font-weight:=''><p><span> For our outdoor recreationalists, the model has been paved for us and we enjoy the benefits of a well-established retail structure: we sell both online and in established, well-known retail stores where knowledgeable staff can explain our products to new customers. Customers have myriad channels to discover new products and seek out outdoor gear retailers to explore, evaluate, and choose their solution. Store displays, user reviews, and expert employees with firsthand experience all play a role in building confidence that is critical to purchase.</span></p><p><span>For our emerging market customers across India and sub-Saharan Africa, the majority live outside city centers in areas that large-scale retail stores just don’t reach. Moreover, these customers don’t even know our cookstove exists, so before we even get to delivery, we have to figure out how to get our product discovered. </span></p><p><span>These challenges forced BioLite to re-evaluate our approach and customize our sales methods to a market that demands an entirely different way of doing business. Much like our team of engineers who are constantly testing for the best functionality of our products, our emerging markets team set up a series of experiments to explore what distribution model functioned best in these remote environments. In short, how do you sell something where large-scale retail channels don’t exist? </span></p><h4>Experiment #1: The Handi Shop </h4><p><span>Our target customers in India don’t have access to large retail shops but they go to <em>handi</em> shops, small storefronts retailing cooking supplies. These storefronts have long established customer bases that visit with the intent of purchasing products like pots and pans. Given that we’re in the business of clean cooking, we hypothesized that we’d be successful selling our stoves through these shops. </span></p><p><span>A good idea in theory, but ultimately too passive as a sales approach: just placing our HomeStove on a shelf did not lead to uptake. <em>Handi</em> shop customers had never seen a product like ours, didn’t know what it was, how it worked, or why it could have a profound effect on their daily cooking. The revolutionary benefit of co-electricity was on the package, sure, but who was taking the time to read through the box unprompted? Most importantly, seeing is believing: even if they were heading out to buy a high tech appliance they always need to see it in action before they make a decision to purchase. With no one in store to demonstrate the HomeStove in real time, it’s pretty hard to understand and trust that a fire can be smokeless, cook your chapatti quickly, and power your cellphone. </span></p><p><span>From this failed experiment, we learned that a clean cookstove like our HomeStove is a push product; we can’t just place it on a shelf and expect customers to buy in on their own, we would need to proactively get in front of them and bring the stove to life. The question for us then became: how could we build a sales experience where fire was inherently part of it? </span></p><h4>Experiment #2: The Chaiwala </h4><p><span>After the lessons of the <em>handi</em> shop experiment, we identified our next experiment over a cup of tea. Chaiwalas, or tea sellers, sit on almost every corner in India, brewing up chai for constant crowds of passersby. Chaiwalas already cook over fires to make their tea, so using the HomeStove as an alternative could immediately demonstrate the benefits of our product to a captive audience – a bit of a drink and a show, if you will. </span></p><div class='two-thirds blog-main mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_4802_1.JPG?13109549261703374410' font-weight:=''><p><span>We equipped a dozen Chaiwalas with HomeStoves, trained them to use the stove, printed BioLite banners to hang on their stands, and set them up with cords so customers could charge their phones off our stove. As a crowd-pleaser the promotion was a success, drumming up customer excitement, but as a sales conversion, it fell short. </span></p><p><span>Here’s the thing: these men are Chaiwalas, not Stovewalas: they’re in the business of selling as much chai as they can, not presenting in-depth demonstrations of an aspirational, modern cookstove. They weren’t particularly interested in communicating the feature set, just getting through as many cups as fast as possible. Moreover, while hundreds of people buy chai every day from these stands, these customers are there to make a two-rupee purchase; they’re not in the right mindset to be considering a high-ticket item like our stove. They want to get their chai and move on, not hang around and charge their phones.</span></p><p><span> From this, we learned that our products require a highly trained representative who can speak to the benefits of our stove in front of customers that are willing to purchase it. Now we knew we not only needed a sales environment where the stove could be used, but also trained salespeople who could teach people about it. </span></p><h4>Experiment #3: BioLite Flagship Store</h4><p><span> Imagine an Apple Store… in the middle of Bhubaneswar, India. That’s what we set out to create. </span></p><p><span> We wanted to create a fully immersive experience where we could introduce potential customers to our vision of energy everywhere: a place where highly trained and enthusiastic staff could entertain, educate, and entice visitors to the unique benefits of the HomeStove. We would have complete control of the customer experience, and our HomeStove would always be the star of the show. </span></p><p><span> We found an ideal storefront near a busy market in central Bhubaneswar. Our local team worked around the clock, doing custom build outs while juggling Skype calls with the design team back in New York. Chai stands were built, graphics were printed, and the team was ready for launch.</span></p><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_4686_1.JPG?17620831269998524346' font-weight:=''><p><span> Launch day was a wild success: the store filled with customers, local papers heralded our arrival, and sales spiked. We created buzz with those same cups of chai, but this time the cooking demonstration was conducted by a member of our staff, who then invited prospective customers into our shop. Unfortunately, as the weeks passed we found that maintaining a steady stream of customers proved to be a major challenge. Many of our target wood-burning customers lived on the outskirts of town, and had no reason to travel to the central market where our store was located. </span></p><p><span> This taught us that as an unfamiliar brand with a fixed retail shop, it's really hard to acquire customers, especially if people have to go out of their way to find you. While we made some sales through this channel, we realized we needed to bring our retail store experience directly to a network of customers who were ready to purchase. We needed locally embedded partners. What if we teamed up with a distributor that already had the trust of, and relationships with, potential customers? </span></p><h4>Experiment #4: Avon Calling </h4><p><span> At this point, we’d experimented enough to know there were a few critical factors to activate a meaningful flow of sales: a highly specialized local sales team who could demo the stove and a targeted network of potential customers that our sales team could engage at peak interest. This led us to experiment with a sales method inspired by an unlikely giant back in the United States: Avon.</span></p><p><span>Greenlight Planet in India has a proven track record of distributing energy products in remote districts by utilizing local sales representatives. These “reps” host demonstrations and attract community members through their local connections and trusted recommendations. Instead of selling makeup or Tupperware, they sell solar lights – millions of them. Through an Avon-like model, they empower a network of salespeople to engage their neighbors, family, and friends. In 2014 we partnered with Greenlight Planet to take a spin at door-to-door stove selling. </span></p><p><span>Greenlight Planet’s model had real promise but required deep knowledge and enthusiasm; asking a solar expert to suddenly expand their repertoire to ultra-clean, electricity-generating wood stoves was a tall order. Where a solar light simply can be turned on to show its value, a stove demo requires 30 minutes of time and extensive training about the technology to craft a captivating pitch. In addition, stoves are difficult to transport from demo to demo. We needed to customize this model for cookstoves, and ensure that the salespeople are set up for success, most notably by letting them be dedicated fulltime to only selling stoves. </span></p><p><span>With valuable learnings from the solar salesmen, we began the search to build our own dedicated team of salesmen and women to help us “open up shop” across each region of operation. One by one we found our teammates, a group of high energy, reliable agents who had the potential to grab an audience’s attention through captivating demonstrations and impressive reserves of facts and anecdotes. We call them the BioLite Burners. </span></p><p><span>Each Burner undergoes a five-day intensive training and prior to hitting the field receives their own HomeStove Delivery Box: inspired by Domino’s motorbike deliverymen in Mumbai with boxes that can maintain the heat of the pizza, our boxes attach to Burner’s motor bikes and make it easy to transport stoves to demonstrations or home deliveries. </span></p><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/DSC_3325_2.JPG?13489935511861453529'><p><span>Local experts, attentive networks, and an easy way to transport stoves – what more do you need? You need a crowd that is prepared to spend money on a product in real time, and have access to the most fundamental thing involved in purchase: cash. If our customers are liquidity constrained and risk averse to purchasing a pricey item, was there a model that could solve for that?</span></p><h4>Experiment #5: Microfinance Institutions </h4><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/DSC00028.JPG?13489935511861453529'><p><span>Through partnerships with these MFIs, not only are our Burners able to easily travel to MFI branches or villages to demonstrate the stove with real-time burn demos, we can also set interested customers up with finance programs on the spot to make purchasing these stoves immediately achievable (all the more so as the majority of our customers recoup the cost of the HomeStove in six to eight months via fuel and electricity savings). Equipped with their motorbikes our Burners also deliver stoves or provide after sale service to our customers when necessary. Through these partnerships we have been able to recreate the product discovery experience traditionally found in retail environments in the United States.</span></p><p><span>We found our missing link. Where each of the models before taught us the importance of various components of our sales model - customer acquisition, demonstrations accompanied by a strong pitch, and co-location of our product and network – financing became the grease that made it easy for our customers to purchase products. </span></p><p><span>I think back to when we initially placed our stoves on shelves in the <em>handi</em> shop and I see it as an inflection point for BioLite; our sales model had a gaping hole in the middle of it, but rather than scratch our heads, and just try the same thing again, we rebuilt it to make it more resilient and aware of unique local challenges our markets faced. I think back through those years of experimentation with different sales models as a springboard to the tens of thousands of households we have reached this year thanks to our Burners. We have built a framework that achieves the unique duality of being both highly localized while promising rapid scalability across all of the emerging markets in which we work.</span></p><div class='two-thirds blog-main mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_Ch5_collage.jpg?9062987627348299464'><p><span>But as you can see, no part of it is easy. Our team of BioLite Burners is leading this charge and it is their dedication and creative sales tactics that are helping us get the HomeStove into the hands of families who need it most. Stay tuned, you’ll meet the Burners in our next chapter.</span></p><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>In Chapter 6 of The Road to Impact we’ll introduce you to the men and women who make up our robust sales and marketing teams across India, Uganda and Kenya.</em></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/how-one-startup-developed-a-sales-model-that-works-in-emerging-markets", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_ch5_thumb.jpg?10789629461705741227", "post_excerpt": "The Road To Impact Chapter 5 originally appeared on The Harvard Business Review. As the heat continues to blister on...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "143236739", "title": "How to Keep Your Fun at a Festival", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt10 mb20'>Avoid common pain points in festival camping with these five quick tips.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_fun_hero_blog.jpg?5969391447030885167'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt30 mb20'>1) Figure out your communication plan and establish your own personal “lost-and-found” with Friends.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><div class='blog-full'><p>People separate and wander at festivals, it happens. Just make sure you create opportunities to find each other easily. Before the day starts designate a clear “lost-and-found” area for your crew to sweep past from time to time in case someone strays from the group.</p><p>Looking for something a bit higher tech? We’ve got that, too: festivals are notorious for bad cell service but the folks over at <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/gotenna-double-pack' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>goTenna</a> can transform your phone into an instant texting walkie-talkie without relying on cell towers. Bypass the crowds and be in communication quickly and easily.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt30 mb20'>2) For the love of everything, drink water.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>This is a perfect example of having lots of fun and then losing it in an instant: dehydration. At festivals you’re going to be running around, dancing, standing in the sun, and your body is going to need a lot water to keep going. And no, beer does not count as a substitute. Make time to chug some water here and there and you’ll keep yourself out of the medical tent and on the dance floor.</p></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40 mt20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_fun_blog_image1.jpg?9232301792209662260'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt30 mb20'>3) Whatever the weather, be prepared.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>“When you’re going to be outside all day long, come prepared for any type of weather. This year at Bonnaroo, my hat and sunscreen became my best friend. Seriously, you don’t want to be the one who gets sunburnt on the first day.” says Tabitha, Coney Island Brewery Representative at Bonnaroo.</p><p>And be prepared for the flipside, too: if rain is in the forecast, avoid cotton clothing and wear performance fabrics that can wick and evaporate moisture quickly. Getting caught in a downpour can be a lot of fun if you’re not soggy for hours afterward.</p></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40 mt20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/cotopaxi_slider_eb7c4c2b-deba-4b0c-9542-e1d8483a2422.jpg?811347758220576322'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt30 mb20'>4) Pick a good day bag…</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>You want something that is light with breathable fabric but steer clear of the free drawstring swag bags that some promotional tents give out: the shoestring straps will wear on your shoulders and don’t distribute weight evenly. A lot of outdoor brands have great ultralight daypacks that have solid straps to keep you comfy when it’s your turn to carry the crew bag. (sidenote: make a crew bag. Have the gang take turns being mule for the day).</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>5) ...and pack it wisely.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Here are items we think should make their way into every festival daypack.</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/Festival_fun_bagcomponents_blog_r3.jpg?15201195915910135846'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><p><strong>THE BAG:</strong> We’re fans of <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/cotopaxi-luzon-18l-daypack' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Cotpaxi’s Luzon 18L Daypack</a>. It’s lightweight, can hold a ton of stuff, and the bold color makes you easy to spot from far away.</p><p><strong>BOTTLE:</strong> Remember, hydration is key. <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/miir-23-oz-bottle' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Miir’s Vacuum Insulated Bottle</a> keeps your drinks cold for hours. Take it to water refill stations and visit them often.</p><p><strong>SUN GEAR:</strong> Sunscreen and sunglasses – we like <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/sunski-seacliffs' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Sunski’s Polarized Seacliffs</a>. Bonus weather-related recs include a hat, layers for varying temperatures, and some form of rain gear depending on if you plan to reject the rain or embrace it.</p><p><strong>FIRST AID:</strong> Stumbles might happen but a tiny cut can lead to a big infection if you don’t take care of it (No more “oh I’ll stop by the Med Tent later”). Bring a basic first aid kit (seriously you can find really compact ones) and nip it in the bud.</p><p><strong>SNACKS:</strong> You’re bound to get hungry, throw a few snacks into your pack for yourself or the friend who gets hangry. Clif bars are a great option: they pack easily and can hold you over between meals.</p><p><strong>SEATING: </strong> It’s always surprising how much downtime you have a festival. Having a dry place to rest after standing through an entire set is key. That’s why we love Alite’s all-purpose, waterproof <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/alite-meadow-mat' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Meadow Mat</a>. Getting off your feet for twenty minutes can give you the second-wind to power through the rest of the day.</p><p><strong>TECH: </strong> Grab the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/gotenna-double-pack' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>goTennas</a> we mentioned above for communication without the crowds; pack a small light like the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>PowerLight Mini</a> and find your way back to your campsite easily after the show; hang a <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-5-plus' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>SolarPanel 5+</a> off your pack and keep your phones and other gear charged so you can snap pics and stay in touch.</p></div><div class='wrapper mt30' style='background-color: #fff;'><div class='blog-full'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><h4 class='alt darkorange text-center mt40 mb20'>Like what you see on this list? You can buy our top picks in our <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/festival-daypack-bundle' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Festival Daypack Bundle</a>, and save $88!</h4><div class='grid__item large mb10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/foodwiseDaypack_Bundle_withdiscount.jpg?1193965878915486290'></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='text-center'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/festival-daypack-bundle' class='btn btn-darkorange btn-icon mt30 mb30'> <span class='white'>Shop The Bundle</span> </a><div class='blog-divider text-center mt20'></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/how-to-keep-your-fun-at-a-festival", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_fun_blog_cover.jpg?12817367089786351628", "post_excerpt": "Avoid common pain points in festival camping with these five quick tips. 1) Figure out your communication plan and establish...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "141292035", "title": "What's Your Food Philosophy?", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Follow the flowchart to figure out how to feed yourself at your next festival.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full mt5'><!--********FLOWCHART GOES HERE**********--><div class='grid__item large mt20 mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_foodie_flowchart_forblog_r1-01.jpg?16901265828245059614'></div></div><div class='blog-full mt50 mb80'><!--**************COLUMN 1********************--><div class='grid__item large--one-third' style='padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 20px;'><p class='mt20 mb20' style='font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;'><strong>You're A Grillmaster</strong> </p><p class='mt20 mb18' style='font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;'>You are ready to fire up a complete mobile kitchen and serve some gourmet meals to you, your friends, and new friends alike. You like the control of knowing what’s on the menu surprising your friends with a few extra treats. <strong>Pro Tip #1:</strong> If you plan to grill meat, pack it frozen in your cooler to prolong storability while keeping your veggies and other fellow perishables nice and cold. <strong>Pro Tip #2: </strong>Pack a bunch of spices. They take up almost no weight and add a ton of flavor.</p><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'><strong>Recommended Gear</strong></h4><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>1</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Large format cooking &amp; charging</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>BioLite BaseCamp<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $299.95</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_BaseCamp.png?11377888730187364621' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-basecamp' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>2</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Eight piece kit to eat and prep meals</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Light My Fire MealKit 2.0<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $29.99</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_LightMyFire.png?10240352736196389734' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/lightmyfire-mealkit-2-0' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>3</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Portable travel cooler</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Alite Bucket Cooler<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $59.99</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_Bucketcooler.png?15906005425182719594' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/alite-bucket-cooler' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div></div><!--**************COLUMN 2********************--><div class='grid__item large--one-third' style='padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 20px;'><p class='mt20 mb20' style='font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;'><strong>You're A Two-Step Chef </strong></p><p class='mt20 mb70' style='font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;'>You’re down to feed yourself, but you’re ultimately looking to keep it simple; if you can do it quickly and easily you’re game but fine dicing is out of the question. Our recommendation? Check out the world of dehydrated meals and pack some fresh herbs to add a vibrant kick to your dish with almost no effort. If you can boil water, you can do this.</p><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'><strong>Recommended Gear</strong></h4><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>1</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Grill, cook, boil &amp; charge</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>BioLite CampStove Bundle<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $199.95</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_CampStovebundle.png?16472494103322271912' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-bundle' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>2</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Gourmet dehydrated food for camping</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Double Serving 4 Meal Pack<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $46.00</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_GTG.png?13135858325627415882' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/good-to-go-double-serving-gift-package' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>3</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Eight piece kit to eat and prep meals</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Light My Fire MealKit 2.0<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $29.99</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_LightMyFire.png?10240352736196389734' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/lightmyfire-mealkit-2-0' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div></div><!--**************COLUMN 3********************--><div class='grid__item large--one-third' style='padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 10px;'><p class='mt20 mb20' style='font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;'><strong>You're A Treat Seeker</strong> </p><p class='mt20 mb30' style='font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;'>You’re not looking to spend your time prepping and cooking; you’d rather wait on a line and have the food come to you (and hey, that’s okay!) Try to look up food vendors in advance of your festival to make sure you don’t have any dietary deserts and research if it’s a cash or credit type of situation. You may not be packing your meals, but we highly recommend packing a snack or two in case food stalls run out or lines are crazy long when you’re crazy hungry.</p><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'><strong>Recommended Gear</strong></h4><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>1</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Text friends while you are waiting in line</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>GoTenna Double Pack<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $199.95</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_Gotenna.png?661800056465733013' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/gotenna-double-pack' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>2</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Avoid squinting in outdoor food lines</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Sunski Seacliffs<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $55.00</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_Sunski.png?15427984375566484320' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/sunski-seacliffs' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>3</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Dude, don't buy water if you don't have to</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Miir Insulated Water Bottle<span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $29.95</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_Food_blog_Miir.png?15589643022790893170' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/miir-23-oz-bottle' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt30' style='background-color: #fff;'><div class='two-thirds'> <h4 class='alt darkorange text-center mt40 mb20'>Want to have an epic camp kitchen?<br> Check out the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/bundle-festival-foodie' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Foodwise Festival Bundle</a>, save $84 off of the regular price.</h4><div class='grid__item large mb10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/foodwiseFestival_Bundle_withdiscount_r2.jpg?9043423232768090982' alt='Festival Bundle'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds text-center'><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/bundle-festival-foodie' class='btn btn-darkorange btn-icon mt30 mb30'> <span class='white'>Shop Now</span> </a><div class='blog-divider text-center mt20'></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/whats-your-food-philosophy", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Festival_food_blog_cover.jpg?12489278377575110640", "post_excerpt": "Follow the flowchart to figure out how to feed yourself at your next festival. You're A Grillmaster  You are ready...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "140309571", "title": "Gimme Shelter - 9 Tips for a Super Setup", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Just like thru-hiking or backpacking, festival camping asks a lot of you: active, energy-filled days on your feet mean you need restful downtime back at the site to recharge and get ready to do it all over again. And how you set up that site can make all the difference.</p><p>We polled our ambassadors, fellow teammates, and friends in the outdoor industry for their best advice when it comes to creating shelter that’s welcoming, functional, and designed to nail festival camping.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper'><hr class='mt20 mb20'><div class='blog-full mb20'><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #eb5d24; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tldr-01.svg?14102259153398681266' width='80' class='mt50' style='margin: 0 auto;'><h4 class='alt' style='font-size: 12px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 6px; padding: 0 25px;'><span class='white'>Here's The Products Covered In This Article &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></h4></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>1</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Go Vertical</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Stingray <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $650</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/stingray_1_table.png?17729816715042926499' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/tentsile-stingray' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>2</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Portable Seating</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Mayfly Chair <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $100</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/aliteChair_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/alite-mayfly-chair' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>3</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Beyond The Headlamp</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>PowerLight Bundle <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $80</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/powerLightBundle_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-bundle' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>4</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Hygiene Goes A Long Way</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Pressure Shower <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $100</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/helioShower_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/nemo-helio-pressure-shower' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>5</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Get Your Power in Order</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>SolarPanel5+ <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $80</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/SP5__table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-5-plus' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>6</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Create a Camp Kitchen</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>MealKit 2.0 <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $30</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/LMF_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/lightmyfire-mealkit-2-0' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>7</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Keep Your Stuff Cool</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Bucket Cooler <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $60</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/cooler_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/alite-bucket-cooler' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>8</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Hang and Bag It</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Loop Hook <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $20</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/dango_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/dango-loophook' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div><div class='grid__item large--one-fifth text-center mb20' style='background-color: #f3f3f3; border: 2px solid #fff; height: 258px;'><div class='bundle-number mt20 '><span class='inside-count' style='padding: 4px 9px 9px 9px;'>9</span></div><h4 class='alt gray-warm' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 1px;'>Tune In (or Out)</h4><h4 class='darkorange' style='font-size: 15px; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px;'>Turtle Shell <span style='padding: 0 3px;'>|</span> $60</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/turtleShell_table.png?5951527090221629275' width='160' style='margin: 0 auto;'><div class='clearfix'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/outdoor-tech-turtle-shell-2-0' class='btn-tight mb20'> <span class='darkorange'>Shop Now</span> </a></div></div><hr class='mt20 mb20'></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>1) Go Vertical</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>“Festival camping is just nonstop crowds. Shoulder-to-shoulder crowds at all times. It’s a great energy, but it can zap you if you never get a breather,” says Matt L, a friend of BioLite. We agree, and one way to get a break is to find some fresh air at your campsite by sleeping among the trees.</p><p>The folks over at Tentsile give you the ability to take a treehouse wherever you go with their elevated tent series. If your campgrounds have three trees or poles you can claim, you’re in business. Warning: if you’re looking to <em>reallllly</em> get away from people, this might backfire as you’re going to have a lot of folks asking about the cool tent.</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/tentsile-stingray' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Tentsile</a></h4></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/stingray_slider.jpg?2705353569076422442'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>2) Portable Seating Is Friendly Seating</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>You never know when you might stumble upon an impromptu jam session and want to join in on the fun; bring your own seating and get in on that circle seamlessly (no one likes the awkward guitar player hovering over you). Not looking to wander? Set up your seats outside your tent for an instant porch feel and greet passerbys for a friendly vibe (bonus points if you offer them some water).</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/alite-mayfly-chair' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Alite Mayfly Chair </a></h4></div></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/portableSeating_1.jpg?17538939831841945581'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/portableSeating_2.jpg?17538939831841945581'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>3) Go Beyond The Headlamp: Think About Light In and Around Your Shelter</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Chances are you’ll be heading back to your shelter after dark which means good lighting is clutch. Keep a central light inside your tent for helpful area lighting (ie find your toothbrush without tearing your bag apart) and use string-lighting outside your tent to create welcoming areas for evening hangouts or light pathways to things like outhouses or your friends’ tent.</p><p>**Shameless plug alert: we really love our PowerLight Mini for festival camping because it gives you the hands-free personal lighting you want from a headlamp but without blinding the people around you.**</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-bundle' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>PowerLight Bundle </a> | <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>PowerLight Mini </a> | <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini-4-pack' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>PowerLight Mini 4 Pack </a></h4></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/PowerLightMini_taskLight_hero.jpg?17538939831841945581'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>4) A Little Hygiene Goes A REALLY Long Way</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Wet wipes, deodorant, hand-sanitizer, water, and trash bags are no brainers. But after a few days of camping, dancing, and sweating, a quick shower can really bring you back to life. Some festivals offer pay-per-use shower stations, but look to the camping world for some smart portable solutions you can use on your own.</p><p>We’re huge fans of the Nemo Helio Pressure Shower. We’ve been using it for years on the BioLite Summer Roadshow and we’re fresh as ever. Bonus: you can use it to wash dishes or pets.</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/nemo-helio-pressure-shower' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Nemo Helio Pressure Shower </a></h4></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/helio_slider.png?17538939831841945581'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>5) Get Your Power in Order</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>In this tip we’re telling you to find your sunny spot: use the power of solar to keep your phones and lights charged and ready to roll. If you’re idling your car in the parking lot to charge up your phone, you’re wasting gas and probably wasting a lot of time shuttling yourself over to the car zone.</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-5-plus' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>BioLite SolarPanel 5+ </a></h4></div></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/power.jpg?5951527090221629275'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/power2.jpg?14102259153398681266'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>6) Create a Mini Camp Kitchen...</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Festival food is expensive. Plan a few key meals at your site to save some serious cash and have a nice activity away from the craze. We’ll talk more about this next week.</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-bundle' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>BioLite CampStove Bundle </a> | <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/good-to-go-double-serving-gift-package' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Good To Go Meals </a> | <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini-4-pack' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Light My Fire MealKit 2.0 </a></h4></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/lightMyFire_slider.png?3700363562310469581'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>7) …And Remember to Keep Your Stuff Cool</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>If you’re bringing perishables, remember to have a storage plan. Food poisoning has no place at your campsite.</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/alite-bucket-cooler' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Alite Bucket Cooler </a></h4></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bucketCooler_slider.jpg?3700363562310469581'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>8) Hanging And Bagging: The Key To A Calm Site</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Use drybags to keep your stuff clean and dry, and interior stuff sacks to organize your supplies into easy-to-reach categories that you can recognize by color. And whenever you can, get stuff up off the ground! Hang clothes and towels to keep things aerated and dry and elevate bags especially if your site gets muddy. Avoid damp stuff inside your tent at all costs!</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/dango-loophook' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Dango Loop Hook </a></h4><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/dango_hanging.jpg?4339170820825585851'></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>9) Have the Tools to Tune In – or Tune Out</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Bring a portable speaker to keep the party going at your site; when it’s time to wind down you can use it as a white noise machine, pairing it with one of many free apps you can download on your phone. This especially comes in handy when the rest of the tent village might still be abuzz but you’re looking for a little extra shuteye.</p><p>Prefer no noise at all? Then break out the trusty earplugs. Buy multi-packs from your local drugstore and offer them to neighbors for instant camaraderie. And if you yourself happen to be a snorer, that last suggestion is an absolute must; keep up your camping karma.</p><h4 class='alt darkorange'>At the Festival Shop: <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/outdoor-tech-turtle-shell-2-0' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Outdoor Tech Turtleshell 2.0 Speaker </a></h4></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/outdoortech_slider_v2.jpg?4339170820825585851'></div></div></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds text-center'><h4 class='alt darkorange text-center'>Looking for all of this gear in one epic deal? <br>Check out the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campsite-festival-bundle' style='text-decoration: underline; color: #eb5d24;'>Shelter Festival Bundle</a> and save $110 off the regular price.</h4><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/shelterFestival_Bundle_withSavings.jpg?10194928898897807723' alt='Festival Bundle'></div><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/campsite-festival-bundle' class='btn btn-darkorange btn-icon mt30 mb50'> <span class='white'>Shop Now</span> </a><div class='blog-divider text-center mt50'></div><p class='text-center mt40'><em> What tips do you have for the perfect camping setup? Join the conversation and help out fellow festival goers! </em></p></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/gimme-shelter-9-tips-for-a-super-setup", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/shelter_blogPost_thumb.jpg?7281593882932939716", "post_excerpt": "Just like thru-hiking or backpacking, festival camping asks a lot of you: active, energy-filled days on your feet mean you...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "138719491", "title": "How Do You Design a Fire For Three Billion People?", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mb20'><h5 class='light gray-warm mb20'>The design story behind the HomeStove and BioLite's mission to bring clean cooking to emerging markets.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30 mb20'><em>By Ethan Kay, Director of Emerging Markets at BioLite</em></p><p>Take a look at this picture – what do you see?</p><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch4_RTI_openingImage_v2.jpg?3670553112122652266'></div><p>A bunch of guys standing around a cookstove – fairly unremarkable, right? To me, it’s revolutionary.</p><p>I’ve spent the last 11 years studying the complexities of developing and distributing clean cookstoves across households living in energy poverty. Three billion people in the developing world still cook over smoky open fires every day, posing one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of our time. The smoke from these fires kills four million people annually (that’s more than AIDS, TB, and Malaria, combined)—and disproportionately affects women and children.</p><p>Which brings me back to the photo above: in the vast majority of the households I have observed and worked with, men control the household purchasing decisions. Yet they often have little interest in what’s going on in the kitchen – which means that investing in a clean cookstove is off their radar. Until BioLite gave them something to care about.</p><p>Many households in developing markets face an energy paradox: rates of consumer electronics ownership (such as a mobile phone) outpace rates of electrification, requiring people to spend time and money charging their devices at recharge shops. The male heads of household may not care about a cookstove, but they definitely care about keeping their phones on. BioLite saw this underserved need and realized it could convert a small portion of energy from a cooking fire into usable electricity, accessible via a USB port. The stove now had the potential to become an energy hub for the home, solving for both cooking and charging needs.</p><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;'>Here at BioLite, we believe that a product is only good if people actually use it</h4><p>This means we need to take the time to deeply understand how people cook, what fuels they use, the challenges they face (e.g., cooking with wet wood during the rainy season), and how and where this intersects with other energy needs. This is the key to creating a meaningful solution that ultimately drives long-term adoption. This is where we hope to succeed where others have failed—and believe me, plenty of people before us have stumbled in a big way.</p><p>Perhaps the most striking example is when the government of India, in the 1980s and 1990s, distributed over 30 million mud stoves free of charge to families living in rural villages. This program failed because the stoves couldn’t withstand daily use, broke easily, and nobody was around to fix them. Established companies have run into similar problems; in the 2000s, BP (British Petroleum) marketed a stove in India that required electricity to run, which rural customers didn’t have. Additionally, it required the use of expensive fuel pellets, which rural customers didn’t want to pay for, as they had access to freely available wood, cow dung, and crop waste as fuel. The product did not catch on.</p><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch4_RTI_maleHeadOfHousehold.jpg?13572831542258941832' style='width: 50%; margin-left: 25%;' class='mt40 mb40'><p>In both of these occasions, the stoves failed because they weren’t designed to be consistent with customers’ daily realities.</p><p>By engaging the male heads of household with a benefit relevant to their everyday life, we cross a major hurdle; we’ve got purchasing power on the table. But the real test lay in succeeding with the female head of the household. For her to adopt us, we need to make sure we’re adapting to her.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt30 mb20'>Cooking and Culture: The Deep Roots of a Flame</h5><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb30'></div><p>Cooking over an open flame has sustained generations of cooking traditions. Small details like when to flip a chapati, or stir the pot of stew, have become secondhand. Signs of success come from the perfect char on a chapati, the wood fire-infused flavors of a stew, or the starchy pull of boiled cassava. And we need to preserve that.</p><p>The HomeStove is designed to provide the user with the feeling of an open fire, but without the associated toxic emissions. Our biomass stove still produces a visible flame, but with half the fuel and 90% less smoke. The result is a fire that can deliver the same flavors, consistencies, and cook times, all while using a variety of biomass fuels, greatly increasing our chances of long-term use.</p><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch4_RTI_originsOfAFlame.jpg?1790462300022287056' class='mt30 mb30'><p>What’s more is that in India, the stove is much more than an appliance; it’s the spiritual center of the home. Many Indian households bless a new cooking stove by letting a pot of malai (or cream) boil over into the fire—a ceremony which reaffirmed we needed to make our stove with non-corrosive materials. If our stove was going to hold up, it had to be responsive to deeply rooted traditions. As a result, the body of our stove is made entirely out stainless steel and cast iron.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>A Global Stove With Local Relevance</h5><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb30'></div><p>BioLite operates across India, Uganda, and Kenya; distinct countries with many distinct cooking cultures, locally available fuels, weather seasons, and household dynamics. Our next step was to ensure we were designing a cookstove that could satisfy an array of cooking styles to meet local customs. Over four years, BioLite’s team iterated four full generations of prototypes, based on field research in six countries with hundreds of households, before finalizing a design that matched these diverse cooking contexts.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt10 mb20'>What We Learned: Explore Map to See Insights and their Design Implications</h5><iframe width='100%' height='800' frameborder='0' src='http://roadtoimpact.bioliteenergy.com/ch4/map' class='mt30 mb30'></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50'><div class='two-thirds mb20'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Reality Check: The Follow Up</h5><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb30'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/timeline.jpg?2695356827614616223' class='mt30 mb30'><p>So we’ve got the insights, we’ve built the product, and we’ve introduced it to people – now the real test lay in the first few months of a new HomeStove owner. Quick familiarization, ease of use, and durability are key to regular use in those first few months, the strongest indicator of longterm adoption. This is why at BioLite, each time a HomeStove is purchased, a team member properly trains the family how to use the stove, removing operator error as barrier. We also regularly call every customer who has purchased a stove to ensure they’re having an optimal cooking experience and schedule in-person follow-ups if customers report performance issues or other complaints. Think Maytag Man, 2.0.</p><p>Archana, BioLite’s Program Manager in India, recently traveled to Badgaon to meet with Rekha, a woman whose family purchased their HomeStove six months ago. As Archana walked into their home, she noticed Rekha’s husband seated next to the stove charging his phone while Rekha cooked dinner.</p><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’ve never seen a husband spend so much time in the kitchen here!” Archana remarked on a recent team skype call.</h4><p>“It’s remarkable to see how much the entire family is centered around the stove when it’s in use.” During her visit Archana learned that Rekha now cooks each of her family’s meals on it, a powerful sign that longterm adoption looks strong. Many first-time users may ‘try out’ the HomeStove for a meal or two, but this has now become Rekha’s primary cooking surface. She loves that the HomeStove cooks her dishes just as well as her previous fire but requires less than half as much fuel, meaning that she spends less time collecting wood each week.</p><p>Through spending years of research with potential customers we have been able to design and develop a solution that resonates with our now very real customers. Today, there are thousands of families like Rekha’s that have replaced their smoky open fires with the HomeStove, maintaining traditional cooking practices while ushering in the added benefit of electricity to meet evolving household needs.</p><p>But there’s a lot more to do – millions of homes that could benefit whom we have yet to reach. Getting our stoves to these families means establishing distribution networks that can reach the most rural and remote villages in each of the countries that we work. We designed the stove, now we have to design the distribution networks to get them out there.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full mt30 mb30'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch4_FTI_closingPhoto_rehka.jpg?6373390694359427304'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50'><div class='two-thirds mb20'><p class='text-center mt30 mb30'><em>Stay tuned for Chapter 5 of BioLite’s Road To Impact Series where we dive into distribution and follow the path our first 1,000 stoves took on their way into the market. </em></p></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40' style='background-color: #f3f3f3;'><h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='mt40' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_logo_web.png?5108527747537457576' width='350' alt='Road To Impact'></h6><div class='two-thirds'> <h6 class='medium-gray text-center'>This is Part 4 of <strong>The Road to Impact,</strong> a 10-part series on the business of change and what it takes to bring energy everywhere.</h6></div><footer class='mt40 mb50 text-center'><a href='https://medium.com/the-road-to-impact' class='btn btn-outline-primary btn-icon'> <span>Read The Entire Series On Medium</span> </a></footer></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/driving-adoption-through-design", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch4_roadToImpact_thumb.png?14168811215232809943", "post_excerpt": "The design story behind the HomeStove and BioLite's mission to bring clean cooking to emerging markets. By Ethan Kay, Director...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "134176003", "title": "Reinventing Fire: An Insider's Tour", "tags": "emerging_markets,stories,", "content": "<div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p>In this chapter we give you a firsthand look at the technology inside the HomeStove and explain how we get wood to burn like gas.</p><p>Our favorite part of this chapter is when Ryan Gist, our Associate Director of Engineering walks us through the BioLite Burn Lab. Curious what a day in the life of our Combustion Engineers looks like? Find out in the tour below:</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/ldbfPxSe5Q0?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt30 mb30 text-center' style='border: 1px solid #f3f3f3; margin: 0 auto;'></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds'> <p style='text-align: center;'><em>Read the full article on <a href='http://qz.com/707766/im-a-rocket-scientist-designing-wood-stoves-that-burn-without-smoking-to-save-lives-and-save-the-planet/'>Quartz</a>.</em></p></div><div class='wrapper mt40' style='background-color: #f3f3f3;'><h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='mt40' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_logo_web.png?5108527747537457576' width='350' alt='Road To Impact'></h6><div class='two-thirds'> <h6 class='medium-gray text-center'>This is Part 3 of <strong>The Road to Impact,</strong> a 10-part series on the business of change and what it takes to bring energy everywhere.</h6></div><footer class='mt40 mb50 text-center'><a href='https://medium.com/the-road-to-impact' class='btn btn-outline-primary btn-icon'> <span>Read The Entire Series On Medium</span> </a></footer></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/reinventing-fire-an-insiders-tour", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FTI_ch3_thumb.png?16837522739839280444", "post_excerpt": "  In this chapter we give you a firsthand look at the technology inside the HomeStove and explain how we get wood to...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "120380099", "title": "A Year In The Wilderness", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Photo_Oct_07_10_30_26_AM.jpg?10955917037028761786');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p>In celebration of Earth Day, we caught up with two of our ambassadors who have made preserving the wilderness around them a lifestyle.</p><p>Dave &amp; Amy Freeman are explorers who work as canoeing and dogsledding guides in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. The Boundary Waters is an area comprised of 1.1 million acres of pristine lakes and lush forests. The Freemans are also environmental advocates who’ve dedicated their lives to protecting the land they call home. When a proposal for a sulfide-ore copper mine threatened the Boundary Waters, they decided it was time to do something bold. Enter, <a href='https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/wildernessyear'>A Year In The Wilderness</a>. Dave and Amy decided to spend an entire year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to gain support for the protection of this land. We spoke with them this week to learn more about what it’s like to live off the grid while fighting to preserve the land you’re living on.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Living in the Minnesota wilderness for an entire year is a long time. Can you tell us more about how you came up with the idea for this trip?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>A Year in the Wilderness was actually inspired by another journey through some of the most populated parts of North America. In the fall of 2014 Amy and I began a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by canoe and sailboat from the Ely, Minnesota through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about the threats that a series of sulfide-ore copper mines being proposed on the edge of our nation's most popular Wilderness bring to the region. Our jobs and local economy, which is largely based on tourism and the Wilderness, are severely threatened by these mines.</p><p>We paddled a canoe signed by thousands of people to the capitol to draw national attention to this critical issue. Along the way we did over 40 presentations at colleges, microbreweries, libraries, outdoor stores, and a whole host of locations. We were struck by the fact that at every event we met people who have been to the Boundary Waters and care passionately about protecting this national treasure.</p><p>During that journey (Paddle to DC), we began working with <a href='SavetheBoundaryWaters.org'>SavetheBoundaryWaters.org</a> and decided the best thing we could do to help protect the Boundary Waters was to spent a full year in the Wilderness in order to bear witness to this place and help build a national movement whose goal is to permanently protect the Boundary Waters watershed from sulfide-ore mining.</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/Photo_Oct_03_10_28_20_AM.jpg?10955917037028761786'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_0709.JPG?3830611606539859866'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Photo_Nov_02_5_13_06_PM.jpg?10955917037028761786'></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>We’re curious about the packing process, how did you decide what gear to bring?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>One thing that has become apparent to us during our adventures and specifically during A Year in the Wilderness is that less is often more. We have come to focus on reducing the gear we carry to the bare essentials and focus on buying top-notch products that will last a long time. This is also a lesson we try to follow when we are outside the Wilderness, limiting our purchases to things we really need and buying things that will last. We have found this is better for us, better for our wallets, and better for the planet as well.</p><p>A couple items we really rely on are our Helinox chairs (they are portable and very comfortable), our 19 foot Wenonah Itasca Canoe, and Cooke Custom Sewing ground tarp, which helps us keep our gear clean and dry. We also really like our Fry-Bake, which allows us to bake cakes and just about anything else using the heat from our BioLite CampStove.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>At this point you’ve spent over 200 days in the wilderness, have you fallen into a daily routine? Can you tell us about what a typical day in the life looks like for you?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Every day is different, they vary with the seasons, the weather, and our goals for the day, but there are some constants. We typically get up between 6:30 and 7:30 AM, boil water, make coffee and oatmeal, granola, or grits for breakfast. From September through May it is typically cool or cold, so gathering and processing firewood which we use to heat our tent is a daily task. In the middle of the winter when the temperatures plunged to -30F, this task could take an hour or more each day. Now that the ice is melting and the temperatures have moderated, wood gathering and processing is much easier.</p><p>During the winter (December - April) we were joined by 3 sled dogs who helped us pull our food and supplies on two long Black River Sled Toboggans. A couple weeks ago our canoe was hauled into the Wilderness by volunteers and most of our winter supplies were hauled out. Two of the sled dogs were returned to their owner. One of the dogs, whose name is Tank, is joining us for the rest of the year and will ride in our canoe.</p><p>We are in a transition now from cross country skiing and pulling toboggans to canoeing. Some of the smallest lakes are now ice free and the medium sized lakes are partially covered in ice and very dangerous to travel on. The largest, deepest lakes like Knife Lake (where we are currently camped) is still safe to travel on with extreme caution, but the ice is deteriorating each day. We will probably camp in the same location for about two weeks while the lakes are melting and travel is difficult and dangerous, but typically we move campsite about 3 or 4 times a week.</p><p>Setting up and breaking down our campsite and moving from place to place take up a lot of our time. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is over 1 million acres. It is the largest roadless Wilderness east of the Rockies and north of the Everglades. There are more than 500 lakes connecting a maze of over 1,200 miles of canoe routes. In order to try and visit as many lakes as possible, we are constantly moving around. When we don't move our campsite we usually go out on day trips by canoe during the paddling season and on skis being pulled by the sled dogs during the winter.</p><p>We spend a lot of time cooking and eating. During the winter we do most of our cooking in our tent on our collapsible wood stove. When it is warm we typically cook outside and we have found our BioLite CampStove allows us to cook without the need for a gas stove and the use of fossil fuels.</p><p>We also spend a lot of time documenting our journey through social media; you can follow us through daily posts at @freemanexplore, as well as regular blog posts for Save the Boundary Waters, National Geographic Adventures, Canoe a Kayak Magazine, the Wilderness Classroom, and a variety of other websites. Our main purpose is to share the Wilderness with as many people as we can and inspire them to take action to help protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.</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/Photo_Nov_13_1_58_36_PM.jpg?3830611606539859866'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Photo_Jan_21_12_54_43_PM.jpg?13376706261045846381'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Photo_Jan_10_7_53_49_AM.jpg?10955917037028761786'></div></div><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Do you have any advice for people interested in spending an extended amount of time outside and off the grid?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>I would recommend that people do shorter trips into the Wilderness each season to build their skills and develop a system for organizing and packing the massive amounts of food as well as the different clothing and equipment that are required in different seasons. It is also important to think about filing your taxes, paying bills, and taking a care of random things that are required even when you are out in the Wilderness.</p><p>More than anything, if you head into the Wilderness for a day or a year, slow down and take time to appreciate the multitude of natural wonders happening all around you, the silence, the star filled sky, the untrammeled beauty.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Today is Earth Day and many people are looking for ways to make a difference and help protect our planet. How can the BioLite community support your campaign?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>We encourage folks to sign the petition at <a href='www.SavetheBoundaryWaters.org%20'>www.SavetheBoundaryWaters.org </a>and help protect this iconic Wilderness, which belongs to all of us and get involved in the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. The Boundary Waters is a national treasure like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone; it is threatened and it needs all of us to be a voice for this quiet place.</p><p>We would also encourage people to spend time outside on Earth Day and bring a child, or someone who doesn't normally spend much time in nature outdoors.</p></div></div></div><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Photo_Oct_10_5_41_55_PM.jpg?3830611606539859866'></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'></div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/120380099-a-year-in-the-wilderness", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/articles/Photo_Oct_10_5_41_55_PM_grande.jpg?v=1461335033", "post_excerpt": "  In celebration of Earth Day, we caught up with two of our ambassadors who have made preserving the wilderness...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "118302083", "title": "The Invisible Ubiquity of Energy", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50'><div class='two-thirds mb20'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Forget living on a dollar a day — what if you had to live on a watt a day?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Picture this: It’s 10pm and you’re just getting home from a quick trip to the gym after a long workday. You walk through the front door, flip on the lights, walk into your kitchen, pour yourself a glass of water, pull leftovers out of the fridge, and pop them in the oven. While you’re waiting for your food, you catch up on some texts and open your laptop to prepare for a much-desired Netflix binge.</p><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/energy_gif_r3.gif?16950476863131081154'></div><p>Sounds like a pretty typical twenty-minute ritual, right?</p><p>Well, at the same time you’re embarking on that late night snack, it’s 5am in Kamuli, Uganda, a village 150 miles outside of the capital city of Kampala, and Mary Serwanja is just waking up. She sets off on a two-mile walk to collect her family’s daily water. After returning home with her haul, she heads out once again for a couple hours of firewood collection. She builds a fire underneath a few large stones and places a pot on top to boil water for drinking. By mid-afternoon, Mary begins to cook dinner, spending two hours over the fire. As the family gathers around to eat the sun goes down. Mary lights a single kerosene lamp, which her two children crowd around, squinting to do their schoolwork. Mary’s husband remarks that the family’s mobile phone has run out of battery and asks her to walk to the neighboring village tomorrow, where she will pay to have the phone recharged. As the family gets ready for sleep, Mary lets the fire die out, and the smoke continues to waft through the house.</p><h4 style='border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 47px; margin-bottom: 75px; text-align: left;'>Mary spent her entire day preparing to experience only a fraction of what you were able to access in your twenty minutes at home.</h4><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>This story isn’t meant to make you feel guilty — it is to make you, all of us, realize how much energy permeates our daily life. For most of us who are reading this story on a computer or mobile device, energy is so abundant, so readily available, that we forget how much it impacts our ability to see, cook, communicate, learn, entertain, work, and grow.</p><p>Our governments and major corporations have invested a lot of resources to make energy, in all its forms, as cheap and accessible as possible. Thanks to municipal water sanitation centers, we don’t have to think about the energy required to clean our water beyond turning on a faucet. Thanks to National Grid, we can heat our homes without thinking about how the gas was sourced. Thanks to Con Edison, we can flip a switch and light our homes without thinking twice about our connection to the grid.</p><p>We get a bill each month that reminds us of our usage — but other than that, we rarely think about how connected our everyday activities are to energy.</p><h4 style='border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 75px; margin-bottom: 75px; text-align: left;'>Conversely, when you hear the word “poverty,” your first mental image probably isn’t a woman cooking over a smoky fire or walking miles into town to charge the family phone.</h4><p>But when we leave energy out of our definition of poverty, we are neglecting a fundamental resource that is critical to the development, safety, and health of billions of people.</p><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb30'></div><p>Let’s go back to that late night snack for a second. Whether you’re zapping leftovers in a microwave or heating them up in the oven, you have a quick and clean way to cook meals. For nearly half the planet, that is not the case. With no access to a clean, affordable way to cook, 3 billion people cook over smoky open fires for hours each day. The smoke from these fires cause 4.3 million premature deaths each year — leading the World Health Organization to recognize these fires as “the world’s largest single environmental health risk.”</p><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/health_r5.png?10335325951027823800' class='mt40 mb40'><p>Once the smoke from these fires wreaks havoc on household members (predominantly the women and children, who are more exposed to the smoke) it continues on its destructive path, aggregating in the atmosphere and damaging our environment. Cooking fires account for 25% of global black carbon emissions, meaning they are the second largest cause of climate changes behind CO2.</p><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/climate_r3.png?10335325951027823800' alt='BioLite Parallel Innovation' class='mt40 mb40' style='display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><p>Access to clean cooking is arguably the largest opportunity to lift households out of energy poverty — but it’s only one facet of a broader ecosystem of energy needs. Of the 3 billion people around the globe who lack a clean, safe way to cook, 1.2 billion have no access to electricity which dramatically affects their ability to light, communicate and refrigerate, among many other tasks we take for granted each day.</p><h4 style='border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 75px; margin-bottom: 75px; text-align: left;'>If we can expand energy access, we can improve health, combat climate change, enable communication and education, generate income, and reduce inequality.</h4><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/energyGraphic.png?10335325951027823800' alt='BioLite Parallel Innovation' class='mt30 mb30' style='display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><p>Our team at BioLite is part of this movement, by working to bring energy everywhere. Our customers live in places where the grid doesn’t exist, so we bring the grid to them — and give them control of their own personal energy ecosystems so they can generate, store, and use energy as they see fit. We build technologies that address cooking, charging, and lighting, which are the most energy intensive needs of low-income families. Our flagship product, the BioLite HomeStove, addresses all three.</p><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/homestove_1.png?10335325951027823800' alt='BioLite Parallel Innovation' class='mt30 mb30' style='display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><p>Earlier, I mentioned that Mary’s story wasn’t intended to make you feel guilty. She’s actually a customer of ours and we’ve seen firsthand that access to clean energy has provided her family with a ripple effect of positive outcomes.</p><p>After purchasing the BioLite HomeStove, Mary spends half as much time collecting fuel each week. With the extra time, she got a job to bring in extra money to pay her children’s school fees. With access to an outlet she no longer walks into town to charge the families phone and has time to help her children study at night around the HomeStove’s attached LED light.</p><p>We’ve spent the last five years building our vision into an active, and effective, business. It’s gratifying to see eradicating energy poverty, the focus of all our hard work, entering conversations in the development and social enterprise communities. Bill and Melinda Gates included clean and affordable energy access as one of their top priorities in this year’s Gates Letter. Acumen dedicates much of their Medium channel to sharing stories of how their grantees are tackling energy poverty. The Millennium Sustainable Development Goals list energy as one of their 17 goals to achieve more sustainable development — it is also central to achieving many of the other goals. Energy access, the invisible mortar that holds our modern lives together, is getting its time in the spotlight.</p><p>We’ve seen firsthand that addressing energy access can be affordable, renewable and scalable. With the BioLite HomeStove, we’ve seen women free up time to gain jobs outside of their homes. We’ve seen our customers become entrepreneurs and supplement their income by charging neighbors to access their HomeStove’s power outlet. We’ve children’s health improve. Each time we see our community members benefit from the HomeStove; it reminds us that expanding energy access is crucial to equitable development worldwide.</p><p>We believe energy is a universal human right. It permeates our lives similar to the air we breathe and the water we drink. We as a global community need to work together to invest in sustainable solutions that make it reliable, safe and affordable. The path towards eradicating energy poverty is a long one — and it starts with us helping people power their lives one watt at a time.</p></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40' style='background-color: #f3f3f3;'><h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='mt40' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_logo_web.png?5108527747537457576' width='350' alt='Road To Impact'></h6><div class='two-thirds'> <h6 class='medium-gray text-center'>This is Part 2 of <strong>The Road to Impact,</strong> a 10-part series on the business of change and what it takes to bring energy everywhere.</h6></div><footer class='mt40 mb50 text-center'><a href='https://medium.com/the-road-to-impact' class='btn btn-outline-primary btn-icon'> <span>Read The Entire Series On Medium</span> </a></footer></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/118302083-the-invisible-ubiquity-of-energy", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ch2_thumb.jpg?8054236868836387237", "post_excerpt": "Forget living on a dollar a day — what if you had to live on a watt a day? Picture this: It’s...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "117388803", "title": "Introducing the BioLite S'Molar", "tags": "news_events,", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='blog-full mb40'><div class='grid__item large mb50'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Smolar_hero_for_blog.jpg?8363311639015690783'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mb30'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'>S'Molar: Give Your Wrist a Rest.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>The perfect backcountry roast requires the right speed and the right stamina to keep those skewers turning in your hand. But no more!</p><p>S'Molar is a simple, packable way to get your marshmallows toasted perfectly every single time.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt30 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Smolar_sketches.jpg?8363311639015690783'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt30 mb40 pr110'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/SMolar_render_for_blog.jpg?8363311639015690783'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><br><p>Our engineers calibrated the right rotational speed with optimal flame distance to create a rotisserie that would cook your favorite foods without accidental scorching.</p><p>USB-powered, attach it to the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-5-plus' title='SolarPanel5+'>SolarPanel 5+</a> and you can get cooking anywhere.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>Solar + S'mores = That's the Power of S'Molar</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/SMolar_render_partr_forblog.jpg?13190676126968139216'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'>Now Available</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;'>Shop The BioLite S'Molar</span></div><div class='list-toggle__content'><a name='fooled'></a><h3 class='light primary mt30'>April Fools!</h3><p style='text-align: left; color: #262729;'>We've got good news and bad news.</p><br><p style='text-align: left; color: #262729;'><strong>Bad News:</strong> S'Molar isn't for sale (but we're happy you made it this far)</p><br><p style='text-align: left; color: #262729;'><strong>Good News:</strong> You can actually build one of these yourself with some really simple materials - and we've created a <a href='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/USB-Mini-Rotisserie-Roast-Tiny-Foods-Like-a-Champi.pdf?13229251264935244808' target='_blank'>step-by-step manual</a> on how to build it!</p><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Instructables_S_Molar.jpg?8710425307977899905'></div><a href='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/USB-Mini-Rotisserie-Roast-Tiny-Foods-Like-a-Champi.pdf?13229251264935244808' target='_blank' class='btn btn-transparent-primary mt20 mb40'> <span>Download Instructions</span></a> <a href='http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Mini-Rotisserie-Roast-Tiny-Foods-Like-a-Champi/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-green mt20 mb40'> <span>View On Instructables</span></a> <!--<p style='text-align: left; color: #262729;'><strong>Best News:</strong> Today only, make your S'Molar a reality with some extra perks when you purchase the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-5-plus' title='SolarPanel5+'>SolarPanel 5+</a> (no joke!).<br /><br /> Today only, get a <strong>Free FlexLight when you buy a SolarPanel 5+</strong></p>--> <!--<div class='grid__item large mt mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Free_flexlight_withsolar_r1.jpg?13229251264935244808' /></div><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' id='AddSingleToCartForm' action='/cart/add'><input type='hidden' name='id' value='13193789059' /><div class='add-to-cart-container' style='width: 100%;'><button type='submit' name='add' id='AddToCart' class='btn btn-primary cart-item--add' data-product-variant='13193789059' onclick='_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Click', 'Overview Add To Cart', 'SolarPanel 5+']);'> <span id='AddToCartText'>Add SolarPanel 5+ To My Cart</span> </button></div><select name='id' id='productSelect' class='product-single__variants'><option value='16461288323' data-color='default' data-locale='currency-AUD'>$81.17 USD</option><option value='16461288835' data-color='default' data-locale='currency-JPY'>$97.89 USD</option><option value='16461288963' data-color='default' data-locale='currency-GBP'>$100.53 USD</option><option value='16461289155' data-color='default' data-locale='currency-KRW'>$105.06 USD</option><option value='16461289283' data-color='default' data-locale='currency-EUR'>$101.95 USD</option><option value='17056574787' data-color='default' data-locale='currency-CHF'>$102.57 USD</option></select></form><a href='/products/solarpanel-5-plus' class='btn btn-outline-green mt20' style='width: 100%;'> <span>Learn More About SolarPanel 5+</span></a></div>--></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/117388803-introducing-the-biolite-smolar", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Smolar_hero_for_blog.jpg?13229251264935244808", "post_excerpt": "S'Molar: Give Your Wrist a Rest. The perfect backcountry roast requires the right speed and the right stamina to keep...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "116984323", "title": "Two Recipes To Spice Up Your Camp Cookbook", "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/DSC-0061.jpg?14972085090474289871');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'> <p>Over the past few weeks our ambassadors have been testing out the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/cookstove'>CookStove</a> while their backyards (and surrounding backcountry) thaw out. In anticipation of spring camping season, we challenged them to whip up a recipe that the BioLite community should add to their camp cookbooks. It turns out, we’ve got some chefs on our hands.</p><p>Below we’ve included two of our favorite recipes. (If you have a favorite recipe you’ve whipped up with the help of BioLite let us know).</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Kelly &amp; Will Waters' Korean BBQ Kabobs</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Our friends Kelly and Will are avid outdoor folk who turned their love for the wild into a full time job. They are the founders of <a href='http://westernrise.com/'>Western Rise</a>, an outdoor apparel company that makes the perfect gear for anything from a fly-fishing trip to a mountain adventure. On one of their latest trips they took a <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/cookstove'>CookStove</a> and <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-portable-grill'>Portable Grill</a> out to see how cooking over wood enhanced their time outdoors.</p><p>“There are just too many things that taste way better cooked outside over an open flame. I love making these kabobs because most of the messy prep is done at home so they are super easy to prepare at the campsite, plus all the pieces are bite size.”</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Korean BBQ Kabob Recipe (for car camping)</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kabob_hero.jpg?16834279833680484940'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Marinade Ingredients</strong></p><ul><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1/3 cup sesame oil</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1 cup soy sauce</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>3 tablespoons ginger paste (or 4 teaspoons dried ground ginger)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2 tablespoon rice vinegar</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>¼ cup honey or brown sugar</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>6 green onions, diced</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1-2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (optional)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black pepper)</li></ul><p class='mt30'><strong>Kabob Ingredients</strong></p><ul><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>Approximately 1.5 - 2 lbs. boneless sirloin cut into 1 inch cubes</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2-3 handfuls of small sweet peppers cut in half (use the rest for snacking on)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>10-15 Mushrooms caps optional</li></ul><p class='mt30'><strong>At Home Preparation</strong></p><ol><li><span>Pre-soak wooden kabob skewers in water for a few hours before grilling.</span></li><li><span>In a medium bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients.</span></li><li><span>Place beef chunks in a large Ziploc bag. Place chopped vegetables in a separate large Ziploc bag. Set aside. </span></li><li><span>Pour half of the marinade into the bag with the beef and the other half of the marinade into the bag with the vegetables. Place in the cooler.</span></li><li><span>If you want less mess at the campsite, pre skewer the kabobs and place all of them in one large bag with the marinade. If you do this make sure to double bag! The skewers can sometimes puncture the bag. </span></li></ol><p class='mt30'><strong>Off Grid Preparation</strong></p><ol><li>Alternate threading beef and vegetables on skewers. Grill over a few at a time over the Biolite Grill until beef is cooked to desired amount, turning kabobs as they cook. </li><li>Serve in tortillas, or with rice or pasta. If you want to get super fancy make kabob tacos with lots of avocado.</li><li>Save leftovers in cooler to add to eggs and breakfast burritos in the morning.</li></ol></div></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/kabob_1.jpg?16834279833680484940'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kabob_2.jpg?16834279833680484940'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kabob_3.jpg?16834279833680484940'></div></div><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Kodi &amp; Kuma's Wood-Fired Fish &amp; Veggies</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Kodi and Kuma are two adorable adventure pups that accompany their owners (Abigail and Dylan) on weekend excursions around Colorado. The group took a break from hiking to pitch a tent and cook up this dish against quite the picturesque backdrop.</p><p>“The BioLite CookStove not only is an amazing source of renewable energy, but also is fun to use &amp; bring on camping trips. It's a comfort knowing we have a source of energy for cooking or warmth most places we go, but the cherry on top is that it's being used for a great cause - providing clean, renewable energy to all.”</p></div><a name='recipe'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Wood-Fired Fish &amp; Veggies Recipe</h5><a name='salmon'></a><div class='blog-divider'></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Z7A7062-7_1.jpg?17045507921602308886');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Ingredients</strong></p><ul><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2 salmon fillets (or however many fish you can catch). Trout also makes for a nice addition to this recipe.</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>10 asparagus stalks (or as much as desired)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>3 tablespoons ginger paste (or 4 teaspoons dried ground ginger)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1-2 Bell peppers</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1 lemon</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>Salt (to taste)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>Pepper (to taste)</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>1-2 pinches parsley</li><li style='line-height: 0.9;'>2 sheets foil</li></ul></div></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/Z7A6955-1.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Z7A7104-13.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Z7A7008-2.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='mt30'><strong>Off Grid Cooking</strong></p><ol><li>Prepare fish.</li><li>Slice asparagus, both peppers and lemon.</li><li>Set each fillet on its own foil boat, with prepared veggies.</li><li>Sprinkle salt and pepper (to taste) on fish and veggies.</li><li>Add parsley.</li><li>Place lemon slices on top of fillet (I usually squeeze some lemon juice onto the fish beforehand).</li><li>Close up in foil, then cook on top of the CookStove until brown.</li><li>Cook until desired taste - some like it a little under cooked and some like it more golden brown.</li><li>Enjoy!</li></ol></div></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/Z7A7303-27.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Z7A7411-45.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Z7A7447-50.jpg?17045507921602308886'></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/116984323-two-recipes-to-spice-up-your-camp-cookbook", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Biolite1-14.jpg?8054236868836387237", "post_excerpt": "  Over the past few weeks our ambassadors have been testing out the CookStove while their backyards (and surrounding backcountry) thaw out. In...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "112816003", "title": "Inside The Tech 2016", "tags": "inside_biolite,", "content": "<a name='cookstovevideo'></a><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/KXLEls2yxCI?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt30 mb30 text-center' style='border: 1px solid #f3f3f3; margin: 0 auto;'></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/cookstove' title='CookStove' target='_blank'>CookStove</a>'s Lead Engineer<span>, to learn more about how the team approached designing a streamlined version of the CampStove that could still burn wood like gas. </span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'><strong>Tell us about a problem that you were excited to solve during this project</strong>.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30'><strong>Ben, Senior Product Engineer:</strong> 'We set out to design a stove that would allow people who were already set with a charge to cook over a smokeless wood fire. I was excited to design a super efficient fan that could move more air with less electricity. We ended up designing a new fan that's oriented vertically instead of horizontally as in the CampStove to save space. We went through a long motor optimization process to reduce the power drawn by the fan.”</p><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>Which aspects of the CookStove are you proud of?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30'><strong>Ben: </strong>'I'm proud of the nested fan design that allowed us to package everything in a slim, beautiful power pack.”</p><meta charset='utf-8'><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>How are you using the CookStove now?</h5><p><strong>Ben:</strong> 'I like to use the CookStove on backpacking trips over the weekends. In addition to boiling my water quickly, it's really nice to stare into a fire after a long day of hiking even if conditions don't permit making a bigger fire. During the week, I primarily use it to grill burgers on my fire escape.'</p><a href='/products/cookstove' class='mt40 mb40 btn btn-outline-green'> <span>See Full CookStove Specs</span> </a></div></div><a name='solarpanelvideo'></a><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/NKZMVwDExPk?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt30 mb30 text-center' style='border: 1px solid #f3f3f3; margin: 0 auto;'></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main' style='margin-bottom: 80px;'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>We sat down with a few members of the </span><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-5-plus' title='SolarPanel' target='_blank'>SolarPanel 5 Series</a><span> Product Development Team to learn more about their experience designing a panel that gets the most power possible from the sun.</span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'><strong>Tell us about a problem that you were excited to solve during this project</strong>.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30'><strong>Anton, Director of Design:</strong> 'Most solar panels are generic. They look and function similarly but when it comes down to it, they aren’t designed to help you get the most charge from the sun. I was excited by the opportunity to design a simple panel that was intuitive for people to use.”</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Steve, Director of Manufacturing:</strong> 'On the manufacturing side, we saw a lot of panels on the market using materials that make them unnecessarily thick. We wanted to create a panel that was much thinner but just as durable. It took significant time and effort to dial in but ultimately we found a lamination and laser cutting process that resulted in the thin panel we were hoping for.”</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Andrew, Product Development: </strong>“We wanted to design a panel with an improved feature set that was different from the other solar panels on the market and not too expensive.'</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Monte, Engineer:</strong> 'Developing a charging software that could maximize energy output under a wide range of sun conditions was a challenge that I was excited to tackle.' </p><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>Which aspects of the SolarPanels are you proud of?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30'><strong>Anton: </strong>'While we use the same technology as highly efficient monochrystaline photovoltaic cells, the SolarPanel 5 and 5+ will drastically improve your charging output. The sundial and kickstand work together to help you align perfectly to the sun.”</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p class='mt30'><strong>Steve: </strong>'<span style='font-weight: 400;'>I love knowing that the panel will automatically reconnect to my phone after a cloud passes.'</span></p><meta charset='utf-8'><p class='mt30'><span><strong>Tracy: </strong><span>'<strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>I’m really excited that we were able to pack such sophisticated software into such a small space (see the orange bar on your panel).'</span></strong></span></span></p><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>How are you using the SolarPanels now?</h5><p><strong>Andrew:</strong> 'On the handful of sunny days we've had this year, I've thrown the 5+ in my backpack and brought it along with me as a backup charger wherever I'm going in the city.”</p><p><strong>Steve: </strong>'I like to pair my SolarPanel 5+ with a <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini'>PowerLight Mini</a> on camping trips. When the sun goes down, I'll top off my lantern for use that night, and use the remaining juice in the SolarPanel's onboard storage to give my phone a boost.'</p><p><strong>Monte:</strong> 'When I was back home in Australia, I spent some time living in an off-grid mountain cabin and used the <a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-solar-kit'>Solar Kit</a> to keep my devices charged and the space well lit.”</p><a href='/solarpanel-5-plus' class='mt40 mb40 btn btn-outline-green'> <span>See Full SolarPanel Specs</span> </a></div></div><a name='video'></a><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/eP46EsjZYV8?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt30 mb30 text-center' style='border: 1px solid #f3f3f3; margin: 0 auto;'></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main' style='margin-bottom: 80px;'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>We sat down with a few members of the </span><a href='http://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini' title='PowerLight Mini' target='_blank'>PowerLight Mini</a><span> Product Development Team to get a better understanding of the small details that make a big difference.</span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>What were the biggest challenges you faced when designing the PowerLight Mini?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30'><strong>Mindy, Industrial Designer: </strong>'We really had to push ourselves <span>to design a </span>small, pocketable shape that could house a robust set of mechanical features.'</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Tim, Senior Product Engineer:</strong> 'Getting the light guide pattern to its highest efficiency took multiple tooling samples. Each time we had a new sample, we'd have to remodel the light guide, but we finally got it!'</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Tracy, Electrical Engineer: </strong>“Configuring all of the hardware into such a tight form factor was definitely the biggest challenge and ultimately our biggest success.”</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Roxanne, Manufacturing Engineer:</strong> 'A big challenge with PowerLight Mini was fine-tuning the features to get the look and feel of the product just right. A lot of careful thought and minor tweaks went into friction of the kickstand, the click of the button, and the finishing of the stainless steel body.” </p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>What were the biggest successes?</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='mt30'><strong>Mindy: </strong>'To me, our biggest success was when we turned on PowerLight Mini for the first time and saw how well the light guide worked. The light was so even and impressively bright, even to the Product Development team who had high expectations. We had applied a lot of learnings from developing PowerLight to developing PowerLight Mini and seeing those insights pay off was rewarding because it meant we truly had a better understanding of how to improve and perfect edge lighting systems.'</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Tim: </strong>'A great success was predicting the center of gravity when the PowerLight Mini hung at an angle. We wanted it to stop and rest horizontally when hung this way but without product samples it was hard to know how it would rest. Everything panned out on our computers but until we got samples we didn't know for sure. The first thing I did when we received samples was test it out and it worked.'</p><p class='mt30'><strong>Roxanne: '</strong>Surviving all of the user tests. The PowerLight Mini has so many features in such a small form; there is a lot of opportunity for error. We had a huge team of beta users that tested the PowerLight Mini to its limits- in all types of destructive scenarios and extreme weather. These babies took a beating! And all of that initial user feedback helped our team develop an even better and more durable product.'</p><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt20 mb20'>Are you using the PowerLight Mini?</h5><p><strong>Tim:</strong> 'Oh yeah. I wear it in my back pocket when I skateboard.'</p><p><strong>Tracy: </strong>'I keep it in my backpack all the time so I have a light or charge whenever I need it.'</p><p><strong>Roxanne: </strong>'It's mounted on my bike right now!'</p><p><strong>Mindy:</strong> 'It saved me the other day when my phone died before a group dinner and I had no idea where I was going.'</p><div></div><div></div><a href='/products/powerlight-mini' class='mt40 mb40 btn btn-outline-green'> <span>See Full PowerLight Mini Specs</span> </a></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/112816003-inside-the-tech-2016", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/PLM_drawing_thumb.jpg?9869032528368259452", "post_excerpt": "This week, we sat down with Ben, the CookStove's Lead Engineer, to learn more about how the team approached designing a streamlined...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "114926211", "title": "A Wildlife Biologist Puts The SolarPanel 5+ To The Test", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/SolarPanel4_blog.jpg?6025031853922184114');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='text-center mt30 mb30'><em>This is a special guest post from <a href='http://jasonfitzimages.com/about/'>Jason Fitzgibbon</a>, a Professional Photographer and Wildlife Biologist.</em></p><div class='blog-divider'></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><span>As a wildlife biologist, my work often involves surveying for threatened and endangered plant and animal species, and ensuring their protection under the purview of state and federal laws. My career takes me to wild and beautiful places, which I attempt to share with the world through photography; mainly in hopes of inspiring others to cherish and protect the wild places that they enjoy in their area.</span></p><p><span>In this line of work, my iPhone has become a constant and trusty field companion of mine. Singlehandedly, it takes the place of my field book for notes, numerous field guides for plant, animal, and track identification, and it easily out-performs my old yellow, submarine-sized GPS unit for vegetation mapping purposes and navigation. Needless to say, the daily demands I place on such an incredible little unit are extremely high; a fact readily displayed by my ever-dwindling battery. </span></p></div></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/SolarPanel5_1x1_blog_8bfda27b-d559-48a1-b672-27b37a0c28ed.jpg?9859838761667156397'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/SolarPanel2_blog_15adcdce-fa01-45b8-932e-ace6418f2efd.jpg?9859838761667156397'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p>For the past several weeks, I’ve been carrying BioLite’s SolarPanel 5+ out in the field with me for work. Equipped with built-in battery storage with sufficient capacity for a phone or camera charge, and an indexed stand and clever “sun dial” that allow you to optimize solar incidence, I have propped this thing up and kept my phone (and camera) alive and well all over southern California.</p><p>When conducting vegetation mapping, or raptor surveys that require hiking over vast expanses of land, I’ve made a habit of setting out the SolarPanel at a midpoint at the beginning of the day, then returning to it every few hours for a quick recharge, a snack break, and to realign the panel properly with the moving sun. On numerous occasions it has allowed me to cover much more ground and travel lighter, without worry of expending my last battery pack.</p><p>All said and done, this panel has become a trusty sidekick for my phone, and a great way to ensure that I’ve always got a few mAh lying around to get my work done or take some photos.</p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/114926211-a-wildlife-biologist-puts-the-solarpanel-5-to-the-test", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/SolarPanel5_1x1_blog_8bfda27b-d559-48a1-b672-27b37a0c28ed.jpg?9859838761667156397", "post_excerpt": "This is a special guest post from Jason Fitzgibbon, a Professional Photographer and Wildlife Biologist. As a wildlife biologist, my work...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "114924163", "title": "Roundup: SolarPanel 5 Series", "tags": "", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p><span>The SolarPanel 5 and 5+ have been out on the market for just about a month now, soaking up the sun and maximizing charge for people all around the world. From the stories our customers have been sharing about their experiences, the panels seem to be a hit! Don't take our word for it though, take a look through the buzz below to get an outsider’s perspective.</span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>SolarPanel 5 and 5+ In The News</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/gizmodo-logo.jpg?8622348485978872998' alt='Gizmodo' width='150px' class='mt40'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>BioLite's New Camping Gear Makes Roughing It Not So Rough</h5><p><span>“Using the SolarPanel 5+ is as easy as making sure it’s exposed to sunlight for as long as possible. But to maximize the amount of power you can steal from the sun’s rays, in one corner of the panel you’ll find a tiny sun dial. As long as the shadow dot inside the sundial is perfectly positioned in the center of a crosshair, you’re ensured it will be harvesting sunlight and charging as efficiently as possible.”</span></p><a href='http://gizmodo.com/biolites-new-camping-accessories-make-roughing-it-not-s-1758583191?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&amp;utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&amp;utm_medium=socialflow' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mt10 mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><!--<img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/gizmodo_PLMini.jpg?2649306957208650711' alt='Gizmodo' width='150px' class='mt50' /><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>New Camping Accessories Make Roughing It Not So Rough</h5><p>“The PowerLight Mini also features a blindingly bright 135-lumen LED panel that will glow for up to 52 hours, but it can also be set to flash white or red. So it’s not only useful for reading maps during a night hike, it can also be clamped to a bike for some extra visibility while cycling in the dark. And for $45, it includes the necessary hardware to mount it to a bike’s frame, as well as a metal loop for hanging it from the roof of a tent.”</p><a href='http://gizmodo.com/tag/biolite' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a>--><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/grindtv_logo.jpg?8622348485978872998' alt='Grind TV' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>A Tech-Adverse Person's Dream</h5><p><span>“The SolarPanel 5+ was designed specifically to capture energy from the sun using a high-efficiency monocrystalline panel and onboard 220mAh battery. All that is fancy talk for what is essentially one of the easiest gadgets we’ve used in a long time: Just line up the sundial reader, clip the panel to a backpack or the 360-degree kickstand to set it up on uneven terrain, check the battery indicator to measure how much time you have left to hit full capacity, then plug in your gadgets for a charge or store the energy for later. That’s it.'</span></p><p> </p><a href='http://www.grindtv.com/gear/biolites-new-solar-panel-tech-adverse-persons-dream/#5rcTYeP2mP61fGPy.97' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a> <!--<div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/engadget.jpg?1567253861288472388' alt='Engaget' width='150px' class='mt50' /><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>John from Engadget documented his tour through the BioLite Lab in this in depth piece covering our 2016 product launch:</h5><p>“When folded flat, it acts as a clip, which can attach to a belt, shirt, jacket or bag for hands-free illumination. (It works great for visibility in a blizzard, although long-term exposure may test the limits of its IPX4 weather resistance rating.”</p><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/15/biolite-gear-stove-lamp-solar-panels/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a>--><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/paste_logo.jpg?8622348485978872998' alt='Paste' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>The Perfect Companion For Spring Break</h5><p><span>“This new, ultra-thin solar panel will save you from that inevitable beachside phone battery drain. An integrated sundial helps you align the panel to best capture the rays, with a 360-degree kickstand to make it easy to always achieve the optical angle—or to strap it to your backpack if you’re hiking back to the house. An onboard battery within the 5+ stores energy for later, ready to charge your phones, tablets, and other BioLite gear (like their award-winning lanterns) when reserves start to dip. If only it was versatile enough to charge a hybrid.”</span></p><a href='http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/02/gear-geek-spring-break-at-the-beach.html' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/trendhunter_logo.jpg?8622348485978872998' alt='TrendHunter' width='150px' class='mt50'><p><span>'What makes this particular portable solar panel product offering so exciting and totally unique is the fact it features its very own integrated sundial. This sundial feature is a wonderful addition, for it aligns with the sun, making it possible to capture direct rays. A special 360-degree kickstand makes it easier than ever for you to position the sundial on uneven and tricky terrain, ensuring accurate functioning at all times.'</span></p><p> </p><a href='http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/portable-solar-panel' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><br><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>What Reviewers Are Saying On Youtube</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='mb20 primary' style='text-align: left;'>Survival On Purpose tests the SolarPanel 5+ in his backyard.</h5><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/unxKq7J-JRg' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt20 mb20'></iframe><p><span>A longtime fan of BioLite, Survival on Purpose articulates all of the features of the SolarPanel 5+, accompanied by great footage of the panel in action. He uses it to charge his phone on a sunny day, which is simple to do using our sundial and rigid kickstand. He says, “Everything I have seen of BioLite’s has been high quality, and this is no exception.” </span></p><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'></h5><meta charset='utf-8'><h5 class='mt20 primary' style='text-align: left;'>The SolarPanel 5+ Meets All Of The Gadget Nut's Expectations</h5><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/OLwFOvyLRKw' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt20 mb20'></iframe><p><span>Justin outlines all of the key features and design of the SolarPanel5+. He uses the corner latching to clip it to his backpack and gets great results when he takes it outside. </span></p><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'></h5><p class='text-center mt50'><em> Have you taken a SolarPanel 5 or 5+ into the sun? <a href='https://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini#product-rating'>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></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/114924163-roundup-solarpanel-5-series", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/solarPanel_pressRoundup_thumb.jpg?14839294106556680941", "post_excerpt": "The SolarPanel 5 and 5+ have been out on the market for just about a month now, soaking up the sun...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "94110531", "title": "Roundup: PowerLight Mini", "tags": "inside_biolite,news_events,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>All of us here at BioLite love the PowerLight Mini. We’ve been testing them for months and they’ve definitely earned their places in our bags and on our bikes. And from the response we’ve seen online and in the press, it looks like we’re not the only ones who feel that way. We’ve gathered a roundup of reviews so you can see what everyone is saying about the PowerLight Mini.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>PowerLight Mini In The News</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/core77_logo.jpg?5393297471992639661' alt='Core 77' width='150px' class='mt40'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>A Night Light Right for All Types of People</h5><p>“While I'm a fan of traditional headlamps, the PowerLight Mini offers flexibility and a couple perks that even staunch headlight users might find nice. By clipping to a lower pocket you can give steady lighting without needing to hold your head just-so, and standing it on a table could cut down on the accidental friend-blinding that comes with making dinner by headlamp light.”</p><a href='http://www.core77.com/posts/47301/BioLite-PowerLight-Mini-A-Nightlight-Right-For-All-Types-of-Life' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mt10 mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><!--<img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/gizmodo_PLMini.jpg?2649306957208650711' alt='Gizmodo' width='150px' class='mt50' /><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>New Camping Accessories Make Roughing It Not So Rough</h5><p>“The PowerLight Mini also features a blindingly bright 135-lumen LED panel that will glow for up to 52 hours, but it can also be set to flash white or red. So it’s not only useful for reading maps during a night hike, it can also be clamped to a bike for some extra visibility while cycling in the dark. And for $45, it includes the necessary hardware to mount it to a bike’s frame, as well as a metal loop for hanging it from the roof of a tent.”</p><a href='http://gizmodo.com/tag/biolite' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a>--><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;'>A Multi-Use Lantern the Size of a Credit Card</h5><p>“The BioLite PowerLite Mini is essentially a scaled-down version of the PowerLite, but its size lends itself to packability and versatility. The rotating kickstand spins 270 degrees, acting as either a stand or a clamp for hands-free operation on your pocket or your pack. The Mini also comes with a bike clamp so it can act as a head- or taillight on or off the grid. The 1350mAh USB-rechargeable battery is good enough for 52 hours of low-level illumination; or, in a pinch, it can give your mobile device a power boost. Three lighting modes including edge lighting, which avoids harsh glares on the trail or commute; red night mode, to better maintain night vision while still providing illumination; and flash mode, for emergencies or rider visibility.'</p><a href='http://gearpatrol.com/2016/02/17/multi-use-lantern-size-credit-card/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a> <!--<div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/engadget.jpg?1567253861288472388' alt='Engaget' width='150px' class='mt50' /><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>John from Engadget documented his tour through the BioLite Lab in this in depth piece covering our 2016 product launch:</h5><p>“When folded flat, it acts as a clip, which can attach to a belt, shirt, jacket or bag for hands-free illumination. (It works great for visibility in a blizzard, although long-term exposure may test the limits of its IPX4 weather resistance rating.”</p><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/15/biolite-gear-stove-lamp-solar-panels/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span></a>--><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/mensgear.jpg?10655077769317621223' alt='Mens Gear' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>On how easily PowerLight Mini fits into their everyday life:</h5><p>“We live in a time when multi-tasking is a skill a lot of us need to master in order to deal with every-day situations, both at work and in our personal lives. So, it makes perfect sense to demand the same from our “smart” gadgets; after all, they do come full-packed with modern tech. And that’s exactly the case with the PowerLight Mini Lantern.”</p><a href='http://mensgear.net/2016/02/powerlight-mini-lantern.html' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/coolector.jpg?17507987194242389024' alt='Coolector' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>A ‘painfully versatile’ camping essential</h5><p>“The Biolite PowerLight Mini is the sort of camping accessory that doesn’t look for the limelight and is far from glamorous but you’ll certainly be thankful that you’ve got one when the sun goes down in the evening. This cracking little camping accessory from Biolite is essentially a clip-able lantern, small enough to slip in a pocket and resilient enough to withstand any inclement weather you face on your excursions.”</p><a href='http://www.thecoolector.com/biolite-powerlight-mini/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><div class='clearfix'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/gizmag.jpg?1567253861288472388' alt='Gizmag' width='150px' class='mt50'><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>Highlighting BioLite's Edge-lighting technology:</h5><p>“In place of typical bulky lantern components, Biolite uses an edge-lit panel that relies on its proprietary texture to distribute light evenly. This construction cuts weight and size, and provides a soft, even glow of up to 135 lumens. The light includes four modes: white lantern mode with dimming function, red night light, maximum visibility white point light and strobe.”</p><a href='http://www.gizmag.com/biolite-powerlight-mini/41890/' class='btn btn-outline-primary mb30'> <span>Read Full Review</span> </a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>What Reviewers Are Saying On Youtube:</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>The Do It Yourself World calls it “My New Favorite Lantern”</h5><iframe width='560' height='315' class='mt30 mb30' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ia-J7FoNwfw?list=PLiesnnDt8JtXwUKLPBwSI8ODo62KQpBHH' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe><p>Starting with by the initial unboxing, Troy walks us through how he sets up, charges and uses the PowerLight Mini inside his tiny home. He conducted an experiment where he left the light on high to see just how long it stays on. Click below to see how the PowerLight Mini held up and what surprised Jay the most.</p><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>Dave Wilcox Jr takes the PowerLight Mini for a spin</h5><iframe width='560' height='315' class='mt30 mb30' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/aLs51Q5QPZ4?list=PLiesnnDt8JtXwUKLPBwSI8ODo62KQpBHH' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe><p>Our favorite part of this review is when Dave share’s his PowerLight Mini Hack. He uses the bike mount to attach his PowerLight Mini to his trekking pole for visibility while he explores.</p><h5 class='mt0 primary' style='text-align: left;'>Bruce with Nature Calls walks through all of his favorite PowerLight Mini features</h5><iframe width='560' height='315' class='mt30 mb30' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/NOW2RSl-Rrs?list=PLiesnnDt8JtXwUKLPBwSI8ODo62KQpBHH' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe><p class='mb50'>Beyond walking you through our favorite uses of the PowerLight Mini, Bruce shares a few unique ways that the PowerLight Mini can help you out whether it be during a walk with your dog or a dance party.</p><p class='text-center mt50'><em> Have you taken the PowerLight Mini out for a spin? <a href='https://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/powerlight-mini#product-rating'>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></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/94110531-roundup-powerlight-mini", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RoundUp_thumb.jpg?5940521000650089621", "post_excerpt": "All of us here at BioLite love the PowerLight Mini. We’ve been testing them for months and they’ve definitely earned...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "93722819", "title": "The PowerLight Mini Goes On A Big Adventure + 7 Tips to Start Bikepacking", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='text-center mt30 mb30'><em>We sat down with <a href='www.letsgocari%C3%B1o.com'>Let’s Go Cariño</a>, a duo who is bicycling through Latin America, to get some real time bikepacking tips.</em></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_hero.jpg?9835630160561606142');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p>It’s hard not to get jealous when you first hear about Erin and Mehedi’s <a href='http://letsgocarino.com/'>Let’s Go Carino</a> trip: a 10,000 mile bike ride from Mexico to Argentina, totally crowdfunded (they’re trying to live on a dollar-per-mile), and a blog to document it all.</p><p>In 2015, the duo began planning the adventure of a lifetime; they quit their jobs, sold their stuff, and began training. They drew up an itinerary and route that would allow them to trek to volcanoes, volunteer with local communities, and set up a traveling chai shop. We thought the PowerLight Mini would make the perfect companion for their 10,000 mile ride. Erin and Mehedi quickly accepted our challenge and became two of the PowerLight Mini's first beta testers. </p><p>At the beginning of February they packed their bags and left for Colima, Mexico. Just a few weeks into their trip, we caught up with them to get feedback on the PowerLight Mini and some real-time tips from these bikepacking beginners.</p></div></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/Photo_Sep_22_12_04_10_PM.jpg?4887151864687954533'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_7.jpg?4887151864687954533'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p>For all of you aspiring bikepackers out there, here’s 7 tips to nail your trip:</p><ol><li><strong>Know your style.</strong> Consider what type of trip makes the most sense for you before heading out. Is a short and sweet trip better than a year long adventure? Do you feel comfortable setting aggressive timelines or allowing yourself time to explore? Do you prefer international or domestic travel? Know your abilities, boundaries and what priorities you have. Erin and Mehedi were both excited by the opportunity to explore Latin America and wanted to connect with local communities they traveled through so they opted for a lengthy bikepacking trip. “Bicycle touring is travel in its slowest and most intimate form. You can start and stop when you want and take in every moment because you really experience every mile, every smell, every sound along the way. This is our favorite way to travel and not as hard as you might think.”</li><li><strong>Train, train, train.</strong> You don’t need to be an expert to bikepack but, nothing will prepare you like practice. The best thing you can do to prepare is get in the seat and ride. Push yourself to cross a variety of terrains and confront different elevations to get your stamina up. Don’t fret if you’re a beginner. Erin had never biked long distance before training for this trip. “We trained around our home in Abiquiu, NM (elevation 6,000ft). Training is key and high-altitude training is even better. We started by doing 15-20 mile rides on and off-road, and worked our way up to 40-50 miles. Doing a multi-day ride before a long bicycle tour is very helpful in assessing your gear and its weight.” </li><li><strong>Prep Your Bike.</strong> Mehedi is riding a Surly Troll and Erin is riding a Specialized Rockhopper. They worked closely with their local bike shop, The Broken Spoke, to get their bikes into shape. “We tuned up our bikes and modified them for ultimate comfort, knowing we would be thanking ourselves when we’re thousands of miles in. If you don’t have lots of money to drop on a new bike, we recommend at least investing in a comfortable saddle and splayed/drop handle-bars with added grip tape.” If you’re planning an international trip, Erin and Mehedi recommend going with a bike with 26” rims with good touring tires. '26” wheel setups are ubiquitous across the globe, even in the most rural areas.'</li><li><strong>Pack smart but pack light.</strong>When you’re traveling 10,000 miles with all of your belongings on your bike, everything you pack adds up. This is truly a case where less is more. “We packed light and when we got here, we realized we still over-packed. Pack everything you need and then cut it in half. Really! You will be surprised by how little you actually need to live, plus, having a little extra room in your panniers to pick up things along the way isn’t so bad.”  Erin and Mehedi’s necessities include Nashbar waterproof panniers, comfortable cycling and lightweight hiking shoes, a medical kit, a bicycle repair kit including patch kits, allen set, multi-tool, zip ties, lighter, extra nuts &amp; bolts, gorilla tape, seam seal, high-pressure frame pump, extra foldable tires, spokes, para-cord &amp; a few sewing supplies. “We are also using the PowerLight Mini on our bikes for added visibility and at night it becomes our camp lantern, and it charges up on our CampStove. It is also a battery pack, so we can charge up our phones for GPS navigation.”</li><li><strong>Hydrate.</strong> When you’re on the road, staying hydrated is your number one priority. We’ve been watching Erin &amp; Mehedi on Instagram and they’ve been supplementing their water intake with coconuts they find along the road. “Even on your days off, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Take frequent breaks for water while you ride, and drink tons of water even when you’re not cycling. Keeping the body hydrated is like keeping your car full of fuel. It just won’t go if there’s nothing in the tank.”</li><li><strong>Your rest is just as important as your ride.</strong> On long bikepacking trips, your days will be grueling. Erin and Mehedi recommend creating a ‘home’ wherever you land, “After a long day of riding, a good night’s sleep is very important. Invest in a good sleeping set-up. Having an adequate home to protect yourself from the elements is key.” For Erin and Mehedi that consists of a lightweight, four-season Alps Mountaineering tent, Compact Therma-rest sleeping pad (3”+), hyper-light Cocoon pillow &amp; Outdoor Vitals 500-down sleeping bag and silk sleeping sheet. They also invested in a travelling kitchen that allows them to cook delicious and well-earned meals. “We are using the BioLite CampStove &amp; Kettle Pot. We cook all of our meals on the CampStove, which fits neatly into the KettlePot when we’re riding. We absolutely love it – its compact, lightweight and super efficient. And, it charges up our devices via USB!</li><li><strong>Know your path, but be open to change. </strong>Make room in your itinerary for the unexpected. “Flexibility and patience have been the two biggest lessons in the last two weeks on the road. You will meet people who will change your route, offer you suggestions or a place to stay, or hear about something you just can’t miss that’s off the beaten path. It’s good to have a plan but avoid a fixed itinerary. It will be more fun and exciting!”</li></ol></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb10 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_3.jpg?9835630160561606142'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb10 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_2_r2.jpg?16570460556179995938'></div><div class='grid__item large mt10 mb10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_5.jpg?9835630160561606142'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mb10 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_6.jpg?9835630160561606142'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mb10 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_8_v2.jpg?16570460556179995938'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_9.jpg?8030311069845424516'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='text-center'><em> We hope you find these tips and tricks helpful in preparing for your own epic bicycle adventure. You can follow Erin &amp; Mehedi’s adventures on <a href='www.letsgocari%C3%B1o.com'> their blog</a>.</em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/93722819-the-powerlight-mini-goes-on-a-big-adventure-7-tips-to-start-bikepacking", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bikepacking_thumb.jpg?5951141587985431197", "post_excerpt": "We sat down with Let’s Go Cariño, a duo who is bicycling through Latin America, to get some real time...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "93744451", "title": "Five Reasons To Explore Your Own Backyard", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='text-center mt30 mb30'><em>This is a special guest post from our ambassador, Charlotte Austin. </em></p><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>My kayak bobbed gently as I lazily drifted through the dry hills of the Columbia River Gorge. The salmon were spawning, and their sleek silver bodies flashed beneath our boats. We waved at Native Americans sweating in their fishing boats, then re-applied zinc oxide to our already sunburned noses. It was late September 2015, and we were on our second annual kayaking expedition along the mighty Columbia River.</p></div></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/fiveReasons_1.jpg?5098998580925326828'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Biolite_Instagram_-_2.jpg?15287679057736548962'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p>The trip was part of our multi-year goal: to kayak the entire length of the river, which twists and turns for more than 1,200 miles between British Columbia and the Pacific Ocean. (Read about our 2014 expedition here.) I am a Seattle-based mountain guide and travel writer, and my work takes me around the world. I’ve led month-long expeditions in the Himalaya, climbed the tallest mountain in South America, and slept under the northern lights. But this project of kayaking the Columbia River is one of my favorite adventures, in large part because I get to explore the ecosystem that I call home. Over the years, this expedition has inspired me to encourage my fellow adventurers to spend more time exploring their own backyards. </p></div></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/fiveReasons_2.jpg?5098998580925326828'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/fiveReasons_3.jpg?5098998580925326828'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong>Five reasons to explore your own backyard: </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Transportation is low impact.</strong> There’s no flying, no lost baggage, no complicated airport transfers. You don’t have to deal with jet lag or days lost in transit, and your carbon emissions are kept to an absolute minimum. On the Columbia, for example, we carpool to the river, put our boats in the water, and let our biceps do the rest. Our BioLite CampStove meant that we didn’t even have to buy cooking fuel.</li><li><strong>Local trips tend to have much more affordable budgets.</strong> While I’m used to leading expeditions with five-digit price tags, our Columbia River expedition has very limited costs: just food, transportation to and from the river, and our kayaking gear, most of which can be rented or borrowed. (I’ve been using a 20-year-old Necky kayak, for example.)</li><li><strong>Timing is more flexible when you’re not booking international travel.</strong> If you’re flying, you often have to wait for a time when you can sneak away for a week or more, but when you’re planning local adventures, you can get a full-value experience in a single weekend.</li><li><strong>You can share the experience with local friends. </strong>On the Columbia, for example, we’ve been able to invite different friends each year — and it’s been one of the highlights of each expedition.</li><li><strong>You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. </strong>When you travel through your homeland, you can’t help but notice details that you would otherwise miss: the way the direction of the wind changes at dawn, the vibrant green of a newly budding leaf, the smell of an impending storm. Learning those details feels like weaving yourself into the landscape, one tiny stitch at a time. And later, when you’re driving to work or buying groceries or just watching the clouds move across the sky, you might just think of the time you slept out under that same sky and smile.</li></ul><div class='blog-divider mt50'></div><p class='text-center'><em>Read more about Charlotte’s adventures at<a href='http://www.charlotteaustin.com'> charlotteaustin.com</a>; if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, check our her upcoming slideshow at Base Camp Brewing on March 1st. All photos are courtesy of <a href='http://www.bryanaulick.com'>bryanaulick.com</a></em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/93744451-five-reasons-to-explore-your-own-backyard", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/articles/Biolite_Instagram_-_2_grande.jpg?v=1456783390", "post_excerpt": "This is a special guest post from our ambassador, Charlotte Austin. My kayak bobbed gently as I lazily drifted through...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "89921475", "title": "The Road To Impact", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,team,", "content": "<h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>How We Got Here And How It's Going: A New 10 Part Series from BioLite</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><a name='video'></a><div class='blog-full'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mV1MRlhLnWQ?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='' class='mt30 mb30 text-center' style='border: 1px solid #f3f3f3; margin: 0 auto;'></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main' style='margin-bottom: 80px;'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><p>Hi - Jonathan here.</p><p>When we started BioLite, it was with the mission to bring Energy Everywhere: as professional engineers and designers, we hoped and believed we could invent solutions that would one day change the lives of millions of people living in energy poverty.</p><p>But we also realized that we needed the partnership of a broad community to support, coach and encourage the long journey ahead. And to our great pleasure and deep appreciation, you, our community, joined in our mission. You’ve purchased our products, given us honest and open feedback, and most of all, provided us with the confidence and momentum to continue to go after some really hard problems.</p><p>This is your journey too, and we think you deserve a full, unfiltered, behind the scenes look into the daily work of building a new kind of energy. With this in mind, I’m proud to announce <strong>The Road to Impact</strong>, a year-long 10 part series from BioLite in which our community will ride shotgun for each step in the process of building an impact business. We want to show you how our rocket scientists (yup, actual rocket scientists) engineer combustion, how our products are manufactured, how our users across India and Africa inform our designs; we’ll go on the road with our distributors and learn what makes a great pitch and how we train and support rural customers; we’ll talk about the micro-loans that are helping make energy ownership possible for even the lowest income customers, and at the end we’ll measure our impact to date.</p><p>Throughout 2016, we’ll be delivering a new chapter of “The Road to Impact” each month, and you can see a full outline of <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/mission#road-to-impact' target='_blank' title='BioLite Road to Impact in Emerging Markets'>what’s to come</a>. I am honored to be the author of our first chapter, “<strong>The Business of Impact</strong>,” a brief history of how BioLite came to exist, and how you, our customers, became the core of achieving our mission. We’re excited to share this journey with you and grateful for your continued guidance, ideas, and partnership as we continue down the long Road to Impact.</p><p>Onto Chapter One!</p><p>With warm regards,</p><p><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/JC-Signature.png?15501195423081777449' class='mt20 mb20' alt=''></p><h6 class='mb50'>Jonathan Cedar CEO and Co-Founder</h6><hr class='mt50 mb50'><p> </p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50'><div class='two-thirds mb20'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Road to Impact, Part 1: The Business of Impact</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>When my co-founder Alec and I decided to build BioLite, it was with the aspiration to solve important problems. We spent the first part of our careers helping large companies design products that incrementally improved user experiences for problems that already had pretty good solutions. The work was fun, creative, challenging at times, but we couldn’t help but feel that the substantial resources we had been given as professional engineers and designers could be applied to improve the lives of people whose needs had not been solved over and over.</p><p>Our journey began in 2006 as a pair of friends tinkering on nights and weekends, initially looking to solve a problem of our own. As avid campers, we were tired of rationing gas and batteries out on the trail. On those same trails we found biomass (aka sticks) just about everywhere, inspiring us to design a stove that could burn wood as cleanly as gas. But as we began to research clean wood combustion for the campsite, we quickly discovered a much larger need for clean cooking and energy access in developing countries.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Energy Poverty and The Need for a New Kind of Grid</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>It shocked us that half the planet was still cooking on smoky wood fires and that the emissions from these inefficient fires was killing more people than HIV, Malaria, and TB combined. It's like having an open campfire burning in your home for three hours, every day.</p><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;'>Why hadn't we heard of this problem? Why wasn't more being done to solve for this crucial need?.</h4><p>These same families most often lacked access to electricity, and so were forced to burn dirty and expensive kerosene for lighting and pay local kiosks meaningful fractions of their income to charge cellphones, a new essential technology for everyday life. These families live in 'energy poverty' – they lack modern, safe, and affordable ways to cook, charge, and light their lives. Affecting health, economic opportunity, education, and gender equality, access to energy is one of the most critical enablers to human development.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Smoky_Kitchens.png?9149337409368020585'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Dirty_Kerosene.png?9149337409368020585'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><p>As engineers, where others saw problems, we saw opportunities. Our early experiments on improved wood combustion demonstrated that thermal energy from fires could be converted to electricity using thermoelectric devices; we could then use that power simultaneously for cleaner combustion and electricity access. And while we were nowhere near ready to launch even our first product, if this technology-led approach to improving fires fundamentally improved cooking, what other challenges could we address if we built a professional company dedicated to inventing solutions to energy poverty as a whole?</p><section class='text-center grid__item large--four-fifths center section-small'><div id='animation--energy_arc' class='animation--energy-arc'><div class='half-circle half-circle__overlay'></div><div class='energy-arc--step energy-arc--step-1'></div><div class='energy-arc--step energy-arc--step-2'></div><div class='energy-arc--step energy-arc--step-3'></div><div class='energy-arc--step energy-arc--step-4'></div><div class='energy-arc--step energy-arc--step-5'></div><div class='energy-arc--step energy-arc--step-6'></div><div class='fa fa-user'></div></div></section><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Finding the Business of our Business</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>In 2009 we quit our day jobs and dedicated our careers to building BioLite with the mission of bringing Energy Everywhere. As it turned out, technology was only the beginning. We needed a team that could run high quality, efficient manufacturing, manage international logistics, and hardest of all, build markets for these technologies in hundreds of villages across India and Africa.</p><p>But before we could build that team, we needed a business model that could support the substantial time, team and resources necessary to solve problems as difficult as decentralized energy access. We began by examining the models other companies had used to address large public interest problems. With nearly 3 billion people living in energy poverty, whatever model we chose needed the ability to grow to substantial scale. Our first thought was to pursue grant funding. But with limited funding available for technology for development, and the uncertain timing and amount of funds, this seemed like a challenging way to promise a professional staff the career security necessary to tackle hard problems over the many years it would likely take us to make progress.</p><p>We then examined funding our emerging markets through an internal, cause-marketing approach such as the “Buy One, Give One” model. We knew that our technologies had great application in camping markets, after all, that’s where we originally started and it was a user group we knew well from direct personal experience. TOMS had garnered popularity with their 'Buy One, Give One' program and Patagonia had inspired many companies in the outdoor industry with their '1% For The Planet' program. But as we took a closer look, the scale of our problem just didn’t fit; even if we gained as much traction as TOMS and gave away a stove for the equivalent number of shoes they had sold, we would still have addressed less than 1% of the total need.</p><p>At the same time as we were examining these philanthropic approaches to development, cellphones were propagating at unprecedented speed across low-income, un-electrified parts of India and Africa. For the first time, companies were starting to prove that there could be commercial markets for advanced technology with low-income customers, and that these commercial approaches were scaling exponentially more quickly than any philanthropic initiative ever had.</p><p>So, we began to look to a market-based solution.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>A New Model for Impact: Parallel Innovation</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Rather than philanthropy, we started to focus on the concept of a “Social Enterprise”. Under this model, we would align our social mission – access to energy – with our customers’ preferences and their willingness to pay for such a product. By connecting our mission directly to our company’s economic success, we would be forced to find a financially sustainable, and therefore scalable, solution to create impact. This approach treated users as discerning customers, not charity recipients, while reinforcing local economics instead of disrupting them.</p><p>But in order to build a commercially scalable social enterprise, we required the near term revenue that could set us up to scale in the long term, and that’s when it all came together:</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 65px; margin-bottom: 65px;'>What if we used our experience with camping and our aspirations to help improve energy poverty to mutually reinforce one another?</h4><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>As we began to understand the synergies between our camping and emerging market customers, our business model emerged: <strong>Parallel Innovation.</strong></span></p><p>We could invest deeply in the core technologies that transform access to energy and embed these technologies in relevant products that serve both outdoor enthusiasts and off-grid families, respectively. We could then re-invest revenues from our camping market into our work in India and sub-Saharan Africa, helping us incubate those emerging markets to the scale and which they could sustain their own future growth. And unlike philanthropy, the success or failure of our work lay entirely in the hands of our users in both markets. It was a form of Social Enterprise, bolstered by the merging of two distinct audiences, bonded by the common need for off-grid energy.</p><img src='//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Parallel_Innovation_BioLite_Press_Release.jpg?15319364143681550335' alt='BioLite Parallel Innovation' class='mt30 mb30' style='display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><p>This Parallel Innovation model blended near-term financial viability with the potential for long-term impact and, in 2011, created the confidence we needed among venture capital investors to help us get our start by hiring our team and producing our first product.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Long Road Ahead</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Over the past five years, our team and our technology portfolio have grown, but it has been you, our users that have ultimately fueled the vast majority of our progress. You vote with your purchases to tell us whether our technologies are up to snuff, you send us emails and share feedback to point us in the right direction, and most of all you give us the energy to keep focused on really tough but important problems.</p><p>We kicked off our new series with this chapter because we wanted to get one thing straight before we went any further in our story: no one holds more sway over the work we do than our customers and community members. Your support is directly built into the core of our business, and will continue to be the engine that drives us forward. The chapters that follow in the year ahead are all made possible by us all believing that Energy Everywhere is a mission we can accomplish, together.</p><p>Stay tuned for Part II of our series, where we dive deep into the motivations behind <strong>Energy Everywhere</strong> and why energy access is one of the most transformative opportunities of our time.</p></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40' style='background-color: #f3f3f3;'><h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='mt40' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/RTI_logo_web.png?5108527747537457576' width='350' alt='Road To Impact'></h6><div class='two-thirds'> <h6 class='medium-gray text-center'>This is Part 1 of <strong>The Road to Impact,</strong> a 10-part series on the business of change and what it takes to bring energy everywhere.</h6></div><footer class='mt40 mb50 text-center'><a href='https://medium.com/the-road-to-impact' class='btn btn-outline-primary btn-icon'> <span>Read The Entire Series On Medium</span> </a></footer></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/89921475-the-road-to-impact", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Road_To_ImpactLogo.png?17678492630632213394", "post_excerpt": "How We Got Here And How It's Going: A New 10 Part Series from BioLite Hi - Jonathan here. When...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-emerging-markets" }, { "id": "85932291", "title": "Brave the Elements With These Cold Weather Camping Tips", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_hero.jpg?4707177955047751137');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><em class='text-center'>This is a special guest post from James and Rachel who have been on the road for three years and have become experts in car camping no matter the season. Follow their journey at <strong><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'><a href='http://www.idletheorybus.com'>www.idletheorybus.com</a>.</span></i></strong></em><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Life On The Road</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Three years ago, we quit our jobs, gave away our stuff, and moved into Sunshine, our 1976 VW Bus. We wanted to simplify. We wanted peace. We wanted to spend our days outside, in the warmth of the sun, in places that still tremble with wildlife and boast unpolluted views of the Milky Way. We couldn’t do that in the city. So we hit the road and made its remote destinations our full-time home.</p></div></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/bravingTheElements_5.jpg?16914219752955126499'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_4.jpg?16914219752955126499'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Living Simply</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>We base our journey around wild, undeveloped tracts of land. Each night, we camp in new and unknown places, under a wide sky.</p><p>We fund our travels doing farm work, picking peaches, harvesting grapes, and planting kale. It’s rewarding work that connects us directly to the food we eat. Between farm stints, we explore wilderness areas, hiking, watching wildlife, and identifying native plants.</p><p>Out here, on the road and off the grid, we’ve found a less civilized and more primitive existence. Living without running water, or grid-based electricity, we have greatly simplified our lives. We’ve learned that we can enjoy a great quality of life without the many possessions society deems necessary.</p><p>Whittling our material possessions down to what fits in the bus, it becomes increasingly important to carefully curate our belongings. A Biolite CampStove is one of our must-carry items, because it connects us closer to the land. It is unspeakably gratifying to harvest fallen wood from the forest floor for fuel to cook dinner. Even better, the same wood can simultaneously charge our phones and electronics. Because of BioLite, we are one step closer to achieving our dreams of a sustainable life off the grid.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Off-Season = Best Season</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Living on the road, our travels don’t stop with the end of summer. We used to be true snowbirds, fleeing snow and evading below-freezing evenings. Sharing 80 square feet can be tough, especially when days are short and we spend more time inside our tiny home on wheels. But the hardships we endure are well worth it, because they also deliver mountain top highs.</p><p>We’ve learned to stay north as the first snowstorms settle in. Avoiding an entire season, we missed an entire side of the natural world. We must experience the extremes of nature in order to live a life that’s fully alive.</p><p>Let our experiences be a lesson: cold, short days shouldn’t prevent you from getting out to explore! Winter is a great season for trekking into the snowy outdoors. These long months offer unmatched beauty and solitude. Often, we find ourselves wonderfully alone in destinations that are packed throughout the summer.</p><p>Even if we don’t spend the entire winter season in powder, we make sure to slot ourselves into a few snow storms. Waking to a white world is an unmatched road trip experience. </p></div></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/bravingTheElements_6.jpg?15068877269420264556'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb50 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_7.jpg?17115906753975199247'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_8.jpg?17115906753975199247'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Sountern Rockies: A Winter Wonderland</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>The Southern Rockies are our top destination for winter travel. Remote dirt roads, towering fourteeners, and sweeping mesas offer diversity and solitude, especially off-season. We can spend weeks in a 40-mile radius and never grow bored.</p><p>We welcomed the winter season in the foothills of Durango, Colorado and wound our way south to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We got caught in a snowstorm the San Juan Mountains, and barely made it down the slick road.  We stood in still silence as elk pranced across the sagebrush mesas near Taos, their footprints the only sound in the universe. We watched parts of ourselves drift through the rapids of the majestic, stately Rio Grande.</p><p>Our favorite detour on our southbound route was The Rio Grande del Norte Monument, our country’s newest Park addition. These 250,000 acres were constitutionally preserved in 2013 to protect the rare, high-desert mesa. Junipers, pinion trees, and sagebrush span broad vistas that reminded us how small and insignificant we really are.</p><p>For great views of the Taos plateau, check out the Guadalupe Trail in the Wild Rivers section, a four mile roundtrip hike that’ll warm you up on chilly day. For nighttime accommodations, the primitive campgrounds are a steal! At $7 a night, we had the entire place to ourselves, under the bright diamonds of Orion’s Belt.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>A Happy Camper Is A Toasty Campter</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Don’t be scared to venture out in cold weather! With some tricks and good packing, you can keep toasty warm and safe, even when temperatures plummet into the single digits.</p><p><strong>Here are our top tips for winter car camping:</strong></p><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li><strong>Bundle up Smart.</strong> Having the right gear makes winter life so much simpler. Hydroflask bottles keep our beverages hot for hours, so we’re always sipping on warming drinks. Muck Boots are hands down our favorite winter boot. Waterproof and rugged, they get us through single digit days with toasty toes. A good sock wicks moisture, keeping your feet dry and morale high.</li><li><strong>Keep active during the day.</strong> Plan activities that get your body moving; the best natural heater is physical activity. Take a snowy hike. Instigate a snowball fight. Dance. You’ll discover that cold dissipates in the face of pumping blood.</li><li><strong>Avoid driving at night</strong> Curvy back roads become treacherous when melted snow ices at dusk. Limit travel on snowy roads to daylight hours, and drive with care!</li><li><strong>Sleep in your vehicle. </strong>In the winter, we don’t pop our canvas top at night. The insulation of your car will maintain a warm ambient temperature, so all you need is a zero degree sleeping bag to stay toasty.</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><li><strong>Up Your Photography Game.</strong> Shooting photos in the snow is tricky. The white reflects sunlight, and creating a disaster out of your highlights. Mediate that issue by investing in a polarizing filter. The filter acts as sunglasses for your camera and transforms a daylight dilemma into a correctly exposed shot.</li><li><strong>Barbecuing isn’t just a summertime activity!</strong> Grilling out is a perfect way to keep warm and enjoy views of the snowy forest. Pick up a bottle of locally grown and fermented New Mexican red wine to sip as you grill; it’ll warm you from the inside out.  A spicy Syrah pairs with grilled ribs perfectly. See below for one of our favorite recipes:</li></ul><a name='recipe'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Recipe: New Mexico-style Baby Back Ribs with Green Chile BBQ Sauce</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_9.jpg?300284005189604403');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p><ul><li>Grass-fed Baby Back Ribs</li><li>3 cups Grass-fed Buttermilk</li><li>3 tablespoons thyme</li><li>2 teaspoons salt</li></ul><p class='mt20'><strong>Homemade Green Chile BBQ Sauce</strong></p><ul><li><span>2 cups apple cider vinegar</span></li><li><span>2 cups white vinegar</span></li><li><span>1/3 cup Roasted Green Hatch Chiles</span></li><li><span>3 tablespoons honey</span></li><li><span>3 Teaspoons salt</span></li><li><span>Empty bottle</span></li></ul><p>Combine ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool. Funnel into glass bottle and serve immediately. Enjoy with a campfire, a glass of red wine, and good company! </p><p>The night before you grill, slice and remove the tough white membrane from your ribs. Rub the ribs (defrosted) with the salt and thyme. Brush on buttermilk and marinate in a pot or tupperware overnight. This tenderizes grass-fed beef to fall-off the bone status. This is a must, as ribs can be tough cooked over fire.</p><p>Heat your BioLite Portable Grill to a medium-high temperature. Stoke that fire! Place ribs on grill and cook 40 minutes on each side. Let the fire die a bit, and baste the ribs with a cup or so of your homemade BBQ sauce. Grill on low fire for another 30 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes and serve!</p><p><strong>Hint:</strong> for super-spicy, warming ribs, slather more green chiles on top! You’ll be eating like a New Mexico native.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_3.jpg?13343316502169566621'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_2.jpg?13343316502169566621'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Recipe__3_Fliping_Meat.jpg?13329632340542060990'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/85932291-brave-the-elements-with-these-cold-weather-camping-tips", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bravingTheElements_thumb.jpg?3780360532965861141", "post_excerpt": "This is a special guest post from James and Rachel who have been on the road for three years and have...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "80150531", "title": "The Fire-Starter", "tags": "emerging_markets,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_3085.jpg?5985568003077969925');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>With one swift flick, a match flies 5 feet through the air, lands in the chamber of an unlit HomeStove and a flame ignites, all in a matter of seconds. The surrounding crowd cheers in amazement drawing the attention of a few passers by. As a few stragglers join the circle that has been created, Himanshu, a BioLite Sales Promoter prepares for the main attraction. People are craning their necks to see what he’ll pull next. Not unlike a street performer drawing the crowd close, his intention is to keep their eyes on him 100% of the time. He smirks; it’s time for the grand finale.</span></p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 45px; margin-bottom:45px'>This is Himanshu’s signature move, one that has given him quite the reputation among other Sales Promoters in India.</h4><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>He grabs a willing volunteer and asks the man to join him standing on the HomeStove (an unlit one this time). This is Himanshu’s signature move, one that has given him quite the reputation among other Sales Promoters in India. He and his volunteer bounce up and down, demonstrating how sturdy the stove is, heads nod with approval.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Himanshu wipes his brow and encourages the crowd to ask him any questions. As people disperse, he starts collecting information so he can follow up. After he’s gathered a list of potential customers and answered everyone’s questions, he hops on his motorcycle and drives off. He’s got a big day ahead. House calls to potential customers, more demos, inventory management, and back to the field office to check if any customers need service visits that day.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Himanshu has been one of BioLite’s top Sales Promoters since our 2014 launch in India. He’s responsible for sales in the Mayurbhanj district, a district made up of hundreds of villages and towns. Born and raised in this district, he knows it like the back of his hand, which is helpful when he has to introduce a brand new product to its residents. He's a natural orator with a captivating pitch; at demos his passion transcends language and can likely be heard from villages away. His energy and determination are rivaled only by his passion for better fires and deep understanding of BioLite technology. His attitude and approach has become a model for future hires – okay, maybe not the match flying through the air, but just about everything else.</span></p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_4161.JPG?16521254873812077284'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_3108.jpg?16521254873812077284'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Himanshu.com</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Himanshu doesn’t have a website, but his job as a local Sales Promoter does all the same valuable work, without an Internet connection. You are probably reading this story right now from a phone or computer with an Internet connection, and enjoy the fast and vast benefits the Internet has to offer with regards to news, product information, and purchase channels. For our customers in India, Internet service can be spotty and most of our customers don’t have access to a computer, making a website far less valuable.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>But we’ve got something better than a website – we’ve got showmanship. High-energy, enthusiastic demonstrations can make all the difference in making a connection with a new household or community. Over the last two years, Himanshu has set the bar high and is well known for his creative sales tactics.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>'Himanshu keeps the audience engaged and never lets them get bored,” says Biswajit, a fellow Sales Promoter. “Even while he's operating the stove he's still talking to the crowd and keeping them interested. He has energy to speak for hours and an excellent sense of humor.”</span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Power of A Local Salesman</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Most of our customers in India have never heard of BioLite and we want to make sure that they are introduced to us in the most seamless way possible. That means learning about our products from someone they feel comfortable with, someone they can trust. We employ local Sales Promoters like Himanshu who know their regions well and can tailor highly specific presentations in the local dialect.</span></p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 45px; margin-bottom:45px'>...his mother who loves the HomeStove so much she's sold 40 stoves on his behalf.</h4><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>When a potential customer hears Himanshu’s first hand experience switching from an open cooking fire to a Homestove it’s a game changer. He explains in great detail how much easier it is now that they have a HomeStove. His family no longer suffers from smoke inhalation, he leaves for work feeling better about his family’s well-being and talks about how nice it is to have on-demand access to electricity. During his demos, Himanshu goes even further to tell potential customers the story of his favorite customer, his mother who loves the HomeStove so much she's sold 40 stoves on his behalf. Himanshu has been using the HomeStove for so long that he anticipates customer’s questions and concerns and handles them with ease. He’s got an answer for everything.</span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Give a Man a Stove vs. Teach a Man to Sell a Stove</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>At BioLite, we don’t use a one for one model and we don’t donate our stoves. We’ve seen that when customers make a personal decision to buy a product and purchase it on their own (rather than getting it as a charitable giveaway) they take better care of it and use it more often. We want to ensure that customers experience the full benefits of the HomeStove so we’ve worked hard to create a sustainable model that fits their needs. We open up shop on the ground, hire and train local staff that can relate to our customers, manufacture relevant products our customers will use, make these products easily accessible and provide top-notch customer service. We call this model Parallel Innovation and every BioLite purchase goes towards expanding our work in the markets we serve. In order to expand our work we need to ensure that our staff is well trained and supported to succeed in their roles. By investing in our field staff’s success, they then provide amazing service to our customers and ensure that we are fostering lasting change within these regions.</p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Himanshu is a man on a mission that goes well beyond making sales and upholding excellent customer service. To him, cleaning up cooking fires is personal. His family, neighbors and friends cooked over traditional fires and he has first hand experience with soot’s effect on homes. Working in BioLite’s field office, his day-to-day tasks are key in driving large-scale social impact. It is his creative communications that convince people of the importance of cleaning up their stoves and his animated education about clean energy and new cooking options that ultimately get stoves into the hands of those in need.</span></p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Finding The Right People to Join Our Team</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Screen_Shot_2015-11-25_at_11.08.44_AM.png?6924326833827846787');'></div></section></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><p>At BioLite we are dedicated to providing amazing experiences for all of our customers. We hire the best local engineers, salesmen and project managers to organize interactive demonstrations, serve as informed resources and fulfill after sale service in each region we work. Upon joining our team, Sales Promoters embark on a 3-5 day intensive training period where groups of Sales Promoters work with their General Managers to learn basic sales tactics, an in-depth look behind our technology and participate in workshops that prepare them to lead demonstrations on their own. During these training periods we make sure that new hires have the opportunity to learn from Top Sales Promoters and their Managers in the region so they are set up to succeed. Himanshu and his teammates work hard to Get Soot Done everyday but there is still a lot of work to be done.</p><p>In the year to come, BioLite will expand our existing operations in the Indian state of Orissa and go even further by entering into new regions. In order to staff new operations in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar we need to get more Himanshu’s into the field to serve as Sales Promoters. Will you help us?</p><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb50'></div> <h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='logo-small mt0' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/getsootdone_logo-black-01.svg?6193349817616652290' width='450' alt='Get Soot Done'></h6><h6 class='medium-gray text-center' style='margin-top:0px;'>This story is part of a series on our efforts to bring clean cooking to 50,000 homes in India and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016.</h6><footer class='mt40 text-center'><a href='http://getsootdone.biolitestove.com' class='btn btn-outline-yellow btn-icon'> <span class='yellow'>Learn More</span> </a> </footer></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/80150531-the-fire-starter", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/himanshu_thumb.png?2446829221928951324", "post_excerpt": "With one swift flick, a match flies 5 feet through the air, lands in the chamber of an unlit HomeStove...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "80138115", "title": "50,000 x 2016: Going Further", "tags": "emerging_markets,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A5988_copy.jpg?14716205352098514126');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>A Day with Mary</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>It’s early; the sun is just rising over Kamuli, a small village 150 kilometers away from Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Most of us wouldn’t be out of bed yet but for Mary, a 50-year-old farmer and mother of eight, the day starts at 4am.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>She grabs a few pieces of firewood and lights a fire in the mouth of her HomeStove. As water for morning tea starts to boil, she begins preparing breakfast. Mary commands a presence even while making porridge. It’s clear that she is the head of the household, a responsibility she took on when her husband passed away a few years ago. Slowly but surely, family members fill the room until it’s packed, buzzing with people waiting to start their day. Five of Mary’s eight children live with her along with three young grandchildren.</span></p><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>After everyone is fed and on their way to school, Mary heads to work in the field behind her home - a space she’s cultivated tirelessly into a self sustaining farm. She checks her crops and prepares the soil to plant more tomatoes, beans, maize, and potatoes. The farm is finally at a point where it can allow her to support her family. And thanks to her new BioLite HomeStove, she has money to spare; rather than spending money on expensive fuel, she can cook for the whole family using only a few pieces of wood she finds around her home.</span></strong></p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A6016_copy.jpg?14716205352098514126'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A5968_copy.jpg?14716205352098514126'></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mb20'><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'> During the late afternoon while her family is out Mary turns her attention towards her community. She heads to church and often visits with neighbors before returning home to prepare dinner. At night, she re-lights her HomeStove quickly and prepares dinner as the family once again convenes in the same small room. As the sun sets, Mary plugs an LED light into the USB port of her HomeStove and the family can see one another, sharing stories of their day.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>It is a good and typical day for Mary – but a day far different from where she was a year ago.</span></p><br><br></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>'The Lucky One'</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Mary considers herself lucky because BioLite came into her life by chance. A neighbor saw a HomeStove demonstration in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, while visiting family. She was so impressed that she bought a few stoves to bring back to her village to re-sell to other community leaders. A respected farmer and community member, Mary was included in this group and purchased the stove on the spot. Had it not been for that generous neighbor, Mary’s daily cooking experience would remain a painful and arduous task in her day.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Mary_withFamily.jpg?10464840762099872586'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><br><br><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Before the HomeStove, Mary was cooking over an open fire, consisting of a few large stones propping up large pieces of wood. Smoke billowed from the small flames and she couldn’t get near it without her eyes watering. No matter what type of fuel she used, clouds would fill the air when she cooked causing her children to cough and wheeze; the family would try to move through the room as fast as possible. Morning tea, a small pleasure in Mary’s day, would be sacrificed just so that her grandchildren wouldn’t wake up sneezing.</span></p><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Fortunately for Mary, these smoke-filled days are a thing of the past and morning tea is back on the schedule. However, with the well being of her community always in her mind, she now wants to make the HomeStove accessible for her entire village.</span></strong></p><br><br><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>A 100 Mile Trek</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/N6A6119_copy.jpg?6924326833827846787'></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Mary’s village is roughly 150 kilometers (about 100 miles) outside of Kampala. For most of us, traveling 150 kilometers is not a huge deal. Public transportation, well maintained interstates and affordable flights make it so easy to travel that we often don’t give it a second thought. In Uganda where infrastructure is poor, traffic is dense, and modes of transportation are few and far between, getting from Mary’s home to Jinja, the nearest city 74 kilometers away (about 45 miles) can take half of the day.</p><p>For the past two years, BioLite has been operating, with great success in Uganda, mostly within the city limits of Kampala. The local BioLite team is constantly busy with customers, partners, and demonstrations, which is great for the team, but a challenge for villages like Mary’s: with a high demand in the city, the team lacks bandwidth to make delivery trips to reach more remote communities who are also in need of the HomeStove. To date, the only way to get access to a HomeStove would be for potential customers to a) have the knowledge of the HomeStove (like Mary’s neighbor) and b) find a way to Kampala for the day. This means a full day away from family, giving up a day’s work, and spending hours hiking to main roads, waiting for buses, and hoping that your desired items are in stock and available once you’re there.</p><p>With your help, that’s about to change in 2016.</p><br><br><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Going Further, Faster.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p> Mary has done an incredible job of sharing the experience of the HomeStove with her community: now it’s up to us to show up for her neighbors and everyone in the villages surrounding hers. By expanding our reach into new territories, we can bring our stove to families who rarely travel to the city, we can show them that days filled with smoke and coughing no longer have to be a reality.</p><p>So how do we do it? In a word – logistics. With your support, we can establish warehouses in cities like Jinja, open up small stock points to serve villages within a 20 mile radius of those warehouses, and staff those locations with people who can demonstrate the HomeStove and deliver them to interested families with ease and speed. We are already working with local distribution partners to identify villages like Mary’s and build roadmaps to reach more rural households in 2016.</p><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb50'></div> <h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='logo-small mt0' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/getsootdone_logo-black-01.svg?6193349817616652290' width='450' alt='Get Soot Done'></h6><h6 class='medium-gray text-center' style='margin-top:0px;'>This story is part of a series on our efforts to bring clean cooking to 50,000 homes in India and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016.</h6><footer class='mt40 text-center'><a href='http://getsootdone.biolitestove.com' class='btn btn-outline-yellow btn-icon'> <span class='yellow'>Learn More</span> </a> </footer></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/80138115-50-000-x-2016-going-further", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/GoingFurther_thumb.png?2446829221928951324", "post_excerpt": "A Day with Mary It’s early; the sun is just rising over Kamuli, a small village 150 kilometers away from...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "80142979", "title": "A Mom On A Mission", "tags": "", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_0192.JPG?15842668247349677788');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Rekha stops and stares for a moment before beginning the 20-minute hike up the hill towards her home. She treads carefully up the steep path that winds through the hillside. Loose rocks cover the dusty ground increasing the risk of her slipping on the way up. A slip is something she doesn’t have time for. She’s carrying a heavy bundle of large branches and sticks that she’s spent the afternoon collecting to use as fuel in her cookfire. She can’t help but think there has to a better way to spend that time each day. She’s responsible for raising four young children and is determined to make a change for them.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Rekha is a hardworking mother of four living in a one-room home in Badgaon, a small village in Rajasthan, India. She’s spent the morning caring for her children, maintaining the house and a large part of the afternoon collecting fuel for her fire.</span></p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 45px; margin-bottom:45px'>The homes in her area are so close in proximity that even when she sends the kids outside, the soot from her neighbor’s fires is thick and unavoidable.</h4><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>When Rekha reaches her home at the top of the hill, she lays the wood down and reserves a small handful to get the fire started. Like many families in rural India, Rekha spends hours cooking on a traditional </span><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>chulha</span></i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>, an open mud fire pit. It’s a fire that requires her constant attention and rewards her with a constant outpouring of thick black smoke. The smoke gets so bad at times that she has to send her children outside so they won’t be exposed to the toxic air. A temporary solution to what she knows is a much larger problem; the smoke is making them sick.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>The homes in her area are so close in proximity that even when she sends the kids outside, the soot from her neighbor’s fires is thick and unavoidable. She is concerned for her children’s health, not taking the time to think of her own because everyone needs to eat after a long day. After a while she gets used to the smoke and stops coughing.</span></p><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Rekha lives in a village that gas companies have not yet reached because it is too difficult and they know the demographic of the area is unlikely to afford their services. She’s thought of using Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) fuel cylinders but they come at a steep price point, are difficult to find and likely too heavy for her to carry up the steep entrance to her home. Due to her family’s modest income, an alternative cooking option seemed out of her reach.</span></strong></p><br><br><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Path to Ownership: Accessibility through Affordability</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_0176.JPG?6924326833827846787');'></div></section></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>We don’t want upfront costs to get in the way of ownership and have created alternative ways for low-income customers to buy our stoves. We’ve set up key partnerships with microfinance firms in India and sub-Saharan Africa to open HomeStove access to the poorest communities in each region we serve. Microfinance firms help low income families get access to small loans with low interest rates to help them afford the chance of a higher quality life. This can mean small lines of credit to start a business or in our case, a loan to </span><span style='font-weight: 400;'>transform their home with a HomeStove.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>In Rajasthan we work with</span><a href='http://www.fullertonindia.com/'> <span style='font-weight: 400;'>Fullerton</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> to offer a range of microcredit loans to individuals and groups who need financial support. By partnering with Fullerton’s Gramshakti program, we open our network up to an entirely new group of rural customers. We host demos at Fullerton’s offices when customers meet for their loan disbursement and also travel with the Fullerton team on morning loan collection meetings held in villages and small towns. By expanding to all of</span><span style='font-weight: 400;'> Fullerton's Rajasthan<strong> </strong>branches, we will have the opportunity to reach at least 30,000 new customers.</span></p><br><br><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Bridging The Gap</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/FullSizeRender_1.jpg?16521254873812077284');'></div></section></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Recently, BioLite Sales Promoters accompanied the Fullerton team on a loan collection meeting to Rekha’s village. Rekha attended the BioLite demonstration and as she watched the Sales Promoter light the stove and wave his hand above the smokeless flame she nodded. She knew that the electricity feature on the stove would convince her husband that this was the answer they’d been looking for.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Rekha approached the Fullerton and BioLite team to inquire about getting a HomeStove. With a good history of making loan payments, she was found to be eligible for a top-up loan. A top-up loan works with her existing loan through Fullerton. The HomeStove price is added to it in increments each month until it is paid off. For Rekha, both her Fullerton loan and HomeStove will be paid off over the next 12 months. Once the loan details were in place, she worked with BioLite to schedule a time for home delivery. Upon arrival, Rekha learned to light the stove on her own and was trained through how to maintain the stove over time. At Rekha’s home she is now the proud owner of a HomeStove. Her customized loan paved the way for cleaner air in her home, easier days and a satisfied mother. Rekha lights the HomeStove, waves her hand over the smokeless flame just as she saw during the demo and smiles. It means that she can now cook indoors without worrying about her children’s health. There is no more smoke to fill their lungs and she is happy to have one less thing to worry about.</span></p><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>On top of that, she now has time on her hands. The HomeStove is efficient and doesn’t require as much wood as her chula. She has time on her hands and can pick up an extra job to supplement her family’s income. Rekha also likes that she and her husband are spending more time together. He is so impressed with the stove that he often helps her prepare meals while his cell phone charges.</span></strong></p><br><br><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Changing 50,000 Homes in 2016</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_0194.JPG?16521254873812077284');'></div></section></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'> Beyond Rekha’s village there are many families who still need access to clean cooking options and electricity but can’t afford it. Rajasthan is a state filled with rural villages that have some of the lowest income households in the country. Microfinance partnerships provide a way for us to reach the poorest households and help them afford safe energy. By supporting Get Soot Done today, you will allow us to fund the expansion of partnerships with microfinance firms like Fullerton, a program which alone is set to serve 30,000 new families next year.</span></p><div class='blog-divider mt30 mb50'></div> <h6 class='mt50 text-center'><img class='logo-small mt0' src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/getsootdone_logo-black-01.svg?6193349817616652290' width='450' alt='Get Soot Done'></h6><h6 class='medium-gray text-center' style='margin-top:0px;'>This story is part of a series on our efforts to bring clean cooking to 50,000 homes in India and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016.</h6><footer class='mt40 text-center'><a href='http://getsootdone.biolitestove.com' class='btn btn-outline-yellow btn-icon'> <span class='yellow'>Learn More</span> </a> </footer></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/80142979-a-mom-on-a-mission", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/MomMission_thumb.png?2446829221928951324", "post_excerpt": "Rekha stops and stares for a moment before beginning the 20-minute hike up the hill towards her home. She treads...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "76936963", "title": "BioLite Is Now A Carbon Neutral Company", "tags": "featured,inside_biolite,news_events,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CarbonNeutral_hero_r2.jpg?5472491340461026121');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt40'><p>At BioLite, we’re on a mission to bring Energy Everywhere. But it takes energy to make energy - energy to manufacture and ship our products, to light our office and to travel to our customers. And this consumption of energy produces CO<sub>2</sub> emissions that affect us all. As a company dedicated to both people and planet, we take responsibility for our footprint and are committed to mitigating our climate impacts.</p><p>Over the last six months we underwent an internal carbon impact analysis that identifies where and how we are releasing greenhouse gases through both our manufacturing methods and our operations. In parallel with quantifying our emissions, we were able to measure the greenhouse gas <em>reductions</em> resulting from the use of BioLite’s emission-reducing products, such as the HomeStove, in India and sub-Saharan Africa.</p><p>As of November 17<sup>th</sup> 2015, BioLite has offset the full carbon emissions history of the company and will continue forward with carbon neutral operations in the years to come. We are proud to be a company that facilitates our own carbon neutrality by both generating and retiring carbon credits, which will be independently verified by The Gold Standard, a carbon accreditation foundation. See the full report below for a detailed explanation and background of what it means to produce and retire and offset.</p><p>We are fortunate to have the support of a community that celebrates quality products and a meaningful mission: thank you for helping us make this milestone possible.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>What Is CO<sub>2</sub> and Why Does It Matter</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>CO<sub>2 </sub>is a greenhouse gas, which means it traps heat in the atmosphere. It’s a natural part of the Earth’s carbon cycle, with carbon moving among plants, animals, humans, ocean, and soil.</p><p>However, the combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity, provide transportation, and grow industrial production has led to a surge in CO<sub>2</sub> emissions that cannot be absorbed by natural carbon sinks such as oceans and forests. When CO<sub>2</sub> and other greenhouse gasses come out of balance in the atmosphere, it leads to the aggregate warming of the Earth’s surface, contributing to climate change.</p><p>To address the impacts of global warming, we have looked to our governments to regulate CO<sub>2</sub> emissions. While we hope that international progress will be made this December at the Climate Talks (COP21), there are simple steps that both individuals and organizations can make today, paving the way for scalable, cost-effective solutions that can be adopted globally.</p><p> Here at BioLite, the first step towards mitigating our climate emissions is understanding how much we emit and where we do it.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Where BioLite Produces CO<sub>2</sub></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ConsumptionChart-01.svg?4458571022131689796' class='mt30 mb30'><p>Across our operations from 2012-2014, BioLite had an aggregate emissions footprint of 2,921 tons CO<sub>2</sub>e.</p><p>In quantifying our footprint, we applied the World Resources Institutes Greenhouse Gas Protocol and considered all material sources of greenhouse gases throughout the value chain.</p><p>The majority of our emissions stem from manufacturing, shipping, and corporate travel. BioLite has used this data to focus our efforts on streamlining raw materials use, improving packaging and shipping logistics, and utilizing remote communication where possible to minimize travel. And while our headcount is small, the office is proud to report that 100% of BioLite HQ commutes to work via bike and/or public transit.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Where BioLite Reduces CO<sub>2</sub></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>While BioLite produces CO<sub>2</sub> primarily through manufacturing and travel, we simultaneously reduce CO<sub>2</sub> through our work in emerging markets, where we replace toxic open fires with the clean-burning BioLite HomeStove.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CleanBurning_homestove_1.jpg?3251233710220330840'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CleanBurning_homestove_2.jpg?3251233710220330840'></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20'><p>A smoky open cooking fire emits as much CO<sub>2</sub> annually as car in addition to other toxic byproducts that have devastating effects on health. The BioLite HomeStove’s clean combustion technology cuts CO<sub>2</sub> in half and reduces harmful emissions by up to 94%. The reduction in CO<sub>2</sub> comes from requiring less fuel due to increased efficiency; this facilitates the dual benefit of lower greenhouse emissions as well as slowing deforestation by requiring less biomass for the same sized fire.</p><p>This savings in greenhouse gas emissions is being registered by the Gold Standard Foundation, the leading carbon accreditation body. For every ton of greenhouse gas emissions saved (measured in CO<sub>2</sub>e) BioLite generates a carbon credit – we can sell these credits and reinvest revenues to help accelerate our work in bringing clean energy access to households that need it most. However, before BioLite sells credits, we are retiring <strong>2,921</strong> of our credits to take responsibility for our organization’s footprint. In the years to come, we will continue to allocate and retire a portion of credits generated to maintain our commitment to carbon neutrality.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Towards A Cleaner Future</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>For each ton of CO<sub>2</sub>e released into the atmosphere from BioLite operations during the 2012-2014 period, <strong>we will save approximately sixteen [16] tons CO<sub>2</sub>e </strong>from the successful distribution and use of HomeStoves.</p><a name='report'><div class='two-thirds '><iframe src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BioLite_2012-2014_Corporate_Sustainability_Report.pdf?12327339301150543231' width='100%' height='680'></iframe></div><div class='blog-divider mt50'></div><p class='text-center'><em>Questions? <a href='mailto:support@biolitestove.com'>Email Us</a> for more info on references, sources, and details on our carbon finance program.</em></p></a></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/76936963-biolite-is-now-a-carbon-neutral-company", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/CarbonNeutral_thumb_r3.jpg?16919692171318013923", "post_excerpt": "At BioLite, we’re on a mission to bring Energy Everywhere. But it takes energy to make energy - energy to...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "76725379", "title": "The Healing Power of The Outdoors", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>Helping Veterans get outside and experience the benefits of the land they protected.  </em></p></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/veterans-blog-photo-1.jpg?3315494997148154547');'></div></section><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><em>Photo: Ian Shive</em></p><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>Those of us who spend a lot of time outside are familiar with the feeling you get when you disconnect and get close to nature. It's a feeling that is hard to describe but just plain feels good. Think of the rush you get when reaching the top of a hike or the relaxing sensation of stargazing. Our friends at the <a href='http://www.sierraclub.org/'>Sierra Club</a> are no stranger to this sensation and are introducing the power of the great outdoors to our nation’s veterans.</p><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Last year, BioLite outfitted part of the Sierra Club team with gear to provide cooking and charging support for their outings. We caught up with Stacy Bare, the Sierra Club Outdoors Director, to learn more about their work with veterans and military service members.</p><blockquote><h4>“Many veterans experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life after leaving the service,' Stacy says. 'Time spent outdoors eases the transition and improves both mental health and social skills.”</h4></blockquote><p>The Sierra Club launched <a href='content.sierraclub.org/outings/military'>Military Outdoors</a> in 2011 to help veterans, service members and their families get outside and experience the benefits of connecting with the physical land they protected. Whether it’s a two day trip hiking through the Grand Canyon, a five day rafting trip, ice climbing expedition or time spent backcountry skiing, Military Outdoors gives veterans the opportunity to disconnect and build a community around a shared interest in nature. The Sierra Club estimates that 13,000 veterans and service members are involved in these outdoor programs each year and once this community experiences the outdoors, they often come back to participate in more adventures and even volunteer to lead outings.</p><p> </p></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/veterans-blog-photo-2.jpg?3315494997148154547'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><em>The CampStove tags along on an ice climbing adventure to ensure everyone has a warm meal and an extra charge. (Photo: Ben Bare)</em></p></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/veterans-blog-photo-3.jpg?3315494997148154547'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><em>Veterans hike through the wilderness during a Military Outdoors outing. <br>(Photo: Ian Shive)</em></p></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>The Sierra club is going one step beyond just sharing the outdoors with veterans and actually researching its healing power. Through <em><a href='http://www.sierraclub.org/outdoors/2015/10/great-outdoors-lab-action-research-summary-oct-2015'>The Great Outdoors Lab</a></em>, they are testing out two hypotheses, 1) that the outdoors improves mental, physical and social well-being and 2) that the emotion of awe is important in driving these positive effects.</p><div class='grid__item large mb40' style='text-align: center;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/awe.PNG?7193126588721815795'></div><p>The research is still in its early stages but preliminary findings are promising. They show that being outdoors and experiencing awe due to an outdoor activity such as white-water rafting for the first time positively effects one’s well-being. Participating veterans even experienced a decrease in PTSD symptoms and stress. We’ll be following this study closely and will share updates once the research gets closer to being published.</p><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in an event, <a href='http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/military' target='_blank'>see the Military Outdoors events calendar. </a> </em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/76725379-the-healing-power-of-the-outdoors", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/veterans-blog-photo-1.jpg?6102057834967163932", "post_excerpt": "Helping Veterans get outside and experience the benefits of the land they protected.   Photo: Ian Shive Those of us who...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "74180291", "title": "Keep It Simple: 3 Recipes For Your Next Tailgate", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>Utensil free and grill-ready snacks for the next game. </em></p></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tailgate-blog-hero.jpg?3572999968373492236');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>Football season is in full swing and that means it’s time to fire up the grills and get tailgating. Our ideal tailgate setting includes a fun matchup, plenty of good friends and a solid spread of food. We took the <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-basecamp'>BaseCamp</a> and CampStove <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/blogs/lab/18465263-the-5-devices-you-want-charged-at-your-next-tailgate' target='_blank' title='BioLite Goes Tailgating with BaseCamp and CampStove'>tailgating</a> last year at a UT Austin and had a blast grilling up for crowds and generating electricity to keep phones powered up before kickoff.</p><p>One thing we noticed was that good tailgating and camping food share something in common: simplicity is clutch. Smart preparation, combining steps, and clever ways to serve food can make all the difference between a seamless day or a total stress-fest. With that in mind,  we decided to marry the world of tailgating and camping together with a few recipes that are perfect for either occasion. Each of the recipes make for easy grilling, utensil free eating, and little clean up.</p><div class='blog-divider'></div><h3 style='margin-top: 30px;'>Buffalo Chicken Skewers</h3><p>Buffalo wings. A tailgate staple, for sure, but let's face it: they're a mess. In our recipe, we got rid of the bones by putting cubes of chicken on a skewer instead. The result is more chicken per bite, wood-fired flavor, plus there's almost no clean up. After you eat, just toss the wood skewer in the fire of the BaseCamp and you're done.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 10px;'>What you’ll need:</h4><ul><li>Chicken breast</li><li>Buffalo sauce (we liked this recipe on <a href='http://www.food.com/recipe/buffalo-chicken-skewers-with-blue-cheese-dipping-sauce-449909'>food.com</a>)</li><li>Celery</li><li>Blue cheese or ranch dip (debate amongst yourselves)</li><li>Skewers</li></ul><h4>How to prepare:</h4><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/_bN1nvo3m94' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe><div class='blog-divider'></div><h3 style='margin-top: 30px;'>Sausage Sliders</h3><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Sliders are a great tailgate snack. But when you're parked in a lot without a running faucet, molding tons of raw meat into tiny patties can get a little rough. So we put a spin on the average slider by replacing the patty with sausage instead. Many sausages come pre-cooked, and even if you decide to go raw, you can easily place them on the grill with tongs - no hand molding here. Another benefit of using sausage is that you can easily grill up multiple types to satisfy all the eaters in your group (ie. chicken, veggie, pork). We recommend using jagerwurst, which translates into Hunter's Sausage.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 30px;'>What you’ll need:</h4><ul><li>Jagerwurst sausage (one sausage will create two sliders)</li><li>Slider buns</li><li>Lettuce</li><li>Tomato</li><li>Onions</li><li>Cheese</li><li>Mustard &amp; Ketchup</li></ul><h4 style='margin-top: 30px;'>How to prepare:</h4><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/z4MKH6oLuoU' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div><p style='margin-top: 30px;'><strong>(Show off points: pre-boil your jagerwurst in a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-kettlepot' target='_blank' title='BioLite KettlePot for Tailgating on Game Day'>KettlePot</a> full of beer - it adds really awesome flavor)</strong></p><div class='blog-divider'></div><h3 style='margin-top: 30px;'>S’mores</h3><p>No tailgate is complete without at least one sweet. S’mores are a crowd favorite and fun surprise for a tailgate. They are a sure fire way to bring everyone together around the grill to make their own perfect creation while Grillmaster can take a break and get in on the fun. Since you’ll already have skewers on hand, bring along s’more supplies. Satisfaction guaranteed. </p></div></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='two-thirds '><h4 style='margin-top: 10px;'>What you’ll need:</h4><li>Graham crackers</li><li>Marshmallows</li><li>Chocolate</li><li>Looking to spice up your s’mores? Switch out chocolate with peanut butter cups or add a fruit like blackberries</li><li>Looking to <em>really</em> spice up your s'mores? Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on top of your melting chocolate</li></div><p> </p><div class='two-thirds '><h4>How to prepare:</h4><span style='line-height: 1.5;'>Place a marshmallow or two on a skewer, h</span><span style='line-height: 1.5;'>old over the BaseCamp until golden brown (or burnt, if that's how you take your s'more), m</span><span style='line-height: 1.5;'>ake a sandwich of your marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker and dig in.</span></div></div></div><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tailgate-blog-photo5.jpg?16066008983381585976'></div><div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10'><div class='grid__item large--one-third mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/products/CarryPack_large.jpg?v=1421272559'></div><div class='two-thirds '><h4></h4><h4>BioLite Tailgating Gear Now Available at Lowe’s</h4><meta charset='utf-8'><div>We are thrilled to announce that BioLite is launching at <a href='http://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Lowe%27s%20Locations'>Lowe's stores across the country</a>! To celebrate this exciting partnership, we are offering a <strong>FREE CarryPack</strong> to the first <strong>100 people</strong> to buy a BaseCamp at Lowe’s. Simply go to a <a href='http://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Lowe%27s%20Locations' target='_blank'>Lowe’s store near you</a> or visit <a href='http://www.lowes.com/pd_748102-65754-BCA_0__?productId=999919860' target='_blank'>Lowe’s online</a> to purchase a BioLite BaseCamp and email a picture of your receipt to support@biolitestove.com. <em>(<a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/lowes-carrypack-giveaway-disclaimer'>Disclaimer</a>). </em></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/74180291-keep-it-simple-3-recipes-for-your-next-tailgate", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/articles/BL55_grande.jpg?v=1446740651", "post_excerpt": "Utensil free and grill-ready snacks for the next game. Football season is in full swing and that means it’s time to fire...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "69079875", "title": "Making North America Your Backyard", "tags": "featured,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-blog-hero-2.jpg?15654377518464903147');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>It’s not everyday you see a pickup truck trailing a miniature home behind it. For Guillaume and Jenna constant pictures and stares are something they’ve gotten used to after driving their 20' by 6' 8'' home around North America.</p><p>Over a year ago, Guillaume and Jenna left the rat race in LA to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle on the road. With no previous construction experience, they bought plans from <a href='http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/' target='_blank'>Tumbleweed Tiny House</a> and got to work. They used an eco-friendly mindset to build a custom home using recycled materials and installing solar panels, a composting toilet, small water tanks and energy efficient appliances. In just over a year they covered 21,000 miles, driving from Southern California to Eastern Canada down to Florida and up to Alaska. They’ve become travel journalists and have taken it upon themselves to <a href='https://www.youtube.com/user/tinyhousegj' target='_blank'>document the Tiny Home culture</a>. As outdoor enthusiasts, we wanted to learn more about how they built this home with no experience and what it’s like to live in a125 square foot home.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>“We like to joke that North America is our backyard and we never have to mow the lawn.”</h4><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='text-center mt30'><em>Scroll through the slideshow below to follow their adventures.</em></p></div></div></div><!-- slide show--><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds text-center'><div class='slider'><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-9.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“</span></span><meta charset='utf-8'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><span>Being in the tiny house and on the road, we’re conscious of the resources we use. It’s been fun to change our routine a bit and use the BioLite!' </span></span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-1.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“We had no building experience whatsoever when we started, so there was a big learning curve.” </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-2b.jpg?15654377518464903147' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“We tried to build the house as green as possible with reused materials and good insulation so that we aren’t burning a lot of fuel to keep it warm.”</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-3.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“One of the critical things with the tiny house is that we designed and built it to fit our own needs. It’s completely custom.” </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-4.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“The tiny house gave us more time to enjoy the outdoors. We can be somewhere and decide that we’d like to stay longer, explore farther.” </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-5.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“We’ve had nearly 10,000 people walk through our home. It’s been fun to watch them walk through our house and daydream a bit.” </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-6.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“There are several ways people travel with tiny houses, we are an exception. Usually people will live in a tiny house and it won’t move.” </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-7.jpg?1377821261343701595' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>'We don’t have that much storage, so it’s good for us to have some gear that can be used in a variety of situations and help us minimize.'</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-slide-8.jpg?7761775702256428980' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>“One of the greatest experiences we’ve had is towing the truck to Alaska. There is something special about having to work hard to see a place.” </span></div></div><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt50 mb20'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>You're making the outdoors your home (and we're jealous), what is that like?</h4><p>It’s a pretty amazing experience. The fact that we can go almost everywhere in the comfort of our own house is great. You open the door and the view is always changing. The house itself has not only changed the way we think about our resources and lifestyle but also gave us more time to enjoy the outdoors. We can be somewhere and decide that we’d like to stay an extra day or extra week, whereas if you’re in a regular lifestyle schedule, it is awesome but on Sunday morning you have to hike back down and get home.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>We see people travel in campers and vans a lot, how is traveling in a tiny home different?</h4><p>One of the critical things with the tiny house is that we designed and built it to fit our own needs. It’s completely custom and very comfortable for us. We didn’t purchase an existing camper that was built a certain way and had to figure out how we’d use it. We thought about everything we put into the house so it has a purpose and works for our needs.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>Have any secret spots we should know about?</h4><p>Our favorite spot at this point is Alaska. Driving through Western Canada was magnificent. It was completely remote and rugged. It took a lot of effort for us to get up there which makes it that much more special. One of the greatest experiences I’ve had on the trip is when we went up on <span>Dalton Highway</span>, a 400+ mile gravel highway which goes<span> all the way up to Deadhorse Prudhoe Bay. We stopped at the Arctic Circle and stayed over night.</span> It took us 8 hours to do a couple of hundred miles. We went to that spot and stayed overnight and it was just something else.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>If you could give one piece of advice to someone about to hit the road in a tiny home, what would it be?</h4><p>Think really hard about what you’re going to use the tiny house for. If it’s for travelling, make sure it is built to be road ready and not excessively heavy. Our house is about 10,000 pounds when it’s fully loaded. That is about twice the weight of a camper of the same length. If you’re going to use it all of the time you’ll need a truck as well and that is built for that amount of travel.</p><p>If you want to do weekend trips once a month or so and that is its only use, I would recommend getting a standard camper because it’s better built for that purpose. But, if people want to live in comfort, the thing that is really built a lot better and choose the materials, go with a tiny house.</p><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Guillaume and Jenna are parking their home in Colorado for the winter and are deciding where to head next! If you are looking for tips and tricks to set up a Tiny House, check out <a href='http://tinyhousegiantjourney.com/' target='_blank'>Tiny House Giant Journey’s blog</a>. </em></p></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds text-center'><h3>Shop Tiny House Essentials</h3><img src='//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/products/Bundle_1_large.jpg?v=1437424080' style='max-width: 50%;' alt='BioLite CampStove Bundle'><h4 style='margin-top: 0px;'>CampStove Bundle</h4><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-bundle' class='btn btn-primary' style='color: #ffffff;'>Shop Now</a></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/69079875-making-north-america-your-backyard", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/THGJ-blog-hero-2.jpg?15654377518464903147", "post_excerpt": "It’s not everyday you see a pickup truck trailing a miniature home behind it. For Guillaume and Jenna constant pictures and...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "69075715", "title": "84 Recipes for Foodies on the Move", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>This is a special guest post from <a href='http://www.sprintervandiaries.com/' target='_blank'>Sprinter Van Diaries</a>. In 2014, Nikki and Jakob set off on a pan-American road trip in a Dodge Sprinter van. </em></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/recipe-blog-hero.jpg?16073002900929329591');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>Experimenting in the kitchen when living in a van, boat, tent, bachelor pad, or just an NYC apartment can be difficult, being limited by cooking space, tight schedules, minimal kitchen equipment and little desire to clean dishes. On our trip from Canada to Argentina, we didn't have much access to the internet or the desire to search the web and filter through recipes that would fit our lifestyle.</p><p>In this book you’ll find some of the van and boatlife community’s favorite simple recipes. These recipes only require a handful of ingredients that are widely available, take 30 minutes or less to prepare and most can be cooked using a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove' target='_blank' title='BioLite CampStove for Outdoor Cooking and Grilling'>BioLite</a> stove. And a major bonus: not a lot of cleanup. While many of the recipes call for specific ingredients, you’ll notice that the authors encourage you to vary ingredients or quantities based on your preferences - so go ahead, experiment a little. </p><p>We hope this book will help you explore new meals using what you have available in your kitchen that day, so that you are not stuck with the same go-to’s.</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><iframe src='http://www.sprintervandiaries.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Vanlife_Cookbook.pdf' width='100%' height='680'></iframe></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><strong>Don’t have time to view them all? Here are a few of our favorites:</strong></p><ol><li><strong>Buckwheat Griddle Cakes (page 9).</strong> Fire up your <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove'>CampStove</a> and treat yourself to a sweet breakfast with tips from our friends at <a href='https://instagram.com/idletheorybus/' target='_blank'>@idletheorybus</a>. Don’t forget the syrup!</li><li><strong>Coconut Ramen Veggie Soup (page 24).</strong> Throw a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-kettlepot'>KettlePot</a> on top of your CampStove and use this recipe to warm up during the cold months to come.</li><li><strong>Bacon Truffle Brussel Sprouts (page 28).</strong> A delicious addition to any meal, this side dish can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.</li><li><strong>Grilled Banana Nutella Sando (page 50)</strong>. It is a grilled banana and nutella sandwich, need we say more?</li><li><strong>Cranberry Kale Turkey Burgers (pg 35).</strong> Our friend Christin whipped up these burgers on her <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-portable-grill'>Portable Grill</a> and could hardly keep her pups away from them (see below).</li></ol></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/recipes-photo-3.jpg?13292158427240967336'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/recipes-photo-1.jpg?1560699942948771799'></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/69075715-84-recipes-for-foodies-on-the-move", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/recipes-blog-thumb.jpg?6142871144740535047", "post_excerpt": "This is a special guest post from Sprinter Van Diaries. In 2014, Nikki and Jakob set off on a pan-American road trip...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "70670851", "title": "Fall In Love With A New Way to Camp", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kammok-header-6.jpg?13995891065947765856');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Next time you go camping, we recommend getting off the ground and into the air. Hammock camping is a fun way to experience your favorite campsites from a different perspective. Our friends at <a href-='' target='_blank' href='http://kammok.com/?utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_content=Biolite_OffGridOffGround_20151015&amp;utm_campaign=discount'>Kammok</a> want to set you up for the perfect fall hammock camping experience so they’ve pulled together a list of things to keep in mind before you head outdoors.</p><p><strong>1. Swing low.</strong> Hang your hammock low to the ground for quick access to nearby gear, full use of the tree’s strength (thicker trunk, thicker bark), and less exposure to wind and weather. Keeping your hammock low to the ground may not seem as cool as swinging high, but it’s a heck of alot easier when you need to get into it late at night after the fire dies or when mother nature calls. <br><br> <strong>2. Find your perfect hang.</strong> We recommend you hang your Kammok at about 30 degrees; however, try several angles to see what is most comfortable for you. Kammok Python Straps have 18 points of connection, so you can easily experiment with multiple angles. Kammoks are also extra long (10 feet) so you can angle your body to lay flat. Spreading out diagonally help you get maximum sleeping comfort. <br><br> <strong>3. Stay warm.</strong> Hammocks create a “bridge effect” in the cold and wind (bridges freeze first!), so fall temperatures will feel cooler in a hammock than on the ground. Bring extra insulation and warmer gear – here are a few extra pointers:</p><ul><li><strong>Find a place where you are not too exposed to wind and weather.</strong> If that is hard to find or not available we recommend using a rain tarp or weather shelter, even if it’s not raining. If you are leaving your tent at home, it is great to have even a lightweight fly. You will feel more protected since you are far less exposed to wind. Our Glider weather shelter is made with a heat reflective fabric that will help you retain warmth as the temperature drops.</li><li><strong>Bring warmer sleeping clothes and invest in a warmer sleeping quilt.</strong> Quilts come in so many varieties, but we recommend one designed for the outdoors.</li><li><strong>Use an underquilt.</strong> Traditional sleeping bags do little to insulate your back in a hammock. Underquilts insulate your hammock from the outside to block the wind and keep the warmth in. We call ours the Koala because of how it hugs your hammock.</li><li><strong>Use a sleeping pad</strong>, ideally mummy shaped, the tapering and rounded edges will help to have a more natural shape in the hammock and won’t fold over as heavily as a rectangular one might do.</li></ul></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/blog-kammok-3.jpg?4686200496984259013'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/blog-kammok-4.jpg?4686200496984259013'></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong>4. Make yourself at home.</strong> Use the attached stuff sack to house your other camping essentials: head lamp, phone, book, etc. You can also hook these essentials on the gear loops around the edge of the Kammok. <br><br> <strong>5. Look up!</strong> Watching the autumn leaves from your Roo is quite the experience. The healthiest trees for a good hang will be close to water sources and these trees tend to have the greatest variation in color too. Cool nights = excellent star gazing. Make sure you have an open view of the sky from your Kammok. <br><br> <strong>6. Fuel up.</strong> Make sure to pack your camp coffee, favorite recipe ingredients and Biolite CampStove. Craft coffee and wood fired meals just tastes so good when the air is cool. The great thing about the smokeless fire of the CampStove is that you can cook right next to your hammock (though, don't put it underneath) and you won't smell like a campfire. <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/blogs/lab/18676155-spend-valentines-day-outdoors-cooking-with-biolite'>Here</a> is a favorite mulled wine recipe to try out during your next trip.</p><p><em>If you have any favorite hammock camping tips to share let us know, @biolitestove @kammok.</em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/70670851-fall-in-love-with-a-new-way-to-camp", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/blog-kammok-2.jpg?4686200496984259013", "post_excerpt": "Next time you go camping, we recommend getting off the ground and into the air. Hammock camping is a fun...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "69191299", "title": "Top 10 Places To Camp This Fall", "tags": "inside_biolite,stories,", "content": "<!-- HipCamp Blog --><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>BioLite x Hipcamp’s Favorite Fall Camping Locations</em></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/header-mammoth.jpg?11703048330900565298');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>When the leaves start changing and the air gets brisk, it can only mean one thing, fall is here. It is one of our favorite seasons to explore the outdoors so we've worked with our friends at <a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/' target='_blank'>Hipcamp</a>, an online platform that helps you find great camping spots, to pull together a list of 10 perfect places to camp this fall.</p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>1. MOON IN THE POND FARM (MA)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/moon-in-pond-ma.jpg?13996576943232543411'></div><div class='full'><p>Witness New England fall at its finest at this farm in the Southern Berkshires. Complete with Appalachian Trail access and organic home-cooked farm meals.<a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/ma/land-share/moon-in-the-pond-farm/moon-in-the-pond-farm?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=moonpond' style='text-decoration: none;'> <strong style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</strong></a>.</p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Grab some locally sourced produce on the way to this site and grill it up for your group on a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-basecamp'>BaseCamp.</a></span></strong></p></div></div><!-- Alt Layout --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>2. JUMBO ROCKS, JOSHUA TREE (CA)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/joshua-tree-ca-2.jpg?12776098684362905903'></div><div class='full'><p>See trees of a different variety in the fall. More temperate weather makes Joshua Tree a perfect destination. Jumbo Rocks Campground’s first come, first serve system and larger-than-life rock formations make this National Park an easy and rewarding weekend adventure.<a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/ca/deserts/joshua-tree/jumbo-rocks-campground?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=jumborocks' style='text-decoration: none;'> <strong style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</strong></a>.</p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Terrain is rocky, grab a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-nanogrid'>NanoGrid</a> to light your path at night.</span></strong></p></div></div><!-- NC --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>3. CRAWFORD'S CAMP (NC)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/crawford-nc.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Nestled just outside the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains, Crawford’s Camp has tent and RV camping. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in October to see all of the colors of the fall rainbow. </span></strong><a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/nc/land-share/crawford-s-camp/crawford-s-camp-w-electric-water?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=crawfordcamp'> <strong style='text-decoration: none;'>BOOK TODAY</strong></a>.</p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>With the forest so close, camp above the ground and in the trees with a </span><a href='http://www.tentsile.com/collections/all'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Tentsile Tree Tent</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'>.</span></strong></p></div></div><!-- CA Glampsites --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>4. MENDOCINO MAGIC GLAMPSITES (CA)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/glampsites-ca.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p>Once you go glamp, you may never go back. Glampsites offer a super cozy basecamp to explore towering redwoods, and family-owned wineries in coastal Northern California.<a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/ca/north-coast/mendocino-magic?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=mendocinomagic' style='text-decoration: none;'> <strong style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</strong></a>.</p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation:</b><span style='font-weight: 400;'> Complete your Glampsite’s ambiance by attaching extra <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-sitelight'>SiteLights</a> to your NanoGrid.</span></strong></p></div></div><!-- OR Bicycle Camp --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>5. MEADOW FARM BICYCLE CAMP (OR)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/bicycle-farm-or-2.jpg?21916017650370172555'></div><div class='full'><p>Head for the coast on your two-wheeled whip and don’t look back! Just off of Highway 101, one of the best bicycle touring routes in the country, Meadow Farm is the perfect place to pitch your tent, rest your pedals, and enjoy farm-fresh food.<a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/or/land-share/meadow-farm-bicycle-camp/bicycle-camp?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=meadowfarm' style='text-decoration: none;'> <strong style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</strong></a>.</p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Everything you pack on a bike matters, nestle a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove'>CampStove</a> into a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-kettlepot'>KettlePot</a> and you’ve got a compact stove, pot and charger for your trip.</span></strong></p></div></div><!-- Springs Farm VT --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>6. FOUR SPRINGS FARM (VT)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/foursprings-vt.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p>Apple picking! Situated on an organic farm in the Green Mountains, Four Springs Farm is the perfect destination for sourcing the goods for your organic, homemade apple crisp, and other fall foliage adventures.<a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/vt/land-share/four-springs-farm-campground-learning-center#lat=44.5588028&amp;lng=-72.57784149999998&amp;q=Vermont?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=fourspringfarm' style='text-decoration: none;'> <strong style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</strong></a>.</p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Attach a <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-portable-grill'>Portable Grill</a> to a CampStove so you can grill up those freshly picked apples. (Don’t forget to add cinnamon and sugar to each slice!)</span></strong></p></div></div><!-- Buttermilk Falls WI --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>7. BUTTERMILK FALLS (WI)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/buttermilk-falls-wi.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p>Buttermilk Falls provides the perfect setting for an autumn getaway. The picturesque farmhouse is surrounded by an Orchard House for rent, farm animals, waterfalls, and plenty of land to pitch tents. <a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/vt/land-share/four-springs-farm-campground-learning-center#lat=44.5588028&amp;lng=-72.57784149999998&amp;q=Vermont?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=fourspringfarm' style='text-decoration: none;'> <strong> BOOK TODAY</strong></a></p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Enjoy everything this site has to offer from the comfort of a </span><a href='http://kammok.com/products/roo'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Kammok Roo.</span></a> </strong></p></div></div><!-- Sand Creek TX --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>8. SAND CREEK FARM (TX)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/sandcreek-tx.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p>With 170 acres open to finding your own secluded campsite (plus cottages for rent), Sand Creek Farm offers peace and quiet, plus private farm tours, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and canoeing. <strong style='text-decoration: none;'><a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/tx/land-share/sand-creek-farm?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=sandcreekfarm' style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</a>.</strong></p><p><strong><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Make sure everyone in your group has a place to sit. </span><a href='http://shop.alitedesigns.com/mayfly-chair.html'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Alite’s Mayfly chairs</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> are comfortable and easy to fit in your pack. </span></strong></p></div></div><!-- Kentuck PA --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>9. KENTUCK CAMPGROUND, OHIOPYLE STATE PARK (PA)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kentuck-pa.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p>Kentuck Campground, right on the Youghiogheny River, features stunning waterfalls, natural water slides, and swimming holes; with hike-in and RV sites and just outside of major metropolitan areas, Kentuck offers a perfect weekend escape. <strong style='text-decoration: none;'><a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/pa/west/ohiopyle-park/kentuck-campground?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=kentuck' style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</a>.</strong></p><p><b>Gear recommendation: </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Take advantage of the water around this site with an </span><a href='http://www.orukayak.com/products'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Oru Kayak</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'>.</span></p></div></div><!-- Watchman UT --><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>10. WATCHMAN CAMPGROUND, ZION NP (UT)</h5><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/zion-ut.jpg?2191601765037017255'></div><div class='full'><p>Cool, dry weather makes fall the ideal time to visit Zion National Park’s iconic steep red cliffs and canyons. <strong style='text-decoration: none;'><a href='http://www.hipcamp.com/ut/southwest/zion/watchman-campground?utm_campaign=fallcamping-2015-september&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_source=biolite&amp;utm_content=watchman' style='text-decoration: none;'> BOOK TODAY</a>.</strong></p><p><strong>Gear Pairing:</strong> Enjoy a wood-fired meal with a view. BioLite's <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-bundle'>CampStove Bundle</a> makes it easy to grill, boil and cook anything you're craving. </p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/69191299-top-10-places-to-camp-this-fall", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/10_placesToCamp_thumb.png?4541235150853959261", "post_excerpt": "BioLite x Hipcamp’s Favorite Fall Camping Locations When the leaves start changing and the air gets brisk, it can only mean...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "66571523", "title": "Why Remaining Calm is the Most Important Preparedness Tool", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>Part three of BioLite’s <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/introduction-to-preparedness'>Outdoors for the Indoors Series. </a></em></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nols-header-mara-gans.jpg?3583508198871276853');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><span>When was the last time you attended a class focused on scaling a mountain face or navigating rapids? For most of us, spending a class period outside on the quad during college was a one time thing. At </span><a href='http://www.nols.edu/' style='font-weight: bold;'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'>, class is held on the mountain or walking through the woods. Students embark on expeditions where they learn to rock climb, whitewater raft and lead through outdoor challenges. Instructors guide students through extreme scenarios daily so they can learn to remain calm under stress and make good decisions. </span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>For the past 30 years, Marco Johnson has actively instructed wilderness education courses while recruiting and training NOLS field staff worldwide. We sat down with Marco to learn how he teaches students to thrive in off grid situations and how we can keep our cool when faced with an indoor emergency. Here are his top three tips:</span></p><h4>1. Don’t panic. </h4></div></div></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nols_christensen.jpg?7130509911197278009'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><em>Photo Credit: Christensen</em></p><p>'Mark Twain once said, courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to control it. When faced with an emergency survival situation, don’t panic,' says Marco. 'Panicking affects your ability to think critically and exercise good judgement (and good judgement in an uncertain situation is your best friend). Make sure that you remember to remain as calm and project calmness to those around you. One of the ways to become as calm as possible is to take a deep breath and think about what is truly happening vs. what you think is happening. We are human beings and a lot of times we tend to react emotionally but it is very powerful to recognize the difference between perceived and real risk.'</p><p><strong><em>Indoor translation</em>: </strong>You could have the best gear in the world and a solid plan, but if you lose your cool, it won’t mean anything. Here are few tools that can help:</p><ul><li><b>Pause and take a deep breath. </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Hold that breath for 3 seconds, let the breath out and repeat.</span></li><li><b>Keep perspective. </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Take a step back and look around to see what is actually happening (vs. what you think is happening). This will help you determine what the real dangers are so that you can make a game plan.</span></li><li><b></b><strong><b>Distract yourself. </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Ask a friend to tell you a story, give yourself a small project or </span><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/blogs/lab/65329667-what-this-wilderness-physician-wants-you-to-know-about-indoor-emergencies'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>establish a new routine</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> to get your mind off the stress.</span></strong></li></ul></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><h4></h4><h4>2. Create specific plans so that you are prepared for whatever comes your way.</h4><h4></h4></div></div></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nols-field-cooking-mara-gans.jpg?3583508198871276853'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><em>Photo Credit: Mara Gans</em></p></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nols-ice-counter.jpg?3583508198871276853'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><em>Photo Credit: NOLS</em></p></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>'Instilling in people the ability to exercise judgement so they can evaluate risks, their abilities and make a good decision, is applicable across the board from outdoor to indoor survival situations. On NOLS expeditions, students see instructors mapping out daily hiking routes, pointing out potential hazards and discussing ways to mitigate them. Instructors debrief situations often so that everyone can reflect on what occurred. The goal is to provide students with enough prep that if they come across something unfamiliar, they have the appropriate judgment to say, ‘I don’t know how to approach this therefore I am going to do something different.’ Prior planning is great, it forces you to think about different situations so that when challenges come up, you know how to handle them.'</p><p><b><i>Indoor translation: </i></b><i></i>Plan for the most common emergencies or natural disasters that your region faces.</p><ul><li><strong>Make a plan. </strong>Cover all of your bases so you know the <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/blogs/lab/61491715-emergency-kit-essentials-packing-primal'>supplies</a>, shelter, and transportation you’ll need (and what happens if you don’t have access to them).</li><li><strong>Practice. </strong>Review the plans with your family, pose a variety of scenarios and run through them together.</li><li><strong>Reflect. </strong>After practicing a plan, ask your family how you could do better next time so that you are constantly focusing on improving judgement.</li></ul></div></div></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><h4>3. When you can’t plan, know how to assess the situation.</h4></div></div></div><!-- New graph section--><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds' style='float: left;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nols_graph_v2.jpg?9462979600998834433' style='width: 90%; height: 90%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 20px;'></div><div class='clearfix'><div class='two-thirds'><p>'Whether you’re in a backcountry or emergency context, this graphic can help you judge the risk of a situation. Ideally, you want avoid the high likelihood and high severity area. For example, if I’m standing on the edge of a 500 foot icy drop off, the likelihood is pretty high that I would fall and if I fall it is a permanent consequence. So that is probably something I should not do. The area in between is grey and the more you practice navigating it with this thinking, the more habitual it will become. For example, if I’m walking along a trail above a field of boulders and it’s a straight drop 30 feet below but the trail is 5 feet wide, it’s a very low likelihood of me falling, but if I fell it would be high consequence. I have to decide as an individual, leader of a group or family member how I feel about that risk equation. This has great carryover in terms of a natural disaster. Think of the fires going on in the West. There aren’t evacuation orders for everyone but there are significant hazards so you need to think, what is the likelihood of something happening and what is the consequence? Should I pack my family up and leave now or should I pack up our belongings into one area and wait for more instructions?'</p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><b><i>Indoor translation: </i></b>During indoor emergencies there is a lot of grey area when it comes to decision making. Here are a few things to consider before making tough decisions:</p><ul><li><b style='line-height: 1.4;'>Know your abilities.</b><span style='font-weight: 400;'> Discuss how your particular strengths and weaknesses fit into your family's plan.</span></li><li><b>Assign roles to different family members </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>based on their abilities. Whether it is calling for help, establishing the game plan or gathering supplies, make this part of the preparedness plan.</span></li><li><b></b><strong><b>Make good judgement a habit. </b><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Picture the graphic above while making decisions in your day to day life, the more often you use this thinking, the more habitual it will become.</span></strong></li></ul></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>NOLS turns 50 this October! </em><em>If you are interested in taking a course, <a href='http://www.nols.edu/' target='_blank' title='NOLS Website'>visit their site today. </a> </em></p></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/66571523-why-remaining-calm-is-the-most-important-preparedness-tool", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/remainingCalm_thumb.jpg?4541235150853959261", "post_excerpt": "Part three of BioLite’s Outdoors for the Indoors Series. When was the last time you attended a class focused on scaling...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "65329667", "title": "What This Wilderness Physician Wants You to Know About Indoor Emergencies", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<!-- Gaberiel Cade Blog --><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>This is part two of BioLite’s </span></i><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/introduction-to-preparedness'>Outdoors for the Indoors Series.</a></span></i></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-header.jpg?17410147176773708097');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Picture this, it’s the middle of the night and you’ve found a lost kayaker who’s been missing for days.  He’s on the opposite side of an ice cold river and it’s up to you to plunge in and save him. This is a reality for Gabriel Cade, a wilderness and emergency medicine expert (and former Survivor participant) who specializes in the application of technology in remote settings. Gabriel recently got his hands on our gear and put it to the ultimate test,</span><span style='font-weight: 400;'> using the </span><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>CampStove</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> to charge a portable ultrasound and </span><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-nanogrid'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>NanoGrid</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> to save that missing kayaker we mentioned. </span><span style='font-weight: 400;'>We spoke with Gabriel to learn about his experience in the field and get his advice for withstanding an indoor emergency.</span></strong></p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb50'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30'>You’ve made the outdoors your office. What is a day in the life of a wilderness medicine and survival expert like?</h4><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>I’m not a survival expert. I’m probably not an expert in anything yet, but I do spend a lot of time working in a very busy emergency department and teaching wilderness medicine. </span><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Thankfully, a lot of what I do is planning with groups before or during a trip. On a trip my state of readiness is always up. Rather than trying to save someone from an emergency situation, I’m trying to prevent it. I move slowly, don’t take unnecessary risks and always keep an eye on the people around me for signs of distress. Not only does this prevent disaster, it means that when disaster takes place, I’m ready for it. </span></strong></p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb50'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30'>We think you’re being modest. You’re well versed in the fields of emergency and outdoor medicine. We even heard that you used a NanoGrid during a nighttime swift water rescue, tell us more about that.</h4><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-water-rescue.jpg?3242418637416897355'></div><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>I was working with a Search &amp; Rescue group in the Sierras when three kayakers went missing. After days of searching, we found the last kayaker across the river from us. I had to ferry the kayaker across a strong current of very cold water. It was very dark, we were all very tired, and didn’t want to lose him. I attached a </span><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-sitelight'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>SiteLight</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> to my life vest and one to the kayaker’s life vest. As we went across the river we were both visible as two separate people moving through the dark and if we got separated we’d still have a light on us. It was great to have lights that illuminate multiple directions and quickly adjust.</span></p><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'><i>(Keep in mind that BioLite’s SiteLights are water-resistant, not waterproof. If you’re planning to take them near the water, consider investing in a </i><a href='http://www.rei.com/c/dry-bags?ir=category%3Adry-bags&amp;pagesize=90&amp;r=c&amp;page=1&amp;gclid=CI2C3ZnCi8gCFUYTHwodnYgIJQ&amp;s_kwcid=sD3scq8WG_dc%7Cpcrid%7C77221793765%7Cpkw%7Crei+dry+bags%7Cpmt%7Ce%7Cgoogle%7Cmain%7CB'><i>dry bag</i></a><i>). </i></span></p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb50'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30'>Okay, let’s take this inside. Say we are stuck indoors during an emergency, what have you learned from your work outside that can help us prepare?</h4><p>Here are a few things that my outdoor training has taught me about preparedness indoors.</p><ul><li class='mt40'><strong>Be in a constant state of readiness</strong> <br><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>The work that I do on outdoor trips, in the emergency department and when I prepare my family for an emergency is all about planning. You can’t predict when a natural disaster hits, which means you may not be at home or everything at home may suddenly turn off. </span><span style='font-weight: 400;'>If you are already someone who enjoys the outdoors, then you’ve got a leg-up on a lot of people when the Zombie Apocalypse goes down. Same rules apply: keep it together, return to the basics, improvise and adapt.</span></p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Just like having batteries or knowing how to use your stove, a plan is only useful if it works. Officials in New Orleans said there was a plan for a disaster like Katrina, but it sat on a shelf somewhere for a long time. We practice fire drills with our kids. We talk about skills like CPR (or using an AED) or knowing how to call 911. When we get on a plane we ask them where the exits are, how many rows are in front of or behind us. Like keeping up your stove or replacing items in your first aid kit, you need to revisit a plan to make sure it still works.</span></strong></li><li class='mt40'><strong>Take advantage of technology </strong><br><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>A benefit to working and playing in a wilderness environment is the brief break those experiences provide from our reliance on technology. It makes you think about what options you might have (or not have, suddenly) if you were to lose electricity at home. That being said, electricity</span><span style='font-weight: 400;'> during an emergency is more important than ever before because it powers many tools that become useful in a scary situation. The smartphone has become an incredible tool for survival. During an indoor emergency, you may still be able to use it to coordinate help for yourself or others. You may need a map, light, or a picture or video of a loved one to get you through. You will need electricity for this. The great news is that, if your electricity comes from BioLite, you also have light (historically another major risk factor in psychological survival) and clean water (or popcorn).</span></strong></li></ul><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-powerlight-2.jpg?11495126794857731064'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-kettlecharge.jpg?11495126794857731064'></div><div class='clearfix'></div><ul><li class='mt40'><strong>Dedicate at least one well-lit area</strong><br><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>In a scary situation, light provides a security that is not matched by much else. You may not be able to build a campfire in your home but having a headlamp, flashlight or candles is a critical part of preparation. Don’t waste the little electricity that you do have but when the lights go out, but do make sure that you have a well-lit space.</span></p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>I love the </span><a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-powerlight'><span style='font-weight: 400;'>BioLite PowerLight</span></a><span style='font-weight: 400;'> because it meets the first criteria of wilderness medicine gear: it must be multi-purpose. The flashlight mode is good for moving through an unknown environment in the dark, and the lantern fills a room. And, of course, it’s also a power bank, which will charge the aforementioned phone. I use the SiteLights to mark a path between resources, or to set up better lighting for evaluation and patient management. </span></strong></li></ul><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-nanogrid-1.jpg?11495126794857731064'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-powerlight-1.jpg?11495126794857731064'></div><div class='clearfix'></div><ul><li class='mt40'><strong>Seek out others </strong><br><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Is going into the wilderness alone a good idea? It’s awesome, but if the universe shifts then you’re in big trouble. Seek out others in a disaster. Maybe you can help them, maybe they can help you. You will all benefit from the psychological support of companionship. </span><span style='font-weight: 400;'>If you are alone and stressed out you can become consumed by that anxiety. Give yourself a small project to distract yourself like building a fire or organizing a closet. </span></strong></li><li class='mt40'><strong><strong>Create a basic medical plan</strong></strong><p><span style='font-weight: 400;'>If you have a medical situation on your hands, call for help. If there’s no one around, you have to make one of three decisions: you can try to evaluate and help the person more, you can try to get the person to a place where there is more help, or you can leave the person to get help. If you are that person, then your options are a lot more limited. In both scenarios, keep calm. Don’t excite or agitate the injured person (yourself). Reassure them and carefully try to figure out what’s wrong with them. If it’s bleeding, put pressure on it. If it’s stuck in your body then leave it in for now. If it’s shaped funny, try to straighten it. If there’s no pulse then start chest compressions (no mouth-to-mouth anymore, just hard and fast chest compressions, so try to be sure there really wasn’t a pulse), unless there are a lot of injured people in which case you leave them and go on to someone with a pulse.</span></p><p><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>If you are interested in learning more, Gabriel suggests taking a course from the </span></i><a href='http://www.wms.org'><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Wilderness Medical Society</span></i></a><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>, </span></i><a href='http://www.nols.edu/'><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>NOLS</span></i></a><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'> or </span></i><a href='http://soloschools.com/'><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>SOLO</span></i></a><i><span style='font-weight: 400;'>.</span></i></p></li></ul></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/65329667-what-this-wilderness-physician-wants-you-to-know-about-indoor-emergencies", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/g-cade-water-rescue.jpg?11495126794857731064", "post_excerpt": "This is part two of BioLite’s Outdoors for the Indoors Series. Picture this, it’s the middle of the night and...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "63904707", "title": "6 PowerLight Bundle Hacks for your Next Power Outage", "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/NanoGrid_Hacks_Hero.jpg?6590914082648775683');'></div></section><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt40'>Quick ways to get light and power when you need them most.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full mt40 mb40'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>It's time to start preparing for severe weather season and the power outages that come with it. Power outages give you a lot to think about, what are you going to do with the food in your fridge? How will you stay warm? How do you plan to cook warm meals if you don’t have access to a gas stove? And importantly, how will you light your way? Candles and flashlights are handy but when the power is out for an extended period of time, it is a hassle to rely on so many different sources. Below, we’ve pulled together a few of our ways the PowerLight Bundle</span><span style='font-weight: 400;'> can help you the next time your lights go out.</span></strong></p><!-- Begin Multi Room --><hr class='mt30'><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='one-third' style='float: left; margin-bottom: 45px;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nanogrid-hacks-house_r2.png?16201758818607365347' style='width: 150px; height: 115px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt0 mb20'>The Multi-Room</h5></div><div class='two-thirds'><p>Most portable lighting systems have to be carried around with you from room to room but the PowerLight Bundle’s attachable <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-sitelight'>SiteLights</a> each extend up to 10 feet. <strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Light up your main living area, hallway and adjacent rooms all at once so that you can freely move about the space. As a bonus, you can turn off individual Sitelights when they aren’t being used without turning off the entire system.</span></strong></p></div></div></div><hr><!-- End Multi-Room --> <!-- Begin Sous Chef --><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='one-third' style='float: left;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nanogrid-hacks-souschef_r2.png?14432923223017164439' style='width: 150px; height: 92px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt0 mb20'>The Sous Chef</h5></div><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>Make it easier to find and prepare food by tying one Sitelight around the handle of a kitchen cabinet. You can use this light to either look around inside the cabinets or point downward at the counter for food prep.</span></strong></p></div></div></div><hr><!-- end Sous Chef --> <!-- Begin Shower Caddy --><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='one-third' style='float: left;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nanogrid-hacks-waterdrop_2.png?16201758818607365347' style='width: 150px; height: 97px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt0 mb20'>The Shower Caddy</h5></div><div class='two-thirds'><p>If you are still showering in the dark, use one of the water-resistant SiteLights to illuminate your bathtub and shower area by tying it around your mirror. Angle the light to bounce off the mirror and light up the room. You can also place the PowerLight in lantern mode on the edge of the sink or shelf.</p></div></div></div><hr><!-- End Shower Caddy --> <!-- Begin The Stairwell --><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='one-third' style='float: left;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nanogrid-hacks-stairs-2.png?3391377479596468170' style='width: 150px; height: 88px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt0 mb20'>The Stairwell</h5></div><div class='two-thirds'><p>Illuminate your staircase to avoid any unnecessary trips or falls. Use the torch function on your <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-powerlight'>PowerLight</a> to light your way up and down the stairs as you string Sitelights around your banister or place them on the foot of every few stairs.</p></div></div></div><hr><!-- End The Stairwell--> <!-- Begin The Hangout --><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='one-third' style='float: left;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nanogrid-hacks-hangout-2-2.png?16201758818607365347' style='width: 150px; height: 114px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt0 mb20'>The Hangout</h5></div><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong><span style='font-weight: 400;'>When the power goes out, it feels like we all have more time on our hands. Create the perfect atmosphere for spending quality time with your family and friends by turning on one panel of the PowerLight and hanging it off of a bottle on your main table. This will give you great task lighting while you tell stories, play games or eat meals.</span></strong></p></div></div></div><hr><!-- End The Hangout--> <!-- Begin The Porch Light --><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='one-third' style='float: left;'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/nanogrid-hacks-porchlight-2.png?12737107455969866231' style='width: 150px; height: 108px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt10 mb20'>The Porch Light</h5></div><div class='two-thirds'><p>Tie one SiteLight just outside the entrance to your home pointing at the stairs and doorway with the other pointing at the walkway. This will act as a porch light replacement for anyone walking up to your house and as an added bonus, provides a sense of security.</p></div></div></div><!-- End The Porch Light--> <!--end wrapper --></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: left;'>On top of these lighting hacks, the PowerLight Bundle has a 4400mAh battery that you can use to charge your phone and other USB devices. To conserve the battery life of your PowerLight Bundle, you can dim the PowerLight and SiteLight (most eyes adjust to lower light settings within just a few minutes).</p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50 mb40'><div class='two-thirds'><h6 class='primary text-center mt40'></h6><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' id='AddSingleToCartForm' action='/cart/add'></form></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt50'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em>What is your favorite PowerLight Bundle hack? Share it with us on <a href='https://twitter.com/biolitestove' target='_blank'>Twitter</a> or <a href='http://instagram.com/biolitestove/' target='_blank'>Instagram</a> using #EnergyEverywhere for the chance to have it added to this blog. </em></p><div class='blog-divider mt10'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full mt40 mb40'><div class='grid__item large--one-quarter pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/PowerLight_onBottle.jpg?6526304721212106163'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-quarter pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ig_nanogrid_perpetualnrg.jpg?3580704313934684867'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><a href='https://instagram.com/perpetualnrg/' target='_blank' title='Instagram User torywilliams'><em>@perpetualnrg</em></a></p></div><div class='grid__item large--one-quarter pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ig_phone_phamuelphoto.jpg?3580704313934684867'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><a href='https://instagram.com/phamuelphoto/' target='_blank' title='Instagram User torywilliams'><em>@phamuelphoto</em></a></p></div><div class='grid__item large--one-quarter pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ig_powerlight_torywilliams.jpg?3580704313934684867'><p class='light gray-warm mb10 ' style='font-size: 14px; text-align: center;'><a href='https://instagram.com/torywilliams/' target='_blank' title='Instagram User torywilliams'><em>@torywilliams</em></a></p></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/63904707-6-powerlight-bundle-hacks-for-your-next-power-outage", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/NanoGrid_Hacks_thumb.jpg?5177339909244180555", "post_excerpt": "Quick ways to get light and power when you need them most. It's time to start preparing for severe weather season and the...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-news-events" }, { "id": "61491715", "title": "Emergency Kit Essentials: Packing Primal", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>Part one of BioLite’s Outdoors for the Indoors Series. </em></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/emergency-kit-essentials-photo.jpg?4396546660785172440'><p class='light gray-warm mb30 ' style='font-size: 12px; text-align: center;'><a href='#kit' title='Emergency Kit Essnetials'>Scroll down to see the emergency kit essentials</a></p></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>Kevin Rosenberg is a long time mountain guide and survivalist who turned his love for the outdoors into a career helping people explore life outside. Kevin is no stranger to survival; during ROTC Ranger training and his time as a Navy pilot he discovered a passion for sleeping under the stars and relying upon himself in remote off-grid situations. A native to Brooklyn, he realized that his neighbors needed help accessing the outdoors and getting their hands on the right gear. He opened <a href='http://geartogooutfitters.com/'>Gear to Go Outfitters</a>, the only full service outfitter in Brooklyn, to offer locals trustworthy, high performing products and a knowledgeable staff who could support their outdoor adventures.</p><p>In between renting weekend getaway gear and issuing fishing licenses, Kevin leads backpacking expeditions around the world. Last year he spent 8 days on a solo scout of the Arctic Circle trail. Before leaving to take a group on the now-scouted route to Greenland this summer, he sat down to help us get set up for an urban survival situation.</p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb50'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30'>So, you’re an outdoorsman in Brooklyn... what's that like?</h4><p>Being based in Brooklyn opens up a wide range of outdoor areas for exploration. I don’t think most people realize that New York State is one of the most rural states in the union. Just 1.5 hours away from they city and you’re in the Hudson Highlands. Within 2.5 hours you have the Shawangunks, Catskills, and Berkshires. Within 5-6 hours you can be in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains of Vermont, or even the White Mountains of New Hampshire.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/kevin.jpg?4396546660785172440'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/crossroads.jpg?4396546660785172440'></div></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb50'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30 mt50'>You consider yourself a pretty well-trained survivalist - how do your experiences outdoors prepare you for times when you may be stuck inside during an emergency?</h4><p>In an urban emergency you need to focus on your <strong>primal needs</strong>: food, water, and shelter. This is exactly the same focus someone on a backpacking trip will have. Think about what hazards you expect to encounter in different disasters and how you are going to deal with them to protect your core needs. If clean water isn’t available, think about how you’ll purify it. If someone in your family has a special diet or medication, do you have enough supply? If your heat is off, do you have a way to stay warm? If you have to get out of the city, do you have a route planned out? Consider every situation you can and have a backup plan.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30 mt50'>Alright, let’s talk specifically about gear, what are your go-bag necessities?</h4></div><a name='kit'></a><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/emergency-kit-essentials-numbered.gif?843503488442993271'></div><p style='margin-bottom: 20px;'>A backpacking trip more so than a camping trip will let you know what you need and what you can do without. I like to keep my backpacking gear by my prep stuff so that if an emergency hits I’m ready to go. Here are few items that every go-bag should have:</p><ol><li><strong>Freeze dried or shelf stable food.</strong> If you’re backpacking you probably have freeze dried meals sitting around the house. They have a shelf life of years. Include other foods that only require you to boil water like pasta or ramen noodles. If disaster does strike, keep in mind that a lot of what people refrigerate doesn’t need to be kept cold. For example, eggs and hard cheese can last for weeks.</li><li><strong>Water. </strong> You can only survive without water for three days, so make sure you have plenty.</li><li><strong>Water purification tools.</strong> If you need to purify water, you can boil it or use chlorine dioxide drops.</li><li><strong>A headlamp/light.</strong> Lighting is always a key need and I definitely recommend LED lanterns over gas lanterns or candles.  </li><li><strong>A small folding knife.</strong> I think everyone goes for the scariest knife they see but that is not really the way to go. You can get a combination knife with a serrated and straight edge, just make sure it is good quality.</li><li><strong>First aid kit.</strong> <a href='https://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/' target='_blank' title='Adventure Medical Kits first aid kit for emergencies'>Adventure Medical</a> makes great, lightweight ones that are waterproof. You can also put one together yourself. Make sure you cover basic bleeding, basic medication, anti-diarrheal, benedryl for allergies, anti-inflammatory, gauze, band-aids, neosporin, quikclot, and anti-itch.</li><li><strong>Stove.</strong> <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove'>BioLite’s CampStove</a> is great because it can fit in a go-bag and doesn’t require fuel canisters. The outdoor industry is moving towards re-chargeable so having a stove that generates electricity means that you’ve got a renewable power-source while you cook or boil water. There are a lot of other stove options to choose from but keep in mind that most stoves are meant to be used outside only.</li><li><b><b><b>Sleeping Bag.</b></b></b><b><b><b><b> </b></b></b></b>If you have a sleeping bag, make it part of your go bag. A space blanket may come in handy if you don’t have a sleeping bag.</li><li><b><b>Synthetic or Wool Clothing. </b></b>If cotton clothing gets wet, it stays wet and draws heat away from you. All go-bag clothing should be synthetic or wool.</li></ol><p>One additional item that is nice to have, especially if you have children, is a morale booster. Consider throwing a deck of cards or a roll up checkers game that you’d take camping in your go-bag.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;' class='mb30 mt50'>A lot of go-bag lists get long quickly - is there any gear that we just don't need?</h4><p>Hatchets and Axes. Between my years in the military, my own backpacking experiences, and almost 7 years of guiding, I have never carried or needed a hatchet or an axe. I know they’re trendy right now but unless you’re planning to build a cabin or start selling firewood, leave the heavy tools behind and travel light. The most I’ll carry if I see a need to gather large amounts of firewood for a group is a pocket chainsaw. It’s relatively lightweight, inexpensive, and fits in a case about the size of a can of shoe polish.</p></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: center; background-color: #fdb813; padding: 10px;' class='pr30 pl30'><span style='color: #ffffff;'>OUTDOORS for the INDOORS is a three part Preparedness Month series highlighting how outdoor skills prepare you for indoor emergencies.<br> <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/introduction-to-preparedness' target='blank' style='color: #ffffff;'><strong> View the entire series here.</strong></a></span></p></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/61491715-emergency-kit-essentials-packing-primal", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/emergency-kit-essentials-photo.jpg?4396546660785172440", "post_excerpt": "Part one of BioLite’s Outdoors for the Indoors Series. Scroll down to see the emergency kit essentials Kevin Rosenberg is...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "30990467", "title": "Erinah's Story: Clean Cooking Across Generations", "tags": "emerging_markets,featured,mission_page,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Erinah_Hero.jpg?12224205173044765889');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'><span>BioLite HomeStove user Erinah Nabisubi aka Mama Box shares her story of using the Stove and spreading the word.</span></h5></div></div></div><div class='blog-divider'><em></em></div><div class='blog-divider'></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p style='text-align: center;'><em>In emerging markets, creating access to energy includes supporting financial programs that help potential owners afford their new technology. One such example is Erinah who was able to take advantage of a loan program to purchase four HomeStoves for both her business and her extended family.</em></p></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/WoodFuel_Erinah.jpg?12224205173044765889'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Erinah_Prepping.jpg?12224205173044765889'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>I am Erinah Nabisubi I work at Mulago Hospital. I'm a business woman - I have a canteen. This stove cooks very fast! I wanted to buy the HomeStove for my business so I could save money - and I decided to buy it for my family as well so they could save, too.</p><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Canteen_Erinah.jpg?12224205173044765889'></div></div></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><meta charset='utf-8'><p><span>I bought four stoves through microfinance last year. This made it much easier for me to get all of them at once - a year later, I have paid back all the loans now. I have one at my business, one at my auntie's, one at my mum's, and one at my grandfather's. We used to buy expensive charcoal or use a lot of firewood for a three stone fire. The three stone fire gave a lot of smoke - the HomeStove, we don't see any smoke. I don't know where the smoke goes! Now we use only small pieces of firewood and save money.</span></p><p>At night when the electricity is off, the Biolite HomeStove gives us light outside at the cooking area and we can charge our phones without waiting for power to come back. This boils water fast and my expectations were met. I have tested this - it is good. I am a very happy woman!</p><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Erinah_Cooking.jpg?12224205173044765889'></div></div></div></div><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Interested in more stories from Emerging Markets? Check out the <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/lab' target='_blank' title='lab Writer Website'>lab</a> and use the filter to find the articles you'd like to read. Have a story of your own? <a target='_blank' href='%22mailto:stories@biolitestove.com'>Send us yours</a>.</em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/30990467-erinahs-story-clean-cooking-across-generations", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Erinah_Cooking.jpg?2868676457200461016", "post_excerpt": "BioLite HomeStove user Erinah Nabisubi aka Mama Box shares her story of using the Stove and spreading the word. In...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "59233347", "title": "The Truck Stops Here: Roadtrip Roundup", "tags": "inside_biolite,stories,", "content": "<div class='wrapper mt10'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt10 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><h5 class='light gray-warm mt10'>Travel By Fire Wraps up after covering 4,500 miles in 60 days</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Searching for secluded campsites. Hiking to undocumented waterfalls. Grilling with local chefs. Spending nights under the stars. Faces sticky with s’more residue. Backflipping into foam pits with the Boy Scouts. Waiting for stubborn buffaloes to cross the interstate. Filling up our carbon neutral fire truck with vegetable oil. 60 days on the road flew by. </p><p>We met thousands of people along the way whose generosity, stories and enthusiasm for life outside powered us through. We could keep telling you about it, but the pictures speak much louder than our words. Here are a few of our favorite stops.</p></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds '><div class='slider'><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-kickoff-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Freeport, ME</strong> // Kicking things off at L.L.Bean’s Flagship Store. Hard to believe this was 60 days ago.</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-montreal-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Montreal, Canada</strong> // Making a bit of time to explore all that Montreal has to offer. May or may not have been allowed to park here...</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-brooklyn-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Brooklyn, NY</strong> // Epic NYC homecoming with a curbside cook out at Brooklyn Boulders. Luke and Will stuck around to help the team win our intense beach volleyball match on the pier. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-basspro-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Harrisburg, PA </strong>// We made a point to feed all unattended children s’mores with extra chocolate. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-boyscouts-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Bechtel Summit, WV</strong> // Stopped by to teach the Boy Scouts at Mountaineer Weekend. Stayed for the skatepark and foam pit. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-floydFest3-980.jpg?10367523723467383569' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Floyd, VA</strong> // In between feeding Floydfest attendees after each set and dancing with the late night DJs, there wasn’t much time for sleep. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-pledges-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Every stop</strong> // No matter who you are (or how old you are), we invited people all over the country (and beyond) to join BioLite’s Inaugural Off Grid Weekend. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-colorado-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Winter Park, Colorado </strong>// Couldn’t resist snapping this pic before spending the afternoon with Hideaway Park Brewery (where the one and only BaseCamp IPA was born).</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-moab-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Moab, UT</strong> // Found a secret camping location to test out some BioLite prototypes. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-OR-980.jpg?1168995342072251780' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Salt Lake City, UT</strong> // Brewing cowboy coffee for paddleboarders at Outdoor Retailer’s Open Air Demo Day.</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-jackson-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Jackson, WY </strong>// Mandatory pitstop to bask in the view of the Grand Tetons. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-buffalo-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>En route to Yellowstone, WY</strong> // Expect delays...buffalo crossing. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-yellowstone-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Yellowstone, WY</strong> // Started the day discovering undocumented waterfalls with Yellowstone Waterfall Project. Ended the day grilling with a local chef on our BaseCamp. </span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-seattle-980.jpg?15978200501582991785' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'><strong>Seattle, WA </strong>// Food trucks from across Seattle come together for an epic Street Food Festival that brought gourmet cooking to the outdoors.</span></div><div><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-mec-980.jpg?10367523723467383569' class='mb20'><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'>The tour wraps up this weekend at Pacific Crest Trail Days. Stay tuned for more photos.</span></div><div><span class='caption text-center' style='text-align: center; padding-top: 25px; padding-left: auto; padding-right: auto; margin-top: 25px;'></span></div></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><div class='blog-divider'></div><p class='text-center'><em>Baby is parked for the rest of the year but you can stay up to date on upcoming BioLite events and visits by following us on <a href='http://instagram.com/biolitestove' target='_blank' title='BioLite Instagram'>Instagram</a>, <a href='http://facebook.com/biolitestove' target='_blank' title='BioLite Facebook'>Facebook</a>, or <a href='mailto:info@biolitestove.com'>Email</a>.</em></p></div></div><section class='interstitial section-xlarge mt40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/TBF_interstitial_r5.jpg?1413075500492728572');'><div class='wrapper table'><div class='interstitial__content table-cell text-center'><h3 class='mt0 text-center'>Where should we go next?</h3><h6 class='light text-center'>Our sights are set on 2016 <br>Share your top stops with us and you might see it on next year's map</h6><footer class='mt40'><a href='http://instagram.com/biolitestove' class='btn btn-outline-white btn-icon'> <i class='icomoon icon-instagram' style='color: #fff;'></i> <span style='color: #fff;'>Instagram</span> </a> <a href='http://twitter.com/biolitestove' class='btn btn-outline-white btn-icon'> <i class='icomoon icon-twitter' style='color: #fff;'></i> <span style='padding-bottom: 1px; color: #fff;'>Twitter</span> </a></footer></div></div><div class='interstitial__overlay interstitial'></div></section>", "url": "/blogs/lab/59233347-the-truck-stops-here-roadtrip-roundup", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/tbf-kickoff-980.jpg?5722131180315193300", "post_excerpt": "Travel By Fire Wraps up after covering 4,500 miles in 60 days Searching for secluded campsites. Hiking to undocumented waterfalls....", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "54417411", "title": "One Year Off The Grid: Embracing Life As a Nomad", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium mb40'><div class='hero__image mb40' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-1.jpg?974428020916042348');'></div></section><div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p>Casey Sheppard lives at the intersection of art and adventure. She’s a self-taught <a href='http://www.caseofthenomads.com/art/#art-1' target='_blank'>metalsmith </a>who specializes in the production of wearable art. When she’s not forging together pieces of jewelry, she’s a freelance writer, mountain biker and most recently, she’s a nomad. Earlier this summer, she retrofitted a Ford Transit Connect into a camper and left her home in LA to connect with art and biking communities around the country.</p><p>Casey is the creator of <a href='http://www.caseofthenomads.com/' target='_blank'>Case of the Nomads</a>, a year-long exploration of America on the road and off the grid. We caught up with her during a pit stop in Montana to see what it takes to set life up for a year on the road.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-2b.jpg?12064007788652524637'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb40 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-3.jpg?974428020916042348'></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt20 mb20'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>We’ve got to know, what made you decide to pack up your life and hit the road for an entire year?</h4><p>I was trying to make myself happy by searching for the perfect job and the perfect apartment (I even moved from Nebraska to LA), but nothing was doing it for me. Finally, it came to a point where I needed to get out. It was an epiphany moment - I woke up at 4am in the morning and knew that I needed a change. The idea of an epic adventure had been eating at me my entire life and a year was totally out of my comfort zone, so I decided to get out there and start exploring and connecting with new communities.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>Talk to us about your mobile digs.</h4><p>LA is full of Ford Transits -- they are everywhere. It’s become a fad to convert a Ford Transit into a camper, so there are a lot of people to learn from <a href='https://www.google.com/search?q=converting+a+ford+transit+to+a+campervan&amp;oq=converting+a+ford+transit+to+a+campervan&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0.4060j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=91&amp;ie=UTF-8' target='_blank'>online.</a> Building out your van takes a really long time and there was a lot of guess and check, but my brother and I just dove in and figured it out.</p><p><strong> A few things you’ll find inside my van:</strong></p><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li>One bench seat with cushions that fold out into a bed.</li><li>One hand-pump sink.</li><li>One cooler.</li><li>One custom workspace for creative expression.</li><li>Plenty of easily accessible storage space.</li></ul><p> </p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-5.jpg?974428020916042348'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt40 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-6.jpg?974428020916042348'></div><div class='grid__item large mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-7.jpg?974428020916042348'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mb30'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>You’re a few months into the adventure, how is it going?</h4><p>I can’t believe it’s only been a month -- it feels like it has been five. It has been really amazing though. I never expected to connect and relate to as many people as I have. People are so willing to help me out, providing me with a bike tire, dog treats or a shower. A few weeks ago, I coached at <a href='http://www.rebeccarusch.com/gold-rusch-tour/tour-stop-4-wheel-girls/' target='_blank'>Rebecca Rush’s week long bike camp</a> and she let me camp in her driveway and her roommate made me dinner. I’m excited to continue meeting new people, hearing their stories and getting to know their communities. (That is the premise behind the trip).</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; padding-top: 30px; padding-bottom: 30px;'>How does living out of a van change your perspective on the outdoors?</h4><p>I was a bit nervous about animals, no toilet, and no running water but those aspects become so minuscule once you are on the road. I’ve gone places where I wake up to the most beautiful mountains and this nice breeze and you realize that nothing matters but this beautiful moment. When I’m not driving I’m outdoors camping, driving, hiking or walking, I can’t believe the beauty - I keep thinking of America the Beautiful. There is something about being alone in nature and getting to know who you are is really worth those few scary days because it just disappears.</p><p>On a side note: It is amazing how many things I took for granted. I remember going into a town after being completely off the grid for two weeks and thinking, ‘Woah water just comes out of the faucet? You can do your laundry? You can take a shower!’</p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mt40 mb40'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/casey-jones-8.jpg?974428020916042348');'></div></section><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mb30'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>How have the BioLite products been treating you?</h4><p>I’m in awe of my CampStove. I see other people cooking over campfires and I get really excited that I don’t have all that waste. It’s a bonus that everytime I cook, I can charge my phone without running my car’s battery down. My NanoGrid is great too, I hung it inside my van to use as reading light before I go to bed.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; padding-top: 30px; padding-bottom: 30px;'>Do have any advice for aspiring nomads?</h4><p>There is never a good time to pick up and go, so just do it. You’ll only regret not taking advantage of that nagging feeling.</p><p><strong>In case you decided to take Casey’s advice to heart, here are her top tips for a life on the road:</strong></p><ul style='padding-left: 50px;'><li><strong>Ease into your adventure.</strong><em> Go on mini-trips before you dive all the way in. Each time you go off the grid, push your comfort zone a bit further.</em></li><li><strong>Get to know your gear and let go of it.</strong><em> I made piles of what I absolutely had to have, what I wanted and things I didn’t need. I went through this process numerous times and still do almost every day.</em></li><li><strong>A few of Casey’s must-haves:</strong><ol><li>A Good First Aid Kit.</li><li>Plenty of Water.</li><li>An Atlas.</li><li>A trusty companion, India the Boxer.</li><li>Five Ten Hiking Boots.</li><li>BioLite CampStove + KettlePot.</li><li>BioLite NanoGrid.</li><li>One Tent.</li><li>GoPro and Camera.</li><li>Goal Zero Generator.</li><li>A good driving playlist.</li></ol></li><li><strong>Nothing will prepare you except the real deal.</strong><em> Being a nomad is a full time job. It is a bigger task than I anticipated but way more rewarding than I ever thought. I wake up in the morning and have to organize. I put my bed away so that I can cook breakfast, feed and walk the dog, and then reorganize because my space is so small. It’s really cool, you start to feel a sense of accomplishment when you are relying on yourself. </em></li><li><strong>Your community is all around. </strong><em>I mapped out a route that allows me to connect with communities that I want to work with. Once you’re on the road, there is a sense of community that I didn’t expect. When you’re out in the open you’re more willing to reach out and ask for help and people are much more willing to help because they are in the same situation. Be open to this and allow yourself space to roam. </em></li></ul><p> </p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><strong>Casey has a big trip ahead of her, if you’d like to to follow her travels or share any tips visit her <a href='http://www.caseofthenomads.com/' target='_blank' title='Case of the Nomads'>website.</a></strong></p></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/54417411-one-year-off-the-grid-embracing-life-as-a-nomad", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/AWomenAndHerDog_thumb.jpg?3962212321150848495", "post_excerpt": "Casey Sheppard lives at the intersection of art and adventure. She’s a self-taught metalsmith who specializes in the production of...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "55897027", "title": "Take a Tour: BioLite’s Off Grid Office", "tags": "inside_biolite,stories,", "content": "<div class='wrapper mt40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb10'><p style='text-align: center;'><em>BioLite’s newest workspace in the great outdoors</em></p></div><div class='blog-full mt20 mb30'><iframe width='980' height='551' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tdi7QVlj6o4' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen=''></iframe></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds '><p class='normal'>We’re in the business of helping people live safe, productive, and connected lives off grid. So getting outside and away from the grid on a regular basis is in an important way for us to stay connected to our users and focused on our mission of bringing Energy Everywhere.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>A Change of Scenery</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>“Whenever we spend time with customers, be it in emerging markets or at a campsite, we return with observations that even the best brainstorms couldn’t imagine,” says our Director of Design, Anton<em>.</em> By creating a similar experience the team can access regularly, we’ll gain a unique perspective into the every day challenges of energy-intensive tasks that we tend to take for granted.</p><p> </p><p>“We built a space that enables us to lead the lives we do in the office but under a different context, so we can connect with the people we create products for,” says Monte, BioLite’s Director of Engineering. “We’ll be cooking, charging, lighting, and communicating – but with constraints that make us think twice about the tools we choose and how we use our resources.”</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>X Marks The Spot</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/OffGridBuild_1.jpg?17906738205372653114');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p class='light gray-warm mb40' style='font-size: 12px;'><em>No electrical cords, no light pollution, just 10 acres completely off the grid.</em></p><p>The land surrounding our site is situated equal distance from the Catskills, Southern Adirondacks and Berkshires. Our new space is powered solely by alternative energy sources including solar panels and BioLite products (both from our existing line and new prototypes we are currently testing). Thanks to Elizabeth and <a href='http://www.mettabeefarm.com/'>Mettabee Farm</a> for graciously hosting us on their beautiful property.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Build Out</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>DIYers to our core, we designed and built the lab using our off grid site check list:</p><ul><li>10 acres of land</li><li>3 days to complete the build</li><li>15 team members</li><li>One 14' x 16' tent</li><li>4 solar panels outputting a total of 400W</li><li>5 CampStoves</li><li>3 BaseCamps</li><li>10 NanoGrid Systems</li><li>5 prototypes to test (Top Secret - more to come on these)</li></ul></div></div><div class='blog-full mt40 mb40'><div class='grid__item large--one-half pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/site-lab-photo254.jpg?3418375563853597823'><p class='light gray-warm mb30 ' style='font-size: 12px;'><em>Day one of the build out.</em></p></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/OffGridBuild_2.jpg?10929790098313358326'><p class='light gray-warm mb30' style='font-size: 12px;'><em>We’ll be sleeping, working, and testing under a single 14' x 16' tent</em></p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt40 mb40'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds '><h5 class='light gray-warm'>The Test Run: Off Grid Weekend</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>After months of planning and three days of construction, the site is ready to host the team. We’re headed up there this weekend, keep an eye out for #OffGridWeekend updates to see how we fared.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mt40 mb40'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/site-lab-photo147.jpg?2711641841861549701'><p class='light gray-warm mb10' style='font-size: 12px;'><em>An office with a view. </em></p></div></div></div><div class='wrapper mt50'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: center;' class='pr30 pl30'><em>Last chance to take the <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/off-grid-weekend'>Off Grid Weekend Pledge</a>. Join the global community and share your adventures by tagging #OffGridWeekend.</em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/55897027-take-a-tour-biolite-s-off-grid-office", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/OffGridBuild_thumb.jpg?3086999380704972178", "post_excerpt": "BioLite’s newest workspace in the great outdoors We’re in the business of helping people live safe, productive, and connected lives...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "27474755", "title": "BaseCamp Brews: Talking Shop with Hideaway Park Brewery", "tags": "inside_biolite,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/hideaway-Hero2.jpg?9097617466336482074');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'><span>This spring, Andy from Hideaway Brewery brewed up a special custom IPA on the </span><a href='http://biolitestove.com/basecamp'>BioLite BaseCamp</a><span>. We sat down with Andy to learn more about his history as a microbrewer and how it became the perfect complement to his life outdoors.</span></h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><p style='text-align: center;'><em>Special thanks to <a href='http://www.gregmionske.com/portraits/' target='_blank' title='Greg Mionske BioLite BaseCamp Brewing Photographer'>Greg Mionske</a> for the killer photographs of the brewing process.</em></p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'>Bring us up to speed – what’s your one minute bio?</h4><p>I spent eight years of traveling for work and finally decided it was time to get back out west. I landed in Denver and a buddy of mine and I started throwing around the idea of a brewery. We both felt like Winter Park could use a brewery and I was ready to get out of the city and into a smaller town. That’s how Hideaway got started.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Profile-Shot.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Profile2.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>How did you get into micro brewing?</h4><p>I started brewing back in college and then took a break for a couple of years while I was traveling. I got back into it when I moved to Denver and that’s when we decided to try and do it on a slightly larger, but still local, scale.</p><p>I first started going to small breweries when I was out in Bozeman, Montana. It was a blast: there were bluegrass bands, popcorn machines… it was a place you could go by yourself and you’d always run into someone you knew. A great little crowd of locals who just really wanted to spend time outside having fun but then enjoy a couple of beers at the end of the day.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/woodstack.jpg?9097617466336482074'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Chop.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/hideaway_hero.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div><div class='grid__item large mt20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/cooklongshot.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>What’s your connection to the outdoors? How does beer factor in?</h4><p>I’m big into biking and skiing and I try to get out camping and take bike trips. I live in a ski town so I have great access to resorts and backcountry. This job really allows for getting outside – you gotta work when it needs to get done, but I can also squeeze out for a couple of runs or a bike ride and make it back in time to brew or serve beer. It’s the best of both worlds right now.</p><p>Everybody loves hanging out on a nice sunny day and when you get to do that <em>and</em> make beer it’s really enjoyable. There’s a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’ so when you get to brew outside – like with the BaseCamp – it’s a really unique experience. If I could move my commercial brewery outside and make it sunny every single day, I’d do it. If you figure out how to do that, let me know.</p></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>Do you have a certain approach or philosophy when it comes to making beer?</h4><p>The Craft beer scene has really exploded – lot of places are specialty niche or a certain style of beer or extremely unique. I've always tried to take a classic approach, Classic American Style Ales. I try to stick with those classic styles and make as good of a beer as possible and being able to have a small tasting room allows me to do some different things- so we can take a classic style and then add a little twist to it here and there – it’s always fun to try something a little different.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mb20 mt20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/hoppellets.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mb20 mt20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/pourwort.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/taste.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 40px;'>What was it like making beer on the BaseCamp?</h4><p>Well, I’ve never made beer with wood before, so that was a first.</p><p>Cooking on the BaseCamp was like returning to my homebrew side, away from my commercial brewing side. You try to forget those behaviors and now here I am going back to it, trying to remember how to do it all on smaller scale and without all the fancy equipment.</p><p>It was a totally different experience, but a lot of fun. There’s no little knob to adjust the heat so you have to watch the fire and see how everything is reacting. It was really fun to set out all the ingredients, chop a bunch of logs and keep the fire going. It was a lot of work, but I got to do it on the porch at my house with my brother Sam and take a step back and relax a little bit – didn’t feel like work at all.</p><p>We did a few trials to make sure it would all work and we landed on taking a variation of our flagship beer recipe and making a few changes that would work better on a homebrew scale.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/up-close-pour.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Capping.jpg?9029814678734972003'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 20px;'>Okay, million dollar question – how do you think the BaseCamp brew turned out?</h4><p>Well, we saved a little bit of the remnants for ourselves and after tasting it… it turned out pretty good!</p><p>The beer itself is an India Pale Ale and considered almost like a west coast style IPA – it has a dry finish and a lot less of malt backbone to the beer. We try to make the hops front and center and really get those to stand out. It has a good bitterness and a strong hop profile and you could sit down and have a couple of them.</p><p>Overall I’m really happy with how the beer turned out and it was really cool to have a chance to be outside and brew up a small batch with a method I had never used. Now we just need to cook up some food on the BaseCamp to go along with the beer.</p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mt30'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Cheers.jpg?4571771913024849597');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Energy Everywhere:</em> is series from BioLite that highlights and celebrates members of the BioLite Community doing great things in the outdoors. <a href='https://www.biolitestove.com/pages/share-your-story'>Share your story</a> and you could be featured in our next post!</p></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/27474755-basecamp-brews-talking-shop-with-hideaway-park-brewery", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/hideaway-Hero2.jpg?5179762083977630806", "post_excerpt": "This spring, Andy from Hideaway Brewery brewed up a special custom IPA on the BioLite BaseCamp. We sat down with...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "42764483", "title": "Travel by Fire 2015: On the road, off the grid", "tags": "inside_biolite,news_events,stories,", "content": "<div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Last year <a href='http://bioliteroadshow.tumblr.com/' target='_blank' title='BioLite Travel By Fire 2014'>we put a converted vintage firetruck on the road</a> to showcase the possibilities of a new generation of energy. During those epic two months we climbed mountains, fired up hundreds of stoves, and met truly inspiring people with incredible stories all across the country. We fell in love with life on the road - and we're ready to do it again. </p><p>We’re thrilled to announce that<strong> Travel by Fire is back and better than ever</strong> - we've got some amazing destinations built into the itinerary this year - <a href='http://floydfest.com/' target='_blank' title='BioLite at Floyd Fest Music Festival Summer 2015'>FloydFest</a>, we're looking at you - and we look forward to cooking, charging, and lighting our days (and nights) off the grid for ourselves and fellow members of the BioLite community.</p><p>Come say hi when we roll through a town near you - better yet, snap a photo of the truck while you're there and you could even win some gear from the team.</p><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>The Trip</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/TBF_introBlog_hero.jpg?17858635546628315465');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds mt30'><p>Our roadtrip officially kicks off <strong>Sunday</strong> <strong>June 28th</strong> at <a href='http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1000001705' target='_blank' title='BioLite at LLBean Freeport'>L.L. Bean's Flagship store</a> in Freeport, Maine. From there, we head down the east coast before embarking across the country towards the Pacific Northwest. We’ll be spending time in National Parks, launching pop-up shops at festivals, and hosting cooking demos and gear clinics throughout the country. <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/travel-by-fire' title='Travel By Fire'>Check out our site </a>or tune into <a href='http://twitter.com/biolitestove'>Twitter</a>, <a href='http://instagram.com/biolitestove'>Instagram</a> and <a href='http://facebook.com/biolitestove'>Facebook</a> for announcements about special events and for schedule details about the tour! </p><a name='thetruck'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Meet Baby (our trusty mode of transportation)</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/TBF_thetruck_r3.jpg?5441557358433414669'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>After some impressive restorations, Baby, BioLite’s bright-red Japanese vegetable-oil-powered fire truck, is back on the road for her second Travel By Fire Tour. Running on good vibes and cooking oil, she’s a real trooper and has logged over 75,000 miles from prior trips to North, Central, and South America. There is much more to Baby than meets the eye. She has a rooftop tent, spiral staircase, concert-level sound system, and a spacious cockpit. Built with love from engineers and mechanics nationwide, Baby is the ideal vehicle to connect us with people interested in new forms of energy access.</p><a name='thedrivers'></a><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50 mb20'>Meet Luke &amp; Will (our drivers)</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/TBF_introBlog_meetTheGuys.jpg?17858635546628315465'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Fueled by a passion for adventure and curiosity for living life off-grid, Will and Luke will be manning our <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/travel-by-fire' title='Travel By Fire'>Travel by Fire tour</a>. Luke and Will are natives of Belfast, ME and incredibly talented engineers who have been busy ensuring that Baby is tuned up for her cross-country tour. They are excited to embark on a summer tour celebrating the off-grid lifestyle, bringing energy innovations around the country and as food lovers, can’t wait to try some great grub along the way. With a long history of tinkering with vehicles, these guys are the perfect drivers for the adventure ahead.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'>“Once when I was growing up, I put some vegetable oil in my uncle’s tractor to see what would happen.”</h4><p class='mt30'>“To my amazement, it worked! The only effect it had was making the fields smell like a fryolator,” says Luke. Luckily, this time around, putting vegetable oil in our truck will be part of his job (and won’t result in anyone smelling like french fries).</p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider mt50'></div><p style='text-align: center;'><em>Stay up to date with the tour by following <a href='https://instagram.com/explore/tags/travelbyfire/'>#TravelByFire.</a></em></p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/42764483-travel-by-fire-2015-on-the-road-off-the-grid", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/TBF_introBlog_thumb.jpg?4863239219802896484", "post_excerpt": "Last year we put a converted vintage firetruck on the road to showcase the possibilities of a new generation of energy. During...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "38700675", "title": "Students Think Big: BioLite at Big Idea Week 2015", "tags": "inside_biolite,news_events,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdeaWeek_2015_HERO.jpg?11902470220611106004');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'>This May, BioLite participated in the second annual <a href='http://www.bigideaweek.org/' target='_blank' title='BioLite NanoGrid at Big Idea Week in New York City'>Big Idea Week</a>, an event created by <a href='https://www.flocabulary.com/' target='_blank' title='Flocabulary Educational Hip Hop Learning'>Flocabulary </a>founder Alex Rappaport aimed at exposing kids to the possibilities of real world problem solving and the power of thinking big.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><meta charset='utf-8'><p>This year <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/shop' target='_blank' title='BioLite Products and Educational STEM Learning'>BioLite</a> showed up strong with five members of our team volunteering as mentors to the expanded ten-school program, reaching hundreds of 4th graders around BioLite’s home community of Brooklyn, New York. During the course of this week the kids got to meet professionals in a wide variety of fields.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Big_IdeaAnton_Presenting_BIW_Small.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_Interacting_BioLite_NanoGrid_BIW_Small.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'></div><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'>It's hard for a kid to want to be an astronaut if no one tells them what an astronaut does.</h4><p>The program kicked off with each mentor giving a brief presentation of his or her career and how they experience problem-solving daily in their job. This type of exposure not only showed kids a real-time application of how their education can impact their future, but it also showed them how many different kinds of opportunities all rely on creative thinking and collaboration. As one of our mentors Ryan put it, “It's really hard for a kid to want to be an astronaut if no one has ever told them what an astronaut does. Showing them what real world design and entrepreneurship looks like is the best motivation they can get.“</p><p>After the presentations were done, the imaginations started flowing.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_BioLite_Brainstorming_BIW_Small_1.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_BioLite_Brainstorming_BIW_Small_2.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'></div><p>Over the next several days, kids got together and applied their unique perspectives by coming up with practical (and sometimes not-so-practical) solutions. Mentors helped them prototype ideas and provided real-time feedback on their concepts.</p></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_BioLite_BIW_Process_4.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_BioLite_BIW_Brainstorming_3.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'></div><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'>Their ambition, their ideas, and their dreams are more grand than most adults...</h4><p>Anton, a BioLite mentor, was struck by how uninhibited the students were: “They have yet to be told what can and cannot be done so their ambition, their ideas and their dreams are more grand than most adults. This confidence also showed in the way they answered questions. No matter how closely related or far from the subject the questions were the young entrepreneurs answered them without skipping a beat as if these were actual business plans they knew inside out.”</p><p><strong>So what did the kids come up with? Some pretty impressive ideas...</strong></p></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_BIW_PresentationDay.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'></div><p> </p><p>Some of our favorite ideas were the ones that pointed to issues that needed solving in the community. <strong>'Senior Helper'</strong> was a phone service connecting elderly with young people for help in the home. <strong>'LR'</strong> stood for learn to read and was an advanced augmented reality app that helped children read a physical book with digital overlay of the definition of challenging words. <strong>“LUF”</strong> was a light up filter designed to help easily and cheaply provide purified water all over the globe.</p><p><strong>'The World Finder'</strong> was a satellite guided tracking system that would help find missing children and family members. When asked about how the system would be powered one of the students explained solar power in similar words as Elon Musk recently used, the student said 'the sun is like a giant nuclear reactor, but deadly'.</p><p>Additional favorites include <strong>“The Cat Caller,”</strong> a robot that entertains your pets while you’re gone (note the “drawn closely to scale” detail): And, being an energy company ourselves, we have to give a special shoutout to the <strong>“Mooving Outlet:”</strong> A portable charging station disguised as a cow, using solar panels to generate electricity and regular outlets to access it.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_Cat_Caller_Presentation.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_Moving_Outlet_Presentation.jpg?11902470220611106004'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'></div><p>Big Idea week was a mutually inspiring experience; students got to see cool jobs right in their backyard and our team was reminded and motivated by how uninhibited thinking can often see profoundly simple, yet powerful solutions. Just as the kids head back to the classroom with excitement and energy, we’re headed back to the lab inspired by what it means to dream big.</p></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium mt30'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BIW_Thank_You_Cards.jpg?2909617549693093055');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>Stay tuned for next week when we reveal Big Idea Week - Part II: The BioLite Office Tour</p><p>Looking to use BioLite products in your own STEM education initiatives? <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/contact' target='_blank' title='BioLite Energy Contact Us for Educational Experience'>Give us a shout</a>. We're happy to share our experiences of what works.</p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/38700675-students-think-big-biolite-at-big-idea-week-2015", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/BigIdea_BIW_BioLite_AntonWithKids.jpg?1911611998849866056", "post_excerpt": "This May, BioLite participated in the second annual Big Idea Week, an event created by Flocabulary founder Alex Rappaport aimed...", "lab_cycle": 330 , "icon": "icon-inside-biolite" }, { "id": "19305923", "title": "Energy Everywhere: A BioLite SuperMom", "tags": "stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margaret_Hero.JPG?5009125175282564706');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'>Margaret, Emily, and pup Bailey (above) enjoy a full month of camping every year.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><meta charset='utf-8'><p>This Mother's Day we're celebrating one of BioLite's most loyal users, Margaret and her daughter Emily. After years of receiving mouth-watering photos and inspiring stories from Margaret, we sat down with her to chat about her love for the outdoors and how she instills that in her family.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>So we already know you're a pretty impressive outdoor chef (pictures below), tell us a little bit more about you.</em></h4><p>I'm a 4th and 5th grade teacher but outside of work I volunteer for three local wildlife rehabilitation centers and monitor swans that are part of the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margaret_Swans.jpg?15447547027798396987'></div></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='clearfix'></div><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>How do you like to spend time outside as a family?</em></h4><p>We camp together for a month every summer. We have tent-camped in over 30 Ontario Parks over the past decade! Some of our trips are in campgrounds, others are paddle-in via canoe or kayak, some with portaging, some not. We also hike, snowshoe, take day trips to local parks and beaches and we have even taken our BioLite to the local park via bicycle!</p><p>Every couple of summers, we head up to the north shore of Lake Superior for two weeks. The lake is vast and wild and the sound of waves hitting the shore is good for the soul and rocks us to sleep at night. Here's a tip: we book months in advance so we can get sites on the shoreline.</p><p>At the end of this summer, Emily, who is 14, will have spent a year of her life sleeping in a tent - pretty cool stat. I also just took my 80 year old mom on a day trip to Mara Provincial Park where we made pizza for her on the BioLite CampStove (she thinks it's totally amazing).</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb15 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margaret_dogs.jpg?11671702291232639273'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb15 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/margaretsunset2.png?856254788152477643'></div><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margaret_Canoe.JPG?16172619730561813099'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>In the summers of 2013 and 2014 my daughter and I helped run several weekend open houses at Aspen Valley Wildlife Centre in Muskoka, Ontario. On these weekends we camped on the sanctuary grounds overnight right next to the Lynx and Bobcat enclosure (and we were serenaded to sleep by the sanctuary's wolves). On Saturday night and Sunday morning, using the BioLite CampStove, we cooked for the volunteers who feed and care for the orphaned and injured wildlife. We also used the BioLite as a tiny campfire which the volunteers gathered around in lawn chairs and enjoyed a nice time together.</p></div></div><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/Margaret_Apples2.JPG?7267296136635006220'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margaret_bowls.JPG?15690484336754370800'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='clearfix'></div><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>Some of our best stories have come from you, and over a long period of time - how long have you been using BioLite gear?</em></h4></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>We loved the concept of the stove and its link to helping others in developing nations! We wanted to be a part of that. We pre-ordered the CampStove before it even hit the market. Our BioLite goes on every trip and even on our day trips and picnics.</p><p>My daughter is quite enamored with the stove's ability to recharge her phone or iPod. We restrict the use of electronics in camp but she's given an opportunity to communicate with friends from time to time. I also like the fact that the stove could provide my phone with an emergency top-off if needed, even in the back country.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/Margaret_charge_phone.JPG?11671702291232639273'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='clearfix'></div><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>What have been some of your favorite experiences with your BioLite CampStove?</em></h4><p>Our BioLite has been on winter snowshoe hikes (making hot chocolate), canoe trips, campground camping trips, and trips to the beach. It's an all-season, all-occasion piece of equipment. We cook just about everything with our <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove'>CampStove</a>: pancakes, eggs, hot cinnamon rolls, soup, burgers, pizza - and with a little bit of practice the BioLite can cook at a lower temperature than most gas stoves which is helpful when making pastries (yes, pastries!).</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/margaret_cinnamon.JPG?11671702291232639273'></div></div><div class='clearfix'></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>As you probably guessed by now, we are huge outdoors people, and really into animals.</p><p>My daughter Em and I established a fund in memory of my late husband. To date, the Gordon Black Camp Fund has enabled 170 underprivileged children to attend summer camp at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Center.</p><p>Nature is a source of inspiration and solace to us. It is home... the place where we can spend quality time together, as a family... the place where we can rest, renew and refocus, amid the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.</p></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><hr style='border: 0; height: 2px; background: #e8e8e8; width: 50px;'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog main'><div class='two-thirds'><p><strong><em>We're inspired by Margaret's love for the outdoors, her family, and her commitment to helping kids and wildlife thrive. <br><br>In celebration of Margaret's work, now through Mother's Day (May 10), $5 of every CampStove or CampStove Bundle purchase will be donated to the <a target='_blank' href='http://www.wyemarsh.com/camp-sponsorship-fund'>Gordon Black Memorial Sponsorship fund</a> at Wye Marsh Wildlife Center.<br><br>Here's to Margaret and all the other supermoms out there.</em></strong></p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/MargaretsMission_Shoppage.jpg?6215283328035508579');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Energy Everywhere:</em> is series from BioLite that highlights and celebrates members of the BioLite Community doing great things in the outdoors. <a href='https://www.biolitestove.com/pages/share-your-story'>Share your story</a> and you could be featured in our next post!</p></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/19305923-energy-everywhere-a-biolite-supermom", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/MargaretBlog_thumb.jpg?14212450055180795429", "post_excerpt": "Margaret, Emily, and pup Bailey (above) enjoy a full month of camping every year. This Mother's Day we're celebrating one...", "lab_cycle": 420 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "19198955", "title": "User Story: Janet Apio Selling Water and a Charge", "tags": "emerging_markets,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_8780.JPG?7149307248835901384');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'>Every week our local teams in India and Uganda visit the homes of users to see how things are going – the following is a story straight from Janet Apio, one of BioLite's most loyal users in Uganda.</h5><div class='blog-divider'></div><meta charset='utf-8'><p>Hi - I am Janet Apio and I live in Komamboga central. If you want to visit me and you get lost in the neighborhood then you just ask for Mama Diana, the big lady who sells water. Because, as a business, I sell tap water.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/ApioSit.jpg?14285435276105947388'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_8797.JPG?1701158533794103789'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>I have spent one year using this BioLite HomeStove. I use the HomeStove the whole day. Everyday. Non-stop. I used to buy charcoal to cook my meals and to boil water. Now, I no longer buy or use charcoal. I buy firewood but I get the money from allowing my water customers to charge their phones on the stove while I am cooking. When they come to pick up water they realize they can leave their phone to charge. I can charge two or three phones in a day and I get 500 UGX for each phone charge. I always enjoy cooking my food and saving the money that I would spend on firewood since charging can do it for me.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_8760_1.JPG?173135518083148173718'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Before I got the biolite stove, I was using the traditional three stones but the wall of my house turned black as you can see. Blowing the three stone fire with a lot of smoke was also a big problem for us and this often resulted into headache.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/black_stains_caused_by_previous_charchoal_stove_non-biolite_3_1.JPG?7358486590108709478'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>It was also challenging during the rainy season with cooking on the three stones because it was always hard to shift cooking to the house and this most the times hindered us from preparing a meal whenever it rained but this is a problem no more with this movable biolite stove.</p><p>Ever since I got this stove and started using it, everyone in this village come to prove whether it’s true; it cooks, charges and can provide light for the children to study at night and they always question, where can we find this stove? I therefore appeal to the company to manufacture more and make them available such that my neighbors and other Ugandans can at least each have one for themselves.</p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMG_8651.JPG?14910134736143389278');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Interested in more stories from Emerging Markets? Check out the <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/lab' target='_blank' title='lab Writer Website'>lab</a> and use the filter to find the articles you'd like to read. Have a story of your own? <a target='_blank' href='%22mailto:stories@biolitestove.com'>Send us yours</a>.</em></p></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/19198955-user-story-janet-apio-selling-water-and-a-charge", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/userStory_apioJanet.jpg?7561092305009625876", "post_excerpt": "Every week our local teams in India and Uganda visit the homes of users to see how things are going...", "lab_cycle": 250 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, { "id": "19195419", "title": "Fire and Ice: A Closer Look at Cooking and Climate", "tags": "emerging_markets,inside_biolite,stories,", "content": "<section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/IMGP7503.jpg?18285306476604062021');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><h5 class='light gray-warm mt50'>In Search of the 21<sup>st</sup> Century, Dung-Fired Hearth</h5><center><p><em>A Special Earth Day Guest Post from Author Jonathan Mingle</em></p></center><div class='blog-divider'></div><p>In the course of researching my new book <a href='http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Ice-Solidarity-Survival-World/dp/1250029503/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406650800&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fire+and+ice+jonathan+mingle' title='Fire &amp; Ice Book'>Fire and Ice</a> – which tells the interconnected stories of the global health and climate impacts of black carbon pollution, and the inspiring efforts of a remote Himalayan village to reinvent itself - I spent a lot of time in smoke-filled kitchens, from India’s remote Zanskar region to China’s Yunnan Province to the Langtang Valley of Nepal.</p><p>In Zanskar one evening, I watched as my friend Zangmo baked bread in her kitchen, feeding dried cakes of dung into an open fire under a slab of stone. We both squinted through a steady stream of heavy smoke. The fumes quickly become too thick for me. “Don’t you find it hard to breathe?” I asked, coughing.</p><p>“Yes, my eyes feel it,” Zangmo said matter-of-factly, as she placed another circle of dough near the flames. “I feel the smoke.” (The Zanskari word for “smell” is the same as the word meaning “to feel” or “to sense.”) She sized me up with a concerned glance. “Go have some tea. The smoke isn’t good for you.'</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/cooking.jpg?9336919923520135877'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>It wasn't good for her, either. And it’s not good for almost three billion people worldwide – the 40 percent of humanity that burns wood, dung, coal, or agricultural waste in open hearths or simple stoves to make their meals - pretty much the same way people have cooked since before the invention of the alphabet.</p><p>In India, over two-thirds of all households burn cow dung and wood in their chulhas, simple mud stoves. In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, 80 to 90 percent of the population burns biomass. In many of those kitchens, the cooks (the vast majority of whom are women) are exposed to concentrations of dangerous fine particulates as high as 40 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limits. It’s a huge, largely overlooked epidemic.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>“It’s incredibly easy to say how awful this is in a sentence and a half,' Jacob Moss, the director of Cookstove Initiatives at the U.S. State Department, told me. 'It’s incredibly hard to solve it.'</em></h4><br><br><p>The awful part: the Global Burden of Disease study released in 2012 estimated that 3.5 million people die prematurely from respiratory illness, cardiac disease, cancer, and other illnesses due to exposure to indoor air pollution, while another half a million die every year from exposure to smoke that escapes kitchens into the outside ambient air. In China, those particles kill 1.2 million people every year; in India, at least 1 million prematurely.</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pr10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/carrying3.jpg?5142694285256841285'></div><div class='grid__item large--one-half mt20 mb20 pl10'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/MakingBread2.jpg?10124922822950567309'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>To solve it would mean helping those three billion who cook with solid fuels in simple stoves get access to truly clean cooking technologies. It’s much easier said than done. Cooking practices vary as widely as the people who practice them. Designing, manufacturing, distributing, selling and then maintaining clean biomass stoves across many different cultures and economic contexts, from Zanskar to Zambia, is a “wicked problem.”</p><p>But it’s one worth tackling. When I visited Dr. Stenzin Namgyal, one of Zanskar’s three doctors, he told me that respiratory problems caused by exposure to indoor smoke was the number one problem among the patients he saw. Cases of child pneumonia were a particular concern.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>“In Zanskar the chronic diseases, the chronic pulmonary diseases, they are because of smoke,” he explained. “I see more women with obstructive problems, more women than men with these problems.'</em></h4><br><br><p>If he had a bigger budget, he told me, he “would try to improve the ventilation condition of the kitchen in every household. We would do some evaluation of how to ventilate the kitchen, how you can get a better chulha, so it can be more effective, less smoke and more combustion.”</p></div></div><div class='blog-full'><div class='grid__item large mb20'><img src='https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/MemeChadar2.jpg?9336919923520135877'></div></div><div class='two-thirds blog-main'><div class='two-thirds'><p>Less smoke and more combustion – it could be a succinct mission statement for the creators of BioLite’s HomeStove, which uses similar technology as its CampStove. It’s still being tested in a variety of settings, including eastern India. A few years ago I asked Jonathan Cedar, the co-inventor of the stove, if it could burn yak dung for high-altitude communities. 'I don't know,' he replied, 'but why not? You should try it.'</p><p>So I took a BioLite CampStove to Ladakh and Zanskar, in the Indian Himalaya. I showed it to Zangmo one evening in her kitchen. We loaded it up with willow twigs, burtse (a local kind of sage), and yak dung and set it alight. It smoked a bit at first, but once it got going it boiled water for tea quickly. “It cooks very fast,” Zangmo said. “And it looks nice.” Then she got down to brass tacks: “But how much does it cost?”</p><p>When I told her she whistled in surprise: 'Too much!' (The <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/products/biolite-campstove'>CampStove</a> is designed and priced for the recreation market in industrialized countries, so it’s not an entirely fair comparison.) So I asked what she would pay for a similar device. 1,500 rupees, max, she said. About thirty dollars (at the time). <em>[editor's note: The <a href='http://www.biolitestove.com/pages/mission'>BioLite HomeStove</a> is a larger format cookstove designed for Emerging Markets and, thanks to BioLite's Parallel Innovation model, is offered at a much lower price point, helping get this clean cooking technology to households that need it most.]</em></p><p>I later went to visit my old friend, an engineer, solar designer, and inveterate tinkerer named Wangchuk, near the city of Leh in Ladakh. We set it up in the kitchen of the school he founded, where giant solar reflectors cook most of the meals. We dropped some pieces of dried cow dung down on top of a few burning sticks. It lit immediately, and the flames turned from yellow to greenish blue. We boiled water for milk tea in about a minute. Wangchuk’s eyes lit up.</p><p>“Amazing!” he exclaimed. The elegant, simple genius of the thermoelectric generator— using the fire’s own excess heat to power a fan to improve combustion in a feedback loop that burns off all the dark particles and turns them to current, then light in another form— appealed to his practical engineer’s mindset, and aligned with his aversion to waste in all its incarnations. He wanted to figure out how the stove worked and make a bigger version of his own for the campus. He cradled the device in his hands like a child on Christmas morning.</p><h4 style='border-left: 5px solid #e8e8e8; padding-left: 10px;'><em>“This is development that I like!”</em></h4><br><br><p>I also showed the stove to my friend Urgain, in Zanskar, another veteran tinkerer and jack-of-all-trades. He was impressed enough to deploy his trademark, all-purpose exclamation for approval and surprise: “Oh ho!”</p><p>“Wood gas! Very interesting - and you can find wood everywhere,” he said, unwittingly echoing BioLite’s slogan (“Energy everywhere”).</p><p>My Ladakh and Zanskari friends’ reactions demonstrate that there are opportunities – there really is energy, and interest in harnessing it, everywhere - and there are obstacles – e.g., understanding the cultural context of how people cook and the different fuels they depend on, figuring out how to balance the sometimes competing values of convenience, durability, aesthetics and cost.</p><p>I don’t know if BioLite’s stoves will be the answer to this wicked problem in remote places like Zanskar, where the thin high-altitude air, relative scarcity of energy dense fuel, and need for space heating during extremely cold winters combine to demand a very tailored solution. It will be instructive to watch what happens when the HomeStove finally reaches the market in India. The proof of its viability as a clean cooking solution will boil down (pardon the pun) to two key metrics: whether it dramatically reduces dangerous smoke emissions, and whether many customers like Zangmo want to buy one, and keep using it.</p><p>But more broadly, I’m confident that approaches like BioLite’s – that seek to upgrade the primeval hearth by harnessing modern technology and design principles that puts the user’s needs first – are a critical piece of the solution to the global scourge of household air pollution. We need to accelerate and multiply our these kinds of efforts to help the three billion people who still burn coal, dung and wood every day - just to survive - finally breathe easier.</p></div></div><section class='hero hero--xmedium'><div class='hero__image' style='background-image: url('https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/hero.jpeg?17531723318253527495');'></div></section><div class='wrapper'><div class='two-thirds blog-main text-center mt30'><div class='two-thirds'><div class='blog-divider'></div><p><em>Jonathan Mingle is a freelance writer who’s worked extensively in the Himalaya. This guest post is adapted from his new book, Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World. You can learn more about the book at his website: <a href='http://www.charlotteaustin.com/' target='_blank' title='Charlotte Austin Adventure Writer Website'>www.jonathanmingle.com</a>.</em></p><div></div></div></div></div></div>", "url": "/blogs/lab/19195419-fire-and-ice-a-closer-look-at-cooking-and-climate", "featured_image": "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0666/9741/files/fireandice_thumb.jpg?47676052234977934", "post_excerpt": "In Search of the 21st Century, Dung-Fired Hearth A Special Earth Day Guest Post from Author Jonathan Mingle In the...", "lab_cycle": 300 , "icon": "icon-user-stories" }, {"title": "","tags": "","content": "", "featured_image": "", "post_excerpt": ""} ] }