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# 106073 17-Jul-2012 18:22
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Not tried it out yet.

First impressions is that the build quality is not bad, have to see how it lasts over time.

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  # 657190 17-Jul-2012 19:27
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My stove arrived just over a month ago (got in on the first pre-pre-order wave) and although it has its downsides, it is a pretty impressive unit.

Not quite as easy (or clean) as your basic portable butane camping stove.

You can't just 'turn it on', then 'turn it off'. It's more of a 'do a few minutes of prep' to start it and then wait a few more minutes for the embers to form a good base. Once it's up and running it hums along quite nicely. You only have to put a few "BioLite sized" bits of wood in every 5 minutes or so.

When you're all finished with it, you need to turn the fan off. Most times the fan will restart automatically to prevent the side unit from over-heating. I'm pretty sure it turns off when it is safe to do so.
After that, you can either wait for the remaining embers to burn down, or you can dig a hole, chuck the embers in, and then cover it with water then back over with dirt.

It uses remarkably little firewood considering the heat it puts out.

The USB charging function seems to work well, but I have noticed when the heat goes down in the fire chamber (i.e. down to nearly embers/coals burning in the bottom) the light that tells you the USB is able to charge stuff goes off (actually from green=good to go, to orange=not ready).

When you have a pot on top, it feels relatively stable.

I've just copy and pasted the above text in to this original thread I started for the purpose of unlocking the thread.

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  # 657310 17-Jul-2012 23:36
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I'm itching to take it apart to find out how it works :-)

But I shall restraint myself!


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  # 657324 18-Jul-2012 00:40
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Yeah, I took the side unit off the other day and noticed it had stock standard philips screwdriver heads, but I managed to resist as well.
I get the feeling there will be something inside that won't go back together if I tried. ;)

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  # 657520 18-Jul-2012 11:24
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Wouldn't it just be a heat exchanger unit like a peltier or similar?

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  # 657588 18-Jul-2012 12:47
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stevenz: Wouldn't it just be a heat exchanger unit like a peltier or similar?

Agree, pretty sure it will just be a peltier, perhaps with a cleverly designed cold side to make it space efficient (or perhaps it's just low power, anybody done a test to see what sort of power it's generating under load?)

Not uncommon for people to DIY build this type of power generation to run off campfires and the like.

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