BioLite Campstove 2 Full Kettle Water Boil - Time And Wood Used

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BioLite Campstove 2 Full Kettle Water Boil - Time And Wood Used

BioLite Stove 2 Full Kettle Water Boil - Time and Wood Used

How long does it take to boil a full BioLite kettle of water with a BioLite Campstove 2? I also want to know exactly how much wood it will take to bring the water to a rolling boil.


I used regular sticks and kindling to get it started rather than the biolite bricks that come with the unit. I do not include those sticks in the total amount of wood used for the project. I chopped a couple hardwood logs into twenty small squares and fed those into the BioLite Campstove 2.

How Long Did it Take to Boil the Water?

At first the fire emits some smoke, but as soon as the flame takes off it becomes completely smokeless, which is an awesome feature. It took ten minutes to reach a consistent operating temperature; I wanted to know it was operating at full power for the sake of this test.


At this point, I placed a full kettle (six cups) of water atop the unit. I did not completely secure the lid to the kettle as I would be opening it periodically to take a look with the camera.


If you’re boiling to disinfect your water, be sure it stays at a rolling boil for at least five minutes. It took about 25 minutes from the moment I lit the flame to the moment the water came to a rolling boil. I put the kettle on at ten minutes, so it took about fifteen minutes to boil six cups of water. A good rule of thumb is 6 cups = 15 mins; 4 cups = 10 mins; 2 cups = 5 mins.

How Much Wood Did it Use?

I chopped up two hardwood logs, and ultimately used sixteen small pieces of wood (slightly larger than the size of a bic lighter). If you’re in the wild using sticks and twigs you’ll have to tend to the fire more often because the sticks will burn faster, but that estimate should give you some indication of the biomass you would need to boil a full kettle of water.

Where to Get a BioLite Campstove 2

Check out THIS LINK for some cool BioLite accessories. Check out these other BioLite Campstove 2 VIDEOS TO LEARN MORE about the device and all it can do. As always, thanks for reading and Happy Camping!