Well basically I’m not sure how they are making enough power to charge a phone for that price, I suspect it won’t charge most smart phones or they will be using very low end thermoelectric power generating cells, in which case I’d be very worried about it working for very long. Low end cells do not have very high operating temps, they have a limit, and when they reach it the semiconductors inside are junk. I’m not seeing where it will tell you if you are running the risk of damaging the thermo electric cells. I’m by no means saying they won’t make it work, I’m surprised everyday by what others are putting out, and I’m just genuinely curious how they are dealing with those two issues at that price point.
Well basically I’m not sure how they are making enough power to charge a phone for that price, I suspect it won’t charge most smart phones or they will be using very low end thermoelectric power generating cells, in which case I’d be very worried about it working for very long. " +1 Very interesting idea though. I find it a little funny that they are marketing the carbon footprint angle. Burning wood releases carbon. The materials in the product contain carbon. The manufacturing process that creates the metals and plastic in the assembled product are high carbon footprint processes. If it is made elsewhere - it has a high embodied energy quotient and carbon footprint. I'm not saying it wouldn't a worthwhile product -I just think some of the touted benefits are more marketing and not wholly true. Somewhat misleading.
As the wood and/or other vegetable matter decomposes most of the carbon is slowly absorbed and sequestered back into the organic matter - soil, grasses, trees, other living things, etc.
I'm not against burning wood, I like a fire as much as the next person - I was reacting to seemingly growing trend of marketing everything from a green or sustainable angle even when some of the claims are fairly fine shavings.
I'm still going to wait until someone here on this forum actually has one in their possession, and gives us a review. I guess I'm always a bit skeptical about new, flashy items.......that nobody yet owns.
OK. There are now quite a few youtube reviews on this stove. Iinitially it looks really cool as a a gadget. A little heavy for hiking, but in the boat, should be just fine. I have no idea about longevity or high end vs low end thermo generator components.
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