BioLite HomeStove
BioLite HomeStove

Designed for the 3 billion people worldwide who cook on smoky, open fires, the BioLite HomeStove is a low-cost, high-quality biomass cookstove that provides users with on-demand electricity capable of charging mobile phones and LED lights through an on-board USB port.

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Indoor emissions
Information for consumers
Maximum pot capacity
10 L
Approximate lifetime
5 years
People fed per meal
Pot type accommodated
(Flat bottom/Round bottom)
Countries deployed
Ghana, India, Uganda
Common foods cooked
India: A wide range of North and South Indian dishes, including roti, rice, dal, lentils, potato ; Sub-Saharan Africa: Rice, beans, corn meal (posho / uguali/ fufu), Millet (kalo), plantain, green banana (matoke), potato, sweet potato, cassava
Manufacturer's warranty available?
Warranty details
1 year limited product warranty: BioLite, LLC warrants that the BioLite HomeStove will be free from defects in workmanship and materials under normal use for a period of one (1) year from the original purchase date.
General information
Manufactured in
Suggested retail price
USD 40-70
On the market
Dimensions (l/w/h)
270/270/310 mm
8.0 kg
Shipping dimensions
355/335/345 mm
Shipping weight
8.0 kg
Local assembly possible?
Includes instructions?
Other information
USB Power Output: Peak: 1.5W @ 5V

Compatible Devices: Powers most USB-chargeable devices including LED lights and mobile phones

Charging Time: 20 minutes of charging provides 60 minutes of talk time (based on Nokia 101 - charging times vary by device and by strength of fire)

Boil Time: 5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water, 20 minutes to boil 5 liters. (varies based on strength of fire)

Fan, Thermoelectric generator, Non-traditional, Household, Portable, Side-feed, Pot skirt
Crop residues, Dung, Wood
Performance details
IWA emissions  
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
IWA high power CO 1.0 g/MJ-del 1.0 g/MJ-del 1
IWA high power PM 155.0 mg/MJ-del 155.0 mg/MJ-del 1
IWA low power CO 0.07 g/min/L 0.07 g/min/L 1
IWA low power PM 1.4 mg/min/L 1.4 mg/min/L 1
IWA efficiency  
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
IWA high power thermal efficiency 33.0 % 33.0 % 1
IWA low power specific consumption 0.027 MJ/min/L 0.027 MJ/min/L 1
IWA indoor emissions  
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
IWA high power indoor CO 0.07 g/min 0.07 g/min 1
IWA low power indoor CO 0.28 g/min 0.28 g/min 1
IWA high power indoor PM 12.3 mg/min 12.3 mg/min 1
IWA low power indoor PM 6.0 mg/min 6.0 mg/min 1
Efficiency, energy consumption and fuel use
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
Temp-corrected specific consumption cold start 69.7 g/L 69.7 g/L 1
Temp-corrected specific energy cons cold start 1277.0 kJ/L 1277.0 kJ/L 1
Burning rate hot start 14.3 g/min 14.3 g/min 1
Burning rate cold start 11.7 g/min 11.7 g/min 1
Burning rate simmer 6.4 g/min 6.4 g/min 1
Average thermal efficiency 36.92 % 36.92 % 1
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
Cold start firepower 1313.0 W 1313.0 W 1
Average power output 1680.0 W 1680.0 W 1
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
BC emissions factor (2) 0.557 g/kg fuel 0.69 g/kg fuel 2
PM2.5 emissions factor (2) 0.566 g/kg fuel 0.566 g/kg fuel 1
CO emissions factor (2) 4.72 g/kg fuel 4.72 g/kg fuel 1
CH4 emissions factor (2) 0.12 g/kg fuel 0.12 g/kg fuel 1
OC emissions factor (2) 0.196 g/kg fuel 2.4 g/kg fuel 2
CO2 emissions factor (2) 1213.0 g/kg fuel 1213.0 g/kg fuel 1
Average CO 0.91 g/MJ-del 0.91 g/MJ-del 1
Average PM 120.02 mg/MJ-del 120.02 mg/MJ-del 1
EC emissions factor (2) 0.5176 g/kg fuel 0.5176 g/kg fuel 1
BC emissions factor (1) 0.038 g/MJ 0.038 g/MJ 1
CCT/UCT metrics
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
Specific consumption (fuel) 114.0 g fuel/kg food 114.0 g fuel/kg food 1
Time to cook food 51.0 min 51.0 min 1
Test Conditions Metrics
Metric Min value Max value Number of tests
Weight remaining char 116.0 g 116.0 g 1