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Our Mission & Story

BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean safe and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights off-grid. We feel a strong sense of responsibility not just to develop products that work well but also to create businesses that make a positive contribution to the global community.

We believe in market-based approaches to poverty alleviation. By creating solutions that are effective, affordable and desirable to the end user, we can reach more people more effectively. Sales of the CampStove help to support the one-time market establishment costs for the HomeStove. This is not charity, or a one-for-one model, but simply the capital needed to incubate self-sustained energy access for the people who need it most.

The BioLite team together has over 30 years of product development experience and holds more than 30 utility patents. Previous clients include OXO, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Lego, Church and Dwight, Pepsi, GE, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Motorola, and Bosch. More than 90% of our developed products have gone on to be successful in the market.

BioLite’s Origin

Invented by Alexander Drummond and Jonathan Cedar, the BioLite stove technology was inspired by a philosophy of applying efficient design to real world problems.

Alec and Jonathan met at the design consultancy Smart Design in New York City, where they quickly bonded over their interest in sustainable design in 2006. Alec, frustrated that all efficient camping stoves required petroleum fuel or batteries, had the idea of a wood-burning stove able to utilize its own thermal energy. Jonathan, an avid camper, quickly brought his engineering background to the table and the two began the design process. Countless nights, weekends, and prototypes later, the BioLite Camp Stove was born.

Our Products

BioLite CampStove™

The BioLite CampStove, designed for outdoor adventure and emergency preparedness, makes cooking on wood as clean, safe and easy as petroleum fuels while powering electronics off-grid.
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BioLite HomeStove™

The BioLite HomeStove, designed for the 3 billion people worldwide who cook on smoky, open fires, provides LPG-like cooking performance while serving as an affordable source of electricity to charge life changing devices such as mobile phones and LED lights.
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BioLite was built by many hands and we want to say thank you to the incredible partners who helped give us our start.

Smart Design

Smart Design supported our efforts from their earliest inception offering both facilities and guidance as we nurtured our early concepts. But more importantly Smart helped train our founding team to be thoughtful designers, skilled engineers, and critical-thinking entrepreneurs.

Meridian Design

Meridian Design, led by Kurt Kuhlman and Dan Mathews, created the first circuits designs which enabled our stoves to both burn cleanly and also charge phones. If you look carefully, you can find their fingerprints on many of the most innovative electronics bringing power to developing markets

Aprovecho Research Center

Aprovecho Research Center, led by Dean Still, introduced us to the urgent need for stoves in emerging markets, helped us build our first HomeStove prototypes, and gave us our first tools to quantify our emissions and performance. Their thought leadership, energy and patience have been a driving force in putting clean cooking on the global health agenda.

Suva Design

Suva Design team, led by Tim Showalter and Natalya Bagrova, built our website and ecommerce platforms while helping to refine our visual design language. Their thoughtful feedback, seamless integration with our team and, of course, beautiful design have made them a wonderful partner.