Our Story

History

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 a company that make a positive contribution to the global community. BioLite was founded by Alec Drummond and Jonathan Cedar. Our flagship 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 CampStove was born.

Fast forward to 2015 and The BioLite team has grown to 38 full time members and together has over 50 years of product development experience and holds more than 30 utility patents.

Team

  • Best Adventure

    Biking the continental divide trail in Colorado.
Jonathan

  • Best Adventure

    Hitchhiking on sailboats through the Mediterranean for two months trying to get to Africa, which I never did.
Alec

  • Favorite Hike

    Edgewood Park, Redwood City doesn't boast a gaudy "climate best by government test" neon sign for no reason!
Adrian

  • Best Adventure

    Trekking around Annapurna in Nepal on foot from the tropics to the glacier over three weeks.
Anton

  • Best Adventure

    Rafting on the Nile.
Caleb

  • Favorite Place To Hike

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Big Sur. The inner ring of the hike is super silent and incredibly calming.
Erica

  • Best Adventure

    Rowing 190 KM from Oxford to London.
Ethan

  • Best Adventure

    Running the Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia.
Monte

  • Favorite Thing To Cook on a CampStove

    S'Mores, s'more and more s'mores.
Rachel

  • Best Adventure

    Sailing to Hawai'i and back from California with my dad as part of the 100th anniversary TransPac race. Great combination of excitement, competition, reflection, and occasional terror.
Steve

  • Best Adventure

    Climbing to the summit of Grand Teton with my father on his birthday.
Whitney

  • Favorite Outdoor Activity

    I think my best out door activity or activities is traveling and visiting new places. Above all, I like learning new things every other day!
Andrew A

  • Best Adventure

    Hiking in the Alps near Innsbruck.
Andrew L

  • Best Adventure

    Cycling through the Balkans: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia.
Arley

  • Best Adventure

    Trekking at Khandala mountain in Mumbai during the rainy season with my best friend and having boiled corn at the mountain top.
Ashok

  • Favorite Place to Camp

    Atop Lamb's rock in Coonoor overlooking the tea and coffee plantations of the Western Ghats of India..
Avinash

  • Best Adventure

    Three day hike in the Trinity Alps, no tent, sleeping under the stars next to glacial lakes.
Ben

  • Best Adventure

    Living and traveling solo through Europe for 4 months.
Blake

  • Best Adventure

    Five days of backpacking in the Grand Canyon.
Dale

  • Favorite Place to Hike

    Mount Longonot (Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya)
Diana

  • Best Adventure

    Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Western Uganda.
Gerald

  • Best Adventure

    Monkey Mia to Bottle Bay Ocean Kayaking (Shark Bay - Western Australia).
James

  • Best Adventure

    Canoeing through the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Jan

  • Best Place to Hike

    West of the Mississippi - Yosemite. East of the Mississippi - the Ohio Pyle area of Western PA is an underrated spot.
Jonah

  • Best Adventure

    Exploring the Bellamar Caves in Cuba.
Jorge

  • Favorite Thing to Cook on a BaseCamp

    There's nothing like grilled slices of summer sausage.
Kelly

  • Favorite Place to Hike

    Gilbert Peak located in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in the southern Washington Cascades.
Lorrie

  • Best Adventure

    Rock climbing in Eastern Washington for a week - full of fun and rattle snakes...
Mika

  • Favorite Outdoor Activities

    Snowboarding, biking, and geocaching.
Mike

  • Favorite Place To Camp

    Little Tybee, off the coast of Tybee Island, Georgia. You have to arrive by boat or kayak, and it's a great off-peak camping option.
Mindy

  • Best Adventure

    Sailing the Atlantic Ocean with wild summer squalls and navigating the Pillars of Hercules that mark the strait of Gibraltar.
Nick

  • Best Adventure

    Trekking the Hemkund glacier, nested in the Himalayas at -10 celcius, to reach the Hemkund Sahib pilgrimage site.
Nirab

  • Favorite Place to Hike

    The gorges in Big Sur California.
Ryan

  • Favorite Hike

    Second Falls - Graveyard Fields in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Seth

  • Favorite Thing to Cook on BaseCamp

    Shellfish Medley - shrimp, lobster, clams, scallops, fresh herbs, olive oil.
Tim

  • Best Adventure

    Four months driving from San Francisco to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Tracy

  • Favorite Thing To Cook

    Paneer tikka grilled on the BaseCamp, and chai and roasted papad on the CampStove.
Venky

  • Best Adventure

    Trekking around El Chalten (or Fitz Roy) in Patagonia.
Zack

Fellows & Interns

  • Best Adventure

    Biking around the Rif Mountains in Morocco.
Anna

  • Best Adventure

    Rafting in Bali, Indonesia.
Hong-Ying

  • Favorite Hike

    The Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado.
Joey

  • Best Adventure

    Sailing the Caribbean Sea as an amateur, during the monsoon!
Riti

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