Q:

BioLite Stove: Cell Phone

I heard about the BioLite stove, which supposedly makes electricity from wood. Does it work?

Biolite Stove

Powering the author's phone.     Photo: Bob Parks

A:I started easy, with a cell phone. It worked just like at home, with the same duration to reach a full charge. With my phone, it would take about 45 minutes, or in this case, about one large hemlock branch. My MP3 player also charged normally.

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