Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful – and Dumbo residents will soon be able emulate the song and warm themselves up next to Brooklyn start-up BioLite‘s outdoor fire pit. The Jay Street-based company is working on installing a massive thermoelectric camp stove, which converts burning wood into electricity, at Pearl St. Triangle. The CampStove FirePit will provide the neighborhood with light, heat, and even electricity for recharging smartphones as well as powering the local holiday tree and light show.
BioLite rolled out the 500-pound burner on Tuesday for a test run before Thursday’s lighting ceremony, which will illuminate the Dumbo neighborhood with an array of festive Christmas decorations. According to BioLite, the oversized camp stove can produce 1,000 watts — enough to charge 400 iPhones.
Previously, the Brooklyn startup distributed the stoves around the city after Hurricane Sandy to help New Yorkers in blacked-out neighborhoods. For a bit of home warmth and alternative energy, BioLite also makes a smaller, coffee can-sized device that burns pinecones and twigs to charge a 2.5-watt iPhone.
The Dumbo Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on December 12 from 6pm to 7pm in the Pearl Street Triangle. The event is free and open to all, this year’s festivities include hot cocoa donated by Jacques Torres and a Yule 2.0 display that will be projected onto the Manhattan Bridge. After the first night the fire-powered festivities will continue on nightly until 8pm from December 12 to 23.
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