more gear testing: this winter i got a biolite stove, which not only makes heat for cooking for you, but it burns sticks and pinecones and such AND IT MAKES ELECTRICITY to charge your things.
biolite has a two pronged market: upscale camping stoves for the kind of people who can afford to go camping, and home stoves for the parts of the world where people use cookfires and don't have a cheap reliable way to charge their phones and such.
because even in places where people have to cook over woodfires and don't have convenient or reliable charging sources, they have phones and want electric lights just like the rest of us.
santa brought me a biolite campstove this winter, and i have been testing it out. it has a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you can easily keep water hot, heat enough water for washing (and boy, that makes a difference in a cold weather camp!), and charge your things.
charging things is the hardest, because it requires a strong fire that you have to tend in order to keep it at the consistent burn you need for charging, but you can settle down next to it with a bucket of sticks and a book and you're all set.