Fast to boil: 8-10 minutes to boil 32 fl oz of water
"The stove exudes quality and I think that's testament to the top notch manufacturing that backs up its impressive design."
Designed with a double wall, the Solo Stove™ (patent pending) is a natural convection inverted downgas gasifer stove. The air intake holes on the bottom of the stove channels air to the bottom of the fire while at the same time, channels warm air up between the walls of the stove. This burst of preheated oxygen feeding back into the firebox through the smaller holes at the top of the stove causes a secondary combustion. This allows the fire to burn more complete which is why there is very little smoke during full burn. A more efficient burn also means you'll use much less wood compared to an open camp fire. The Solo Stove doesn't just burn wood. It actually cooks the smoke out of the wood and then burns the smoke not once, but twice!
The Solo Stove also features a heat shield between the ash pan and the bottom of the stove. This heat shield protects the ground under the stove from scorching.
The cooking ring's angled lip also increases efficiency by directing heat towards your pot minimizing heat loss. It also acts as a windshield while still allowing oxygen to flow inward. The Solo Stove is indeed one of the most efficient wood burning stoves you'll ever own.
Built to Last
Your Solo Stove is made by using a one piece construction process. This manufacturing process allows us to use state-of-the-art precision presses to form and shape solid pieces of high grade stainless steel. The outer shell of your Solo Stove is actually one entire piece of stainless steel with no seams or welds. The inner firebox and floating ashpan is also made using one piece construction. This eliminates the need for excessive welding and increases the overall strength and lifespan of your stove. Nichrome wire, which has a high melting point of 2552 degrees Fahrenheit, is used for the grate.
Posted by Nanette
Love this product because I don't have to carry fuel. even used it with a 4 inch cast iron skillet - boiled water in a pot and used a lil to help get the skillet hot ~~ only took about 7 minutes!
Posted by Brad
I was so excited to receive my solo stove and it did not disappoint! What a perfect little stove. No fuel to carry though we did gather some better fuel along the trail. Used the stove every day without a hitch. Planned out camp site each night along the 37 mile trip so as to have a little wind break since it works best without direct wind on it. My biggest fear going into this trip was that soot would get on everything, WRONG! If your fire is hot and fast all the smoke burns up and there is very little soot, even on my kettle. Everything (stove, cotton tinder in a copenhagen can, flint and steel and even a coffee press fit together in one very little package that is also very lightweight. This is the perfect product for any situation be it long backpacking trips in the wilderness or SHTF situation. Thank you Solo Stove!
Posted by Brad Smith
I got my new Solo Stove last week and tried it out as soon as I got the box open. Starting the fire was easy with a few twigs in the yard and some old, dry mulch. I learned quickly that dyed, pine mulch is not the right fuel to use. It burns great, but it puts out a LOT of black smoke and soot that built up on my 1.5 quart aluminum pot. It came off with a good scrubbing pad and soap. The other thing I learned is that it is wise to gather ALL the fuel (twigs, sticks, etc.) you think you will need and have them ready BEFORE you start the stove. About halfway into heating my pot of water the fire went out while I was piddling around the yard picking up fuel. You should sit by the fire and keep it loaded with fuel. It was breezy and I had no wind shield. I heated about 1.5 quarts of water and it took about 30 minutes, so that's pretty good. I love its compact size and the fact you don't need to haul in fuel canisters. I can't wait to try it on the trail. Happy hiking!!!!
Posted by Steven Recoskie
I've been using my Solo stove for about two weeks. It took some time to get used to using the stove but I would not turn back to gas (which I have been using for the past 5 years) unless I'm camping in a no burn zone that does not allow the use of vegetation. Here are my tips:
- Use a fire starter like gel coated cotton ball or solid fuel. I carry a couple of solid fuel bricks in case of really wet days (about 5 grams and $0.75 each). You cannot light this stove from the bottom so a flint starter works great.
- Prepare your wood before starting the fire. If you let it burn for 2-3 minutes, it will be reduced to coals. Although it's easy to start again from the coals (no need to relight), you won't be heating your pot during that time. I camped with it in a downpour and found that branches from dead but still standing trees works the best. It does not require much at all; only a handful.
- Don't under stock or over stock the fire box. When secondary combustion occurs through the holes at the top, try to maintain that amount of fuel. I found the flames make a unique sound at this point, try to identify that point for the most efficient and fastest cooking.
- Buy the solo pot 900 for this stove. It has graduations for volume, a sturdy handle and it's a perfect fit for storage.
- Longer boil time than gas (8-10 minutes vs 5 for gas)
- More maintenance during burning (must be continuously stocked with fuel for maximum performance).
- More cleanup (the pot will turn black after a couple uses; it all depends on what you're burning).
- Needs a moderately dry biomass to start; after it's started it can burn almost anything.
- No moving parts or risk of failure; very reliable if you get to know how to use it. It has a solid construction that will definitely last many years of torture.
- Free and unlimited fuel!
- Much lighter weight. Great for ultra light backpackers.
- Lowest environmental impact (no gas, fuel containers, distribution of said containers, etc.).
- Sense of pride knowing you are an outdoorsman (or woman) able to command fire.
Summary: For me, none of the cons are really cons. All of them just result in a little more time and preparation but when you are backpacking, especially in groups, you've got nothing but time IMO. I would recommend this stove to anyone.
Posted by Jack Alleman
After receiving my stove I have no complaints as of today. Right out of the box it went right to work and burned very well with minimal smoke. I've only packed with this stove on one occasion but had several comments from other trekkers. It packs down really well (2 piece) in a small sack that keeps it ready for your next meal. Along with a good windscreen this stove should share many miles with me as I have found that wet wood does work with this if you can get a good base going. This should hold up well.
Posted by Lyle Peterson
Well built and lite stove, fast to boil water. Very little to no smoke.
Posted by David Argo
Bought the stove and tried it out in the back yard. I had watched a few videos, but still was pleasantly surprised when the Solo preformed as well as it does. Plan on hiking and camping with my granddaughter this year and hope she will love as much as I. Teaching her with the Solo will be easy. Thanks for a great product.
Posted by Liz
Love this thing. I keep it in the trunk of my car wherever I go, and I always take it camping. I store it in a plastic coffee can with a little pot, twigs already broken down to size and a tinder bundle. Keep lighters in the car. You never know when you're going to need to boil some water. I usually load it up with tons of twigs and then it boils water quickly when it's really roaring.
Posted by Nick
I love this stove. Very light. Easy to pack. Easier to use. I highly recommend this stove over any other style or fuel.
Posted by Bill
I had a little problem lighting the first fire, but for my first try with your top down fire method it wasn't too bad. Even with junk wood from my back yard, the fire burned well after being successfully lit. It took me 3 tries to get the fire going successfully, but it burned better than expected once it was lit.
It burned more than twice as long as I expected with the poor quality wood I used. I'm sure that with a little practice I'll be very happy with it's characteristics.
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