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Fire it Up

A Step-by-Step Guide to Firing Up Your Solo Stove

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  1. Gather Dry Twigs and Tinder

    Gather enough twigs and prepare them by breaking them into thumb length sizes. Dry twigs and tinder will always work better than wet biofuel.
  2. Find Level Ground

    Place your Solo Stove ™ on level ground away from wind. If you have a windscreen, set it up to provide additional wind blockage.
  3. Clear Away Ground Debris

    For added safety, clear away any flammable ground debris within 5 ft. of the stove (twigs, leaves, grass, etc.)
  4. Remove the Cooking Ring

    Remove the nested cooking ring from inside the stove. This will make it easier to stack twigs inside the stove and prepare to light your fire.
  5. Light a Fire Inside the Stove

    Using dry twigs and tinder, light a fire inside the stove.
  6. Replace the Cooking Ring

    Place the cooking ring on top of the stove as soon as you have a sustainable flame.
  7. Cook, Boil, Roast, Percolate, etc.

    Prepare your favorite backpacking meal, brew a hot drink or roast a marshmallow. Enjoy!
  8. Helpful Tips

    1. Use Dry Wood Always use dry wood when possible. Wet wood will take longer to burn and will produce more smoke.
    2. Search for Hardwoods Hardwoods (birch, maple, hickory, oak, etc.) will burn longer and generate less soot buildup than softwoods.
    3. Minimize Soot with Proper Technique Allow the fire to become well-established and hot before putting on a pot. For extra soot protection, take a bar of soap and a little water and lightly coat the exterior bottom of your pot or pan before use. As you cook, the bottom will turn black, but will rinse off easily under water when you’re done.
    4. Switch Up Your Fuel Try cooking with a full load of fuel lit on top. Start by placing large sticks and twigs neatly on top of the nichrome wire grate until they reach the top air vents. Light a small fire on top using your favorite tinder and feed it with small to medium sized sticks until the fire is self-sustaining. Continue to do this until the fire spans the full width of the stove and the main fuel load begins to burn from the top down. Begin cooking and feed additional fuel through the opening in the cooking ring as needed.

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