I got my solo stove in the mail the other day and all I can say is, wow! What a nice little piece of equipment. I finagled a deal with the owner and he sent one for me to test, which is exactly what I did when I found it on my door step.
First, it got here in just a couple of days, so the shipping was timely. You can order different components and I got the 30 oz pot, the stove, and the windscreen. The stove and pot come in its own stuff sack and the wind screen comes separate.
My first impression was of quality. I pulled the pot out of the stuff sack and pulled the lid off and found the stove nested inside in its own sack. It’s built from lightweight, but durable, stainless steel and the stove has a double walled construction.
Something this sweet has to be tested immediately, so I grabbed my pack and my son and headed out into the woods. I wanted it to be a fair test, so I didn’t go to my small camp. Instead I bushwhacked until I found a small opening near a swamp and decided to set up there.
I used the pot to get some water out of a small tributary that feeds the swamp and you can see in the pictures below that it was kind of murky. Excellent! This was going to be a fun test of the stove because I really needed to get that water to a roiling boil before I’d feel comfortable drinking it.
If you’re interested learning more about the specifics check out this page. I won’t go into a lot of specifics as that page lays it out really well. What I’ll do is focus on my own experience and what I thought.
After setting up little camp I got busy lighting the stove and my boy got busy jumping off the big fallen tree with his sword.
First, I loaded up the stove with some twigs. It had been raining that morning and the trees were fairly wet, but I grabbed some twigs from some standing dead trees and stacked them next to the stove. Next in was a piece of birch bark, which I lit using a lighter.
It started quickly and the stove was going in no time at all. I had maybe 20 oz of water in the pot and it was at a full roiling boil inside of ten minutes. Shortly thereafter I was enjoying a fine cup of coffee.
There are several things I really like about this stove… first, it’s a wood stove and when you’re hiking you’re literally surrounded by fuel for it. No need to carry fuel containers like he says on his page. It lights quick and performs beautifully. It’s simple to use, so if you can start a fire you can use this stove.
The pot and pan are designed to work together, although you can use just about any pot on the stove because of the way it’s designed.
The only thing that’s kind of a pain is the fact that you have to tend it pretty closely or your flames will die down quick. The next time I’m going to try slightly bigger twigs and use hardwood instead of the pine I had available for this test.
Overall, this stove has won a place in my pack. I’m going to test it out over the winter (another good thing is that the fuel doesn’t care how cold it gets like some stove fuels) and we’ll see if it stays there.
Solo Stove does advertise on this site, but as you all know I don’t write reviews on gear I haven’t tested myself. I’ll keep you informed on how it performs over the next few months out in the cold. To me that’s the true test of gear… if it performs well in the cold then it’ll have a place in my BOB.
Check out the pictures below from my trip out with my little boy. (He loves going out in the woods with me.)
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