Many of you know I consider a small fuel canister stove to be the best backpacking stove for a bug out scenario – and there is great reason for it.
It’s an awesome little item that fires up quick, boils water fast and packs away down to almost nothing. A stove like this really only has one weakness – fuel. Unfortunately you’re forced to carry around all the fuel you will need with the stove.While it is fairly inexpensive and easy to obtain now, there is no way guarantee it will stay that way during a long-term bug out scenario. So what’s the best alternative?
Enter the Solo Stove available on amazon:
Now before I start into a serious review of this little guy let’s get a few things out of the way:
- Yes it’s going to be harder to light than a stove powered by fuel
- Of course it will take longer to boil
- Ya it’s probably going to leave some black soot on the outside of your brand new mug
But you know what?
You’ll never have to worry about fuel again.
Like the video shows, as long as you have some twigs lying around you’re good to go. That means no more buying fuel and especially no more carrying it around in your backpack taking up space.
A unit like this also allows you to “stealth camp” as all of the coals are collected in the bottom of the unit leaving little trace of you being there. The flame is also usually small enough that it gives off very little smoke – another important aspect to staying hidden in a bug out scenario.
Now looking at price this definitely is more expensive than the canister camp stove recommended at the beginning at $70. But over the long term the money you save on fuel will likely negate most of extra cost, especially if you’re a regular hiker or backpacker. Not to mention the simple construction of this stove makes it significantly less likely to fail than one with more moving parts.
If you’re thinking about adding a backpacking stove to your bug out bag I’d highly recommend taking a closer look at the Solo Stove.