Solo Stove Review

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Solo Stove
Solo Stove

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:

Solo Stove
Solo Stove

Now before I start into a serious review of this little guy let’s get a few things out of the way:

  1. Yes it’s going to be harder to light than a stove powered by fuel
  2. Of course it will take longer to boil
  3. 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.

Get your own Solo Stove.

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.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This is a neat little stove. You see this is why I keep my mind open to new ideas… I would consider this.

    Its still cheaper then other brands… but for your electronic devices … you could have a look here… http://www.biolitestove.com/
    Starting at just under $130, its a neat idea as well .. same issues to consider:

    It’s going to be harder to light than a stove powered by fuel
    It will take longer to boil
    It’s probably going to leave some black soot on the outside of your brand new mug

    But all these things are manageable…

    Thanks Jake .. Neat find here.. I think I would still go with the Solo Stove, I have a solar charger. 🙂

    • Luke,
      Threw up a review of the BioLite (got one as a gift) – you’re bang on about management, both of the stove and expectations!

  2. You can just make one of these with an empty soup or bulk food can. Use a can opener to make the air vent holes around the rim, and make a cooking ring out of heavy duty wire such as the kind you screen a rabbit hutch with. We made these in Boy Scouts a long time ago, and I still have mine. Made steaks on it during Hurricane Irene. I’m sure there are instructions online, but the principles here are basic science and I’m sure most of your readers can improvise this stove at home.

    • James,

      Absolutely you can make one at home, great suggestion! Good old YouTube has a number of tutorials on how to make plenty of “hobo” stoves out of soup, coffee and soda cans for those who like to DIY. I think you’d be hard pressed to make one that is as efficient and durable as the solo stove – but it will certainly be less expensive. Although I guess seeing as yours is still kicking from when you were a boyscout maybe they are just as durable!

      Thanks for the tip 😉

  3. I carry two fancy feast stoves. A bottle of Heet doesn’t weigh much and the stoves weigh practically nothing. The wood fueled stoves have failed me in the woods before when you can’t find any dry twigs or tender.

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