I’d like to announce a new advertiser on PaddlingLight.com. Today, we added Solo Stove, a wood-burning backpacking stove that can also be used with alcohol burners as a backup. The Solo Stove boils a quart of water in about eight to ten minutes using sticks, twigs, pine cones or other burnable items. It weighs 9 ounces and fits inside a 4.5 inch by 4.7 inch pot. Both the pot and stove weigh just over a pound when taken together. This is only an ounce heavier than a PocketRocket stove setup (without the fuel) and it comes close to a popcan stove setup if you include the fuel for the popcan. On longer trips, the Solo Stove offers significant weight savings in fuel vs. both systems. Only in the last few days of the trip does a popcan setup win out. This seems like the perfect little stove to carry either as an emergency stove on day trips or as a primary stove on longer kayak and canoe camping trips.
The Solo Stove is similar to the Bushbuddy, which we reviewed before (Bushbuddy Stove Review), but there are differences that I think are significant. Both primary differences deal with construction. First, the Solo Stove is constructed from a thicker stainless steel, which makes it more durable while only weighing 2.5 ounces more. Second, the Solo Stove simplifies construction by using fewer parts, which translates to fewer welds, approximately 200 in the Bushbuddy and 20 in the Solo Stove. Fewer welds means fewer possible failure points. A third difference may seem minor, but the Solo Stove uses a three vs. four prong system for supporting your pot. The three prong system helps eliminate pot wobble and makes for a more solid cooking platform.
Solo Stove Demonstration Video
This video demonstrates the basics of using a lightweight wood-burning stove.
Solo Stove Specifications
Fast to boil: 8-10 minutes to boil 32 fl oz of water
Fuel: Burns sticks, twigs, pine cones and other biomass
Packed size: Height 3.8 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Assembled size: Height 5.7 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Weight: 9 oz
Materials: Hardened 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire
Price: $89.99 (as of 3/13/13 it was on sale for $69.99)
More info: Solo Stove