The Solo Stove

The other day my grandson and I took a Solo Stove out and ran it through its paces.  We got one on the recommendation of Freeze Dry Guy, who is an old special forces soldier. The weather was not very good, quite windy and lots of sprinkles.  In other words, it was a good day for practicing fire starting.  We had one of the Solo stoves and the windscreen than can be purchased as an extra with it.

It is a small stove designed for backbacking and is lightweight at 1 lb 10 oz including the windscreen.  It is designed to burn small pieces of wood and debris.

Designed with a double wall, the Solo Stove is a natural convection inverted down gas gasifer stove.  That means that the air that is drawn through the bottom holes is heated as it travels up the double wall.  This warm air mixes with the smoke and causes a more efficient burn.  Smoke is unburned products of combustion. This means that you have cleaner burn fire with less smoke and odors.

My grandson hunted around the back yard and found some dry leaves and twigs.  Filling the stove with a few small pieces, he was able to start the fire with a match.  We had a cup of water ready and were able to bring it to a boil within a reasonable time.  The big thing we both liked was the windscreen.  I have never seen one this good.  It is made of eight panels and can be configured in multiply shapes.  It even has two extendable stakes that let you anchor it to the ground.

The stove worded great and will burn almost any kind of small wood or plant debris.  The stove is even designed so that it will work with an alcohol burner.  The one made by Solo will work as well as the Esbit or small Trangia.

Overall, I really liked this stove and think I will put it in my own bug out bag.  I am also stuck buying one for my grandson.

Howard

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One Response to The Solo Stove

  1. Vince H. Hines says:

    Wood-burning stoves burn twigs and leaves you gather in the backcountry. So you carry no fuel, a nice idea for longer trips. A recent addition to this category is the BioLite CampStove , which generates electricity while operating—enough to charge a mobile phones or other small gadgets via a USB connection. It can even be outfitted with the optional BioLite Portable Grill . Downside: This stove is not the lightest or most compact option, and finding dry fuel during wet weather can be challenging.

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