The Solo Stove is a natural convection inverted downgas gasifier stove. Holes on the bottom of the stove intake air and channel it to the bottom of the fire, while at the same time channeling warm air up between the double walls of the stove. This burst of preheated oxygen feeds back into the firebox through the smaller holes at the top of the stove, causing a secondary combustion and allowing the fire to burn more complete and minimizing smoke. This more efficient burning process also means you will use significantly less wood in comparison to an open campfire. The Solo Stove does not just burn wood, but actually cooks the smoke from the wood and burns it not once, but twice!
The Solo Stove also features a heat shield between the ash pan and the bottom of the stove, which protects the ground under the stove from scorching. The cooking ring’s angled lip increases efficiency by directing heat towards your pot, minimizing heat loss. This lip also acts as a windshield, while still allowing oxygen to flow inward.
Features & Benefits:
- Stove cooks meals with nothing but twigs and other biofuel collected on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, and polluting petroleum gas. It is easy to light, fast to boil, and clean to use.
- A unique gasification and secondary combustion process allows stoves to achieve a highly efficient and complete burn. This means you’ll use fewer twigs to achieve a boil, all while minimizing smoke.
- The Solo Stove is not just for backpacking – it is great to have on hand if you find yourself in an emergency or survival situation. You will be able to cook without worrying about running out of fuel.
- The Solo Stove only weighs 9 oz. and eliminates the need to carry fuel canisters, making it a great way to lighten your load. It also nests inside most pots, leaving you with more space in your pack.
- By using renewable resources for fuel instead of petroleum, you reduce your carbon footprint and keep fuel canisters out of the landfill.
- Packed size: 3.8” H x 4.25” W
- Assembled size: 5.7” H x 4.25” W
- Weight: 9 oz.
- Materials: Hardened 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire
- Fuel: Burns sticks, twigs, pine cones, and other biomass
- Boil time: 8-10 minutes (32 fl oz of water)
How To Use:
Step 1: Assemble Your Stove
Place your stove on level ground away from the wind. If you have a windscreen, set it up to provide additional wind blockage, which will greatly increase the efficiency of your stove. For added safety, clear away any flammable ground debris within 5 ft. of the stove, including but not limited to twigs, leaves, and grass. Remove the nested cooking ring from inside the stove, invert it with the three pot stands facing up and place it on top of the stove.
Step 2: Prepare Your Fuel
Gather dry twigs and other biofuel of different sizes. Break them into finger-length pieces and separate them into piles according to their thickness.
Step 3: Starting Your Fire
The following two methods can be used to start a fire in your Solo Stove.
Method 1: The most fuel-efficient way to cook on your stove is with a full load of fuel that is lit on top. Using this method, place large sticks and twigs neatly on top of the nichrome wire grate, up until the bottom of the top air vents. Then light a small fire on top using your favorite tinder or fire starter. Feed the fire with small to medium sized sticks and tinder until the fire is self-sustaining. Continue to feed the fire until it has spread across the full width of the stove, and the main fuel load begins to burn from the top down. After the air in the wall of the stove heats up, airflow will improve and a secondary combustion will be visible near some or all of the secondary air vents. Start cooking. If your initial burn consumes your main fuel load and you find yourself still needing a flame to continue cooking, add in additional fuel through the opening in the cooking ring. Add finger-sized twigs and other biofuel to maintain a flame.
Method 2: Using your favorite tinder or fire starter, light a small fire inside the stove and pile on small to medium sized twigs to stoke the fire. As the fire grows, add larger sticks and twigs to keep the fire burning longer. If too much fuel is added too late, particularly with thick or damp sticks, there will be a lot of smoke and the fire may be snuffed. Experiment to find a suitable feed rate. This mode of operation is often easier for beginners, but will produce more smoke than Method 1 because the wood gas rises directly to combustion with the secondary air, without the cleaning effect of passage through a hot layer of charcoal.
- Always use dry wood when possible. Wet wood will take longer to burn and will produce more smoke
- Hardwoods (such as birch, maple, hickory, and oak) will burn longer than softwoods
- The best way to minimize soot is to let the fire become well-established and hot before putting on a pot
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|Dimensions||Packed: 3.8" H x 4.25" W; Assembled: 5.7" H x 4.25" W|
|Key Feature||Wood burning backpacking stove|
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