Solo Stove Lite & Solo Stove Pot 900 Gear ReviewPosted by Claire Walters on Nov 23, 2015 in Gear Reviews, Stoves, Trail Gear Gallery | 2 comments
Hello everyone! Today I am going to talk about a wood burning backpacking stove made by Solo Stove. The Solo Stove Lite & the Solo Stove pot 900.
Let’s start with some specs for the Solo Stove Lite: (info from Manufacturer’s website)
- Packed size: Height 3.8 inches, Width 4.25 inches
- Assembled size: 9 oz
- Materials: 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire
- Fuel: sticks, twigs, pine cones and other biomass
- Boil time: 8-10 mins (32 fl oz of water)
Solo Stove Pot 900 : (info from Manufacturer’s website)
Size: Height 4.5 inches, Diameter 4.7 inches
Weight: 7.8 oz
Volume: 30 fl.oz (900mL)
Materials: 304 Stainless steel
Both of these products are made from stainless steel. Both have durable nylon type stuff sacks with drawstrings for storage. When both are in the stuff sacks — the Solo Pot 900 can nest inside the Solo Stove Lite to make a more compact package to carry. This leaves plenty of room to store your fire starting tools inside the Solo Pot. For example; lighter, flint, matches, fuel starter, esbit, or a small alcohol stove for backup. A complete powerful kitchen all in one package.
Solo Stove Pot 900: http://www.solostove.com/solo-stove-pot-900-1/
- Has measurements on the outside & inside.
- On the top of the lid — the knob has a rubber piece. this made it easy to lift lid & check food or water.
- Shape of handles are like a capital letter D. They stick out far enough on the pot which makes it easy to lift pot off fire.
Solo Stove Lite — http://www.solostove.com/solo-stove-lite/
- wire grate inside bottom of stove
- Ash pan: Catches loose ash and prevents it from clogging vital airflow. The ash pan also acts as a heat shield and prevents your stove from scorching the ground beneath it.
- Cooking ring: Directs heat up and towards the center of your pot for maximized efficiency. The cooking ring also acts as a windscreen while still allowing oxygen to fuel the flame. The entire cooking ring can be packed into the stove body for compact storage.
- Plenty of holes for sufficient airflow.
The day I went out to do a test with these two products it was very windy — more of a gusty type wind.
I first collected a couple of sticks and broke them down into about 3” sizes. To start, I put skinny pieces of twigs in the Solo Stove first – found a few dry leaves and placed them on top of the sticks — then lit the leaves with a lighter. It took a few times before I got leaves to stay lit long enough to start burning the skinny twigs.
The gusty wind was a bit of a hinderance — plus I live just north of Atlanta & just prior to my test had approx 10 days straight of rain. So my sticks & leaves were a bit wet as well. However, it did not take long (prob under 5 mins) for the twigs to catch fire – allowing me to put thicker twigs into the fire.
After adding a few thicker sticks — I had a good hot fire going. I then placed the top ring / pot rest on the stove and then placed the Solo Stove Pot 900 onto the stove rest. The wind stayed steady. I kept feeding the fire with various size sticks most of the time to keep a good flame going.
How many twigs/sticks will you need? My suggestion is break what you think you might need – then break that same amount again. The amount I started with I probably used double that amount by the time I was done.
At one point the fire went out. It was easy enough to pick up the pot, throw a small piece of a leaf on top and blow on it to get it started again.
I filled the Solo Stove 900 pot with about 16 oz of cold tap water to do this test. Even in the gusty wind I had a rolling boil in about 10 minutes.
I have used a few other small wood burning stoves (comparable size to Solo stove lite) and it seems the Solo Stove lite was easier to start the fire & keep it going. However with this size stove – constantly feeding the container with sticks during most of the burn time is needed if you want a constant flame. There was hardly any smoke with this burn.
The Clean up..
Once the water boiled I let the Solo Stove Lite burn any sticks that were left & cool down. In a short time I was able to pick up the Solo Stove Lite & dump any ash. There seemed to be very little waste in the ash pan compared to the amount of sticks I fed into the stove. I think cleaned the Solo Pot 900 as you would any cook pot in the field.
If you are looking for a wood stove to use in the field – the Solo Stove Lite is a workhorse and the Solo Stove Pot 900 makes for a great mate to this stove — A joy to use! Simple. And never have to worry about carrying fuel. Perfect for 1 or 2 people.
The solo Stove lite is a HOTTIE! Considering the wind I had to deal with – the fire kept burning & was quite hot to get a big pot of water boiling within ten minutes.
The particular combination I can see used in various situations. Backpacking, car camping, emergency uses. hunting, boy scouts, preppers….
For more info or to place an order
Manufacturer’s web site: http://www.solostove.com/
Solo Stove on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solostove
Solo Stove on Twitter: https://twitter.com/solostove
Solo Stove on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/solostove
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Solo Stove sent me the product free of cost in return to test & write a review. The words & my opinion that I typed above are my own words & opinion.