I first heard about a solo Stove from Kevin Reeve at Onpoint Tactical in a news letter regarding constructing bug out bags and thought this was the best thing under the sun. Able to burn both wood and alcohol in a small unit with eliminating smoke as much as possible.
The only complaint i had is when doing bushcraft courses they really want you use use a pot that can be hung over an open fire, but for the above mentioned of BOBs the use it is perfect.
I’m not a fan of pressurized hiking stoves. Not that they have problems working but for instance at the moment I live not far from three major country townships and can not purchase pressure pack gas bottles any where. I would have to drive for two hours on way to buy the fuel. Metholated spirits I can purchase from any hardware or supermarket within a 5 minute drive.
Designed with a double wall, the Solo Stove Lite is a natural convection inverted downgas gasifier stove. The air intake holes on the bottom of the stove channel air to the bottom of the fire while at the same time, channels warm air up between the walls of the stove. This burst of preheated oxygen feeding back into the firebox through the smaller holes at the top of the stove causes a secondary combustion. This allows the fire to burn more complete which is why there is very little smoke during full burn. A more efficient burn also means you’ll use much less wood compared to an open camp fire.
Assembled Size (of Stove): Height 14.5cm (5.7″) Width 10.8cm (4.25″)
Boil Time: 8-10 min for 0.95 litres (32oz) of Water
Burns: Sticks, Twigs, Pine Cones And Other Biomass
Materials: 304 Stainless Steel, Nichrome Wire
Packed Size (of Stove): Height 9.65cm (3.8″) Width 10.8cm (4.25″)
Solo Stove lite 900 Combo