Solo Stove Lite
Compact Wood Burning Backpacking Stove
Choosing a camping stove for the title of Best Backpacking Camp Stove wasn’t a very difficult task. After spending considerable time reviewing all of the popular, top-selling backpacking stoves, it was very clear that this Solo Stove was the winner. Not only does it boast many great qualities, it was the biggest hit among consumers in terms of both sales and satisfaction. A comprehensive review of consumer feedback and ratings has proven that very few people have been disappointed with this stove and the vast majority have been extremely impressed.
Though I already gave a brief overview of this stove’s specifications on the main Camp Stove and Grill page, I want to use this article to delve deeper into those specifications. This article will not only explore basic information about this Solo Stove, it will also explore the ways that this stove and its particular specifications are likely to impact your backpacking and cooking experience.
Lightweight and Compact
Aside from maintaining the ability to actually cook food, the most essential aspect of a backpacking stove is that it must be lightweight. If you have ever been backpacking before, you know that the slightest addition of weight to your pack can make an excruciating impact on your journey.
The aim of packing your bag is to ensure that it is as light as possible. The lighter the bag, the less stress and strain it will place on your back, shoulders, chest, hips, legs, knees, and feet. Remember how the old “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song pointed out that each and every part of your body is connect in somewhat of a line? Placing extra stress on one part of that sequence can cause pain to that area as well as the ones below it. Since your backpack is up in the area of your neck and shoulders, you can bet that its weight will impact the strain on almost every musculoskeletal body part beneath it.
Weighing in at an astonishingly light 9 ounces, this stove will barely make an impact on the weight of your pack. Additionally, since this stove uses wood as fuel and wood is likely to be available to you as you hike, it will not require you to weigh down your pack with gas canisters or containers of liquid fuel.
In terms of its compactness, this entire stove closes up to measure only 3.8 inches in height and 4.25 inches in diameter. Essentially, it takes up just a little more space than a typical 1000 candle watt flashlight and leaves plenty of room behind for the rest of your gear.
What is so great about a stove using wood as fuel? What about those people who argue that propane or alcohol are better? Well, to each their own, I suppose. Everyone will have a fuel preference. I must admit that the convenience of propane canisters has turned that form of fuel into my preference when I am stationary camping and bring a car to transport all of my gear. When I am backpacking, however, it is extremely important that I have a light pack, so an option such as this stove is preferable to me at those times.
Wood burning stoves are also preferable for ecological reasons. Though they may not burn as clean as some other fuels, the soot and ash left behind by wood fire is, at least, much more natural than that left behind by many chemical fuels. As a natural resource, wood is also much more renewable than many of the other fuel options available on today’s market.
The unique design of this stove means that you can light a fire with a few small, dry twigs and boil a pot of water within 8 to 10 minutes. It also means that you can cook the same amount of food with less wood than you would need to use with other, similar wood burning backpacking stoves. Holes along the sides of the structure, an ash pan beneath the fire, and a unique internal structure all work together to bring oxygen to the fire and push hot air upward to help heat the pot above it. A recycling of hot, sooty air inside the stove helps to filter out more and more soot so that the stove burns much cleaner than similar wood burning stoves.
The ash pan located beneath the fire holds ashes inside the stove to stop them from making a mess of the surrounding area. The ash pan also helps to insulate the bottom of the stove, holding the heat inside for faster cooking while protecting the surface beneath the stove from being charred or melted.