Solo Stove Lite Wood Burning Stove For Camping Or Bushcraft
There are so many cooking systems to choose from these days, and the choice of fuel source is slowly increasing, but do you really need to have a stove that needs you to carry additional fuel..?
In this review I shall be testing out the Solo Stove Lite with the additional 900ml cook pot. These wood burning stoves are a complete cook system that can use wood and many fuel sources and are ideal for camping or bushcraft.
Pressurised gas canisters, gels and various liquids are very common and most work well. So we have a good choice to suit our needs and situation.
In prepping we try to eliminate as many of the 'what ifs' as possible, so having to carry a stock of fuel, that will potentially run out, can present us with a problem.
For those of you who have been out in the wilds for more than a week, it becomes obvious that carrying fuel is a real problem - just how much do you need?
Along with the quantity of fuel you need to carry, there's the issue of added weight in you rucksack - as always 'less is more' so eliminating the need to carry ANY fuel has got to be a big plus, in any situation.
The answer to this fuel problem is pretty straightforward and the easy solution is using the fuel source that's all around you, i.e: use natural materials, wood, cones, furns etc.
All these natural fuels will create heat to boil your water and enough heat to cook your food.
Of course, as always there are plenty of wood burning stoves to choose from, and if you go right back they were very simple tin boxes with a hole to feed in some twigs.
But wood burning stoves design has moved on:
In this article I want to run through the new designs that make the new cooking stoves so much more efficient and better than before.
The stove I am using here is the Solo Stove Lite: Ultra Light Weight Backpacking Stove
Here’s the principle behind the super efficient, smokeless Solo Stove:
As the hot air rises, it pulls air through the venting holes in the bottom the the stove.
This is helped by the absence of oxygen that has been created by the actual combustion process.
This introduction of new air not only fuels the fire at the base, but provides an extra boost of 'pre-heated' air through vent holes at the top of the burn chamber.
This type of stove design also has a double wall and makes the Solo Stove Lite a natural convection, inverted, down-gas, gasifier stove....!
To be honest, I don't know quite what all that means, but I do know it certainly works..
The extra burst of preheated oxygen that feeds back into the actual firebox area through the small holes at the top part of the stove cause a secondary combustion.
This secondary combustion phase now allows the fire to burn more fully and is the reason why there is very little smoke during full burn phase.
Having a camp fire and not being able to control the smoke plume means you will be sending up smoke signals to everyone around for miles away.!
Look at me - I'm over here...!!!
The advantage to this secondary smokeless burn means a far more efficient burn cycle, which in turn means you'll be using a lot less wood compared to an open camp fire.
In effect these type of wood burning stoves don't just burn wood you feed into it - It actually cooks the smoke out of the wood and then burns the smoke not once, but twice.!
Referring to the diagram, you can also see the the cooking ring on the top - the angled lip also increases the stoves overall efficiency as it directs the heat towards your cooking pot, again this results in minimal heat loss.
Having the raised cooking ring also has the advantage of providing a windshield, but still allows oxygen to flow inward.
This system is one of the most efficient types of wood burning stoves you'll ever own.
Previously I have tested out the older styled camp cook stove, so I thought it about time I reviewed a newer, more fuel efficient cook system.
This particular Solo Stove I tested also comes with a 900 ml, stainless steel stove pot:
prices & details here:
Solo Stove Lite & Solo Pot 900 Combo:
This setup is very good as the stove will fit very nicely inside the pot, making the whole lot nice and compact.
Plus that combo only weighs 17oz.....[ 0.48kg ]