Solo Stove for the bug out or get home bag

by M.D. Creekmore on December 23, 2013 · 10 comments

by Jeff P

I recently purchase a complete Solo Stove system from after seeing it mentioned again on MD’s blog, this time as a sponsor. I am VERY impressed. The system with alcohol burner and pot weighs in at about 1 pound! I also got the optional wind screen which adds about another 5 ounces to the package.

To mounting pins on the ends of the wind screen move down enough to be pushed into the ground an inch or so. It folds out to be a nice addition if there is no other cover available.

The instructions couldn’t be any simpler.

Step 1: Gather dry twigs and tinder.
Step 2: Find level ground and clear away ground debris.
Step 3: Remove the cooking ring.
Step 4: light a fire inside the stove using dry twigs and tinder.
Step 5: place the cooking ring on top of the stove.
Step 6: Cook, boil, percolate, roast, etc.

These are the steps printed on the side of the box. Nothing complicated to forget or instructions to loose.

The alcohol burner nests inside the stove. The stove nests inside the pot and fits in one of the draw string bags. The screen is separate as it is about twice the height of the pot/stove combo when packed up.

I have spent a fair bit of money on finding something for my GHB and vehicle kit. I think I can now worry about other things as this is exactly what I have been looking for.

I’ll be keeping a quart zip lock bag or two with wood stove pellets and a bottle or two of HEAT brand fuel deicer with mine.


Encourager December 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for the review. I have been wanting a travel stove for my son’s GHB. This might fit the bill!

Nebraska Woman December 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I was looking for one of these. Thanks for the recommendation.

alec December 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

they should make one that is collapsible (like those cups) it would need supports bot that would be awesome . any thoughts on that ?

alec December 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

bot =but … derp

rjarena December 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

So how does anyone compare the Solo stove to the Zoom Versa stove?

M.D. Creekmore December 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm


I wrote a review of the Zoom Versa a few years ago – just follow the link below.

JP in MT December 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

After looking at MD’s article I would have to say the first difference is portability.

LyndaKay December 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Good suggestions about the fuel that you’ll bring with it. Thanks for the review.

Mike December 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I got mine when it was called “The Bush Buddy” handmade by a Canadian, and now made in the USA. I have both, one for me and one for my son.
I love the fact it does not scar the ground, and the wood gasification recycling back into the fire produces an awesome complete burn of the materials, so it takes less fuel (wood) than a normal campfire.
I have used it for 5 years now (ordering from Backpackinglight dot com when Ryan Jordan and team did their 1,000 mile Alaska trek, for which the Bush Buddy was custom made) and would recommend to anyone. It does nest nicely into a Snow Peak 900ml titanium pot, but it does make noise, so if you also want stealth, you should put bandana around the stove before placing into the pot and putting its lid on.
The stove can easily support a 4 quart pot filled with water and bring it to a boil in about 12-15 minutes (depending on amount of wood used and wind conditions.)
The only wood burning stove I have that comes close to the effectiveness of the Solo Stove is the Emberlit Stove, which IMHO has its biggest advantage of the compact size it breaks down to be, making it easier to place in any pack, or even a cargo pocket in your pants.
Simply put, The Solo Stove is a great stove.

Wild SKills Dude February 23, 2014 at 4:59 am

Been thinking about getting this stove for a while now, it’s got some good reviews like yours.
It certainly looks well made.
How does it compare with others you’ve tested?

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