Biomass -Survival Gear Review: The Solo Stove biomass backpacking stove

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Video Rating: 4 / 5

I don’t need another backpacking stove. Ever. But the idea of an effective, lightweight stove that is fueled on biomass was intriguing. After all, how much o…

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24 thoughts on “Biomass -Survival Gear Review: The Solo Stove biomass backpacking stove

  1. It works better if you pack it with larger wood on the bottom, thin twigs on top and kindling on top and then light it from top. The idea behind gasification is to cook the wood.

  2. I have a Stainless Steel Kelly Kettle and LOVE it.. Yes, it is a Base Campmodel, can boil 6 cups water, but( BUT), it works great!! It is larger, but It is the best..

  3. How is the solo stove when it comes to cleanup? I’ve found hobo stoves and my own homemade woodgas stove to be fairly dirty burning – lots of soot, but stainless steel pots, Glacier cups, etc. clean up easily enough. Do you try to clean the soot off the stove or just leave it? Does the stainless steel discolor much from the heat? Steel coffee cans and the like sure do. They remain useful long after they lose their luster, however. Nice demo.

  4. As a back up system I have a Trianga Burner to use in mine when it’s rainy weather or I just get lazy. It drops in where you would put the sticks of wood.
    This gives me the best of both worlds , pick up fuel as I go along for the stove or just use a small amount of alcohol in the Trianga when the weather turns nasty.
    Plus the alcohol is a good disinfectant for cuts , bug bites and fire starter.

  5. This is the first time I’ve seen one of these little stoves….very cool and good review.

  6. I use hobo stoves all the time at work, where facilities are few and I rarely have access to mains power, and I dont think you can beat them; the boil times are fantastic and you can cook over the coals when theyve burned down a bit by adding a twig now and again. I tend to make my own but this one looks excellent, thanks for sharing, nice video.

  7. What better commercial biomass stove is out there? I’m always looking for another review.

  8. Good I find also that one can dry out or pre-ignite thicker material with feeding small stuff first. When it is dryed out on top of the rim one can lean it inside. Its a clone of the bushbuddy but it is manufactured in china. I have ordered it out of the US and dont expected that. Maybe should have ordered out of canada instead. This stove burnes very efficient though. I have pulled out the wire rust and made a detachable ring so that I can clean out the ashtray thoroughly.

  9. This Stove is great to ignite using a bit burning alcohol to set the wood on fire because it has this little ashtray. Should work nice in every weather and one needs only a bit of it so that the bottom of the can inside is covered. I use this stove offen to cook at home. Works best when one does not pressfeed it. The wood needs to crumble a bit on its own befor feeding. It takes a certain rythym. To ignite it by traditional methods with a birdsnest: a bit tricky better: small ignited sticks

  10. “Biomass fuel” (stick burners) are a great idea. I don’t know why it took so long for them to catch on. They are so much lighter than gas stoves and you can find fuel anywhere.

    The particular model shown here is probably a 4 on a scale of 10 with ten being best. You shouldn’t have to remove the pots so that you can feed the stove from the top. Also, there are not flame diverters, so you can see the fire dancing all around the pot ton top. There are several much better designs or DYI.

  11. good to pack for motorcycle too. great idea.. may want 2. just for fire one for coffee..


  13. It appears to me that the only major design flaw is getting the top on after the fire is going.
    Seems like it could be easy to unintentionally burn yourself or accidentally knock the stove over while trying to place it on.

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