The Solo Stove Campfire is advertised as a “compact wood-burning camping stove” that can cook for 4+ people. It has a patented design whose main feature is a double-wall construction that creates an “ultra-clean gasification and a secondary combustion.” In simple terms, this stove maximizes fuel for a better burn.
But do all these features actually translate to the promised benefits (or results)? Let’s answer that in this Solo Stove Campfire review.
What You Need to Know About the Campfire
Here are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Solo Stove Campfire‘s top features.
1. How does this wood-burning work?
To create a cleaner burn and a secondary combustion, the Solo Stove Campfire is equipped with air intake holes at the bottom and smaller holes at the top. These holes are responsible in drawing in more air and channeling warm air between the walls of the stove. (See the image on the right.)
2. Is this heavy? What are the dimensions of the product?
According to Solo Stove, the Campfire wood-burning stove weighs only 2.2 lbs. When assembled, it measures 9.25 inches in height and 7 inches in width.
3. Is it durable?
The Campfire is made of 304 stainless steel and nichrome wire. From an online source, the 304 can “withstand corrosion” and it’s easy to sanitize. As advertised, every Solo Stove product is “precision made to be free of defects.”
4. How long does it take to boil water with this camping stove?
Boil time is anywhere between 2 to 4 minutes, given a 32-fl oz. of water.
5. What is included in the package?
Expect to have your Campfire, a stuff sack, and a user manual.
6. What type of fuel should you bring?
You don’t need to bring anything other than your unit and a match. This camping stove uses biomass (twigs, leaves, wood) as fuel.
In this part of our Solo Stove Campfire review, we give you a summary of consumer feedback, based on the comments section of a popular online retailer.
– Smoke. The general feedback is that this camping stove is smoke-less. If it spews off smoke, it should be minimal. This is a big plus because while you want to have an enjoyable camping experience, you don’t want to reek of campfire smoke.
– Other Uses. The Solo Stove Campfire is ideal for backpacking and camping trips, but in emergency situations such as power outages during a hurricane, you can rely on this stove. You may have issues on stability, but this stove can even support a 10-inch Dutch oven.
Also, although it’s small for a fire pit, you can gather close to it for warmth when you’re camping. It doesn’t stink of smoke. At home, it can serve this same purpose if you’re in a group of 4 people who suddenly felt the urge to do a bonfire in your backyard. Some people say they do marshmallows with it from time to time. Of course, the Solo Stove Bonfire is still way better.
– Usage. Assembly is very easy. Starting a fire is also easy, even when the twigs and leaves have some moist to them. This is great news for people who absolutely hate waiting on charcoal.
– Limitation. It can take a few hours for it to cool down.
Bottomline: Solo Stove Campfire Review
The Solo Stove Campfire is a solidly built wood-burning stove that can cook for multiple people, from 2 to 4+. Ideal for backpacking, camping, and RVing, this stove is easy to start (lighting), and it doesn’t leave you with a smokey stink.
When you’re not using it as a camping stove, you can use it as an emergency stove at home. And although it doesn’t compare with the Bonfire, it can also be an “emergency fire pit.”