The Solo Stove Lite is a multi-recommended backpacking stove. It was the winner of Section Hiker Gear of the Year Award (2014) for having the “greatest transformational influence” on hiking and backpacking. Backpacker Magazine also recognized it, and so did Matt Graham of Discovery Channel.
In this Solo Stove Lite backpacking stove review, we give you a summary of what makes it one of the best – if not the best – camping stoves on the market today.
What You Need to Know About the Solo Stove Lite
Here’s a quick rundown of its features.
How it Works
The Lite is a two-piece stove whose fuel requirement includes only sticks, twigs, and pine cones. Its unique feature is the secondary burn, which is generated through the holes on the bottom and on top of the stove.
The result is a clean and more complete combustion. This wood-burning stove is therefore not only efficient, but it’s also nature-friendly and it cooks fast. According to Solo Stove, this camping stove can boil a 32-ounce of water between 8 to 10 minutes.
Size and Materials
The Solo Stove Lite is made of stainless steel and nichrome wire. Overall, it weighs only 9 ounces, which is perfect for backpackers and hikers. When fully assembled, it stands 5.7 inches.
Here’s a summary of what previous buyers have shared regarding their experience with the Solo Stove Lite.
– Performance. It lights up fast, and it burns twigs quickly. That said, you’ll have to tend to it closely and keep feeding twigs because the burn chamber is small.
Can it cook anything? Yes, it can because it generates plenty of heat. The problem is that since it’s small, you’ll have to constantly move your pan to cover all parts of your food. This can be challenging if you’re cooking something big.
How long does it take for it to cool down? This camping stove is made of thin metal, so it should cool after several minutes.
– Other Benefits. The Solo Stove Lite is designed for the backpacker in mind. But of course, its use it not limited to camping and hiking activities. In fact, you can use it during emergency situations, especially during days of power outages. Keep in mind that this is for use outdoors.
– Other Challenges. This wood-burning stove must be on a flat surface to keep it as stable as possible. This can be quite challenging because camping sites and trails are not always flat.
Also, the surface can get hot, so it’s smart to always have a pair of gloves. If you’re in a high-fire risk area, add a windscreen to your must-bring list.
Also Read: BioLite BaseCamp Wood Burning Stove Review
Bottomline: Solo Stove Lite Backpacking Stove Review
The Solo Stove Lite is made especially for backpackers. It’s light, small, compact, and easy to use. It puts out a great amount of heat that can cook almost anything. Bear in mind that it’s made for up to 2 people, and it’s for cooking with small pots (e.g., 10-inch pan).
Before you grab this stove and go, make sure that your hiking spot allows cooking with wood.