Use an oven grade piece of aluminum foil on top or lightly crimped around the pot to avoid soot on the pot. Works as advertised. Full review
Great four-season stove! My experience is with the similar Bush Buddy stove from which the Solo Stove is a knockoff. If for some reason you need to move the stove while it is cooking, it does not get hot on the outside and can, therefore, be moved by hand. While cooking, the bottom does not get hot either. Therefore it is safe to use on a wood table or wood floor of a shelter. This can be important if it is raining. Nor does is score the ground like other wood burning stoves. The stove is easy add… Full review
The Solo Stove is a simple, functional, and well-designed wood (biomass) burning stove. It burns freely available fuel efficiently while leaving no footprint. It has many advantages over other types of stoves while its disadvantages are confined to those inherent to this class of stoves, and not the Solo Stove in itself. Specs per the manufacturer: Packed size: Height 3.8 inches, Width 4.25 inches Weight: 9 oz (my sample is 8.5 oz) Materials: 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire Fuel: sticks, twigs,… Full review
Poor quality stainless steel—it rusts! Here's my take on the Solo Stove (Original). The BushBuddy company's owner was not/is not financially backed in the way that the Solo Stove company was funded; thus the stove pattern/type was *copied* with someone looking to capitalize upon the BushBuddy's success. I purchased a BushBuddy back in 2002 from the maker owner and realized he is a one person CRAFTSMAN, and made YOUR BushBuddy stove to order. He uses QUALITY materials that have stood up to 13 years… Full review
The Solo Stove works as advertised, and is an efficient wood-burning stove. It is great for packing where you can find small sticks to use as fuel, which is mostly everywhere. The top rack for the pot has some sharp edges. I read a lot on this and competing stoves before buying the Solo Stove (nearly didn't because it's clearly copied from a previous stove, but IP protection is lacking, so that's life). I used this in a test in my barn before using it on the trail several times, and was very pleased. Full review
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