User Review: Solo Stove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
The stove is not a bad stove. I purchased it for the price but upon receiving it, I realized that it is a bit too heavy for backpacking. It was my fault though, a couple of ounces doesn't seem much until you actually hold it. It is heavier than an alcohol stove setup or even a lightweight canister stove and fuel setup. It would be good for a survival kit or cooking one person "solo" meals when camping.
- Unstable Pot Support
I tried to post a review on the company's website but they delete all of their negative reviews. The reviews are also doctored on Amazon. On their website, they are offering the stove on sale for $59.95 AND a 5-star review must be written for it in order to make the purchase.
They are certainly in the market to buy reviews—after purchasing one, buyers are enticed to make a positive YouTube review on it to receive a 20 dollar rebate and a 45 dollar rebate for a positive website or blog review.
To top off the cake, they are offering a buy-one-get-one-free for Amazon purchases if buyers make a 5 star review after purchase. Well, I don't need an extra stove and I certainly would not have purchased from them if I knew they were doing this.
I thought it was peculiar when contacting them with questions prior to purchasing the stove but like a fool, I dismissed it. They claimed that they DID NOT take anyone's idea for the stove but instead, simply "improved" upon existing stoves on the market. He has "designed" the Solo Stove after many hours of research and testing done in order to achieve the "perfect dimensions" for the "one of most efficient stoves on the market". Uh, what? I've seen a stove that has the exact same dimensions for years before this one.
They make no mention of where it is made in but it is made in China and the steel is similar to what you get when you buy pots that are made in China.
The pot support is also not very stable with all pots despite their claims. I will try to find a pot that will be more stable on it (probably a Snow Peak 900) and maybe even try to contact Bushbuddy to see if they will sell just the pot support (theirs has 4 tabs on the pot support).