Solid Fuel Stoves

Solid fuel stoves burn fuel tabs.



  • small
  • lightweight
  • can be DIY-ed
  • quiet
  • slower cooking times
  • fuel tabs are more expensive
  • fuel tabs not as easy to find
  • can't control the temperature
  • need wind protection
  • tabs can smell

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The best solid fuel stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 1, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Solid Fuel Stove Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Esbit Pocket Stove

Good for its designed purpose. The Esbit stove is a nice stove for simple cooking. If moving from one hunting camp to another, or along game/mountain trails throughout the day, I don't have to break out the Dragonfly and assemble/disassemble it to cook up Ramen-style noodles and coffee. It allows me to eat quick and move on. If I find an outstanding area to glass it's easy to set up, boil water for a coffee and glass the area with a coffee (that is really living). If I need to move in a hurry,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove

Very good for four-season solo or couple backpacking stove. Preheat and fuel recovery somewhat annoying, but it would build up with patience and practice. Preheating should be very cautious, unless overheating may result in overwhelming volcanic flame. Of course windscreen is mandatory and most important factor of stove efficiency, even in no wind. Suitable for 600~750 titanium cup. Previous version was very difficult, too slippery not to use practically. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

The Esbit Solid Fuel Cookset (model CS585HA) is a portable, lightweight cookset that will heat up to 16 ounces of liquid using a solid-fuel cube. It's great for a solo tripper who wants to brew up some coffee or heat up a tin of beans or some soup. Nice to take along on a longer trip as a backup stove. I have edited a video review of the Esbit Solid Fuel Cookset. Please have a look: Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

This kit is very lightweight and durable. It is also very compact. I have had this kit for a few years now and have used it on more than one section hike. I do like the kit, however, if there is any chance of windy conditions, I wouldn't recommend it. I do like how small and compact the kit is. It really packs down small. It is very lightweight. I added a few things to the kit. Made the most of the empty space inside and only added a few ounces. I still use mine, however, for me I use it primarily… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Esbit Pocket Stove

Aargh... I was going to say something like: "Throw this POS into the creek." That would have been a mistake. Never throw garbage into the out of doors, neither into water nor on land. Smash it with a hammer and throw it into the metal recycling bin. Who has not seen these in places like Wally World? Of late they have developed a reputation of sorts among the fast and light crowd, but for what reason is beyond my comprehension.  The fuel is expensive. The fuel is hard to find. The fuel stinks. The… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

Other reviews summarize it, so I won't rehash things (much)... Has mini fry-pan/cover, larger pot, stand, alcohol burner, tablet stand. Both pots have coated butterfly handles. Everything nests together in a mesh bag. The tablet stand seems to place the flame at pretty much the right height and the alcohol burner is a Trangia-type alcohol burner, but unlike Trangia the ESBIT has a foldout handle on the simmer ring to help adjust the opening to control flame/heat while in the pot stand. Everything… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Esbit Pocket Stove

This product is a good alternative to alcohol stoves and butane stoves. It packs up about the same volume as the other stoves, although its shape I think makes it pack better. My first use and impressions of the Esbit Pocket Stove are mixed. In some ways I think it's better than a butane stove and burner or the alcohol stove. Weight is not so much of a factor either way. Meaning, the Esbit stove is light enough, but the solid fuel blocks add up in weight, as realistically you've got to carry one… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove

The 2017 Vargo Triad is a very sturdy and functional alcohol/solid fuel stove that I will continue to use due to its bomb proof design and consistent alcohol burn times. It has some inconveniences with the need to use at least 1.5 ounces of fuel and difficulty in recovering leftover alcohol, so may not be the best option for boil in bag solo hikers, but works well for two people and other cooking styles who want the flexibility of using multiple fuel types depending on conditions. Note that this… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

Not a very good stove. The design of this stove is its weak point. Esbit fuel works as expected. The pot is well made with a good lid. The stove does not work. The fuel is too low to boil water. I tried wind screens, a DIY sliding door to close the side port, all to no avail.   My overall impression is one of disappointment. The stove is SO close to workable, but it fails to do the one thing it is made for, heating stuff. I was going through my equipment and supplies this afternoon for the upcoming… Full review

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Solid Fuel Options

  • Hexamine
  • Esbit
  • trioxane
  • fuel paste
  • candle/paraffin
  • see also wood/biomass and solid alcohol