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Solid Fuel Stoves

Solid fuel stoves burn fuel tabs.

Pros

Cons

  • 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

The best solid fuel stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 11, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Solid Fuel Stove Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Esbit Pocket Stove

This was the perfect stove for the Kalalau Trail. The trail required long and short flights, so gas fuel was not an option. The trail was wet and long so the material and the weight of this stove and its fuel were perfect. -Esbit Stove and Vargo Bot 700 pictured bottom right- (Note: to comfortably use the Esbit stove with my chosen boiling vessel, two titanium tent stakes were used to create a stable boiling area.) Esbit stove with Vargo Bot 700 used with two titanium tent stakes for better balance… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

A good compact cook kit ...     I converted this unit to accept a DIY soda can alcohol stove by removing the solid fuel tray. If I want the tray back I secure it with a short flathead bolt with a wingnut underneath. A third option is to remove the tray and burn twigs and small pieces of wood.  Now I have three stove fuel options that work pretty well. A windscreen is recommended for all three methods of cooking though. A screen made from an aluminum can is what I use and it fits well coiled inside… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Esbit 1100ml Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset

This 1100 ml pot and stove provide an easy, simple solution for boiling water for 1-2 people. One can do more than just boil water, but solid fuel offers no means of flame control. The kit is relatively compact and relatively light, with the stove base nesting in the pot, and it is well-made of anodized aluminum and stainless steel. The stove is susceptible to wind, though, and—while light and easy to use—solid fuel tablet cost can add up when boiling larger quantities of water. An easy-to-use… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Esbit Titanium Stove

Compact, reliable, lightweight, indestructible. What’s not to like about a titanium micro stove that simply works? Sure, it’s not fast nor lava-hot. But it gets the job done in almost every situation and condition during most outdoors activities. It’s perfect for lightweight types who also want to avoid bulk and complexity. Sometimes simple and basic is the best option. I can’t think of an easier piece of camping gear to use than this stove. Certainly not other kind of stove, as this just… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Esbit Pocket Stove

A small multi-option stove that is totally dependable and travel worthy. This stove can burn almost any fuel, but it cannot be used with a Trangia burner or gas stove. I have seen some micro can/alcohol burners though and I definitely recommend it for the bob or as a backup to the Sterno stove, the only two you really need. Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Sterno Portable Folding Stove

This is basically a windscreen and pot holder. This is basically a windscreen and pot holder you can use with almost any fuel or stove, and it’s cheap and easy to store. I recommend getting one just to have it and leaving it in the car or bob. Full review

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