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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

The best solid fuel stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 26, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Solid Fuel Stove Reviews

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

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