Gear Review: Solo Stove’s Wood-Burning Campfire StoveSolo Stove products aren't cheap, but they're durable, versatile, and worth the investment for outdoor enthusiasts.
- Words Neal Wanderman
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The soaring popularity of moto-camping has just as much to do with ease and affordability as it does the desire to escape. Modern camping gear makes it easier than ever to pack up the bike and head out into the wild. A rider’s camping kit — tents, sleeping bags, stoves, and the like — is smaller, lighter, and more portable than ever.
For example, the Solo Stove.
In the decade or so since it was introduced, the indomitable Solo Stove and its sleek, ingenious design have revolutionized the campfire-for-one (or two). The stainless steel bowl and its remarkable secondary burn system have made starting, using, and disposing of a personal-sized campfire as easy as finding a handful of sticks and twigs in the woods.
The Solo Stove was an immediate hit with backpackers and overlanders upon its release, and today the brand is one of the most recognizable names in camping equipment. The company makes a variety of stoves and firepits of various sizes these days, plus various requisite cooking accessories, all in that sleek, classic stainless steel design that made the OG Solo Stove so recognizable.
If you’re heading out to a campground in your pickup or RV, the 20-inch Solo Stove Bonfire makes a great portable campsite firepit. Heck, I use it in the backyard when I’m not loading it in the back of the truck for camping trips; it’s that easy to use, clean, and move. But for motorcyclists, it’s the smaller Solo Stoves that make moto-camping a breeze.
The Solo Stove Campfire, along with the Solo Stove Titan and the original Solo Stove Lite, produce a hotter fire and less smoke than typical campfires thanks to Solo’s brilliant 360-degree Airflow Design. Holes on the bottom and inside of the fire pit allow cold air to be drawn in by the flames. Half of the air goes underneath the flame and feeds the coal bed, while the other half is drawn up the sidewalls and released through interior holes around the perimeter at the top, creating a “secondary burn” for a campfire that’s hotter and more efficient than a simple open flame. A hotter burn means a more efficient burn less ash top dispose of, and cleaning is simply a matter of waiting for the Solo Stove to cool, then dumping it out safely. (There’s an ash pan underneath the nichrome wire grate where the wood is burned).
Best of all, with the small camp stoves you can build a fire using thumb-sized twigs and sticks, and get a fire hot enough to boil water in about 10 minutes. No logs, no kindling — and no hatchet—required. It’s better than a camp stove — and not just because there’s no bulky and dangerous propane to tote. Check out Solo Stove’s YouTube page for more info and helpful info.
The Campfire ($105 at solostove.com; was $150) measures just 7x7x7 inches, and it’s ideal for a big enough fire to feed three or four. The midsized Titan and the backpack-friendly Lite are perfect for motorcyclists camping alone or in pairs.