Solo Stove Pic Review & The Top Lit Updraft Method

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Solo Stove recently sent me a Solo Stove Titan and Solo Stove Pot 1800. I fired it up a few times and wanted to share my observations with you through pics.

As I did a little research before receiving it, I learned that the Solo Stove is a one piece wood gasifier and should utilize a Top Lit Updraft (TLUD) system.  This is very different than you see Solo Stoves reviewed on Youtube.  In fact, the only really good example on Youtube that I found of TLUD is a Permies video. Most people who review the Solo Stove, use it like a tin can stove.  They build the fire at the bottom and start adding fuel.  This doesn’t utilize the Solo Stove the way it was supposed to be used!

TLUD works like this:  You fill the Solo Stove up with wood, really stack it in their good!  You then start a fire at the top of the wood stack.  As the fire gets going, the wood underneath, gets hot and produces gas.  This gas goes up the inside chamber of the Solo Stove and gets burned.  This makes for a very efficient, hot and smokeless fire.

The Solo Stove uses a lot of wood.  You’ll have to keep feeding it while you are cooking or heating up water.  But as you’ll see below, these are small chunks of wood.  So you really could do this with twigs and small sticks, whatever you find on the forest floor.  It is a small stove that will heat up your pot quickly.  I went from cold tap water to boiling water in 5 minutes, as you’ll see.

The only thing negative I have to say about the Solo Stove was getting it started.  This is not really the Solo Stove’s fault.  This was my fault.  But I purposed to not use anything else than what I could find outside.  I used dry grass/straw as my tinder.  I realized that I was trying to pack it too tight.  Once I got the grass started and then added to it by dropping it on top of the already lit fire, it caught quickly.

The Solo Stove Titan and Solo Stove Pot 1800 are solidly built!  These two pieces will go through a lot of abuse!  You can purchase the set on Amazon.

Below you’ll see the PICS I took  I added captions to each pic.

The bottom of the Solo Stove Titan. The grate allows for gas to channel up the side chamber.

The bottom of the Solo Stove Titan. The grate allows for gas to channel up the side chamber.

Notice the wholes at the top. This is where the gas comes out from the bottom. You'll see how they resemble jets of fire in another pic.

Notice the holes at the top. This is where the gas comes out from the bottom. You’ll see how they resemble jets of fire in another pic.

This pic serves to let you see how tall the Solo Stove Titan is. That's a Mora standing up next to it.

This pic serves to let you see how tall the Solo Stove Titan is. That’s a Mora standing up next to it.

Starting to stack the wood at the bottom.

Starting to stack the wood at the bottom.

Stacking more wood. The tighter you get it in there, the longer burn time you'll have.

Stacking more wood. The tighter you get it in there, the longer burn time you’ll have.

Smaller pieces towards the top of the wood stack.

Smaller pieces towards the top of the wood stack.

Dry grass and wood at the top. Having a little trouble getting it stay lit!

Dry grass and wood at the top. Having a little trouble getting it stay lit!

Realized I need to keep dropping dry grass on the top to get it to catch.

Realized I need to keep dropping dry grass on the top to get it to catch.

The stove is going now. I added the cooking ring.

The stove is going now. I added the cooking ring.

Placed the Solo Stove Pot 1800 on the cooking ring with two cups of water. Started watching my clock at 11:12.

Placed the Solo Stove Pot 1800 on the cooking ring with two cups of water. Started watching my clock at 11:12.

As I watched the water, I added more chunks of wood in the space provided.

As I watched the water, I added more chunks of wood in the space provided.

After two minutes, I start seeing signs that the water is boiling.

After two minutes, I start seeing signs that the water is boiling.

Check out those jets! That's the gas coming out the top chambers.

Check out those jets! That’s the gas coming out the top chambers.

After 5 minutes, my water is boiling!

After 5 minutes, my water is boiling!

You can see coals and embers at the bottom, but the fire is pretty much gone at this point.

You can see coals and embers at the bottom, but the fire is pretty much gone at this point.

However, about 30 seconds after adding 5 small chunks of wood, the fire comes back to life!

However, about 30 seconds after adding 5 small chunks of wood, the fire comes back to life!

The bottom of the stove after the fire is allowed to burn out.

The bottom of the stove after the fire is allowed to burn out.

The Solo Stove Pot 1800 has convenient oz and ml markings on the inside. It also comes with handles that allow you to pick it up when it is hot, comes with a cover and has a three point carrying handle that stays in place.

The Solo Stove Pot 1800 has convenient oz and ml markings on the inside. It also comes with handles that allow you to pick it up when it is hot, comes with a cover and has a three point carrying handle that stays in place.

The Solo Stove Titan nestles nicely inside the Solo Stove Pot 1800. The Solo Stove and Pot come with carrying pouches. This helps to make sure the inside of your pot doesn't get dirty!

The Solo Stove Titan nestles nicely inside the Solo Stove Pot 1800. The Solo Stove and Pot come with carrying pouches. This helps to make sure the inside of your pot doesn’t get dirty!

The Solo Stove Pot 1800 with the cover on and before I put it back in the pouch.

The Solo Stove Pot 1800 with the cover on and before I put it back in the pouch.

This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.

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