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A Review of the Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove

By · March 9, 2023

When you're in the market for a small camp stove there are a few things that the stove needs to have in order to make it worth putting into your backpack or packing it with your gear. Let’s take a look at what Solo Stove has to offer and see if the Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove has what it takes.

Solo Stove has a trio of camp stoves to choose from, with the Lite being the smallest of the three. Weighing in at just over a half pound it's not a heavyweight, but is it a heavy hitter?

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Solo Stove Lite Specifications:

Diameter: 4.25 in
Height: 5.7 in
Weight: 9 oz
Fuel type: wood
Cooks for: 1-2 people
Price: $69.99

Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove Specifications

Who should use the Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove?

Think about what the Lite is. It’s a small wood-burning camp stove, that is light enough to stuff in a backpack, with heating and cooking capabilities. The potential of a small lightweight camp stove is only limited by the fuel source. And depending on where you're at, fuel could be unlimited.

It can be used by:

  • Campers
  • Hikers
  • Backyard Enthusiasts
  •  Survivalists
Solo Stove Lite Camping

Campers will love the portability and compatibility and how easy it is to use. There's no set up other than removing from the handy carry case and adding sticks and lighting them.

What is included with the Solo Stove Lite?

Solo always has a starter set, with one or two accessories added, and a carrying case if it applies. The Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove comes with a carrying case in the basic set. But there is a really cool setup you can get to heat things up.

The Lite Gear Kit comes with the Lite camp stove, Pot 900. Windscreen, Alcohol Burner, Fire Starter, Tinder on A Rope, and a free carrying case.

Lite Gear Kit

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Warranty wise Solo Stove is fair and reasonable in its offerings and seems to go out of its way to make sure that if there's a problem, fix it, even if it's part or all the customer's fault. In the case of misuse, they have a very kind courtesy offer. 

When is the best time to use the Solo Stove Lite?

The best time to use the Lite Camp Stove is when you are wanting to have the option for hot food or hot coffee on a camping or backpacking trip. It's really only limited by open fire restrictions, fuel sources, weather, and activities.

Solo Stove Lite Morning Coffee

For some of us a hot coffee in the morning is a ticket to a good day, so having the option to start up a quick fire and throw a small percolator on the burner is a slice of heaven.

For an overnight backpacking trip a camp stove can add the warmth to your evening meal that will be the icing on the cake.

Where can you buy the Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove?

The Lite can be found in several online stores including the Solo Stove web site, which at the moment is also the place you can find the best price.

You can also find it on other websites and retail stores such as:

  • Amazon
  • REI
  • Walmart
  • eBay

Shop around, the prices can vary significantly.

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The popularity of Solo Stove camp stoves is because of several key attributes.

  • Available accessories
  • Smokeless
  • Stylish
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Weight

The versatility and range of the Solo Stove Lite camp stove is accommodating at the least and functionally sound at its best. For a 2-person stove the Lite delivers everything it should. Portability, functionality, and adaptability all of which make Solo camp stoves quite popular. 

Lite4.25 in5.7 in9 oz1-2 people$69.99
Titan5.1 in7.9 in16.5 oz2-3 people$84.99
Campfire7 in9.25 in2.2 lb3-4 people$104.99
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Solo Stove Camp Stove Sizes

As if it's just in its DNA Solo Stove creates a range of sizes to choose from and in this case, it might be affordable to just get one of each. But if that's not possible you have three sizes to choose from, all functioning in precisely the same manner making the only real difference in their size.

As you can see from the chart above the increments of size and weight make them all portable, so you can pick your activity and grab the correct stove or you can choose a stove and create the outing around it.

Our Opinion

Having spent quite a bit of time outdoors, camping, and hiking, we have our favorite gear, stoves included. But when we ran across the Solo Stove camp stoves we had to try them. So on a recent hike, we went with the Lite.

Weight can be an issue when you are doing overnight hikes, but splitting your gear with a partner allows you the opportunity to carry a few more luxury items. The Lite really isn't a weight issue coming in at 9 oz so throwing a small coffee pot into the one backpack wasn’t going to break anyone’s back, and so worth it in the morning.

Solo Stove Lite in Wilderness

During the day depending on the weather most of the food we eat is trail mix, and other snacks, and lunch generally is put together cold as well. Saving the hot meal for camp is generally our plan.

We were in an area that allowed open fires so there was no issue there. The time from gathering sticks to lighting the fire to pouring the hot water for our meals wasn’t really an issue because we were camped for the night, and had plenty of daylight left, to take our time.

Solo Stove Lite Camp Stove Fire

The fire was a nice little addition with the smell of burning wood, and since there were no fire rings where we were, we opted not to build a campfire, so the Lite due to its size didn't really impact the area at all. It was kinda cute, this little fire in comparison to the great outdoors but we were enjoying a warm meal.

Overall, the only issue we would have with the Lite, is that they take a while to cool down, and since they burn wood they are restricted to places that allow open fires. Rain wasn’t an issue on this hike, but if the wood is wet or it's raining the difficulties I would guess would add up quickly. That might be a test for another day.

Overall, the Solo Stove Lite camp stove has its place and time and proved to be functional as advertised.

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Is a Solo Stove Camp Stove worth it?

Smokeless, functional, lightweight, and priced right, so yes, it's worth it.

What can be used for fuel in a Solo Stove Camp Stove?

Hardwood is recommended for a hotter fire and easier cleanups.

Will a Solo Stove melt my deck?

It probably won't burn your deck but there's a possibility it can damage it, so placing directly onto your deck is not recommended. 

Does the Solo Stove give off a lot of heat?

The amount of heat that will radiate depends on the size of the fire and in this case the size of the stove. But it will get hot.

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