When I first started learning survival skills many years ago I couldn’t afford the more expensive gear that was available. So I either made it myself or learned to do it primitive style. Granted I still love that but time has changed my song about gear. A small stove in a pack, Bug-Out bag or Every Day Carry is a big plus. Personally I like stand-alone stoves which don’t require fuel calls, batteries or alcohol. Murphy always likes to play hob with anything that you can’t replace in the middle of nowhere. So my interest was perked when I first discovered Solo Stove and their small line of wood burning stoves which includes the Titan seen here. I purchased the Titan test stove at regular retail price for my own personal use and testing.
The Titan is the second stove offered by Solo Stove and a big brother to their original Solo model. Like the Solo the Titan is a double-wall natural convection inverted down-gas gassifer stove. It features one-piece pressed no-seam stainless steel construction. This type of construction makes for a very strong stove, and has a bright satin finish.
The Titan’s fire grate is made from Nicrome wire that will withstand 2,550 degrees F, which is hotter than a wood campfire will get. Thoughtfully, it will fit inside a 1.8 liter pot, also available from Solo, making it handy for a small group of people. The nice thing about the Titan is once it gets burning hot it pulls the smoke thru the firebox and burns it again creating a smaller signature. Solo calls it a ‘natural convection inverted down-gas gassifer stove’. Basically it burns the wood gasses created by making charcoal and then burns the charcoal.
My testing showed the burn time to be quite long with a ‘top down fire’. The firebox is relatively large providing a great amount of heat. A bit of time spent gathering sticks and twigs, broken into about three inch lengths, will ensure a lengthy cooking time. Plus it is easily fed more fuel through a cut-out in the top piece.
Initially the cup used during testing didn’t like to sit on the three pot supports, but several small adjustments from my trusty SOG power pliers fixed that. A larger cup or pot would be ideal. I built a top down burning fire and initially it smoked like I was making a tin of charcloth from denim jeans. Lucky for me as all the mosquitoes in the area thought I had an open bar sign displayed. Once it got going though, the smoke mostly disappeared. Testing consisted of bringing 18 ounces of water to a rolling boil in a water bottle stainless steel cup. Starting water temperature was 60 degrees F with an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F at 1,030 feet above Sea Level. Pine and Cottonwood approximately .75 inch in diameter were used for fuel during testing. It boiled 18 ounces of water in 5 minutes flat. A quick loading of the stove provided a solid 25 minute burn time, easily enough to boil the cup several times over. Keep in mind this is a larger pack stove rather than a super compact piece. It will fit an appropriate sized pot with a smaller cup loaded with fire starting equipment stored inside. All in all this is a tough, well-made stove, designed and built in the USA.
Solo Titan Specifications
Packed size, inches: H 5.1 x W 5.1
Assembled size, inches: H 7.9 x W 5.1
Weight, ounces: 16.5
Construction material: Stainless steel and Nicrome wire
Boil time, 18 ounces: 5 minutes
Made in the USA
Manufacturer: Solo Stove www.solostove.com