Are you ready for your camping trip?Have you decided how you’ll prepare your meals?
If you’re not a fan of campfires, one of the most essential items on your checklist should be a camping stove, but do you know how to choose a good one?
When it comes to buying a camping stove, you need to consider factors such as where you’ll be using the stove, the distance you’ll be traveling, durability, cost, and the availability and additional cost of the fuel source required for that stove.
Speaking of fuel, wood is one of the best options. Wood is easy to source even if you’re on the go. It’s also very light, making it ideal for long distance hikes.
Moreover, nothing comes cheaper than free wood in the form of fallen trees or branches. So, it’s a great choice if you don’t like the idea of costly fuels.
These two brands have several models of wood-burning camping stoves, so many, in fact, that we can’t review them all.
Instead, we’re going to compare two of their best-selling units –the Ohuhu Wood-burning Camping Stove and the Solo Stove Lite Wood-burning Backpacking Stove – and see how they stack against up in a camp-cooker showoff.
Specs Overview – Ohuhu vs. Solo Stove
|Product||Weight||Material||Key design feature|
|#1. Ohuhu |
Our Best Pick
|14.2 ounces||High-grade stainless steel||1. Three-arm pot support system for maximum stability|
|#2. Solo Stove Lite |
|8.96 ounces||304 stainless steel and nichrome wire||1. Unique double-wall design. |
2. Produces ultra-clean gasification and efficient combustion.
Let’s have a more in-depth look at each of these stoves.
Ohuhu Wood-burning Camping Stove
This Ohuhu stove is a high-quality, budget wood-burning camping stove, made of high-grade stainless steel. At 14.2 ounces, it prides itself on being compact, stable, portable, and easy to set up.
The Ohuhu’s stability is mainly attributed to its three-arm support system.
This stove is capable of burning at high temperatures. It can also withstand heavy pots, thanks to high-grade stainless-steel construction.
Besides being compact in size, Ohuhu stoves also come with a carrying case making it very easy to carry and transport.
You can use wood, leaves, twigs, and pinecones as fuel for this stove, and it’s tough enough to withstand some physical abuse while you are out in the wild too.
However, the Ohuhu Wood Burning Camping Stovedoes have a few disadvantages:
- It burns fuel quickly. You have to add fuel frequently.
- The pot-holding arms can break easier than the rest of the stove.
- Ash can pile up fast with some types of fuel, clogging the fuel tray
Solo Stove Lite Wood-burning Backpacking Stove
Made of 304 stainless steel and nichrome wire, this award-winning compact wood-burning camping stove features a unique and patented design that allows fuel to burn more efficiently with minimal smoke production.
This stove weighs about 9 ounces and can boil 34 ounces of water in about 8 minutes.
The Solo Lite features a cooking ring that directs its flame and minimizes cooking time.
It also has vent holes that help to create a hotter flame that can burn longer once started. Starting said fire is also quite easy.
You can use leaves, twigs, or pinecones as fuel. This Solo stove is lightweight and hence very portable.
However, it, too, has its disadvantages, including:
- You must chop fuel options into small pieces.
- Because they are in small pieces, fuel has to be added frequently.
- The fire temperature fluctuates easily.
- Costly compared to similar products.
Comparing Ohuhu and Solo Wood Burning Camping Stoves
- Construction and durability
The Solo Stove is cylindrical-shaped and features full stainless-steel construction. It has a base diameter of 4.25 inches, a height of 3.8/5.7 inches, and weighs about 9 ounces.
In terms of function and durability, the Solo Stove is a multiple award winner. Its Backpacking magazine’s #1 wood-burning backpacking stove pick and won the 2014 Gear of the Year award from 50 Campfires & Section Hiker.
The Solo’s unique double-wall design helps to generate ultra-clean gasification and secondary gasification, which can boil a liter of water in under 10 minutes.
The Ohuhu stove, on the other hand, is somewhat larger and heavier. It weighs a little over 14 ounces with a 5.3-inch base diameter and 5.3-inch height.
It is also made of high-quality, heat-resistant stainless steelwith a design that promotes even heat distribution and a vent at the bottom to enhance airflow and thermal efficiency.
The Ohuhu stove is more stable than the Solo Stove, thanks to its three-arm support system, which provides a sturdy cooking surface. As a result, it can also support bigger pots and pans.
Many people avoid the Solo Stove because it is much more expensive compared to other stainless-steel wood-burning camping stoves. The Ohuhu is far less costly.
However, the Solo Stove may be a better choice for you if durability and performance matter more than price in your eyes.
However, if you have a limited budget, but need a full-function wood-burning camping stone with decent durability, the Ohuhu stove can make a great choice.
Final call: Ohuhu vs. Solo Stove
Solo certainly provides high-quality, durable, portable stoves, but Ohuhu stoves deliver the same essential features along with some other extra features for only a fraction of the cost.
Ohuhu also has a three-armed potholder design, which helps to distribute heat evenly on the pot along with air vents at the bottom, and an alcohol plate that allows you to use a secondary fuel.
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