Lately, we decided to upgrade our old stove, which whilst having performed admirably, was not ours and was also rather difficult to source the correct sized gas can. Little did we know quite how many options we had... it makes choosing tomatoes look like child's play, and that is hard enough. One large web based company lists 4,197 different products under camping stove. A quick task quickly spiralled into a gargantuan one. Hours were devoted to research into boil time and efficiency; boil time we decided to be unimportant, however the gas efficiency was only listed on a few. Size was important too, the last stove could not be rightly called compact.
Following a fraught process, after which the stove we finally whittled our choices down to was unavailable within a 250 mile radius, we were back to square one. Then suddenly we fast-tracked; we discovered multi-fuel burners, which sounded interesting, but we weren't sure if our fledgling camping skills were savvy enough. Or if you can fill up a small stove canister with petrol at the pump. Or if that was not possible whether we wanted to sleep with a jerry can of petrol as bedfellow. It all seemed a bit closer to the Everest experience than we wanted.
But then...we came across the wood burner stove, not a half tonne iron job but super light, portable camping stoves that you can fuel for free. There was also only a choice of a dozen or so, indicating much better odds of not picking the dud option. After toying with a clever design which charges your phone as you cook dinner, we figured that an extra £70 was probably not worth it, especially as we don't use much gadgetry when we're on the road. So we bought the Solo Stove Titan, that is not too expensive and not too cheap, looks neat and has mostly positive reviews. Thus follows our adventures in wood fire wizardry, duh-duh-duuuuuuhhh...
So genuinely, the SST is a really cool idea. We don't have to carry fuel or throw away empties, just pick up literally a handful of tiny sticks. It fits our coffee press on it (if only by a sparse millimetre or two). It cooks pretty efficiently, certainly enough for our standards. It cools down fairly quickly, and doesn't even slightly burn the ground. All good really...
Oh yeah, but it turns ALL our shit black.