I’ve been looking for a good cook system to add to my gear. I wanted something strong and versatile but also lightweight and compact. Enter the Solo Stove Titan and Solo Pot 1800!
I have been getting along with just a 40 oz Klean Kanteen and a GSI Glacier mug (which nests perfectly with my Klean Kanteen), but there are limitations as to what you can cook, and how much you can cook at one time.
I did some research on Solo Stove’s product line and found they had 3 models — the Lite (1-2 people), Titan (2-4 people), and Campfire (4 or more people). There would likely only be 1-3 members of my 5 person family in the wilderness at any one time, so I decided on the Titan.
The main reason I chose the Titan was because of the pot that matched. Each Solo Stove has a “companion pot” that the stove itself will nest into, making the combination compact. (The Solo Stove Lite has the Solo Pot 900, the Titan has the 1800, and the Campfire has a 2 Pot Set.) I wanted a pot that had a bail so I could hang the pot over a campfire if I didn’t have the stove. (The bail is also removable.)
I also wanted a pot that had enough capacity to cook enough food for 2-3 people. If there are 2-3 or more of us in the woods, we can feed all of us without much trouble. If I happen to be out in the wilderness alone, I can boil enough water to have a cup of tea or coffee, plus still have enough hot water left over to prepare some dehydrated camp food or homemade MREs.
Solo Stove Titan Features
The Solo Stove is what’s known as a “gasifying stove” which means it reburns the wood gas produced during the first burn to cause a secondary burn flame at the top. This makes for a very clean burn, typically with little to no smoke when it is in full burn mode.
It only takes a handful of twigs, sticks, pinecones or other such “biomass” type fuel to power the Solo Stove. With its design, air comes in through the holes in the bottom of the stove’s double-wall design and enters the burn chamber in two places (refer to image at right).
Air enters through the bottom to help feed the main fire from underneath. Air also travels up the inside of the outer wall and enters the burn chamber through the top holes to feed the secondary burn. This design garners the cleanest and most efficient burn possible. It also means you’ll use less fuel to get the job done!
The removable pot stand features three prongs to hold your camp pot. It has an opening through which you can feed more fuel while you still have your cooking vessel in action. There are also holes in the cooking ring to feed more oxygen to the flame.
If you need to use the Titan in an urban environment (like at a tailgating event) where you may not have access to any biomass fuel, you can use an alcohol burner like this one — which Solo Stove also sells.
Even at a full burn, the stove stays cool at the base. If you need to make slight positioning adjustments, you can do it without burning your fingers. Of course, if you’re wearing a good pair of gloves (like the multicam Mechanix gloves I have), you shouldn’t have to worry about getting burnt at all.
The Solo Stove is made from 304 Stainless steel with a nichrome wire mesh in the burn chamber to hold the biomass fuel. It only weighs 16.5 oz, and is 5.6″ high by 5.1″ in diameter. Fully assembled using the cooking ring, the height reaches 7.9″. Compact, lightweight, and durable — exactly what I was looking for!
Solo Pot 1800 Features
What looks like a plain ol’ camp pot is really something specifically designed (and designed specifically as the companion to the Solo Stove Titan).
The 304 Stainless steel has stamped graduated volume markings so you can measure the right amount of water out for your Mountain House meals or for foraged medicines in the bush. Volume markings are in ounces and milliliters.
The Solo Pot 1800 holds 1800 ml (hence the name) or 61 fl.oz. It is 6.1″ tall, and only 5.5″ in diameter. The container only weighs 12.5 oz.
It features folding handles as well as a removable bail. You can use this over a Solo Stove, any other kind of camp stove, or directly in the coals of your campfire, and still move the pot around with ease using the folding handles. If you don’t have (or don’t feel the need for) a camp stove, you can also hang the Solo Pot 1800 over a fire by its bail handle from a tripod. (Solo Stove actually sells a collapsible tripod made from anodized aluminum that comes with its own carrying pouch.)
There is a low-profile pour spout on one side that will help when you’re trying to pour water into your camp meal pouches. It also doubles as ventilation while you’ve got the lidded pot over the fire. With the lid in place, you can strain water off something inside — pasta, rice, coffee bags, etc.
Lid has rubber coated lift ring that can be loosely locked into place. “Lock” the tab into the upright position so it’s easier to get the lid off without burning yourself. You can also lift the lid without worry that it’ll flop to one side and potentially burn your ungloved hand. (Seriously, just get some gloves, too.)
This combination was literally made for each other. The stove nests perfectly inside the pot.
Both the pot and stove come with nylon stuff sacks. Place the Solo Stove Titan into its sack, slide that inside the Solo Pot 1800, and put the pot into its stuff sack. Now you’ve got a fully functional, self-contained cook set in one small package!
Using those stuff sacks will help you keep the soot off the rest of your gear (and the soot from the stove won’t get into the pot, either).
The combination of the stove and pot will be no larger than the size of the pot itself (6.1″ high by 5.5″ in diameter), and the combined weight is just under 2 lbs (29 oz / 828 g).
So How Do I Like It?
I have to be honest — I tried to find stuff wrong with the Solo Stove Titan and the Solo Pot 1800. I looked, waited, boiled, tested, poured, burned, reburned, and put this combination through its paces. I can honestly say that there is nothing I could find wrong with the combination for the money and the intended uses. Should this opinion EVER change, I WILL be back to change my opinion… but for now, I am totally satisfied!
The only thing I would have appreciated is if they made it in titanium so it would be even lighter, but that would surely jack the price up to astronomical levels.
I have gotten the boil time between 6-8 minutes for a full 1800 ml with the lid on. This time will vary, though, depending on how much water you have in the pot and what kind of wood you’re burning. Hardwoods (oak, hickory, birch, maple, etc) burn hotter than softwoods (pine, cedar, spruce, fir, etc), so you’re more likely to get water to boil faster with oak than with pine.
I didn’t bother cleaning my set beyond wiping them down with a bandana for a few days. When I finally did clean them, there had been no soot residue that pushed through the nylon stuff sacks. I’m not sure if you’d have any issue if the stuff sack gets wet, though.
When I did clean the set, it was as simple as using a Brillo pad to scrub them down… and even then, I didn’t clean the Titan — why clean it when it’s bound to get dirty again? Ok, so I’ll probably clean it at SOME point, but only when I think I won’t be using it for a while. On the other hand, the Solo Pot will get cleaned every time it gets used. (I’ve actually seen people clean their kits using water and wood ash (which makes lye). Check this video.)
It’s easy to get a fire in the stove, easy to keep the pot stable on the cooking ring, and easy to continuously feed fuel into the stove while the pot is in place.
All in all, I love the Solo Stove Titan. Moreover, I love the Solo Pot 1800! Even if I don’t always carry the stove, the cook pot will always be in my regular gear pack. Still, I’m happy to have the stove, as well. If I want to pop out into the woods or out to the park, I can take the set and be able to cook anything I want without having to worry about finding a grill or making a full camp fire.