The Solo Titan is a two piece (4, counting pot and lid) cooking system that utilizes secondary combustion or wood gasification to very efficiently burn small sticks and focus the heat where it is needed.
Wood gas stoves offer some key advantages over petrol/gas stoves, including weight and sustainability. You’ll probably never run out of twigs, and twigs are literally as big a piece of fuel as you need with either size Solo Stove.
In a word, superb. Cardboard box with color pics and basic instructions, then a quality nylon drawstring bag containing the pot. Open that up, pull the lid off the pot, and there’s another drawstring bag holding the stove and pot stand. This is a HUGE improvement over the craptastic bag that my original Solo Stove was sent in when I got it. Kudos for two bags as well, since you don’t want to nest your dirty stove directly inside your cookwear.
Solo Pot 1800:
The pot is 1800cc (duh) and has graduated measurements stamped into the sidewall for both English and metric, 20/30/40/50/60oz and .4/.8/1.2/1.6L. Markings every 8oz would have made more sense to me from a cooking standpoint, but its easy enough to eyeball it. The pot has curved wire handles that fold to the side typical of backpacking cookwear, a bail, and a pour spout on the left side. Being left handed, I view this as racism since its clearly set up for a right handed pour. I’ll get over it.
Ok, the stove is simply excellent. Material quality and construction are very good, my original Solo is dirty but still solid after MUCH use, and if anything the Titan seems to be even better made. (They are dishwasher safe btw if you don’t like leaving dust in your gear.)
I gathered a handful of twigs and sticks in the yard in less than a minute, none bigger in diameter than a finger, broke them up into bits about three inches long and got it burning right off. The Titan is very easy to light due to its large firebox, and very easy to feed as well. It boiled a quart of water in a little over 6 minutes. The pot stand holds not only the 1800 pot, it works with the much smaller pot I nest my original Solo and Svea123 in. Better still, the Titan pot stand will easily hold an 8″ Lodge cast iron skillet (I made some killer bacon and eggs with mine). AND the pot stand is backwards compatible with the original Solo. AND a Swedish milsurp Trangia alcohol stove will nest in either size Solo as though it were designed to.*I haven’t tested a burn with the alcohol stove yet, but it looks like is going to be perfect.*
Should you buy one? Yes. Get the pot too, nesting cookwear is cool. The Titan easily replaces any large
single burner stove with a light weight (relatively) and more environmental solution. Not that I’m replacing anything with mine, I’m a stove whore, but I’m very glad to have it, as well as my original Solo in the tool chest. It will likely become my primary backpacking stove, with the smaller Solo as backup. Currently my original Solo is my primary with my Svea123 as backup, or vice versa depending on how cold the morning is. The one thing the Svea, or my Dragonfly or Whisperlite does better than my original Solo is boil a lot of water quickly, which when winter camping at night is huge (hot water filled Nalgene FTW). The Titan boils a quart of water in near as makes no difference the same time as a petrol stove but without carrying the fuel. I bet anything a big bottle of white gas, and a Svea or Whisperlite, weighs more than the Titan and pot.
For the TL;DR crowd, the Titan with its matched pot is a truly heroic stove and The Gear Whores endorses it wholeheartedly. Thanks for checking out the review, and stay tuned for tons of pics and vids of this and other great stuff in the future!