Soto Compact Foldable Stove Review


Base stats:
– BTU:  11K
– Weight:  5 oz
Stove comparison chart

This thing is truly a work of art.

It’s hard to believe that a stove setup could be this small.

This stove has two critical advantages:

First, it’s so small that when all folded up, it can fit inside a GSI Halulite mug (solo) sideways. SIDEWAYS!!! This means that I can have a gas canister, silicone pot holder, tiny folding utensil, AND this stove in the GSI mug and still completely close the silicone lid.

With everything packed in there, it’s actually heavier than a jetfoil Sol, but much much smaller. So if you’re willing to sacrifice a little weight difference in return for a much more compact size, freeing up space in your pack, than this is definitely the way to go.

But the Soto has another advantage as well: The fold out support arms to hold a mug or put is incredibly durable and very wide, allowing for a highly stable setup compared to other units. In fact, compared to every other compact stove using arms out there, this is by far the most stable. Obviously, the Jetboil Sol or the MSR Reactor is more stable, but then those are cooking systems specifically designed to work together, whereas this is a much simpler unit.

Even better, the entire setup is a single unit.

The Soto Windmaster is another nice stove, but it has multiple pieces as the support arms are separate.
(It also doesn’t fit in a mug when there’s a gas canister in there)

The MSR Microrocket, another ingenious device is also two pieces, since the piezo igniter is separate.

This compact foldable stove is now so coveted that it’s become part of my 24 emergency go-bag (a waist pack with some emergency gear in it).

For ultralight backpackers who want to maximize space in smaller packs, you won’t do better than this. To make the setup even lighter, you could use a titanium mug instead of the GSi Halulite and then you’d achieve smaller size and lighter weight than the Jetboil Sol.

Either way, happy camping!

Excerpt from Gear Junkie (author: shaun):

Having some trial and error experience with Jetboil, I can point out a few things about the fuel, and a few things that have worked for me. First, NOT all canister fuel is created equal. Here are a few for comparison, each with the relative temp values of each fuel – canister fuels are generally a mixture, and they are different ratios.

– Brunton/Kovea: 0% n-butane, 70% isobutane, 30% propane
– Coleman: 60% n-butane, 0% isobutane, 40% propane
– Primus: 70% n-butane, 10% isobutane, 20% propane
– Peak1: 70% n-butane, 0% isobutane, 30% propane
– MSR IsoPro: 0% n-butane, 80% isobutane, 20% propane
– JetPower: 0% n-butane, 80% isobutane, 20% propane
– Snow Peak: 0% n-butane, 65% isobutane, 35% propane

This is important since all fuels vaporize at different temps. Without some fuel left in the canister that is vaporized – it will leave no pressure to feed fuel to the stove. n-Butane vaporizes at 31°F. Isobutane vaporizes at 11°F. Propane vaporizes at -43°F. Essentially what that means is that n-Butane will not vaporize below 31°F, while the other mixtures do and leave useless liquid n-butane in the canister. At 11°F the same phenomenon happens with Isobutane.

So.. A low (or no) n-Butane mixture, and higher propane mixture are more suitable for colder temps.

End Excerpt.

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