Solo Stove Titan: Reviewing the Smokeless Backpacking Stove

If you’re looking for an efficient, smokeless wood-burning stove to take with you on your next backpacking trip, look no further than the Solo Stove Titan. We tested this little powerhouse and found that it exceeded our expectations! Keep reading for our full review.

Closeup of flaming Solo Stove Titan
This compact stove is a real Titan

About the Solo Stove Titan

Solo Stove has become known for their smokeless backyard fire pits, but the company actually started making smaller backpacking stoves. Let’s get into some details about the Titan.

What comes with the Titan?

The Titan comes with the stove body, a cooking ring, and a carry case. The cooking ring nests inside the stove when being transported. That’s all there is, and all you really need (other than something to burn and a spark). However, we will cover some accessories to enhance your Titan experience.


The Titan is about 7.5″ tall when the cooking ring is on. The stove itself (without the ring) is about 5.5″ tall. The diameter is about 5″. The Titan weighs 16.5 ounces.

So it’s not the biggest or the smallest backpacking stove on the market. If you’re looking for something considerably smaller, you’ll probably want to consider gas. But for a low smoke wood burning backpacking stove, the Titan is perfectly sized.


Like the bigger backyard Solo Stoves, the Titan is made from high-quality 304 stainless steel. This type of steel will last a lifetime and won’t rust.

We measured the top of the fire ring, and the thickness of the steel is about 20 gauge. That’s a little thinner compared to some fire pits we’re used to, but remember that thicker steel also weighs more. The Titan steel is durable without being overly heavy.

How is the Titan smokeless?

The Titan, and other Solo Stoves, use double-wall technology to achieve what’s called secondary combustion.

Here’s how smokeless technology works:

1) The fire pulls fresh air through holes in the bottom of the stove.

2) Fresh air is all pulled in through a second set of holes near outside bottom of the stove. That air passes through the space between the double-walls, up the sides of the stove.

3) The air becomes heated as it passes through the walls (which are very hot from the fire).

4) The heated air is forced out over the top of the fire and vaporizes smoke before it can escape the stove.

It’s a simple (but really smart) design that is being used by different smokeless fire pit brands.

Cooking with the Titan

Cooking on the Titan stove is fun and easy. The stove comes with a pot support ring, which is about the same size as the stove itself. You’ll need to buy a pot separately. Solo makes a pot called the Solo Stove Pot 1800 that works perfectly with the Titan. You can heat water, soup, camp stew, or just about anything else you can make in a pot.

A small pot of water on a burning Solo Stove Titan
Boiling water over our Solo Stove Titan

You can also use a small backpacking pan to make breakfast (bacon and eggs!), lunch (grilled cheese, please), and dinner.

Another option is to use sticks for roasting hot dogs or marshmallows.

Roasting marshmallows over a Titan!


Solo Stove offers a few accessories to get even more out of your Titan. Two that we would recommend are good pot and a windscreen.


If you’re getting a Titan, you’ll probably want to cook on in. A good pot, like the Pot 1800 from Solo, is well worth the price. It’s called the 1800 because it holds 1800 milliliters (about 60 ounces). With this pot you can make a variety of one-pot meals, or simply heat water for cowboy coffee or tea. It’s made from the same 304 stainless steel that Solo Stove Titan is made from, so you know it’ll last.

You can also pick up the two pot set from Solo Stove. The set includes a 1.5 liter and a 3 liter pot.


A little breeze can help your fire get going, but too much wind can make it really difficult to start your fire. That’s where the Solo Stove Windscreen comes in handy. The freestanding windscreen is several inches taller than the Titan and blocks most of the wind. It’s lightweight aluminum and folds up for easy packing.

Tips for Starting a Fire

Take the hassle out of starting a fire by bringing some material that will catch easy and burn long enough to ignite your twigs and branches. We usually bring along some fatwood sticks and even dryer lint. You can transport the fire-starters in the Titan to save space.

When lighting the fire, shield the wind with your body, a tree, or an actual wind shield. Some airflow is needed to get the fire started, but too much wind will blow it out.

Keeping Your Titan Smokeless

The Titan is designed to be low smoke, but only if you use it as instructed. Here are three important tips for reducing smoke output from your Titan.

  • Use dry hardwood for fuel. Avoid anything wet, and softwoods like pine.
  • The walls of the Titan need to be hot in order to keep the amount of smoke low. Keep the fire burning strong by frequently adding more fuel.
  • Don’t overfill to the point where the fuel is sticking out above the top of the stove.

If you’ve followed these tips and still get a lot of smoke, check out our 5 Tips for a Smokeless Fire.

Solo Stove Lite vs. Campfire vs. Titan

In addition to the Titan, Solo Stove also produces the smaller Lite and larger Campfire backpacking stoves. The three are designed the same, with the main differences being size. Here are the dimensions for each.

Lite4.25″5.7″9 oz
Titan5.1″7.9″16.5 oz
Campfire7″9.25″2.2 lbs

The Lite is designed for use with 1-2 people, the Titan is for 2-4 people, and the Campfire is for 4+ people.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed our Solo Stove Titan review. The Titan is an excellent backpacking stove that offers many features not found in other wood burning stoves. It has a smokeless design and it perfect for cooking. It’s also lightweight and easy to pack, making it a great choice for backpacking and camping.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean the Titan?

Once the Titan is completely cooled down, you can just dump the remaining ash out. If you get food or cooking grease on it, you can use a stainless steel cleaner like Barkeepers Friend.

What is the best fuel to burn in the Titan?

You can use any twigs, leaves, or pine cones to get the fire started. Then switch to hardwood like oak, maple, or hickory. Use dry fuel to keep the smoke down.

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