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Comparing the Kelly Kettle and Solo Stove

We’ve discussed comparing the Kelly Kettle and Solo Stove before, but after a year of camp use, we need to take another look.

Comparing the Kelly Kettle and Solo Stove

The Solo Stove an the Kelly Kettle are two great camping stoves, but how does one know which one to choose?

For my use and testing, I used the Kelly Kettle Trekker Aluminum (I should have purchased stainless steel), the Kelly Kettle Cookset (for the Trekker) and the Kelly Kettle Pot Stand, the Solo Stove (not the Titan model) and the Solo Pot 900.

It comes down to what is important to you.

Is size and weight the most important factor in your planning?


Solo Stove + Solo Pot 900 + stuff sacks = 17.10oz (485g)

Kelly Kettle Trekker + Cook Set + Pot Stand + stuff sack = 28.95 oz (821g)

Cooking Needs

What are your desired cooking requirements? Are you only wanting to boil some water for coffee, tea, or to prepare some dehydrated foods? Are you planning to cook regular foods and may potentially be cooking for more than one person?


Comparing the Kelly Kettle and Solo Stove side by side in pictures and tests


Comparing the Kelly Kettle and Solo Stove isn’t easy, so it comes down to what’s important to you! If rapidly boiling water is your main concern, the Kelly Kettle is hard to beat, but if saving backpack space and cooking regular foods are your priority, then the Solo Stove is the clear winner.


  1. I replaced my Solo with a Emberlit. Not quite as simple, but MUCH lighter and easier to pack. That thing fits in my Camelback with the basic gear so I can still use a stove on a day trip.

    I still need to get ahold of an Evernew Appalachian to compare it to the Emberlit, but if I’m packing a big enough (bike camping with my BOB or snowshoeing with a sled) kit to use my Solo it’s big enough for the Titan and my three pot set that goes with it.

    I’d love a Kelly Kettle for base camp, but even the Solo is too heavy and bulky for any hike over rough terrain or long distance, but then I have a poncho instead of a tent so I’m a bit more picky about small and light gear than most people are.


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