Solo Stove Review in Gear Reviews and Preps Posted January 16, 2014 · Report reply To me something like this is perfect for the times you don't have time for a bonfire or just need a hot drink before you hit the hay. Or a quick meal on the trail. That's exactly why I like it. Its quick, easy, once you get the learning curve, and you don't have to build a huge fire. I've found that on the little soves and such that there is a learning curve. After you use it a little and find out exactly what size and type of fuel works best that things get a lot better. Little fires just take a lot more attention than big fires it seems. My big rocket stove can cook a big meal for a bunch of people and do it with just a handful of little pieces of wood. BUT, you have to stay with it and feed it a little at a time or it stops working. It isn't like hanging a cast iron dutch over over a big bed of coals and then going for a walk. . Definitely a learning curve, building a a big fire is a lot easier haha. But its a challenge and I'm glad I tried it out in the back yard before needing to use it somewhere else and having to learn on the fly. For the most part, its the same as any other fire. Make sure you have your fuel prepped and ready, you just have to feed it a bit differently in order to keep it going.