I wanted to upload a short film of the ‘Mysolo’ alcohol stove in use. I’ve had a few enquiries asking how this stove compares against the ‘Evernew’ branded stove. I’ve used the ‘Mysolo’ stove a lot recently and it really does perform well. On the surface there isn’t any obvious differences between the ‘Mysolo’ and the ‘Evernew’. Both are Titanium, have 8 holes to the top ring and 16 the bottom and either stove weighs in at approximately 43 grams.
Both stoves light easily but the difference between the two now becomes apparent. The jets of the ‘Evernew’ will usually light within 30 seconds to a minute whereas the ‘Mysolo’ jets will be some time behind. The reason for this is the ‘Evernew’ has a fibreglass lining, this absorbs and wicks fuel to the jets. Initially the lining sounds like a good thing but I much prefer using the ‘Mysolo’ stove which has no lining within it’s side walls. The wicking in the ‘Evernew’ absorbs and will hold fuel after use, leading to a shorter run time and a strong smell in your cook bag/pannier.
During a test of both stoves using 30ml (1 floz) of denatured alcohol (Methylated spirit) – ‘Evernews’ jets ignited at 26 seconds after the reservoir was lit, the jets went out at 4:46 = 4:20 burn time. The jets of the ‘MySolo’ took over a minute to light at 1:34 but didn’t die out until 10:16 = 8:42 burn time.
So, the ‘Mysolo’ was much slower to get going due to its reliance on heat to vaporise the fuel through the jets whereas the ‘Evernews’ fuel is instantly wicked to the jets which light reassuringly fast. The ‘MySolos’ runtime is twice that of the ‘Evernew’ and it has no wick to retain fuel and fumes.
I used the ‘MySolo’ in windy conditions with and without a windbreak and it did not blow out once. I boiled water with the pot directly on top of the stove and suspended above using a pot stand. The stove performed well all round but definitely boiled quicker when the pot was away from the stove top. I did think that by placing the pot directly on the stove maybe useful for slowing a cook down and simmering, I’ll test this on my next trip. Both 550ml and the 750ml mug / pots work well with it.
The ‘Evernew’ stove is currently selling at £49.99 and the ‘MySolo’ stove is reduced from £49.99 to £29.99 here