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Vargo Decagon Stove

An integrated burner, pot, and heat exchanger sized for solo hikers.

Brand: Vargo

Model: Decagon Stove


Verdict

We’ve loved the Reactor system—which integrates a burner, pot, and heat exchanger for superfast and efficient performance—since it won our 2007 Editors’ Choice Award. This new 1-liter version is ideal for solo hikers. I used it on a nine-day, 200-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and burned through only half an 8-ounce canister (cooking breakfast and dinner for one). Boil times averaged less than two minutes in temps down to 30°F. The puck-shaped burner nestles securely into the tall aluminum pot. The stove burns ultrahot (there’s virtually no simmer) and the pot lacks a nonstick coating, so it’s best for boiling water or heating up simple meals like ramen. $170; 14.5 oz.; msrgear.com

Best For

Solo hikers who prioritize cooking, convenience, and speed

Tester Data

» Brian Mockenhaupt (other tester: Kristin Hostetter)

» Duration Aug. to Jan.

» Locales/conditions WA, MA; 30°F to 70°F; wind, rain

» “The add-on Reactor Coffee Press Kit ($20; 1.7 oz.) let me easily make my brew right in the pot.” The Decagon Stove was designed to withstand the abuse of being used everyday while backpacking or traveling for extended periods. There are no movable parts and its titanium construction make the stove dependable and durable. The large center hole makes filling and lighting the stove a snap. Weighing only 1.2 ounces with a burn time of 15 minutes, the stove is ideal for single entrée meals.

Once primed, simply place your pot directly on top of the stove covering the filling hole. The bottom “stability plate” keeps the stove stable and prevents your pot from tipping.

* Weight: 1.3 oz.
* Burn Time: 15 Minutes
* Bottom stability plate = 4.25 inches diameter
* Height = 1.25 inches
* Main canister = 2.25 inches diameter

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