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The dependable Vargo Decagon stove is designed to withstand day-in, day-out use by thru-hikers and weekend warriors.

Vargo Outdoors Decagon Stove

The dependable Vargo Decagon stove is designed to withstand day-in, day-out use by thru-hikers and weekend warriors.
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  • Strong and durable design has no moving parts, thereby reducing the potential for breakage
  • Lightweight titanium construction makes the stove ideal for the minimalist backpacker who primarily boils water to make meals
  • Center hole allows easy filling and emptying; stove provides approximately 15 min. of burn time per fill
  • Large bottom stability plate reduces tipping and supports cooking pots
  • Burns only denatured alcohol, sold separately
  • Because this stove system has a capacity of less than 1 liter, the average boil time specification represents the time required to do 4 separate boils of 0.25 liter of water

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Vargo Outdoors Decagon Stove

Specification Description
Best use Backpacking
Fuel type Liquid
Fuel Alcohol
Auto ignition No
Burn time (max flame) 20 minutes
Average boil time Unavailable
Ultralight Yes
Dimensions 4.25 x 1.2 inches
Weight 1.2 ounces

Vargo Outdoors Decagon Stove

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Rated 2out of5
by fromfussy&slow heat tab stoves are better!
Date published: 2012-03-25
Rated 4out of5
by fromCute little stove, needs some help The instructions didn't say what fuel to use. I tried rubbing alcohol and was not impressed (very sooty). Then I looked up references on internet and switched to HEET and much more satisfied. It must have a windbreak to transfer enough heat to the pot. I opted for a $6 canned alcohol stove, the kind that folds up and has a little grate on top. The Decagon fits in it perfect and worked great, except it needs to lift up about an inch or so. One wide mouth mason jar ring under the stove should do the trick. It should boil 2 cups of water on one fuel load in about 7 minutes. I discovered my stove has a pinhole leak at one of the lateral welds. It does not appear to affect the function of the stove, though I hear it is not a unique problem. The stove is a bit pricey, but it is made of titanium and should be otherwise fairly bulletproof. Good pack fodder. They say denatured alcohol is also a suitable fuel.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 5out of5
by fromsolo delight A one person stove; for minimalist it gets the job done;I would trust my life to this stove!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 4out of5
by fromIt works Like the heading says, it works. If you have a better option (campfire, gas stove, etc...) then use it but this will get the job done if all you need is hot water. I've tested it outside at home and once on a backpacking trip. At home it's worked very well but I don't get a lot of wind. On the backpacking trip I tried to use it but it was far to windy and I found myself using the fuel to light a fire real quick. I made a windscreen and will be trying that out in the open but here at home it seems to work fine, ie doesn't suffocate the fire. You will need a windscreen. Pour some fuel around the edge be while you're filling it and it will light a lot better. In good conditions I've brought several cups of water to a boil in about 7min. Keep in mind that is in good conditions and it depends on what you are trying to boil water in.
Date published: 2012-02-05
Rated 2out of5
by fromLess than impressed I want to love this stove but I simply can't. Heat output is not as good as a few of the homemade stoves I have made. It wouldn't work with my Optimus weekend HE(my go to) because the stove wouldn't stay lit with the heat exchanger that is on the pot. It works with my imusa and snow peak pots but it is simply takes too much time for me. I will keep it as a novelty as I have many stoves in my quiver but this one is not my go to for sure.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 3out of5
by fromDisapointed This thing looks really cool and the lightweight and size make it very attractive. I really wanted to make this work but my hopes were dashed. I bought it on a whim and when I got home I looked at the reviews on the REI site and had a bit of apprehension. No worries I thought I'll just try it out in the garage. Equipment:I added 2 cups of water to a small MRI steel cook pot it is the 4 or 5 cup model 5" wide 3' tall. The pot has a slight indent on the bottom without a nonstick surface. I did not use a lid.First attempt: I added fuel to the stove as described in the instructions. And lit it. After the 2 min listed in the instructions it still had not bloomed. After 3 min still no bloom. At this point I blew it out and added more fuel making sure I spilled a little on the outside. (Suggestion on other sites) spilling on the outside did the trick after 1min 30 sec I had a bloom although it was pretty week. I waited a minute or so beyond that and still did not seem to get a roaring bloom so I assumed that was normal and added my pot to the top. The flames trickled out of the unit and remained lit. However I noticed that some of the holes appeared to be blocked and not participating in the burning event. After about 8 min the stove went out seemingly from lack of fuel. The directions say that it would burn for 15 min. The water was not even steaming and felt like 15 min old bath water just barely warm.Second Attempt: OK , I'm not a quitter so I assumed I had done something wrong so U used a paper clip to clear the blocked holes and filled it again with alcohol. Adding a bit more this time. With all the holes lit the bloom seemed a little bit more vigorous but again did not seem to heat the water to a boil before the fuel ran out at about 9 min.Third Attempt: OK well clearly following the instructions wasn't going to do the trick so I watched some YouTube videos and it seems heat is the critical element to getting the alcohol stoves to bloom properly and other reviewers had said a wind shield is critical for keeping the stove lit. I decided I would kill 3 birds with one stone raise the temperature of the stove , block the wind and raise the bottom of the pot off the stove to allow it to breath a bit better. I fashioned a windshield from a large tin can, I cut it down so the pot set about ¼ inch above the surface of the stove. I added some notches in it for air to allow the stove to breath. This improved the performance of the stove exponentially, as it warmed up it burned a lot more strongly. By the time the alcohol burned out at 10 min I had steam and small bubbles forming n the bottom of the pot. Not exactly what I had in mind for a cook stove but we were close. A refill and second lighting did bring the water to a boil.Fourth Attempt: OK back to YouTube. I found a video that was actually created by the manufacturer. [@] which was pretty lacking in content but I found another by Tim at [@] this video was rather well done. [@] clearly shows the stove working so I made some changes to my testing. I grabbed a smaller aluminum pot and added a cover. I then filled the stove to the very top as instructed in the videos, the alcohol was coming out the ports. I set it up without my wind shield and tried again. After about 7 min I was in fact able to get the water to boil. And the flame lasted 14 min. So perhaps with a titanium cup and a magic wand you could actually get water to boil in the 5 min the documentation quotes.The bottom line is this stove is hardly what I would call fool proof. Ignore the instructions on the packaging and go straight to the internet for a video demonstration. If you use the right pot style with a cover and the stove is blooming properly and all the planets in our solar system align correctly you can in fact get it to boil water on a single filling. My experience shows that it seems to be teetering on the very edge of acceptability. If this unit was just ¼" taller I think the reservoir would be large enough to boil water on even the non-perfect pots. When out on the trail I really don't like having to fiddle around with stuff to get it to work especially when I'm hungry and tired. I think this stove will be a constant source of frustration. If your goal is minimal weight and your cook pot works with the unit and you have low expectations then you could make a weak case for the Decagon as an acceptable product. Hopefully Mr. Vargo will come out with a slight redesign and call it the decagon II, but until then I would recommend that you steer clear of this stove. Too bad I really like the look of it and was really hopeful it would be the ticket but my hopes were dashed.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5out of5
by fromBetter than the can stoves After extensive construction and testing of different can stove designs, Vargo's Decagon is better than them all for several reasons: Durability - Titanium construction is far stronger and more durable than an aluminum can. Strength aside, aluminum cans burn up eventually in a campfire, titanium won't. Fuel Efficiency - More fuel efficient than can stoves, using nearly 50% less. When going ultralight, one must consider how much fuel they need to carry. Boil times - While Vargo's claim of 5-6 minutes for 16oz were not reproducible, even with a windscreen, boil times are less than or equal to cans on about half the fuel. Design - Design with integrated pot stand means only one part versus the pot stand, penny, and tuna can lid needed with some can stove designs. Downsides - Could nest better with Vargo's 900ml pot. Priming takes 1 to 3 minutes. Primes faster when filled with > 1oz fuel. Despite longer priming times, it's still far more efficient then can stoves.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 1out of5
by fromLook elsewhere I am not a fundamentalist ultralight believer, but I was really excited about buying this stove. I have made and used alcohol stoves from old soda cans and find they are quite useful. I figured titanium would be a step up. I figured wrong, as it happens. The first thing I noticed was a hole in the side of the stove body left over from poor manufacturing standards. Replaced and tried again. The stove lights easily enough, and jets like it is supposed to, but the heat output was not enough to boil water without refilling at least once. I tried five times and still no water for coffee. Fortunately, I was at home on my deck and not 25 miles back in the Pasayten. Spend some extra dough, buy a real stove, even if you just use it to heat water, like me.
Date published: 2010-06-06

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