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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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Best Use Backpacking
Fuel Type Liquid
Fuel Alcohol
Burn Time (Max Flame) 20 minutes
Average Boil Time Unavailable
Ultralight Yes
Dimensions 4.25 x 1.2 inches
Weight 1.2 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, Reliable Solo Backpacking Stove This is the stove that I carry when I want to cover a lot of ground. I own 2 other alcohol stoves and 1 run by white gas. This stove is sturdy, reliable, and foolproof. There are no moving parts to maintain. It burns cleanly and boils water quickly. You will not find a lighter way to boil water unless you put your kettle in the camp fire. Common goofs include use without a windscreen, using a kettle whose base it too large for the flame, or trying to boil more than 0.75L of water. If you do not expect ability to simmer, you will not be disappointed. Heats water quickly, especially at high elevations.
Date published: 2009-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most complete stove This is the most complete, and the safest, stove I've seen. I even use the Decagon for indoor cooking using Heet for fuel which is cheaper than the stove. For temp. control I simply move the pot a bit to the side and the boil is reduced to a simmer. Sometimes I elevate the pot an inch and that has the same effect. I also use a windscreen when I cook indoors (usually in the kitchen sink) and boil time is much faster than the microwave. In the field simply protect the flame, expect longer boil times and more than one fillup of fuel. The Decagon does what it's supposed to admirably.
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works fine I have used this for two extended trips to Central America and with a Snow Peak 700 I can make my morning coffee in a few minutes. I've used it many times to boil 4 eggs and the only time I had trouble was trying to use rubbing Alcohol that was 70%. I found some 185 proof Rum in Belize, and it worked just as good as at home with marine stove fuel. The biggest drawbacks that I have seen is that it wont prime right without a full load of fuel, and it is slow to prime without adding some fuel to the base. I made a wood base so I could use this without burning the area around the stove. (hotel room end tables) If you just need to boil water, this stove should last forever.
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little stove! I dinked around with some DIY can stoves first. Some worked pretty ok but I wasn't quite satisfied with the fuel efficiency so I tried the Decagon. It's worth every penny. Very light weight but sturdy. I liked the wide base... very smooth, reliable, and fuel efficient. Ounce or so of fuel, 12.5 minutes from ignition I have 3cups of rapid boiling water. (yes.. 3cups) and I'm seeing another 10-15 minutes of cook-simmer time. Drop it in a shallow tin can with some vent holes and it's even faster.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It does its job. I have a fascination with camping/backpacking stoves, have several varieties, and have made a few as well. Considering what this stove is designed to do--heat/boil water--I think it does it well. It's simple to use: 1) pour or squirt in 1oz of fuel (a splash more for priming), 2) light it and wait for priming (15-45 seconds, depending on your method), and 3) place your pot/cup of water on top. For efficiency, it's best to use a pot that is wider than the flame-ring, but not so wide as to become unstable; likewise, using too narrow a pot will allow too much heat to escape around the sides and waste fuel. When using an appropriate pot (with lid) for boiling I'm able to get a rolling boil in 5-7 minutes, provided wind is accounted for. One popular Con in these reviews considers Flame Control: there is no Flame Control because it's simply NOT designed to cook/simmer, though the clever or experienced alcohol stove user may be able to improvise. As long as one keeps in mind the purposes of this stove he should be satisfied.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and quick I'll be honest, I love stoves. I have them going back to my original Optimus 00 that I still use on occasion. I bought this one the other day because I wanted a super light one for an emergency pack I keep. Something to have when you need to be able to heat water, but not necessarily to cook a lot on. Having read the reviews, I came home and tested it to see what it would do. I ran the test outside in 34F degree ambient temperature. Water temp started out at 55F. I let the stove and fuel cool down to ambient air temp before I started. I used a Dualist pot to heat and a digitial kitchen thermometer with probe to check temperatures. I tried it with two cups of water and it boiled in about 4 minutes. Give that, I decided to give it a try with 4 cups of water. Given my set up, it couldn't quite boil it and topped out at 201F which should have been hot enough for most purposes. Burn time with a full stove each time was approximately 20 minutes. I was using methanol to run my tests. I will look for denatured ethanol in the future. Both for the lower toxicity of the fuel and because it has about 50% more btu which should speed up heating times. Over all, I'm very impressed by how this stove performs. I will be sure to give it a try on the trail in the spring/summer when heat loss to the outside isn't nearly as great. It will a fun little stove to work with.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works Good I'm somewhat of a stove collector and admit, I primarily bought this stove because it looks cool. I use it with a MSR Titan Kettle. The stove fits inside perfectly with a homemade aluminum windscreen and room for plenty more. I use the stove to cook single or double servings of rice, or noodle meals. It works great for that. It starts losing heat about the time rice needs to simmer. Comes out perfect every time! If your meals are more ambitious than that, get a bigger stove. This one's for hot drinks and small boiled-water meals. I have four or five store-bought alcohol stoves. My homemade Coke-can stoves work better than all of them. I can't figure out why manufactured stoves don't just copy the homemade design and add something sparkly so gear-crows like me will pay [$] for them.
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Look 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: 2010-06-07
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Does the stove need to be permitted to cool between uses?  (I'm mainly wondering about the safety of refueling a hot stove.  Perhaps the heat dissipates quickly... depending on ambient temp/humidity?)

Asked by: CFCgogo
Yes, the Decagon stove must be permitted to cool before refueling. The manufacturer's site states the following: "Be sure the flame is fully extinguished and the stove is completely cooled before refueling to prevent flare ups!"
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-09

Approximately what diameter is the flame ring when the stove is lit? I want to make sure that my camp pot is compatible. 

Asked by: Felfsprout
The Decagon's burner diameter is 2.25" . When lit, the flame ring will be slightly wider.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-09

What is the largest sized pot you recommend such that the water will actually boil?  Is there a pre-made wind screen recommended or do I need to make my own? Thanks!

Asked by: donna-in-seattle
The Decagon Stove​ is small and narrow. As you increase the size of the pot, you decrease the stability. The largest size we recommend is a 6 inch diameter pot with a capacity not more than 1.3 liters. There is a pre-made wind screen that can be purchased from Vargo.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-09
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