Jetboil Alternative? Experts Review the OEX Heiro Solo Stove
The OEX Heiro Solo Stove is a lightweight and compact backpacking stove. It is designed to boil water quickly and efficiently, making it ideal for solo camping or hiking trips where convenience is the name of the game. OEX specialises in creating high-quality, hard-wearing gear for a great price. The Heiro stays true to form, with respected outdoor experts praising it for its performance and value. Read all about it and watch the latest expert reviews below.
A lot of thought has gone into the design of the Heiro. All components fit inside the 600ml pot and leave just enough room to stash a 110g gas canister. The foldaway handles feel secure when opened and closed and the secure lid keeps everything in place inside your pack.
The weatherproof design means that high winds or rain won’t scupper your chances of a hot meal. If you’re planning to use this stove while wild camping at the base of a mountain or along one of Britain’s remote hiking trails, you’ll most likely encounter at least one of those weather conditions. For extra safety, we recommend using the OEX Gas Canister Stabilising Stand alongside the stove.
The pot, stove and ignitor are all built-in and the base screws directly onto a gas canister. This integrated design makes using the stove super quick and easy. There’s no need to decant into a separate pot either thanks to the slotted lid with a drinking hole and neoprene sleeve that allows you to safely hold the pot when it’s hot.
This clever little feature improves the stove’s efficiency by 30%. The Heat Exchanger is the ‘corrugated’ aluminium section under the pot. It works by increasing the metal surface area meaning more heat is transferred up into the pot. It also directs the heat more to the metal surfaces rather than out and up the sides.
A 600ml capacity is smaller than most solo stoves, but it’s perfect for basic soloist use. You won’t be able to knock up a full English in there, but there’s enough room to boil a food pouch such as a Wayfayrer meal or heat up tinned foods like beans. The reduced capacity trims the weight down to just 370g, which is welcomed news for ultralight backpackers.
To put this to the test, we sent an OEX Heiro Stove to outdoor YouTuber Paul Messner to compare with the Jetboil Zip stove. Usually the top of the market, the Jetboil Zip is renowned for it’s fast boiling times and fantastic performance on camping trips, blowing other brands out of the water and making it the king of outdoor stoves. When pitted against the OEX Heiro however, Paul places the Jetboil in a solid second place.
“If you just want something to boil your water or cook up a boil in the bag meal, for £45 vs £80, it’s a no brainer for me. I would go with the OEX stove. Normally I would choose the Jetboil every time but the Heiro, on this occassion, is better than the Zip.”
Check out Paul’s website and YouTube channel below.
The OEX Heiro is a versatile stove that can be used to cook up a variety of warm, energy-boosting meals and snacks while camping off grid. Here are some ideas to get you started:
We also gave English Woodsman a new Heiro stove to try out and give us his thoughts!
“It’s small, it’s compact, I can get a meal inside of it and it has everything that I would use if I went out camping.”