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With more people than ever spending time camping, or just enjoying more experiences in the great outdoors, it’s no wonder that the Solo Stove has become such a hot item this year (pun intended).
I first heard about the Solo Stove while sitting around a campfire in Northwest Montana this summer. My parents were telling me about this amazing smokeless fire pit their friends had recently purchased for their home. In fact, they liked their first one so much, they decided to buy a second fire pit that they could take on camping trips.
Once back in civilization, I did a quick Google search for “smokeless fire pits,” and quickly surmised that the Solo Stove was what my parents had been telling me about.
It wasn’t long before I decided to purchase one of my own. My home is situated just outside the city limits, making it the perfect spot for putting the Solo Stove fire pit to good use.
In this Solo Stove review, I’ll tell you what I like about these smokeless fire pits, the different sizes and options you’ll be able to choose from, and whether or not they’re worth buying.
Let’s start with why I think the Solo Stove is a great investment.
What I Love About My Solo Stove
- 1 What I Love About My Solo Stove
- 2 Are There Any Cons?
- 3 What Size Solo Stove to Get: Deciding Between the Yukon, Bonfire, and Ranger
- 4 Does Solo Stove Rust?
- 5 Burn Radius
- 6 Is it Really Smokeless?
- 7 Customer Testimonials
- 8 Where to Buy the Solo Stove
- 9 Summary
Honestly, what’s not to love about the Solo Stove? If you’ve been looking for a smokeless fire pit, Solo is as good as it gets. I was a little skeptical when I first ordered mine – was it really possible to start a nice, warm fire, without being deluged in smoke?
It turns out, it’s more than possible, and the Solo Stove is your ticket to making this happen.
Solo Stove burns hot and clean, and the best part is, there’s almost no smoke. This makes it an ideal fire pit to gather around with family and friends, for any and all occasions…and you and your guests can call it a night after making memories around the fire pit, without being overwhelmed by the smell of campfire when you hop in bed.
In addition to being a great fire pit for your home, the Solo Stove is also a great piece of gear to bring along on your outdoor adventures. It’s much easier to get a fire started in a Solo Stove when compared to a good old fashioned fire ring, and it creates much less smoke too, which is another win-win.
The Solo Stove comes in several different sizing options, so you may want to buy the Yukon (their biggest stove) for your home, and then opt for one of their smaller stoves to bring along camping, although the Yukon can work great in that setting as well, if you have room to haul it.
Learn more and see all Solo stove models and sizes below:
Are There Any Cons?
In terms of pure functionality, quality, and working as advertised, I don’t see how you could have any complaints about the Solo Stove. It checks all the boxes, and is a product TechAwards.org is happy to endorse.
The only potential con I can think of would be the price tag.
Solo Stoves aren’t cheap, but you do get what you pay for, so keep that in mind. Yes, these smokeless fire pits are expensive, but they’re well worth the price, in my opinion. On top of that, their fire pits were heavily discounted at last check, which brings the total cost down substantially.
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What Size Solo Stove to Get: Deciding Between the Yukon, Bonfire, and Ranger
When it comes time to buy your Solo Stove, you’ll have several sizing options to pick from. These include:
- Yukon (Their Biggest Fire Pit)
- Bonfire (Best Seller)
- Ranger (Compact/Most Portable)
- Campfire (Their Biggest Camp Stove)
- Width: 27″
- Height: 17″
- Weight: 38 lbs
- Works Great For: 6 to 12 People
- Width: 19.5″
- Height: 14″
- Weight: 20 lbs
- Works Great for: Up to 5 People
- Width: 15″
- Height: 12.5″
- Weight: 15 lbs
- Works Great for: 1 to 3 People
While all Solo Stove Fire Pits are going to produce an amazing, smokeless fire experience, the biggest difference between the Yukon, Bonfire, and Ranger will be the size of fire that you’re able to build.
If you enjoy entertaining large groups, or you just want the biggest and best fire pit experience, then consider the Yukon. The Yukon is also my top choice if you’re primarily planning to use your fire pit at home, whether it be in your backyard or somewhere else on your property.
I think you’ll be surprised at how big the Yukon is – it’s a nice-sized fire pit, which is great, but if you’re looking for something to take to the beach, on a picnic, or a campout, then you may want to consider the Bonfire, Ranger, or if you want something even more portable, one of their Camp Stoves.
Here’s a picture to help give you some perspective on how big the Yukon is:
Either way, you should be happy no matter which Solo Stove you decide to buy – they have some tips to help you decide on their website.
Does Solo Stove Rust?
The Solo Stove Fire Pits are made from stainless steel, which means they aren’t immune from rust. You can avoid rust from forming on your Solo Stove, however, if you take the proper steps to taking care of it.
Some of the recommendations for caring for your Solo Stove, as well as preventing rust, include:
- Store in a dry place and be sure to put away dry
- Clean between use, and make sure to dry it off after cleaning
- Don’t leave your stove out in the rain, snow or elements for extended periods of time
- These burn hot, so some discoloration of the metal should be expected, and is completely normal
The Solo Stove Yukon has a burn radius of up to 8 feet. I can verify that these things put out some heat, and feel much warmer than your standard fire pit, so you shouldn’t be disappointed in terms of keeping warm.
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Obviously the bigger the Solo Stove, the better the burn radius so if you’re looking for maximum heat, then I’d opt for the Yukon. It holds the most wood, and will generate the most warmth. That said, the Bonfire and Ranger generate plenty of heat as well, so you’ll be staying toasty no matter which model you pick.
Is it Really Smokeless?
While it’s impossible to have a fire that doesn’t generate smoke, in my experience the Solo Stove is the closest thing you can get to having a smoke-free fire experience.
Whatever their engineering wizards did works to divert the smoke somehow, and keep it away from you and your guests. It really is amazing.
Tips for Keeping the Smoke at Bay
My biggest tip for getting the best fire pit experience possible when using your Solo Stove? Don’t overfill it and make sure to use DRY wood! If you keep the wood level right and don’t use wet or damp wood, your fire will burn better, hotter and you should get the best experience possible from your Solo Stove.
Here’s a video that can help ensure a smoke free Solo Stove experience:
I can tell you how great I think the Solo Stove is, but you don’t just have to take my word for it. There are thousands of customer testimonials online for you to read for yourself – the Yukon alone has over 5,300 reviews. Here are a few worth sharing here:
I had my doubts for sure.it works. Even with damp wood the fire pit was smokeless. The bottom of the fire pit was cool to the touch as well. Really impressed. The pic is of the pit just when it first lit. The wood and bark are wet.
Amazing design and engineering. Really minimizes the smoke. Gives off great heat.
I can not recommend this stove enough. It’s perfect for us because we have a small yard, which leaves little room for a traditional bonfire pit. Also it’s not safe to have one due to the size of our yard. With this, it’s all self contained increasing the safety factor immensely and we can move it whenever we need to. Worth every penny!
The airflow and engineering work great. The stove burns hot and clean. Nearly all fuel is rendered to ashes.
I’ve done bonfires for years and thought that the Solo was overhyped. Then a friend convinced me to try. It is as advertised. An excellent addition to our outdoor area and one I wish I’d have done much sooner.
There a plenty of other reviews for you read – just scroll to the bottom of the Solo Stove page to read thousands of reviews from verified customers.
Where to Buy the Solo Stove
If the Solo Stove sounds like the perfect smoke-free fire pit for you, then the best place to buy one is at their official website. They are currently offering some great discounts on all three models of their fire pits, with savings of more than $100 on the Yukon at the time of this writing.
They also have grills, camp stoves, and lots of other gear and accessories too.
At the end of the day, there are a couple of key factors that should be able to help you make a quick decision on whether or not the Solo Stove is the right smokeless fire pit for you.
- Are you looking for the best smoke-less fire pit available?
- Do you want a fire pit that is incredibly easy to start, burns super efficiently, cranks out plenty of heat, and generates almost no smoke?
- Can you afford it?
It’s pretty much as simple as that – if you answer yes to these three questions, then I’d say the Solo Stove is the fire pit you’ve been looking for. If the price is an issue for you, they do offer financing options at their website, that allow you pay for your stove in several installments.
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