Do you love bonfires, but hate the smoke?
Anytime my husband Dan and I make a big purchase, we spend a lot of time researching and comparing products. The Internet is an invaluable tool when it comes to that. We compare ratings and factor in the number of people who have rated and reviewed a product. After all, if something has five stars, but only one or two people have rated it, that doesn’t tell us much. On the other hand, if hundreds of people have reviewed that product and it has four stars, it might be worth looking into. So when Dan mentioned that he wanted to purchase the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit, it piqued my interest. This fire pit has 4.5 stars and 377 customer reviews on Amazon.
The Solo Stove company was born in 2010. They started out with just one cooking stove and slowly built their brand by “focusing on the customer and building simple, high quality products”. Over the years, they have grown into a larger, reputable business. You can visit their site here to read more about the company.
What’s so special about the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit?
Here’s the lowdown on this fire pit. It is:
- log friendly
- low smoke
- stainless steel
The Solo Stove is best known for its unique design that maximizes airflow and the burning process for a more complete burn with little to no smoke. This means no more dodging smoke (and smelly clothes) and half-burnt logs.
That sounds too good to be true. Is it?!
As long as you use the fire pit according to the instructions, then no — it truly will work as intended. According to the instructions on the box (see below), you need to flip the ring over so the angled edges point upward. And be sure not to overfill the bonfire. The stack of logs should stay below the secondary burn air vents. This is where we went wrong one of the nights we used our Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit. We had a bunch of random pieces of wood that needed to be burned, some of which were a little longer and didn’t stay below those vents. So we did end up having a little smoke and smelliness. However, if you use smaller pieces of firewood, you will indeed find that your bonfire produces little to no smoke.
Here are the tech specs:
Height: 14 inches
Width: 19.5 inches
Weight: 20 lbs
Materials: Stainless steel
Fuel: Firewood Logs
Comparing and contrasting to other fire pits
Is this fire pit actually better than other, cheaper models? In our opinion, yes it is. This fire pit it is of considerably higher quality.
We had previously owned a cheaper fire pit, which worked as you would expect a portable fire pit to work. It got us through a few summers worth of bonfires. Keep in mind that we really didn’t have a whole lot of bonfires. It worked well enough, but it eventually got pretty rusty. By the time we moved house, it was in rough enough shape that we decided against taking it along.
The Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit is made of stainless steel, and is supposed to be more durable than other materials. You will notice that after the first burn, it will no longer look nice and shiny and brand new. That is to be expected when you burn wood inside it at such high temperatures; however, it does not affect the quality at all.
This fire pit is portable; just dump out the ashes and clean it out, then put it inside the carrying case that comes with it. To be honest, I have never envisioned myself taking a fire pit along on road trips, but you never know…we may just do that someday since it is so portable (I’ll update this post if that ever happens!).
And yes, it does cost a little more than your standard portable fire pit. However, you are paying for a higher quality product that will give you a higher quality experience for a much longer period of time (as long as you properly care for it).
Who is the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit intended for?
So, how can you determine whether this fire pit is worth investing in?
- If you enjoy spending quality time outdoors with your family, this may be the fire pit for you.
- If you enjoy spending time outdoors with your friends, this may be the fire pit for you.
- Or if you just enjoy bonfires, but hate all the smoke that accompanies them, this may be the fire pit for you.
When I was a kid, I loved sitting around the bonfire late at night, roasting marshmallows and visiting with my family and friends. But it seemed like as soon as I sat down, the smoke would find me, and we would embark on a game of musical chairs in an attempt to avoid it.
Over the past few years, I have actually detested bonfires, simply because I couldn’t stand inhaling the smoke and smelling it on hair and clothes the next morning. So when Dan suggested purchasing this fire pit, I was all for it. I will admit that, because we did end up using longer pieces of wood, there was some smoke that first night, and I could smell it on my jacket afterward. However, it wasn’t overwhelming at all, and actually smelled kind of nice.
Pricing and purchasing information
I’m going to be completely honest. The Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit is not cheap. We paid around $300 for it through Amazon (although with our Amazon rewards card, we do get 5% cash back on purchases made through the website). It is around the same price on Solo Stove’s website. I did notice that the website’s price was previously around $299.99 and they recently hiked up the price to $349.99 in an attempt to promote a 15% sitewide sale, so the sale price is actually the same as the regular price.
That said, if you can afford the initial investment, it is absolutely worth every penny that you pay for it. We hope to get many years worth of bonfires out of ours!
Are you sold on it yet? Click the link to find the purchasing information for the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit.
If not, click on the button below to read more and see what people are saying about it.
The postal service delivered our Solo Stove fire pit on a Sunday and, naturally, it rained the entire following week. The following Friday, we had weekend visitors, and it was the perfect time to use our new bonfire pit. It was a chilly evening, but the fire heated up quickly. We were all impressed with the Solo Stove, and had a great time sitting around the bonfire.