No backyard barbecue or camping trip is actually full with no fire to cap off the evening. But the greatest disadvantage to roasting s’mores or having a chat round the fire is smoke in your face, and the means you continue to odor like smoke hours after the fire has burnt itself out. Enter Solo Stove, a fire pit that claims to be practically smoke-free, and the reply to this precise downside. We received our fingers on Solo Stove’s largest fire pit, Yukon, to see for ourselves simply how smokeless this fire pit actually is.
Solo Stove’s largest fire pit, designed to offer you a smoke-free fire.
We tested out Yukon which proved to burn roaring scorching, and create an almost smoke-free fire pit expertise.
It’s doubtless you’ve already come throughout these enticing, stainless-steel fire pits on social media or in a buddy’s yard. While the look of a Solo Stove undoubtedly units it other than most different backyard fire pits, the firm claims that its 360-degree Airflow Design is what actually makes a Solo Stove stand out.
Solo Stove fire pits are made from double-walled stainless-steel. Air is pushed in via the backside of the drum and additionally via the prime vent holes so as to add a bountiful quantity of oxygen into the fire. The air at the prime of the fire pit creates a “secondary burn” and permits the Solo Stove to get extremely scorching whereas letting off a lot much less smoke than competing fire pits. This additionally implies that any wooden you burn will cut back itself down to almost nothing — only a small pile of ash and particles — making cleanup a reasonably simple course of. When your fire has gone out and your Solo Stove is cooled down, you merely flip it the other way up to empty it out. The airflow design is what makes a Solo Stove a Solo Stove.
A brand new Solo Stove Yukon fire pit.
Solo Stove began again in 2011 with backpacking and camping wood-burning stoves. It sells three fire pits — Ranger ($199.99), Bonfire ($254.99) and Yukon ($449.99), which vary from 15 inches in diameter to 27 inches. Both Ranger and Bonfire are transportable fire pits resulting from their smaller dimension and include nylon carrying instances. With Yukon, at the moment the largest fire pit the model sells, Solo Stove has gotten into the yard fire pit market.
The 27-inch Yukon Solo Stove fire pit arrived in a single, giant field. And a lot to our delight, it requires zero meeting after unboxing. We have been instantly impressed with the low-profile, easy design of the Solo Stove. In addition to the Yukon itself, we opted for the full Backyard Bundle. This consists of the fire pit, a stand to guard no matter is beneath, a protect to entice any sparks coming off the flame and a protecting cowl for when your Solo Stove isn’t in use.
Solo Stove recommends utilizing a stand beneath the fire pit when utilizing it on sure surfaces like composite decking and wooden. Because fires inside a Solo Stove are roaring scorching, we felt most secure utilizing each the stand and protect throughout testing. Depending on which fire pit you buy, you may get a stand for $39.99 to $69.99 and a shield for $99.99 to $199.99.
A Solo Stove Yukon fire pit and stand.
To get the fire began, we lit 4 items of kindling and then added on logs. The instructions state that it’s necessary to not overfill the fire pit with an excessive amount of wooden in order that the flames keep contained inside the drum and between the prime and backside air vents.
Though we want it was the case, a Solo Stove just isn’t fully smokeless. When you gentle wooden on fire it’s going to naturally start to smoke because it will get itself scorching sufficient to burn via. If you’re round for the lighting course of, you’ll undoubtedly be topic to smoke till your fire reaches full temperature, which took us 20 minutes throughout our testing. But as soon as that fire is roaring, you possibly can sit round a Solo Stove and it will likely be virtually fully smokeless. Hot tip: Get another person to gentle the fire for you so that you don’t need to be topic to any smoke.
A Solo Stove Yukon fire pit and protecting protect.
After an hour of smoke-free fire pit time, the Solo Stove delivered one other twist with colourful flames. We added two colour packs onto our flames and actually oohed and aahed at the sight of the colour in the flames. The colour packs say that they’ll last as long as one hour, however we discovered that the colour in our flames solely actually lasted about 20 minutes. So what did we do? We added extra colour packs as a result of we loved it a lot. You should buy 10 color packs for $19.99.
Unlike different fire pits you’ve utilized in a yard, a Solo Stove just isn’t meant to be left out uncovered. If water fills the drum, it might negatively have an effect on how the fire pit operates, so it’s necessary to let your Solo Stove quiet down and cowl it, or transfer it inside someplace like your storage. This is certainly an additional step that you must think about, nevertheless it’s not a deal breaker for us as a result of you should buy a Solo Stove cover for this objective. It’s not tough to maneuver a Solo Stove, however they’re one stable piece and don’t have wheels, so the bigger Yukon could require two individuals to maneuver it.
A Solo Stove Yukon burning colour packs.
If you spend money on a Backyard or Ultimate Bundle, a shelter — aka a canopy — shall be included together with your buy. The shelter is created from PVC-coated polyester and it’s loads thicker than your common outside grill or furnishings cowl.
You’ll additionally need to assume upfront about whenever you need to cease utilizing the fire pit as a result of you must permit the flames to die out on their very own. You are instructed to not put out a fire in a Solo Stove by dousing it with water. When our yard bonfire died out, there was minimal ash left inside the Solo Stove. We turned it the other way up, dumped out the ash and then coated our firepit. We smelled faintly like smoke after we have been completed resulting from the lighting of the fire pit, nevertheless it was nowhere close to as pungent as regular.
The 360-degree Airflow know-how inside a Solo Stove does in actual fact make these actually distinctive fire pits. You don’t must be a tenting aficionado to understand — or be mesmerized by — how a fire burns in a Solo Stove. If you actually can’t tolerate the smoke from a fire pit, or you end up internet hosting yard bonfires practically each week, it’s value contemplating a Solo Stove.
For only a Yukon fire pit, it’ll set you again $450, and should you go for all the equipment with a Yukon Ultimate Bundle, you could possibly spend upward of $800. These are fairly giant value tags, so it’s value contemplating how a lot you need to spend money on a yard fire pit. That stated, a Solo Stove is certainly value the splurge.
A Solo Stove Yukon burning colour packs.
To get the full yard fire expertise, you too can buy equipment like roasting sticks, fire pit tools and color packs. A Solo Stove doesn’t include a built-in tabletop, however you possibly can purchase a lid to make the fire pit extra useful when not in use. You may buy a Yukon Ultimate Bundle, which incorporates every little thing besides a lid.
Solo Stove roasting sticks.