Solo Stove Natural Smokeless Portable Firepit

Last updated date: April 30, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2


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Overall Take

The design of the Solo Stove Natural Smokeless Portable Firepit sets it apart from other fire pits. It features double walls and bottom vent holes to keep the fire fed without outputting excessive smoke. It can be set up and broken down in less than a minute and comes with a heavy-duty carrying case to make it easy to take on the go. In our analysis of 51 expert reviews, the Solo Stove Solo Stove Natural Smokeless Portable Firepit placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 5, 2020:
Checkout The Best Fire Pit for a detailed review of all the top fire pits.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
3,072 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Great heat output and great fire experience. Double-wall design maximizes airflow and burning process. Bottom vent holes let oxygen feed the fire while channeling warm oxygen between the walls of the stove and back into the fire. Efficient burn means little to no smoke. Singular construction requires no setup. Heavy-duty carry case included. Measures 14" H and 19.5" dia.
- BestReviews
Starting a fire is easy with good kindling; just build a tee-pee or cabin with small fuel and light it. We had a good blaze in minutes, and then we added some wrist-size branches. The fire soon roared.
- Gear Junkie
Setting everything up and packing it away after use can be done in less than a minute
- Fireplace Lab
It’s wonderful because you can sit people around the Bonfire without having to move constantly to get away from the smoke every time the wind shifts. Since the fire burns hotter, the Bonfire reduces the wood inside to ash, so there are no burnt and blackened logs to clean up afterward.
- Section Hiker
One of Solo Stove's key features is their patented air-intake system that allows for hotter air to feed the fire, causing a "secondary combustion", resulting in a hotter fire - and less smoke.
- The Wandering RV
Stainless steel construction - Made to last longer than you will
- Camp Addict
What experts didn't like
Prone to rust, so be sure to get a cover to keep water out. Consider drilling drainage holes in the bottom.
- BestReviews
The don’t-touch-it facet is was one thing we didn’t think about before testing — once this thing is lit, you’re committed for a while. That’s fine at a campsite or in a back yard. But some kind of handle or way to grasp the hot fire container would improve the product in case you need to douse the blaze early and move on.
- Gear Junkie
The bottom container doesn’t separate from the main unit which makes cleaning more difficult than other models, but scooping out the ash is still an easy task.
- Fireplace Lab
In addition, the exterior sides of the can get very hot to the touch, so you’ll want to supervise children so they don’t get burned.
- Section Hiker
Even then, I'd only recommend cooking in pots or pans, not directly over the flame
- The Wandering RV
Pricey
- Camp Addict

From The Manufacturer

Solo Stove Bonfire, the world's most unique fire pit, pushes the limits of both combustion airflow efficiency and minimalist outdoor design with its all stainless steel construction. It was painstakingly engineered to provide a backyard fire experience that cannot be duplicated. Our patent pending design sold over $1.1M sold on Kickstarter.

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Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
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Overall Score: 8.9
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Overall Score: 8.8
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Overall Score: 8.6
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An Overview On Fire Pits

Cold weather doesn’t have to get in the way of enjoying the great outdoors. For centuries, fire has provided warmth on chilly nights. But fire pits aren’t just good for keeping you warm. There are many benefits to gathering around a fire, whether you’re sharing stories or roasting s’mores.

But when buying a fire pit, there are a few things to consider. One is whether you actually want to cook on it. Unlike old-fashioned fire pits, a metal one won’t handle drippings well. You may find yourself scraping marshmallow residue off the bowl after it’s cooled, in other words. Keep that in mind before you start cooking.

Traditional campfire treats aren’t the only thing you can make on a fire pit. Choose one with the right build and you can buy a grate that lets you cook items like steaks, chicken breasts and even potatoes and fresh corn. Some grills even come with the cooking grate and instructions on getting started.

The design of the fire pit itself is important to consider when you’re choosing between various models. You’ll want to make sure the bowl is deep enough for the amount of firewood you’ll be using. It can also help to have a poker for stoking the flames throughout the evening. If you have to purchase this separately, you can fairly easily, but you should consider that while you’re comparing prices.

If your fire pit stays in an uncovered area of your yard, consider the weather conditions it will be forced to withstand. A cover can help keep your fire pit dry and reduce the risk of rusting. Also, look to make sure your fire pit has drainage holes. If not, you’ll need to remember to remove the water every time it rains. If your fire pit comes with a cover, make sure it’s thick and durable enough to protect your fire pit.

DWYM Fun Fact

Modern fire pits are built using the same concepts humans discovered hundreds of years ago. Archaeological evidence dating back to the Paleolithic era tells us that our predecessors dug fire pits in the ground to keep fires from spreading. Those early fire pits were built using stones, with fires used for everything from cooking to staying warm. Over time, ash and fire in the same pit would gradually begin to create the beginnings of what we see today as a fireplace. In the centuries that have followed, experts have found fire pit remains very useful in learning more about early humans.

The Fire Pit Buying Guide

  • Occasionally, take the time to clean your fire pit. First, remove all ash and debris, then scrub the bowl with a ratio of 1:9 muriatic and water. Rinse the bowl with water and let it rest for at least 48 hours.
  • Even with safety features, fire pits can be dangerous. When a fire is burning, make sure kids are supervised at all times.
  • Fire pits typically sit close to the ground for a reason. A lower profile with shorter legs promotes sturdiness. You definitely don’t want your fire pit tipping over while it’s in use.
  • If you plan to cook on your fire pit, make sure it comes with a grate to facilitate it. If not, check for a compatible grate you can purchase separately.
  • With a fire pit purchase, at least a little assembly is necessary. You should be able to put it together fairly quickly, though. Check assembly instructions before making a purchase.
  • As beautiful as some fire pits are, they don’t provide 360-degree visibility of the fire. If you want everyone seated around it to have a great view, look for one that allows you to see the fire from all sides.
  • If you think you might ever move your fire pit, pay close attention to the weight. Some can be fairly heavy, meaning once you’ve set your fire pit down, you’ll want to leave it there.
  • A very portable fire pit can come in handy. Not only is it easier to take it with you when visiting friends or traveling, but it’s also more compact, opening up storage possibilities.
  • Smoke can be an issue with fire pits. If you go for one that promises a high heat output, make sure that it doesn’t come with extra smoke.
  • Starting a fire and keeping it going can be a challenge with some fire pits. Check into whether the fire pit you’ve chosen will make starting the fire easy.