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OT Solo Stove fire pit

LitLit Posts: 7,540
Anyone here have one? Been looking at them since last fall but haven’t pulled the trigger since I already have a Weber fire pit. The idea of an almost smokeless fire pit is really nice. I’ve been eyeing the bonfire model and by eyeing i mean it’s in my cart. 
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  • bubbajackbubbajack Posts: 346
    I have been thinking about buying one myself.....
    I drink cheap beer so I can afford good bourbon.

    Salisbury, NC...... XL,L,S, MM, Mini BGE, FireDisc.
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,689
    Not sure what the return policy is but I see they are on Amazon Prime. 

    You can use it for a few nights and if you don't like.... they will take it back.  Zero risk.  
    LBGE, MiniMax - 17, 22, and 36"Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • LitLit Posts: 7,540
    kl8ton said:
    Not sure what the return policy is but I see they are on Amazon Prime. 

    You can use it for a few nights and if you don't like.... they will take it back.  Zero risk.  
    It’s like $50 cheaper on their site and they sent me a $10 code also so it’s like $244. I think I’m gonna get it but then I have to get the stand and an ash screen so it’s gonna be like $400 range. Their website says free returns for 30 days. I showed wifey and she said if it shows up it shows up so that’s covered.
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,689
    I really like the idea of being able to have guests sit around the firepit... all 360 degrees of it without worrying of smoke.  Even if you have a great clean burning fire with seasoned hardwood... you still get smoke when adding more fuel. 


    LBGE, MiniMax - 17, 22, and 36"Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • onpoint456onpoint456 Posts: 77
    edited October 10
    I just bought one, it arrived last week. Had our first burn in it this past weekend. I was quite impressed with the amount of heat it put out and lack of smoke.

    The Mrs. was skeptical of the price but after using it she is a believer.

  • LitLit Posts: 7,540
    I just bought one, it arrived last week. Had our first burn in it this past weekend. I was quite impressed with the amount of heat it put out and lack of smoke.

    The Mrs. was skeptical of the price but after using it she is a believer.

    That’s the bonfire?
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,956
    I’ve been thinking about getting one as well. REI sells them, and the price dips a bit every now and then. May be a good buy when REI has their big annual sale in May or some time in the spring. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • LitLit Posts: 7,540
    caliking said:
    I’ve been thinking about getting one as well. REI sells them, and the price dips a bit every now and then. May be a good buy when REI has their big annual sale in May or some time in the spring. 
    Thanks for the heads up. Gonna swing by and check it out. Worried the bonfire at 20” diameter isn’t big enough for full splits. 
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,498
    Interesting review of one. He has a different opinion regarding the radiant heat issue.


    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • PhatchrisPhatchris Posts: 1,714
    I have a solostove and while it works as advertised, I feel like you have to be very close to the pit for any radiant heat. Also I should’ve opted for the bigger Yukon as the with the Bonfire regular size splits of wood are a tight squeeze... There is also another fire pit that has sear plates that looks cool called Breeo.
  • Whoo weee! For that price I'm using my wash machine drum until I cant find one that's not plastic. I'll deal with the smoke...
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 3,620
    I've been eyeballing them too. I've been seeing ads on social media where they appear to be blowing them out
    2-XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, Ardore Pizza Oven
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    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 2,083
    Watching a fire is half the fun
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • I have one and absolutely love it! I feel like it throws plenty of heat. Sometimes almost too much. I love how I don’t smell like smoke after. The portability is also nice when you need it. 



  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,508
    I like my $78.00 pit



    Visalia, Ca
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 15,175
    What is it about the design that limits the smoke?
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 15,175
    HeavyG said:
    Interesting review of one. He has a different opinion regarding the radiant heat issue.


    Just watched this - very helpful!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 7,624
    $400 seems expensive for a firepit but I'd own that before spending $400 on a BGE chiminea. 
    Minnesota
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 2,445
    I have an 85 dollar chiminea I can spray paint it green 

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • I have an 85 dollar chiminea I can spray paint it green 
    Don paint if it’s blue!  I been lookin for one.
  • kjskjs Posts: 107
    I've been watching the "what are you buying now" thread. So it seems like there are plenty people here with a lot of disposable income. I need one of those people with money to spend, to pony up for this, and give me a review.

    https://thechimneybox.com/collections/frontpage/products/chimney-box
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,498
    HeavyG said:
    Interesting review of one. He has a different opinion regarding the radiant heat issue.


    Just watched this - very helpful!
    It operates on the same principle as the Karubecue - letting any smoke travel thru fire to finish burning up the nasties.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • I don’t have the science background to adequately explain why no smoke. In my uneducated brain I would like to think that it burns so hot and efficient that there isn’t any smoke once it gets rolling.  There’s probably some physics involved such as double walled insulation and the holes in the top and bottom and now it exchanges heat but then it starts to sound like I’m taking out my @ss

    all I know is that there really isn’t a lot of smoke 
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,146
    my fire pit is 6x8 feet made of simple cinder blocks, its probably 30 years or older.  what is this little toy =) im sorry, that is not a bonfire, its a big candle
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,481
    So it’s a $400 metal can where the only real benefit is no smoke?


    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,956
    So it’s a $400 metal can where the only real benefit is no smoke?
     The same can be said of some gassers :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,508
    edited October 11
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,898
    Did the price drop overnight on your pit @lkapigian?
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,508
    Legume said:
    Did the price drop overnight on your pit @lkapigian?
    ha ha fat fingers
    Visalia, Ca
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,956
    It's not like we have the weather for sitting around a fire pit much here in Houston, but we do enjoy sitting around a fire some nights.

     Bought a chiminea (not BGE)some  years ago and didn't use it much. The fire is somewhat enclosed, so not much fun to watch, and it didn't seem to give off much heat either. Bought another open fire pit, and although it was more satisfying in terms watching the fire,  it didn't seem to give off much heat either, unless you say close to it. Maybe we needed bigger fires?

    So there seem to be 2 reasons to buy a fire pit - the visual/entertainment aspect of it, and a somewhat functional heat providing aspect. The Solo satisfies the first - it looks cool! May not be much of an issue if it doesn't provide much heat, as that is secondary, for us at least.

    I did consider buying a broken washing machine on Craigslist, and tearing out the SS tub for a fire pit. Probably less than $50 with beers and labor extra. Figured it wasn't worth the effort and figuring out how to dispose of the wrecked washer after I was done. 

    One thing that has kept me from buying the Solo fire pit is that it sits on the ground, and I'm not sure what that would do to the pool deck or patio stone. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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