No backyard BBQ or camping trip is really complete without a fire to finish off the night. But the biggest downside to roasting s’mores or chatting by the fire is smoke on your face and the way you still smell like smoke hours after the fire has burned out. Step into Solo Stove, a fire pit that claims to be almost smoke free and the answer to that very problem. We got our hands on Solo Stove’s largest fire pit, Yukon, to see for ourselves just how smoke free this fire pit really is.
Solo Stove’s largest hearth designed for a smoke-free fire.
We tested the Yukon, which turned out to be roaring hot and creates an almost smoke-free fire pit experience.
Chances are you’ve come across these attractive stainless steel fire pits on social media or in a friend’s garden. While the look of a solo stove definitely sets it apart from most other backyard fire pits, the company claims that its 360 degree airflow design really sets it apart from a solo stove.
Solo Stove fireplaces are made of double-walled stainless steel. Air is forced in through the bottom of the drum and also through the top vents to add ample oxygen to the fire. The air at the top of the hearth creates a “secondary combustion” and allows the solo stove to get incredibly hot while letting out much less smoke than competing fireplaces. This also means that any wood you burn reduces to next to nothing – just a small pile of ash and debris – which makes cleaning up a relatively straightforward process. When your fire is out and your solo cooker has cooled down, simply turn it upside down to empty it. The airflow design makes a solo stove a solo stove.
A new Solo Stove Yukon fireplace.
Solo Stove started with backpack and camping wood stoves in 2011. It sells three fire pits – Ranger ($ 199.99), Bonfire ($ 254.99), and Yukon ($ 449.99) that are 15 “to 27” in diameter. Both the Ranger and Bonfire are portable fire pits due to their smaller size and come with nylon tote bags. With Yukon, currently the brand’s largest fireplace, Solo Stove has entered the backyard fireplace market.
The 27-inch Yukon Solo Stove came in a single, large box. And to our great delight, no assembly is required after unpacking. We were immediately impressed by the flat, simple design of the Solo stove. In addition to the Yukon itself, we opted for the complete Backyard Bundle. This includes the fire pit, a stand to protect everything underneath, a shield to trap sparks coming from the flame, and a protective cover in case your solo cooker is not in use.
Solo Stove recommends using a stand under the fire pit when using it on certain surfaces such as composite decking and wood. Since the fires inside a solo cooker are scorching hot, the safest way to feel safe during the test was to use both the stand and the shield. Depending on which fire pit you buy, you can 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 start the fire, we lit four pieces of kindling and then added logs. The instructions state that it is important not to overfill the fire pit with too much wood to keep the flames trapped inside the drum and between the upper and lower vents.
Although we would like it, a solo cooker is not entirely smoke-free. When you light wood, it naturally begins to smoke as it gets hot enough to burn through. If you are there to light it up, you will definitely be exposed to smoke until your fire reaches full temperature, which took 20 minutes during our tests. But once the fire is crackling, you can sit around a solo stove and it will be almost completely smoke free. Hot Tip: Have someone else light the fire so you are not exposed to smoke.
A Solo Stove Yukon fireplace and shield.
After an hour of smoke-free fireplace, the solo cooker delivered another twist with colorful flames. We added two packs of paint to our flames and literally ooh and aahed at the sight of the color in the flames. The paint packs say they can last up to an hour, but we found that the paint only lasted about 20 minutes in our flames. So what did we do? We added more color packs because we liked it so much. You can purchase 10 color packs for $ 19.99.
Unlike other fire pits you’ve used in a back yard, a solo stove shouldn’t be left uncovered. If the drum is filled with water, this can impair the function of the fireplace. So let your solo cooker cool down and cover it or put it in a garage. This is definitely an additional step to consider, but it isn’t a deal breaker for us as you can purchase a solo cooker cover for this purpose. A solo cooker isn’t difficult to move, but it’s made in one piece and doesn’t have wheels, so the larger Yukon may require two people to move it.
A Solo Stove Yukon burning paint pack.
If you’re investing in a Backyard or Ultimate bundle, a shelter – also known as a cover – is included with your purchase. The shelter is made from PVC coated polyester and is much thicker than your average outdoor grill or furniture cover.
You should also think in advance about when you will no longer use the fire pit, as the flames will have to go out on their own. You are instructed not to put water over a fire in a solo cooker. When our campfire went out in the backyard, there was little ash left in the solo oven. We turned it upside down, threw away the ashes, and then covered our hearth. When we finished we smelled slightly of smoke from lighting the fire pit, but it was nowhere near as sharp as usual.
The 360 degree airflow technology inside a solo cooker makes these fire pits really unique. You don’t have to be a camping enthusiast to appreciate – or be mesmerized by – how a fire burns in a solo cooker. If you really can’t stand the smoke from a fire pit, or have campfires in the back yard almost every week, it is worth considering a solo cooker.
Just one Yukon Fire Pit will cost you $ 450, and if you choose to have all the accessories with a Yukon Ultimate Bundle, you can spend more than $ 800. These are pretty big price tags so it is worth considering how much you want to invest in a backyard fire pit. Still, a solo cooker is definitely worth the money.
A Solo Stove Yukon burning paint pack.
To enjoy the full fire experience in the backyard, you can also buy accessories such as roasting pans, tools for the fireplace and color packs. A solo cooker doesn’t come with a built-in tabletop, but you can purchase a lid to make the fire pit more functional when not in use. You can also purchase a Yukon Ultimate Bundle that includes everything but a lid.
Solo stove roaster.
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