Solo Stove is a wood-burning fire pit that produces very little smoke thanks to its patented design and strategically placed vent holes.

Smokeless fire pits may sound like an oxymoron, but they're growing in popularity as well as availability, with competitors like Breeo, Tiki, Blue Sky, BioLite, and even Pit Boss offering their designs.

The Solo Stove company has designed a smokeless fire pit that not only lives up to its claim of clean-burning but is beautiful to look at and can host a blazing fire in as little as about five minutes.

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Solo Stove Backyard Fire Pit Sizes

Small: Solo Stove Ranger

solo stove ranger

Image from Solo Stove

Product Dimensions

Feature

Measurement

Diameter

15"

Height

12.5"

Weight

15lbs

Material

304 Stainless Steel

Fuel

4-6 log splits up to 12" long

Warranty

Lifetime

  • Pros: Light-weight and highly portable, perfect for car camping or taking to a friend's house
  • consNot ideal for large groups, doesn't produce a lot of ambient heat

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Medium: Solo Stove Bonfire

solo stove bonfire

Product Dimensions

Feature

Measurement

Diameter

19.5"

Height

14"

Weight

20lbs

Material

304 Stainless Steel

Fuel

4-6 Logs up to 16" long

Warranty

Lifetime

  • Pros: Can be good for small groups, portable
  • consNot ideal for large groups, doesn't produce a lot of ambient heat

Read our Solo Stove Bonfire review here.

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Large: Solo Stove Yukon

Solo Stove's Yukon fire pit makes a worthy addition to any backyard

Product Dimensions

Feature

Measurement

Diameter

27"

Height

17"

Weight

38lbs

Material

304 Stainless Steel

Fuel

8-10 Logs up to 22" long

Warranty

Lifetime

  • Pros: Great for larger groups of people, puts out more heat than smaller sizes 
  • consYou have to feed it a lot of wood, not a portable fire pit

Read our Solo Stove Yukon review here.

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Extra Large: Solo Stove Canyon

Solo Stove's Canyon XL fire pit

Product Dimensions

Feature

Measurement

Diameter

30"

Height

19"

Weight

55lbs

Material

304 Stainless Steel

Fuel

10-12 Logs up to 26" long

Warranty

Lifetime

  • Pros: Large heat radius is perfect for accommodating big groups around the fire 
  • consYou have to feed it a lot of wood, not a portable fire pit

Read our Solo Stove Canyon review here.

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How to choose the right size fire pit for your backyard?

In this video we compare the Solo Stove Bonfire to the Yukon and Canyon to help you determine which size would be right for your yard and use. We explore wood consumption, heat radius, and how many people can fit around each fire pit.

How the Solo Stove Works

holes around the top
vent holes in the burn chamber of the Bonfire

One of the first things that you'll notice about Solo Stove's fire pits, besides the sleek stainless steel, is the pattern of holes along the bottom and the interior of the burn chamber. While they do give these fire pits an interesting look, they carry a significant function. It's their signature 360° Airflow Design™ which features a double-wall structure that promotes excellent airflow, minimizing smoke.

Air gets pulled in through the bottom vent holes and serves two purposes. Some of the air fuels the fire right at the base while some of the air rises as it's heated within the double walls. The vent holes around the top allow the rising hot air and preheated oxygen to fuel the flame, giving us a secondary burn that is truly mesmerizing to watch.

secondary burn in the Solo Stove Bonfire backyard fire pit

The fire ring helps keep the fire centered and even, creating somewhat of a vortex of flame and heat above the pit.

Safety

The outside of your Stove will get VERY hot during use. Anything or anyone that brushes against the outside will get burned in the process. It's important to warn your guests who may not be familiar with this type of fire feature of its danger before someone tries to warm their feet, melting their shoes to the side of your wood burning fire pit. We've seen many reports of melted shoes, chairs, burned articles of loose clothing, not to mention burned skin.

Infrared thermometer reading the temperature of the outside of the Yukon just below the fire ring

If you're concerned that verbal warnings might not be enough protection, Solo Stove offers a fire pit surround to create a barrier between the stove and its users. 

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Portability

Solo Stove makes 4 different sizes of fire pits and naturally, each stove's portability is in direct proportion to its size.

The most portable fire pit option is the Solo Stove Ranger, which literally comes with a carry case. It is meant to be taken with you wherever you're going: camping, the beach, road trips, car camping, you name it. At 15 pounds, this can easily be moved from place to place without any trouble.
solo stove ranger in carry case

Image from Solo Stove

The mid-sized option is the Solo Stove Bonfire. This stove is a little bigger and heavier. Weighing in at 20 pounds, however, it also comes with a handy carrying case making this still a great option for camping and other options.

Solo Stove Bonfire in the nylon carrying case in the back of our truck

Neither the Yukon or the Canyon are intended to be portable fire pits. Both of these large size fire pits are meant to pretty much stay put as soon as they find a home in your back yard.

yukon with spark shield


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Solo Stove Smoke Free Fire Pit FAQs

How do you clean the Solo Stove?

The success of these fire pits depends on the ability of air to circulate through all the vent holes the way it was designed. For that reason, it is very important to clean out the interior of your stove between each use; typically the next morning following a burn.

2.0 Fire Pit Models

If you've purchased your fire pit in the last year or so, you likely have the 2.0 version and are in luck because cleaning the ash out of your wood burning fire pit is a ton easier with the newer models! With a gloved hand or small shovel, brush the remaining ash around, allowing it to fall through the holes into the ash pan below. Then insert your fingers into the two larger holes to lift the grate up and out, dumping larger pieces as you go. Then simply pick up the ash pan and dump the cool ash in your compost or trash.

1.0 Fire Pit Models

The original Solo Stove models did not have a removable ash pan and the only way to remove the ash was to pick the whole thing up and pour the ash out. Inevitably ash would also get trapped within the double walls, so we would always set our fire pit on its side in the grass and roll it around. More debris would fall out of the holes from the ash pan as we did so. (Some people even use a leaf blower to help that process along.)

  • Wait for the ashes to cool completely, preferably overnight. You'll notice that there will be very little ash because it's such an efficient burn. After dumping, use a soft-bristled brush to loosen up any stubborn remaining ash and then dump that as well. 
  • Wood ash is actually an excellent source of lime and potassium if your soil is acidic or potassium-deficient. It can also help your grass to grow.
  • Bar Keepers Friend is highly recommended for removing any light stains or melted shoe/chair marks on the outside.
  • Wet ash is a lot harder to clean up than dry, so always try to cover up your wood burning fire pit if rain is expected in the forecast.
  • Helpful Tip: Before you light your stove the first time, wipe the fire ring down with rubbing alcohol to remove any fingerprints. We learned from experience that the hot fire will permanently patina any fingerprints in place.

Can you use a Solo Stove on a deck?

While this backyard fire pit does get very hot to the touch as a fire burns, the Solo Stove stand raises up the fire pit to allow cooler air to flow underneath making it safe to use on heat sensitive surfaces like a wood or Trex deck.

Sometimes Solo Stove includes the stand with your fire pit purchase and sometimes you have to purchase separately, so if you see a sale for the stand included you might want to take advantage of that!

the stand allows the firepit to burn safely on patios and decks

Is Solo Stove really smokeless?

We have had one fire that was a little smokey and all the other fires were smokeless. Here's what we learned: When we used a softer variety of firewood that wasn't fully seasoned, the fire tended to smoke more. However, when we followed Solo Stove's recommendations for building a hotter fire with less smoke, and we used hard, dry, seasoned wood, our bonfires were smokeless every single time.

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What's the best type of wood to burn?

firewood on a wood rack

We have found that hard woods like maple, oak, birch, and most fruit trees are the best for burning in our Solo Stove. The Yukon is a big fire pit and can go through a lot of firewood in one night. But it will easily consume twice as many splits of a softer variety of wood.

It's also important to only use well seasoned, dry wood. We got a rick and a half of cherry wood last summer that has been seasoning on our Woodhaven wood rack all through the winter. I love that it has a short cover that keeps the top rows of wood nice and dry and ready for our next Solo Stove bonfire.

Is a Solo Stove Worth It?

Quite honestly, our Yukon is the best fire pit we've ever owned. We loved it so much that we have since added the Solo Stove Bonfire and Canyon to our collection (along with just about every Solo Stove accessory and pizza oven they have in their product lineup).

Smokeless? Yes.

Visually stunning? Yes.

Worth it? Heck yes.

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