The Solo Stove Bonfire is a clever, stylish, futuristic fire pit that has a slew of really cool features. These unique features, such as the Bonfire’s innovative airflow engineering and its double-walled design, reduce smoke and maximize fuel. The careful focus on design elevates the Bonfire above the standard fire pits on the market today. This article is a Solo Stove Bonfire Review and looks at all of the features and aspects that make the Solo Stove Bonfire such a unique product.
The Solo Stove Bonfire is a sleek, chic, and practical portable fire pit: one that is as much at home in the garden as it is on the campground or at the festival. While a little high-maintenance, it’s ultimately worth the effort and money.
Solo Stove Bonfire Review
This review covers the ins and outs of the functionality, aesthetics, upkeep, and overall quality of the product. We go into every aspect of the Solo Stove Bonfire in detail, offer bonus information on assembly and accessories.
Key Features at a Glance
- Advanced airflow minimizes smoke and maximizes fuel
- Efficient combustion, fuel burns completely
- Easy to use
- Compact and lightweight
- Wood burning
- 100% guaranteed lifetime warranty
Dimensions and Specs
- Product dimensions: 19.5″ x 19.5″ x 14″
- Product weight: 20lbs
- Shipping weight: 27.4lbs
- Internal fire pot diameter: 17.75″ x 11″
One of the most attractive portable fire pits on the market, the Bonfire’s sleek, 304 stainless steel exterior is easy to maintain. Its small size and minimalist design make it a practical yet chic addition to the garden furniture.
During use, users will likely experience some black heat marks on the side of the stove. Fortunately, they are easy to wipe off once the stove has cooled.
Crucially, to keep it looking its best, it must be covered or stored away when not in use.
Despite its small diameter, the Solo Stove Bonfire will successfully heat multiple people positioned around it. The funnel-like structure does, however, mean that heat from the stove is concentrated upward rather than outward. Consequently, users must stay close to the flames for maximum heat. The design does, however, significantly reduce the amount of smoke produced, meaning that there’s no need to worry about making clothes smell or getting smoke in eyes.
Given the fact that everyone will be huddled around the Bonfire, it is wise to purchase a spark screen for embers. Also, users should be sure to not use the stove under any kind of roof, for risk of heat damage.
Solo Stove Bonfire Air Flow
The outside of the Solo Stove Bonfire is double-walled, with holes at the top and bottom of the stove. These holes allow cold air to be pulled through the bottom, between the two walls, and out through the top. Air is warmed as it travels up the walls to be deposited into the flames, for complete combustion. This design prevents smoke from being expelled and keeps smoke away from everyone’s faces, hair, and clothes.
It’s a really cool design that your guests will love!
The Solo Stove Bonfire is not really designed for cooking, as grease would mar the finish, and you don’t want the holes to get blocked up. Some use it for cooking along with a fire pit grate and certainly toasting marshmallows or hot dogs will work. But for the most part, it’s not a cooking fire pit. See our fire pit cooking guide for more information on fire pit cooking.
Material and Build Quality
The Solo Stove is made of 304 stainless steel. The self-contained build is simple yet effective, using air holes at the top and bottom of the stove and a double wall structure for a smoke-free and efficient combustion.
It is light, compact and easily transportable, complete with its own carry bag.
The Solo Stove Bonfire can be built into a larger fire pit or stone structure, as long as the air holes at the bottom are left uncovered.
Some buyers have complained of rust forming on the inside of the stove within a short period of time (sometimes within the first three months). This is almost always caused by rainwater, damp or humidity. It is due to the stainless steel becoming vulnerable to rust after heating.
To avoid rusting, the Solo Stove Bonfire must be stored in a dry place like a sealed deck box to prevent the formation of dew.
Cleaning and Maintenance
To empty out the ash after use, simply turn it upside down!
Wipe down the outside when cool. The top ring can be removed for a more thorough wipe-down should you want to.
Store in a dry place out the way of damp, water or rain.
Assembling the Solo Stove Bonfire out the box is effortless, with hardly anything to actually set up. All that’s needed is some firewood to start it burning (less than you think!) and a stone surface to set it on to avoid damage to wood or grass.
Some customers have noted that purchasing a 21-inch spark screen to use with the Bonfire is recommended, though not mandatory.
If you are unable to let it burn out in its own time, a Campfire Defender fire blanket can also be purchased.
Marshmallows, hot dogs, and sticks for toasting snacks may also be needed!
Solo Stove offers 100% guaranteed return policy, anytime. They even go so far as to offer no restocking fees on return.
Solo Stove warranties the Bonfire to be free of defects and will be repaired or replaced with a new product, at Solo Stove’s discretion, if any defects are present upon purchase.
Of course, Solo Stove does not warrant its products against normal wear or misuse. However, if it gets damaged or otherwise harmed, Solo Stove’s repair department will fix the fire pit for a fee.
The Bottom Line
All in all, the Solo Stove Bonfire is an efficient and enduring purchase that is sure to strike up many conversation while your guests are huddled around it!
It is well worth its asking price, which is far more reasonable than some of its bulkier competitors, especially given its rock solid warranty.
The Solo Stove serves all your bonfire needs and requires minimal, natural fuel. It’s light and compact, meaning that it’s easily transportable – great for summers spent outdoors in the garden or at a festival. The Solo Stove Bonfire will bring you warmth and cheer for years to come!