Solo Stove – Version 2.0 Reviewed, Worth the Upgrade?

Travis GneitingFirst Look, Reviews

Solo Stove Version 1.0 vs. Solo Stove Version 2.0

The Solo Stove is a “smokeless” or a less smoke fire pit because of a unique airflow technology that uses a secondary burn to efficiently and more effectively burn fuel. The result in this is an almost smokeless fire. Having personally used a smokeless stove for years in the backyard, and backpacking with the small Campfire Solo Stove I’ve it is a huge difference when compared to traditional fires.

The Solo Stove really has become my favorite backyard fire pit. I’ve used them all from gas firepits to built-in, and homemade firepits. The Solo Stove is easier to clean up and get out of the way. It’s smokeless meaning you don’t have the overpowering smoke smell when you go back in your house, and it just looks great with the stainless steel and patina.

We are excited to see a new stove version for all three models the Ranger, Bonfire, and Yukon. Here are the details for the upgraded models and what we think about them. Be sure to check out the closeout pricing on Version 1 models on Solostove.com

Updates to the Solo Stove

The Ranger, Bonfire, and Yukon Solo Stoves have all been updated to include a removable ash pan and a removable base plate. This is the main difference when comparing the old model to the new updated version 2. This will make it much easier to clean the ash from the bottom of the Solo Stove. This is especially helpful for the large Yukon that is huge and hard to manage with one person.

Accessories

All of the existing accessories you might own for Solo Stoves version 1.0 will fit with the updated version 2.0 models. They both still come with a carry case.

You should consider some of the accessories when purchasing a Solo Stove, they make transporting and using the stove a bit easier and help with a few of the cons of using the Solo Stove.

Comparison

Ranger 1.0Ranger 2.0Bonfire 1.0Bonfire 2.0Yukon 1.0Yukon 2.0
Outside DimensionH: 12.5” x Dia: 15”H: 12.5” x Dia: 15”H: 14” x Dia: 19.5”H: 14” x Dia: 19.5”H: 17” x Dia: 27”H: 17” x Dia: 27”
Inside DimensionH: 8.5” x Dia: 13.25”H: 8.5” x Dia: 13.25”H: 9.5” x Dia: 17.5”H: 9.5” x Dia: 17.5”H 7.5” x Dia: 24”H 7.5” x Dia: 24”
Weight (Pit only)15 lbs16 lbs20 lbs20 lbs38 lbs38 lbs
Weight (with stand)17 lbs17 lbs21.5 lbs21.5 lbs40.35 lbs40.35 lbs
PriceRetail: $299.99
Sale:
$199.99
Retail: $229.99 USDRetail: $399.99
Sale:
$219.99
$299.99 USDRetail: $749.99
Sale:
$399.99
$499.99 USD

Testing Version 2 of the Solo Stove

The Solo Stove was just released on August 1, 2022. I have used it a couple of times but have experience with other Solo Stoves to compare it to. The stove functions just as the previous models do. You load it up with firewood, start the fire waiting for the air to start circulating and the smoke seems to disappear. It has the same tornado-like flames that kids and adults love to stare at.

I have thrown less than ideal fuel on the fire, some slightly damp wood, leaves, bark, and some paper. It will affect the smoke on the fire slightly, but when using good quality wood, and not stacking it above the rim of the Solo Stove the fire remains relatively smoke-free.

My old Gas Firepit looking sad in the background

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Should I upgrade my current Solo Stove?

If you currently have a Solo Stove and despise having to tip over the stove to remove the ash then you should definitely purchase one of the new versions of the Solo Stoves. Additionally, if you already own a stove and haven’t been completely happy with the size of the stove then it is worth the upgrade to have a size that you are happy with. Being able to use the accessories you may have previously purchased also makes this a wise decision.

If you have a Solo Stove and don’t mind tipping over the stove to empty out the ashes after it has cooled then it isn’t really worth the upgrade in my opinion. In fact, if you are looking to purchase a new Solo Stove, you can get a discount on version 1 models right now and this might be a better option for you.

Does the Outside of a Solo Stove get hot?

Yes, but that varies on the location of the stove. At the base, and when using the stand, it stays relatively cool and can even be used on a wood deck. However, at the top of the stove, where the flames are gets over 200 degrees and will burn you.

Can You Cook on a Solo Stove?

Cooking on a Solo Stove isn’t my favorite because it’s hard to get away from the flames and into the hot coals for cooking. This makes it hard to not burn food before it’s actually cooked. However, boiling water, and another simple cooking task can be done. Another downside is that you need to remove the entire cooking grill to add more fuel when cooking.

A tip for cooking with the Solo Stove is to let the wood burn down so that it’s mostly coals at the bottom. The head travels up and makes it easier to cook with.

Can You Leave a Solo Stove Outside all Year?

You can leave it outside with a rain cover, however, it tends to look like it might only last a year before you need a new cover. I recommend one if you are purchasing the Yukon. Because it’s so big it’s not ideal for transporting. With the Ranger and Bonfire, I prefer to keep them out of the year-round weather, and kids are playing in the yard by keeping them in the storage bag in the garage.

What are Solo Stove Competitors?

The main competitor to Solo Stove is the Breeo.

Are Solo Stoves Actually Worth the Money?

With prices dropping on the new version the price is much more in line with other firepits. We think the Solo Stove is completely worth it. It comes with a lifetime warranty and can be easily stored and transported making it a very useful firepit for years to come.

Why is Solo Stoves so Special?

Solo Stove uses an airflow technology to burn off the smoke making it a smokeless or less smoke fire. A lot of people like this experience because they can have a backyard fire pit and not smell like smoke. This is accomplished by the design of the fire pit the hold around the top and airflow in the bottom allow the stove to bring in more oxygen into the fire pit.

Can you use a Solo Stove on a Deck?

Absolutely, with the stand, the Solo Stove stays relatively cool at the bottom of the fire pit.

Can you Burn Anything in a Solo Stove?

For the most part, Yes. However, things like pellets, gas, etc. can not be used. Most dry wood, twigs, etc can be used.

How Long Does a Solo Stove Last?

Solo Stoves have a lifetime warranty and should last that long if properly cared for and protected from the elements.

How Do you Stop a Solo Stove Fire?

It’s very difficult to smoother the fire because of the air inlets at the top and bottom of the stove. The best option is to let the fire burn out. I usually try to plan when I’ll be done with the fire and coordinate how much fuel is being added. This can be time intensive so plan ahead.

Do Solo Stoves Keep Bugs Away?

Insects typically are deterred from smoke. With a smokeless fire, there is less incentive for them to be featured. The heat helps a little, but not as much as a traditional campfire.

Do Solo Stoves Get Hot on the Bottom?

Yes, the bottom of a Solo Stove will get hot. However, it will not be as hot as the top, and the stand is still safe to use on outdoor decks.

Can you burn Duraflame logs in a Solo Stove?

Yes, you can burn Duraflame logs in a Solo Stove.

What do you put under a Solo Stove?

The best thing to put under a Solo Stove is the Solo Stove Stand. With the stand, it is safe to use on grass, dirt, decks, and patios.

Which is Better, a Solo Stove or a Breeo?

The Solo Stove is the original smokeless firepit. Breeo is a different design and aesthetics. Both work on similar principles but have different price points. I feel that the Breeo caters more to a permanate fire pit where Solo Stoves are more portable. Neither is better than the other, just different looks and costs.

What is the most popular Solo Stove?

The Bonfire Solo Stove is by far the most popular size. It is the perfect balance between portability and fire size.

Are Solo Stoves made in the USA?

From the information we can find, Solo Stoves are made in China.

How Long Does Wood Burn in a Solo Stove?

When the Solo Stove is about half wood and half air space it will burn for about an hour with the Bonfire model. This is good to keep in mind when planning to let the fire burn out.

How Long Does it take for the Solo Stove to Cool Down?

After the last remaining coals are burnt out, it will take an additional 30 min depending on the outside temperature and wind to completely cool the stove to the touch.

Conclusion

Why should you buy a Solo Stove? If you are looking for a perfect portable fire pit for the backyard that produces much less smoke than traditional fires and still has the feeling of a traditional fire then the Solo Stove is the fire pit for you. It’s simple, cleans up easily, doesn’t take up too much room, and looks great.

The downside of using a Solo Stove is that they are not cheap. However, the new models are substantially cheaper than the same size previous model. You could build or buy a fire ring or gas fire pit for less. Also, some firewood will be too long to properly fit in the stove causing it not to burn as efficiently and creating smoke. Lastly, the Solo Stove doesn’t put off as much heat as you might expect. The heat is directed upwards instead of outwards. You can buy the accessory to help with this.

I highly recommend the new version of the Solo Stove. I have a gas fire pit in my backyard and prefer the Solo Stove over it. It’s the feel of a real fire, cooking smores over it is much more fun than over a gas firepit. and it just looks great with friends gathered around it.