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  • Reply Jane May 13, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard of smokeless bonfire. This is cool and the fact that it’s portable you can bring it with you when camping.
    Great feedback and info.

    • Reply TONYA May 14, 2020 at 10:22 am

      I had never heard of it either, until my husband mentioned it. That’s why I thought it would be the perfect Father’s Day gift (or gift for him for any occasion!).

  • Reply Cindy August 16, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I would like to use the Solo Stove on a paver patio, if we used the stand with it, do you think it would damage the pavers? In photos, I’ve only seen them placed on the ground or gravel.
    Also, in the video, the people are bundling up with coats and blankets and rubbing their hands above the flames. This seems to indicate that the stove does not put out any heat?

    Thank you,

    • Reply TONYA August 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Cindy! Thanks for your comment. The stand helps with airflow, so the Solo Stove bonfire can be placed on more sensitive surfaces. I can’t speak as to the intent of Solo Stove when they created the video, but in our experience, it puts out a decent amount of heat. 🙂 Of course, on a colder fall night here in MN, we still tend to bundle up a bit in coats or blankets as needed.

    • Reply Tracy October 11, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      We recently purchased a Solo stove & I absolutely love it! I love bonfires & roasting marshmallows with my kids, but always hated the smell that was in our clothes, skin & hair. I love the idea of being able to move it around from place to place. It works great! I have to completely agree with your pros and cons. It is definitely worth the money.

      • Reply TONYA October 11, 2020 at 1:50 pm

        Thanks for sharing your experience, Tracy! I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying your Solo Stove.

  • Reply Philip Schwab October 16, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    My solo stove is not smokeless and does not produce much heat. Sure, it’s a contained fire, but that’s it. It is not a novel invention and doesn’t provide its value for the cost. Our experience is a small, contained fire that still produces smoke that invades our clothes without providing widespread warmth

    • Reply TONYA October 17, 2020 at 9:45 am

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re disappointed in your fire pit, Philip, but thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience.

    • Reply Mike January 15, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      Could you use this in a garage with the garage door open? I’d like to use this in the winter but not have to sit in the snow

      • Reply TONYA January 16, 2021 at 1:52 pm

        Hi Mike! I checked with Solo Stove’s instruction manual, and it reads: “Do not use Solo Stove Bonfire under any overhead or near any unprotected combustible constructions.” Hope that helps!

  • Reply Katherine Brooks October 23, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    HI Tonya, a nice and well presented review. I just purchased the Bon Fire Solo and am very pleased with its nearly smokeless fire and also with seasoned firewood, easy start and maintaining a fire. I am wondering if you, yourself, have handled your Bon Fire Solo? The width dimensions are definitely better suited to a man’s build and shoulder width. While it only weighs 20 pounds, it is very cumbersome for one woman to empty the ashes and also for putting it into the storage bag. These two important steps can only happen the next day after all company, friends (and potential helpers) have gone home. I’m wondering if anyone else has encountered this issue? I’m certain there are many independent women of all ages out there who would want to know this and would want their own fire pit! BTW, although I live in the City, I am a frequent hiker/backpacker and all around outdoors woman. I’m used to doing things solo, if need be, but this one has me baffled! Thanks so much for anything you can share! Katherine Brooks

    • Reply TONYA October 23, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Katherine! Thanks for reading and commenting. I agree with you that, while it is fairly light, it can be cumbersome to empty so I have always left that part to my husband. However, you make a great point — not everyone has that option! I checked with Solo Stove’s website, and this is what I found: “After your fire pit is cool, turn it upside down to empty any remaining ashes left in your stove. You can also use an Ash Vacuum (sold separately). If needed, use a dry cloth to wipe it afterwards.” Hopefully this helps! As far as putting it back into the bag (since I’ve never actually done it myself) I would have to check with my husband to be certain, but I’m assuming you have to lower the fire pit into the bag from the top. I’m imagining that I would instead tilt the fire pit and slide the bag underneath, then tilt the other side and pull the bag up over the bonfire. However, I am not sure exactly how well that would work in practice, so I will do some thinking (and possibly some experimenting) and will try to update this post once I figure it out! Of course, there is always the option to buy a separate weather cover, so that you can leave it outside and cut down on the number of times you have to pack it up. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine Stock November 2, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Is it safe to use under a roof? I have a spacious loggia that is open on three sides, but there is a tiled roof.

    • Reply TONYA November 2, 2020 at 8:18 am

      Hi Catherine! That’s a great question. I checked with Solo Stove’s instruction manual, and it reads: “Do not use Solo Stove Bonfire under any overhead or near any unprotected combustible constructions.” Hope that helps! If you have any further questions, you can always contact them at help [at] solostove [dot] com

  • Reply Jen November 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you for the review! Does the outside get hot? I was thinking about making a vinyl decal for the outside of it for a friend that is getting one. Do you think that would work? Or should it be magnetic?

    • Reply TONYA November 7, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Jen! Yes, the outside of the bonfire gets very hot, and I would be careful about putting anything on it. If you have any further questions, you can always contact them at help [at] solostove [dot] com

  • Reply Ben November 11, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for the helpful review. Does the Solo Stove give off substantial heat? I’m thinking of purchasing one for use during the winter months on those clear, crisp nights. Is this something that a family could circle around and feel the warmth? Or is it mainly a ‘decorative’ fire?

    • Reply TONYA November 11, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Ben! We have found that it gives off quite a bit of heat, plenty for a family to keep warm, and I’ve even found myself having to back away from it a little.

  • Reply Mari November 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Hello, we are thinking of purchasing a solo stove but we’re worried of embers hitting our outdoor furniture. Do you notice much embers coming out?

    • Reply TONYA November 24, 2020 at 8:19 am

      Hi Mari! While there are some embers with the Solo Stove, I haven’t noticed an excessive amount. However, I just did a quick search, and it looks like they make a bonfire shield to help keep them contained and protect your patio furniture. Hope that helps answer your question!

  • Reply Sarah November 24, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the review! I was wondering if you are perfectly happy with the size that you guys chose. The cost difference between bonfire and the Yukon is so significant, but the bonfire seems like it’s a little bit small. Do you feel like it’s substantial in person and good for a family of six to sit around? Any regrets about not going bigger? Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Reply TONYA November 25, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Sarah! The bonfire seems small, but it gives off a pretty good amount of heat, so you don’t have to sit super close to it. We’ve had up to five adults sitting around it, and there was more than enough room. 🙂

  • Reply Ken November 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Has anyone else experienced lack of customer service from them? They take your money and then nothing! no return calls or emails for days now

    • Reply TONYA November 28, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      I’m really sorry to hear about your bad experience, and hope they get back to you soon.

  • Reply Cathy November 30, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Tonya,
    My concern is if children are around and they accidentally touch it. I feel there should be a strong warning not to use it around young children.
    Thanks,
    Cathy

    • Reply TONYA November 30, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Cathy – I totally understand, because I feel the same way. I keep a very close eye on my young children when we’re using our bonfire because it does get hot on the outside.

  • Reply Lynn Mattei December 24, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Can you use Fire Logs? ( The ones that are wrapped that you buy in grocery stores)

    • Reply TONYA December 28, 2020 at 6:32 am

      Hi Lynn! According to Solo Stove: “Any firewood logs will work, but we recommend using dry hardwoods in our fire pits to enjoy the best flame. Hardwoods, such as birch, maple, hickory, and oak, will burn longer and cleaner than softwoods.”

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