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valhalla360

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Posted: 05/19/22 11:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would look at the propane faux campfire pits as a better option.
- In a lot of areas with burn prohibitions, you can still use them (check local regulations)
- Unless you have a free firewood source (and you aren't supposed to transport it anymore anyway), propane is likely going to be a good deal cheaper.
- If you just want a fire for half hour, near instant on and off with no worries about ash or hot embers.
- If you do want to cook on it, you can adjust the flow to change the heat level to your need rather than waiting for the fire/coals to get to where you want them.

If you are in an area that allows wood fire and have the hankering for the real thing, you can always pick up some firewood and have one in the fire pit the campground provides.


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My son-in-law bought the big Solo for his patio - it really puts out the heat and flames and no smoke. The only fault I can find is that staring into a fire is mesmerizing/relaxing; and the tall sides of the big solo means you don't see much fire once it burns down a bit.

I just bought a couple of "campfire in a cans" - basically more of a candle for staring and infinitely more portable than a stove. Probably still would be banned in areas where forest fires are a threat.

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Posted: 05/21/22 05:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So far I don't think we've seen any posts from Solo Stove owners who didn't like theirs. That's about what I expected.

valhalla360 wrote:

I would look at the propane faux campfire pits as a better option.


I've camped in places that restricted real fires because of the mess and not for fire safety. We've used the propane pits and they're a nice way to create some light to see people's faces and a campfire effect, but they don't do much at all for warmth.

Everything has its pros & cons. You can use the propane pits practically anywhere, but they don't provide much heat unless you're pretty much right on top of it. I've seen pictures lately of people adding a disk shaped canopy a few feet above the flames to catch some of the heat and radiate it out to the crowd. This makes sense, but it also seems like that canopy could turn into a sail in more than a light breeze, which would be bad times for whoever is sitting downwind and ends up with the pit in their lap.

The Solo pits are kind of expensive. The flames are somewhat contained by the tub once it burns down below the top, unless you keep feeding it more wood. The warmth is great though, they don't smoke as much, and the cleanup is simple.

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Posted: 05/21/22 05:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A couple of days ago with our little Campfire model Solo Stove:

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Posted: 05/21/22 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A neighbor had one and said he wouldn't do it again because you can't see the fire like with a regular one. Just his opinion...I agree with him after seeing his.


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My wifes asthma won't let her sit around a fire in a regular fire pit anymore, so we bought one of the Solos also. What little smoke they do give off isn't enough to make her cough at night. It sure isn't enough to bother adjoining campsites.

That being said, we have only been able to use it once and that was at a state park campground because of fire bans where we usually go. It is nice to be around a wood fire again, the propane fire pit just doesn't give off the heat. Before you call a propane fire pit a "fake", stick your hand in it. That fire is REAL! LOL!


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Already posted my support for the Solo but with some of the comments I wanted to address some of the concerns.

I can see where the Solo is not ideal for a larger group because you would be sitting further away and the sides would block the view. In our case 2-4 people is our normal group size sitting around so we sit closer and are looking down into the fire instead of across to the fire. The one time we used it for a much larger group because everyones wood was wet accept my little chunks of wood sealed in a plastic bucket. We just feed more wood in to keep the flames higher.

Since I cut up scraps from wood projects it is all kiln dried so no bugs, not a problem transporting it to areas that have restrictions. If you don't do enough wood projects to feed the stove I'm sure if you ask around someone will give you all the scraps you can use. Just don't use pressure treated, plywood or particleboard scrapes, bad fumes.

Someone mentioned easy cleanup, depending on how long we burn the Solo but our normal fire generates about a 1/2 cup of dust when I clean it out in the morning. Easy to dump most anywhere and then wipe out with a piece of paper towel.

I don't sell Solo stoves, just a happy owner. There are plans online for making your own smokeless stove if your handy.

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Belgique wrote:

A neighbor had one and said he wouldn't do it again because you can't see the fire like with a regular one. Just his opinion...I agree with him after seeing his.


A BIG advantage of a washing machine drum is with all the small holes in the sides and single wall construction you see the fire AND get lots of heat along with minimal or no smoke. And much lower cost than the solo.

Smoke bothers DW eyes and with the washing machine drum that problem is completely solved.

Downside is that washing machine drums are reasonably large, hard to find one like the small Solo units.


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