When I first saw shiny Solo Stove fire pits popping up on Instagram I rolled my eyes and thought two things. “Another status symbol brand” and “Is there anything they won’t make stainless steel these days?” The pits seem to be a commercial take on the washing machine fire pits folks rig up at home, using the perforated drum where the clothes spin as a base. But the brand wormed its way into my brain (thanks social media) and months later, I found myself buying one. I’ve used the pit for a few months now and I am here to say my initial skepticism was misinformed. I am converted. I have been evangelized.
For me it comes down to two things:
- Solo Stove fire pits really do smoke less than regular fire pits. Once you get the fire going right, you can sit so close and cozy without getting a smoke facial and having to yell, “RABBIT, RABBIT, RABBIT!” and point the smoke away (to thoroughly inconsistent results).
- They’re highly portable. Because it’s stainless steel, the stove is really light, so you can pack it up in the included drawstring bag (with carrying handles) and take it to the beach, a campsite, or just store it away easily when not in use.