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Solo Stove Bonfire - Mrs skreef's new fire pit.

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For the last two years Mrs skreef has wanted me to pull the old rust bucket of a fire pit out of the bone yard. It was such a rust bucket I just couldn't do it. Then @Syzygies  posted a link to the Solo Stove website. I poked around that website and found the Solo Stove Bonfire fire pit. After reading numerous reviews and watching many videos I knew this would be just perfect for Mrs skreef. It would allow us to have a nice looking fire pit in the BBQ garden. 

Ordered Thursday night. It arrived on Monday. 

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It came with a nice, heavy duty carry bag. 

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From the pictures I've seen it appears they have upgraded the coal plate. It is a slight dome shape with extra ridges to help prevent it from warping. 

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Here it is in the BBQ garden. Also looking at the box it appears they now include the small lower stand. That allows air under the unit so you don't burn/scorch whatever it's sitting on. 

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Super easy to light. A fire starter, a little kindling and a few bigger logs. Fire it up and within 20 minutes or so it's off to the races. 

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Once going good it really is basically smoke-free. Here is a short video showing the secondary burn effect. 

 

Although a little pricey it's a well built SS unit with a lifetime warranty. Everything they say about it is true. It pumps out the heat. The only con I could see - if you're sitting around the fire, your legs from your shins down won't get any heat. It's a small con for having a smoke-free fire. I highly recommend it and both me and Mrs skreef feel it was one of our better accessories to the BBQ garden. 

 

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My Solo Stove Ranger came today, just after your Bonfire. It's big, though not as big as yours. The top reducer leaves an 11" opening. I immediately lit a single test layer of charcoal, which it improbably managed to sustain, while the outside stayed cool to the touch.This wasn't my best charcoal, but I couldn't resist grilling some salsa ingredients. The salsa was great on leftover fried rice; Mexico won the flavor tug-of-war.

I'll be able to easily grill over wood chunks, for a quick steak.

This will be fun...

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e it is in the BBQ garden. Also looking at the box it appears they now include the small lower stand. That allows air under the unit so you don't burn/scorch whatever it's sitting on. 

On 1/7/2020 at 8:06 AM, ckreef said:

From the pictures I've seen it appears they have upgraded the coal plate. It is a slight dome shape with extra ridges to help prevent it from warping. 

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That is a nice improvement from the totally flat grate that is in our unit. 👍

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28 minutes ago, Jon B. said:

e it is in the BBQ garden. Also looking at the box it appears they now include the small lower stand. That allows air under the unit so you don't burn/scorch whatever it's sitting on. 

That is a nice improvement from the totally flat grate that is in our unit. 👍

I too thought it was a good improvement. It's just slightly dome shape and the ridges looks like they'll help with any possible warping. All in all Mrs skreef is really happy with this purchase I made for her. I wonder what her reaction would be if I bought her a 42" KK for valentines day - LOL 

 

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It sounds like the 42” is happening Charles, it’s just a case of When!
There are plenty more celebration dates coming up on the calendar.
Summer solstice, winter solstice, first day of spring, birthdays.
Australia Day is coming up on the 26th of Jan. You could celebrate this!


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I like that, a great traveling companion for a RV home or even in the backyard. Kinda like, have campfire will travel. Cozy feeling and appears safe, was it her birthday or just because.

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39 minutes ago, Tyrus said:

I like that, a great traveling companion for a RV home or even in the backyard. Kinda like, have campfire will travel. Cozy feeling and appears safe, was it her birthday or just because.

Just because she really wanted a fire pit and I really didn't want to pull out the old rust bucket fire pit. 

 

Definitely have campfire will travel and it's a very safe fire pit. With the small stand ring included, I would put it on a wooden deck without worry. 

 

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Grilling has never been this easy. I may make it through my pallet of KK coffee lump.

The tortilla masa is from Comiteco Rojo landrace Oaxacan corn. Like I said, I'm usually juggling six other cooking tasks. It's a minute to set the Solo Stove fire, then six enjoyable minutes as a reward for the work in between, to gently grill steaks.

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On 1/8/2020 at 9:17 AM, ckreef said:

I wonder what her reaction would be if I bought her a 42" KK for valentines day - LOL 

 

will you be sleeping on the couch if you did that ... i sure would be lol

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1 hour ago, Stile88 said:

will you be sleeping on the couch if you did that ... i sure would be lol

 

Probably sleeping on the couch using divorce papers as a pillow - LOL 

But I did get away with buying her the fire pit because that was something she wanted. 

 

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Solo Stove sent me a survey, so I took the opportunity to ask about the fire grate in the bigger Yukon fire pit.    Appreciate their honest answer but it doesn't appear they are planning to make any changes to the fire grate. 

I would not have purchased it...............................if I knew about the different shape of the fire grate in the Yukon compared to the Bonfire.   When I get back to Michigan in a few weeks, I'll take a picture.  

 

Jon Besemer

Jan 17, 1:32 PM CST

My question is…..have you changed the fire grate in the Yukon also?  The grate in my Yukon has a major “bow” in it and that is my only complaint with that product.  The “bow” takes up way too much firewood space.  

 I have advised friends and forum members not to purchase the Yukon until the fire grate is changed to eliminate the space robbing “bow”.   

 I own two of your products and want to be accurate and fair to your Yukon product line with my advice.  If no changes have been made, are there any future plans to make a change??

 Thanks.

 Jon Besemer

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Sarah (Solo Stove)

Jan 17, 1:37 PM CST

Hi Jon - 

Thank you for contacting Solo Stove. The Yukon bottom grate has not been redesigned since it was released. Because of the extreme heat the Yukon emits, the base pan gets so hot that, when flat, it caves in and distorts the airflow, eliminating the near smokeless effect. We domed out the pan to strengthen it but then added the ribs to give the wood something to grab onto so it was still possible to organize the logs in the center. At this time, our team does not have plans to redesign, but I'll definitely forward this feedback over to them for their consideration.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Thank you,
Sarah N

 

 

 

 

 

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