The hugely popular solo cooker fire pit gets an update: Bonfire 2.0 Review – GearJunkie | Gmx Pharm

Smokeless fireplaces have become increasingly popular in recent years and Solo Stove is helping to lead the way. Today, his best-selling fire pit gets its first major upgrade.

Previous Solo Stove fireplaces (and other brand options) required you to tip and roll the whole thing over to remove the ash. Also, you usually have to carry it to the place where you want to dispose of the ashes first. It’s not a huge pain, but they can be heavy and there’s an easier way to do it (read: removable ash pan).

In summary: Solo Stove has listened to customer feedback and added the new ash pan. It is very easy to use and will enhance your campfire experience. Adding this feature to an already hugely popular campfire pit is a crowd puller.

But good/cool things cost money and Solo Stove is no different. It comes in three sizes, priced between $230 and $500, which is quite an investment compared to some of the rocks in the circle — but if you want a premium experience, it’s one of the best smokeless fire pits out there.

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Testing the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 with removable ash pan

(Photo/Zach Burton)

I tested the Solo Stove Fire Pit 2.0 in the campfire size for this review. I did a direct comparison with the original Yukon fire pit and noticed no difference in the amount of smoke produced by the new version. (GearJunkie was one of the first Check out Solo Stove’s smokeless fire pit over 5 years ago if you want to see our verdict on the original.)

As with the original Solo stoves, when used properly and with relatively dry wood, your campfire will produce significantly less smoke. It’s not 100% smoke-free, but it does reduce smoke compared to traditional fire pits.

People sitting around a solo cooker Smokeless campfire fireplace 2.0 with removable ash pan on a patio
(Photo/Zach Burton)

As previously mentioned, the removable ash pan does not affect the signature 360-degree airflow technology. It’s just a lot easier to clean. Also, since the fire burns so efficiently due to the vent holes and secondary combustion, nearly all the coals are gone. Because it’s just ash, it’s easy to clean.

With the new removable ash pan, you simply wait until everything feels completely cold and then remove the dome-shaped floor and ash pan. Then simply dispose of the ashes in a safe place.

Great news: It will be integrated into all Fire Pits in the future. Less good news: Unfortunately, there is no way to integrate the removable ash pan into the Fire Pit 1.0.

Person holding removable ash pan and dumping ash from solo stove smokeless campfire fireplace 2.0 while camping
(Photo/solo chef)

Ranger and Bonfire sizes come with a carrying case. And each size comes with a stand to protect the surface under the fire pit from heat. The price difference for the 2.0 versions compared to 1.0 Ranger, Bonfire and Yukon is $30, $80 and $100 respectively.

Solo Stove Fire Pit 2.0 Specifications

  • ranger
    • Diameter: 15 inches
    • Weight without stand: 16 lbs.
    • Height with stand: 15.25 inches
    • Price: $230
  • campfire
    • Diameter: 19.5 inches
    • Weight without stand: 20 lbs.
    • Height with stand: 16.75 inches
    • Price: $260
  • Yukon
    • Diameter: 27 inches
    • Weight without stand: 38 lbs.
    • Height with stand: 19.8 inches
    • Price: $460
Solo Stove Smokeless Bonfire Fire Pit 2.0 with removable ash pan
Interior of Solo Stove fireplace; (Photo/solo chef)

More upgrades and accessories for solo cookers

If you want to go further with the upgrades, Solo Stove offers various accessories.

I tested this personally heat deflector, which sits atop the smokeless fireplace to deflect heat that would otherwise go directly upstairs. I’ve noticed a difference in my testing and the extra warmth is excellent on cooler nights.

Solo Stove Smokeless Bonfire Fire Pit 2.0 on a patio by a lake with a heat deflector on top
Testing the Bonfire with heat deflector outdoors; (Photo/Zach Burton)

If you have the durable Yukon (largest size) and move it frequently, consider getting one handle. I tested the grip on my own Yukon and it’s easy to use. And you can carry the nearly 40-pound pit alone or with another person.

Conclusion

bottom line: People buy a Solo Stove Fire Pit to enhance their campfire experience. The removable ash pan and other upgrades enhance an already premium experience. Plus, the durable stainless steel fire pit should last for years.

If you’ve got the money and don’t already have a smokeless fire pit (and maybe have been waiting for that upgrade), you’re in luck because Solo Stoves are now better than ever.

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Solo Stove Smokeless Bonfire Fire Pit 2.0 on a patio
The three components: removable ash pan, fire pit assembly and base plate; (Photo/Zach Burton)

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