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Solo Stove Bonfire

Solo Stove Bonfire

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For when you want to spend almost $300 to look like you're sitting around a trash barrel fire
what a joke, it is on their website which just raised their price for 269. with free shipping. They are in my opinion con men and massdrop is their most recent conn.
These are so overpriced & overhyped it's amusing. I have put them up against a cheaper generic version and the difference is almost nil. Unless you're scaling Everest or something, I'd spend your hard earned money on something more valuable. (Just my opinion.)
Benzo
Curious... what is the cheaper generic version you've put this up against. I'm looking for lower priced alternative given that our chiminea is cracked and will likely collapse during our next fire.
Benzo
So this is recommended for Everest trips?
Good product but not a good price. They were selling it at this price around a week ago and it included the stand to lift it off the deck. I got it just before Christmas for about 219 without the stand.
I feel like I’m missing something. The Massdrop price is the same price listed as standard on Solostove.com. What’s the point of buying via Massdrop?
Yes! I use mine to burn junk mail etc and it’s great because it keeps the fuel burning until it’s all gone...may not be open flame with mail since letters and such get pretty compact, but the coals keep it burning slowly and very little embers and ash escape. Once it’s burned out and cooled, you just dump the ash in the trash and move on with your life. So it’s an awesome bonfire and burn barrel!
Got one when running on Kickstarter. Awesome little firepit. Definitely worth what I paid for it.
No starters, no fuel other than dry wood, a fire on a blacktop driveway without issue.
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Waiting for massdrop do flame genie, much smaller fire pit but a whole lot cheaper at $80. There is really no need for fancy stainless steel, just give me galvanized steel will cost a lot less.
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Any steel left out in the elements will rust. I watched stainless steel plate developing rust spots, of course stainless had so much less rust, but it still rusted. So the solution to me, is keep fire pit covered to keep dry. In that case, there is no need for expensive stainless steel.
gt300
I'm sorry to argue, but that simply isn't correct. Stainless will not rust. You may see some surface discoloration and some small bits of stuff that sit on it, that will rust and possibly leave a residue on the stainless, but the stainless itself will not rust (unless it's been welded and has accidentally been innocculated with carbon steel, in which case the weld and area adjacent to it might get some rust spots. Salt water or salt air will also attack 304SS to some degree, fyi). But the heat of the fire itself will cause oxidation in carbon steel, and it will rust regardless of covering it or not because it will react with atmospheric oxygen, especially after the heat burns off the galvanizing (the vapors of which are harmful to your lungs). Covering carbon steel will simply slow the process. But if that's what suits your situation best, go for it. Just wanted to set the record straight on the metallurgy and rust. If you go with non-SS, use a high-heat paint on your firepit, all surfaces inside and out, and that will help as well. Steer clear of using galvanized steel for a firepit though, because of the vapor hazard I mentioned above. Cheers, and happy camping to you.
"EARLYGIFT" for $240 right now... Great product, but not paying Massdrop more for the privilege of waiting longer...
So, like everybody else who has one.... I love mine. We have toddlers in our family and I'm always hyper aware of the fire pit when we go camping. One of the nice things about the solo stove is that it actually fits inside of *most* campground fire rings. This means there is an extra barrier to the fire pit which makes me feel better with kids around (before anybody asks, yes it does impede the airflow from the bottom by a tiny bit and yes you should always watch your kids closely and teach them about things that are dangerous). It is probably too expensive, but we're getting good use out of it and it should last for many years. I'd buy it again.
I'm with you Benzo... the cost is crazy even with the Massdrop discount or even a 20% off code from their website. If they can get it down below $200 i'll rethink it, but for now...NOPE!
Use the coupon code LABORDAY15 direct on the Solo Stove website. Total comes out to be $254.99 with free shipping. The deal probably ends today.
Lmao, I thought this was a fancy feast ultralight type stove at first
I’m not a cheap person by any means, but the cost on these things is outrageous...
I got one for xmas. Absolutely worth it for the discounted price. Super efficient burning with hardly any smoke.
A quart sized Nalgene slips right down inside with room to spare.
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These are only $254.99 with free shipping if you order them straight from Solo. They're always running a 15% discount, the code just changes from time to time. For now, it's Fathers15.
Kicked myself for not backing on kickstarter, in for one now!
I have one of these. It’s seriously great. I think the price should be lower.
I can't seem to find the plug to charge my iPhone 8 on this thing.
As a kid I used to do some crazy experiments. Some with fire, some with dry ice. After watching a documentary that included the use of Wood Gas, Syngas, to run a combustion engine I got the idea to make a better stove. Being only 12, with few resources in the 1970's I used aluminum can's. My goal was to build what's now known now as a rocket stove to bring one gallon of water to a boil with the least amount of biomass. My guide was a similar paper to the attached available in books at the library. I spent a lot of time at libraries. High school math tells us to take one gallon of water from 60 ° F to boiling of 212 ° F is about 77,000 BTU's. Using the attached 1979 study, which was about the time I was tinkering, we get about 9,800 BTU's / lbs of selective biomass available in most American forests. That would equal about 9 lbs of biomass; rounded up for efficiency loss. The modification in design of the Solo Stove would require a pyrolysis chamber inside the burn drum to release the methane. With biomass having the highest methane content, as much as 300% to 400%, with the right modification to the Solo Stove, the biomass requirements could be cut down to at least half the biomass requirements.
I love the design. I want to buy it. But for the price $270, the Solo Stove should include the pyrolysis chamber. As it stands it's just a get rich quick wannabe rocket stove. Sorry.
https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1068&context=govdocs_forest
Interesting design. I have a stainless steel wash tub in the backyard that I use as a incinerator and BBQ grill. That things works fantastic. I think I would be too stingy now to pay $270 instead of a $5 tub from the local scrap yard.
Solo Stove website currently has a 20% off coupon (ends 11/22/17), which means you can get this for $239.99 with free shipping.
AKGrownGal
Thank you fellow Alaskan :)
Got mine today. I ordered it off the solo website for $239 shipped. It is much bigger in person than I thought it would be. Definitely going to take up a lot of room when car camping, but it's sturdy enough you can pile stuff inside it, though it might get dirty after some use. I didn't know it came with a carrying bag, which is nice. Since I ordered it, I had thought about making a canvas bag of some type, but nice I don't need to. I'll be trying it out this weekend for sure.
Hmm... Interesting but I might just make one instead. Had some fun making smaller sized gasifiers. You could even redirect the gas to use in a generator if you feel inclined to do so. Never considered using a gasifier as a bonfire container, just enclosed for gas or smaller and open for cooking... You could add a lever to drop out the soot if you get creative enough. It tends to build up in these; I wonder how long you can run this for without a latch. Any comments on that?
One interesting thing to note in case anyone is not familiar with these is that there should be little if any smoke. It gets redirected through the holes and much of the gas (co, o2, some others) gets burned up instead of released into the air. That also makes them much more efficient. Very cool to see one used as a full sized fire pit.
I'm a bit dubious as to if this actually burns cleanly like the smaller stoves. The design requires that pretty much all the gas from the fuel come into contact and mix with the secondary air, but with the bonfire they seem to have scaled up the radius of the top opening, but left the secondary air holes the same size, and not proportionally increased the height of the stove. Basically what this means is that the majority of the gas is going straight up, never undergoing secondary combustion. You can see this working even in the video, the flames look pretty much like a healthy campfire, with a few small flames coming out the secondary air holes. But if you've seen one of the smaller stoves burning, you know that what you'd expect to see is almost all of the flames coming from the secondary air holes and none from the center. That's not to say this won't burn well, since it still has an unrestricted airflow up from underneath the fuel giving it a good chimney effect. So it'll burn much better than your usual metal pan fire pit, just not as well as a wood gasifier stove.
Also, a nod to bushbuddy, who originally created this design.
nfischer
Having used mine on a few occasions now I can say that while it is certainly less smokey than a standard bonfire, it is definitely not smokeless by any means. I’d say 20-30% less at best.
But I didn’t get it for that reason... it’s just convenient being able to move it in and out of the backyard without making a mess.
nfischer
I've made this same observation, and I think you're spot on. I've made two mid sized gassifiers using stock pots, 9 & 11 inches, and I use them often for tailgating. I think this design will run efficiently up to about 13". After that, the diameter becomes so large that there is not enough wood gas to support a continuous secondary combustion. I believe this is why they have added the collar to taper the top opening. The Solo Stove Bonfire outer diameter is 19.5", and you can rarely videos or pictures of full gassification occurring around the full circumference. If full gassification is occurring, there should be virtually no smoke, yet you see lots of smoke in these same videos. This is the first place I have seen comments about this.
You can actually order this from their website for $239.99 with an email coupon they send you instantly
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wroady
Done! Thank you very much! Easy.
wroady
CONGRATS20 will get you 20% off direct from their webpage.
So free shipping to the US, no shipping anywhere else on this drop....
YogaBear
Yep, sorry, but it's just too danged heavy and large to make it worth shipping anywhere else. I mean, we could theoretically offer international shipping, but then you might get to check out and be displeased to learn that it costs more to ship than the actual product :)
DannyMilks
Thanks for a quick reply, Danny! Yeah, see your point and remember the shipping cost from the last drop.
If and when the bottoms burns out, can it be replaced and at what cost?