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If you're a fan of fire pits, you're probably familiar with Solo Stove. The brand makes some of the most popular fire pits on the market, thanks to their inventive design that burns truly smoke-free fires. Our gear-obsessed editors have ranked Solo Stove among the best fire pits for your backyard, best smokeless fire pits, and best portable fire pits. They work great for every fireside occasion, from staying warm around a campsite to roasting marshmallows in the backyard to cooking over an open flame.
Among all the rave reviews, though, is one common complaint: Solo Stoves are hard to clean. After burning a few fires, ash starts to build up in the bottom of the fire pit, and the only way to remove the ash is to turn the whole fire pit upside down and dump it out. So we were thrilled to learn that the brand was solving that problem with the launch of the Solo Stove 2.0, which features a removable ash tray.
Here's how it works: At the bottom of every Solo Stove burn barrel is a metal plate with holes—that's where the wood sits. That wood plate is now removable, and a new ash pan is located underneath. So, instead of ash and wood debris falling through the wood plate holes and into the base of the fire pit, it collects on the ash pan which can be easily lifted out and dumped into a trash can or ash receptacle.
Solo Stove customers have been requesting the addition of an ash tray for years, and a few customers got to test the 2.0 model ahead of today’s launch. They are already raving about the change. “Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Solo Stove comes through once again,” said Joyce B. “Even someone with limited arm and hand strength like me can easily clean the ash out of the Solo Stove 2.0.”
Besides the ash tray, the new Solo Stove 2.0 unit looks and functions exactly the same as the Solo Stove we know and love. It features the same double-walled stainless-steel cylinder with holes around the base and the top. As heat rises from the fire, it pulls air out through the top holes and draws air in through the bottom holes, which ventilates smoke. This ventilation system is what sets the Solo Stove apart from other fire pits. It gives the fire a constant air supply which causes it to burn hot and fast. In our tests, when we had the fire roaring, flames shot out the top of the barrel about two feet and heat radiated in an even circle around the unit. (About that heat: It can be intense, so we recommend using welding gloves while tending to the fire and adding logs.)
The Solo Stove 2.0 comes in the same three sizes as before—the small Ranger fire pit (15-inch diameter), the medium Bonfire fire pit (19.5-inch diameter), and the large Yukon fire pit (27-inch diameter). The Ranger and Bonfire models include a carrying case with drawstring closure at the top, which makes the fire pit easy to pack in your car and transport from the backyard to the campsite or wherever else you might want to host a bonfire.
To celebrate the launch of Solo Stove 2.0, all sizes are on sale if you purchase directly from Solo Stove's site. Between the impressive smokeless burn to the new integration of the ash tray, Solo Stove makes a practically perfect fire pit. It lives up to the hype, looks great, and now, the only major design flaw has been fixed.
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