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Posted: 8/20/2017 8:22:25 PM EDT
Solo Stove Bonfire: Best Gear of 2017


This thing looks super cool and only a few more dollars than a shitty Lowes fire pit.

Thoughts?
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Old steel rims have always worked for me.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:43:06 PM EDT
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Sees like it would be awesome to sit around as the smoke is minimized. Would be hard to cook over unless you fabbed an elevated grate, though.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:45:08 PM EDT
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I would just use it as a fire pit, I wouldn't want grease and junk all over it.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:45:16 PM EDT
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I have one. Works well and is good for the cul de sac firepits.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:51:28 PM EDT
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I have the next size down, the solo campfire, which is still pretty big. It's been awesome, so I presume the bonfire is, too.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:01:11 PM EDT
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This costs less than $100 and is now 4 years old.

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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:01:50 PM EDT
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I'll stick with the $49 one from Depot.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:04:57 PM EDT
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Find an old washing machine on CL, take the stainless drum out, sit it on the ground and you have a cheaper version.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:16:58 PM EDT
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Does that come with stickers for my brodozer?
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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:24:49 PM EDT
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Dig a hole, line the outside with brick, and drop in  half a harrow as the burn bottom.
I like fire pits that are not raised, they'll warm the toes while a above ground leaves you're feet with no way to warm.


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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:29:56 PM EDT
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Damn you ARFCOM.  Guns, watches, and now a $300 fire pit.

I'm looking at this for car camping or cabin adventures.  Twice a year I lug a cheap target firepit to YMCA events - they don't allow ground fires.  The smoke sucks when it follows you.

If anyone has one, what does this thing do to the burn speed?  Am I going to burn through the wood faster?
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:56:06 PM EDT
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I have one. Works well and is good for the cul de sac firepits.
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So you would recommend it?

Any drawbacks from it? How well is it holding up?
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:00:14 PM EDT
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Wow, I will go be poor somewhere else.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:18:43 PM EDT
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Re purpose an old washer, they are awesome.

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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:22:45 PM EDT
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I have one of these.  Its built like a tank. I like it because it's off the ground but sturdy. The heat radiates out. With some welders gloves, I can break it down at the end of the evening w/o worrying about coals.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:22:49 PM EDT
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Seems neat for little bonfires.  Don't see that being convenient to cook on though.

We just got rid of our above ground pool.  Putting a firepit in where the pool used to be but no idea how we want to go about it yet.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:24:37 PM EDT
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3 ordered! Thanks!
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So you would recommend it?

Any drawbacks from it? How well is it holding up?
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If $$$ is not an issue I would, yes.

Very portable. Comes with a rugged soft bag for transport.

The stainless will color over time from the heat but it is NBD to me.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:43:44 AM EDT
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Here's mine I built for around $100. 36 retaining wall blocks and 36 pavers from Lowe's for $66 and a 1' by 36" piece of HD galvanized underground culvert for $30.



Culvert guy said it was designed to last 50 years underground in wet conditions.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:48:49 AM EDT
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Here's mine I built for around $100. 36 retaining wall blocks and 36 pavers from Lowe's for $66 and a 1' by 36" piece of HD galvanized underground culvert for $30.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30687571265/in/dateposted-public/" title="_MG_1363"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5653/30687571265_80ca9a05e7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="_MG_1363"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Culvert guy said it was designed to last 50 years underground in wet conditions.
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I like it.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:56:24 AM EDT
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get a washer tub
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:58:58 AM EDT
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I have the small solo stove and it's pretty cool. Hardly any smoke, hardly any ashes. Throws off a lot of heat, especially with the windscreen set up to trap and direct it.

I've been looking at the bonfire for similar reasons. If it works as well as the small one it's probably awesome.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:05:03 AM EDT
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Thanks! Now the downside, it took over an hour to cut 2" off each paver brick with my $10 harbor fraught angle grinder. But it only used about a quarter inch off one masonry disk to do all 36. (use safety glasses)
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Here's mine I built for around $100. 36 retaining wall blocks and 36 pavers from Lowe's for $66 and a 1' by 36" piece of HD galvanized underground culvert for $30.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30687571265/in/dateposted-public/" title="_MG_1363"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5653/30687571265_80ca9a05e7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="_MG_1363"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Culvert guy said it was designed to last 50 years underground in wet conditions.
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Burning galvanized steel.  Ok.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:12:34 AM EDT
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I have built a small wood gas stove.  For $300, I think I could make several large ones.
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I have built a small wood gas stove.  For $300, I think I could make several large ones.
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pics?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:02:35 AM EDT
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo_J_flWq5g

This thing looks super cool and only a few more dollars than a shitty Lowes fire pit.

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This seems pretty badass. Perfect to get my wife out by the fire, since she's somehow allergic to the smoke a typical bonfire puts out.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:12:19 AM EDT
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$ 3k!
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Just go to an old canning company and get one of the old baskets used to run a load of hot cans from the cooker through the cooling tank
I see them laying around the yards of old canneries now and again.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:15:02 AM EDT
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Death Star FTW

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:43:01 AM EDT
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Burning galvanized steel.  Ok.
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Haha. My first thought.

I know welding to it releases poison gas.  It's burning hot enough?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:47:25 AM EDT
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Haha. My first thought.

I know welding to it releases poison gas.  It's burning hot enough?
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Look at the discolored area on the metal. I'd say It got hot enough to create fumes! Not good.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:50:01 AM EDT
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I scabbed an old ATV rim onto a washing machine drum. It's amazing how well the stainless steel holds up been 5 years at least and no soft spots or corrosion. I would do something home made before spending a butt load of money on something store bought. YMMV.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:29:23 AM EDT
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I have built a small wood gas stove.  For $300, I think I could make several large ones.


pics?
No pics.  I gave those away, because I bought one that is more compact.  It's just a multi walled combustion box with vent holes in the right place.  I'm sure the same can be done on a larger scale


DIY woodgas stove
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:34:55 AM EDT
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You folks are mighty fancy. We got a hole in the ground with some stones around it. Works great.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:45:06 AM EDT
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I don't have a picture but mine turned out great

Welded four leg onto a washing machine tub. Cut a 10" hole in the bottom. The enamel has held up good. However high temp paint burns off it so you are stuck with white. Put a small round grate in it.

Cut a top out of 1/4" steel wit a 6" hole in the center.

Smoke stack from a semi on top. Used smoke stack was $40 from the wrecking yard.

Smoke goes up through the stack over your head. Also once hot enough you get a nice flame out the top
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:53:25 AM EDT
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I like it. Anyone know how hot the bottom gets? I'd like to set it on my concrete patio without having to put down paving stones.
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I like it. Anyone know how hot the bottom gets? I'd like to set it on my concrete patio without having to put down paving stones.
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Th bottom gets hot enough to scorch and burn wet thick grass that underneath it. Usually I put a tile under it
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 9:16:16 PM EDT
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Thanks OP. Just got a chance to play with mine after I saw this thread and ordered it. Worth every penny. Zero smoke once it gets going, which isn't long.  Perfect for my needs.  Such a clean flame.  Attachment Attached File
Link Posted: 8/27/2017 8:34:34 PM EDT
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I like it. Anyone know how hot the bottom gets? I'd like to set it on my concrete patio without having to put down paving stones.
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The website says the base of the Bonfire get to about 150F.

I would put mine up on some pavers.
Link Posted: 8/27/2017 8:37:07 PM EDT
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This costs less than $100 and is now 4 years old.

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This is the direction we went.
Link Posted: 9/1/2017 8:24:00 PM EDT
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So I just ordered my Solo Bonfire and this weekend if you use the code LABORDAY17 you get an additional 15% off for a final price of $254.99.

I can't wait to fire it up.
Link Posted: 9/2/2017 2:10:57 PM EDT
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Whats the deal with Solo stoves and inclement weather?  Can they be left out in the rain or is this something you actually need to take care of (i.e. clean out and put away after use).

I like the concept of a less smoky fire ring, but I think I read somewhere that these need to be taken care of or they will rust.
Link Posted: 9/2/2017 2:19:21 PM EDT
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You folks are fancy. Here's my fire pit...

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Link Posted: 9/2/2017 2:22:13 PM EDT
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i think this is where someone is supposed to say "go be poor elsewhere"



just bustin...i have an el cheapo steel fire ring from cabelas thats rusting away...8 years old at this point so no surprise...While Im intrigued by the solo stove, the expense gives me pause, but they sure do look super duper cool.
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