The Breeo Y Series Fire Pit is a smokeless fire pit designed for easy transportation.
It caught my eye when I was working on our guide to the best fire pits for grilling on, thanks to the Outpost 19 grilling system which converts the fire pit into an open-fire grill.
In this Breeo Y Series Fire Pit review, I’ll share my thoughts on how well the Breeo performs as a fire pit, plus let you know if the Outpost is worth adding on.
Breeo sent me this fire pit for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Overview and first impressions
Breeo offers three different models of smokeless fire pits. The Y Series, the X Series, and the Luxeve. I decided to get my hands on the Y Series model, their most portable option.
The Breeo Y Series Fire Pit is a smokeless fire pit with a very portable design. If you plan to use the fire pit as a grill, you will need to purchase the optional Outpost 19 Grilling System. This converts the Breeo into a open-fire grill that you can take on the go while camping, hiking, or just cooking in your backyard.
Breeo Y Series Fire Pit specifications:
|Fire Pit Material||Stainless Steel|
|Handle Material||Pakka Wood|
|Height (stow)||11 inches|
|Height (burn)||15 inches|
|Height (cooking)||20 inches|
|Outside Diameter||21 inches|
|Inside Diameter||17.5 inches|
|Price||Check Latest Price|
Breeo Y Series Fire Pit key features:
- Portable Design: The Breeo Y Series is one of the most portable fire pits on the market. Weighing in at only 31 lbs, it’s easy to carry with little effort compared to other models on the market. Additionally, there is a durable Pakka wood handle on the side of the fire pit that gives you the ability to grip it with ease when transporting the pit from place to place.
- Built-in Heat Shield: One of my favorite features of the Breeo fire pit is the built-in heat shield. This makes the fire pit safe for all types of surfaces – even a wood deck!
- Tri-Fuel Functionality: The Breeo is versatile when it comes to fuel. You can burn wood, pellets, or charcoal in the fire pit and you can even combine wood splits and charcoal for a more diverse option.
- Y Airflow: The Y Airflow design is a raised air intake vent at the bottom of the fire pit that lets oxygen feed up through the pit as the fuel burns.
- Double Wall Technology: As hot air rises through the chamber of the fire pit, cool air simultaneously enters the double-wall system at the bottom of the pit. This helps keep the fuel ventilated through the burning process and allows for the firepit to keep a smokeless design.
- Secondary Combustion: The hot air exits the double wall of the fire pit through holes around the inside rim at the top of the fire pit. This heated air created a secondary burn and reduces the amount of smoke that comes off of the pit as it is burning.
What I like:
- Lightweight, portable design
- Robust handle for easy maneuvering
- Allows you to stack wood efficiently for an even burn
- The Outpost 19 is heavy-duty and can be used with the firepit or as a standalone grilling device
What I don’t like:
- I found sharp, metal shavings in the box left behind from the manufacturing
- Not as sturdy as other models, worried about the risk of tipping over
- The Outpost 19 grilling accessory is not included, and you must purchase it separately
- The metal on the Outpost 19 gets very hot, I wish it was insulated so that you could raise and lower the cooking grate without gloves
Unboxing and assembly
The Breeo Y Series comes in the box in the stow position, making it about 11” tall. The legs extend to 3 different heights:
- Stow (11”) – this is the height when the legs are fully stored inside the fire pit. This setting is meant for storage (hence the name “stow”) and not meant for either fire pit burning or cooking applications.
- Burn (15”) – this is the middle setting of the legs of the unit. This is the perfect height for burning wood and using the Breeo as a fire pit, though you could still do a bit of cooking at this height.
- Cook (21”) – this is the highest setting of the legs and is the perfect height for cooking when you are ready to add the Outpost 19 grill system to the fire pit.
Raising and lowering the fire pit from Stow to Burn to Cook is as easy as the push of a button. I found it easiest to rest the fire pit on its side, push the button on each leg, and extend the legs to your desired height.
One thing I need to mention that I was not pleased with on this fire pit is that when I opened the box, there were leftover metal shavings inside. They were very sharp and, in my opinion, dangerous. I think that their quality control department should do a better job of ensuring that manufacturing debris, such as metal shavings, do not accidentally make it into the box.
Overall, the assembly and set up of the fire pit is easy and takes about 10 to 15 minutes, making a great “out of the box” option for those that want to get started burning or cooking immediately.
Using the Breeo Y Series as a fire pit
The first time I fired up the Breeo Y Series, I wanted to test it out as a fire pit before I started cooking.
I started by placing a large lump of charcoal in the center of the fire pit. As I mentioned before, you can use any type of natural fuel in the Breeo Y Series. Whether you prefer to burn lump charcoal, wood splits, wood chunks, or even wood pellets – the Breeo is set up to handle it all.
I found that the Breeo burns very similarly to other fire pits of similar size, but the unique Y Airflow design kept a steady heat and burn throughout the process. One of the key features of the Breeo fire pit is that is has a smokeless design. When you are firing up the pit and getting the wood going, you will naturally notice some smoke, but once the fire is up and running the smoke dissipates quickly and leaves you with a great burn with minimal smoke getting in the way.
The Breeo produced a lot of heat, making it a great choice for camping on cold nights. It is a smaller fire pit, so it’s not the best choice for a large group, but it produces more than enough heat to keep a smaller group of 2 to 4 people warm.
If you want to see how the Breeo compares with another popular option check out our guide on the Breeo vs Solo Stove.
The Outpost 19 accessory
Of course, as with all fire pits on the market today, you can always just grill with food on a stick. So if you’re looking to cook s’mores, hot dogs, or sausage over an open fire then you can just fire up the Breeo Y Series as a normal fire pit and get to cooking.
Breeo offers the Outpost 19 grilling system as an additional accessory for the Breeo Y Series fire pit, but it can also be used as a standalone grill grate directly over an open fire as well. It comes with a convenient carrying bag, so the Outpost can be taken with you on the go very easily.
Outpost 19 grilling system specifications:
|Material||304 Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||22 in L x 17 in W x 34 in H|
I love that Breeo designed this accessory to be used with both their Y Series and X Series fire pits, but it can also be used as a standalone product over an open fire. Their Anchorpoint system allows you to anchor the Outpost into the fire pit, or it can be directly anchored into the ground without the need for additional tools such as hammers or mallets, making it a great portable cooking accessory.
The Outpost is made from heavy-duty 304 stainless steel and is a durable product that I believe would last a lifetime with proper care, cleaning, and storage.
Grilling with the Outpost 19
I love grilling over an open fire and I believe that the Breeo Y Series with the Outpost 19 is a great option for cooking over fire. Whether you want to keep the fire pit in your backyard, or pack it up and bring it on the go with you – the Breeo is a tool that will give you a lot of versatility.
To test out the Breeo Y Series with the Outpost 19, I decided to grill a Tri Tip roast along with some corn and fresh peppers.
I fired up the Breeo with a bit of lump charcoal in the bottom, then added a few splits of Post Oak in a crosshatch pattern on top. I sped the lighting process up a bit with my propane torch, but you could also use a traditional fire starter as well with no issues.
Once the wood was burning hot, I set the Outpost 19 up with the grate about 12” from the top of the fire pit. I didn’t want to cook the Tri Tip too quickly, so I planned to let it roast a bit higher then finish it off with a nice reverse sear.
The Outpost 19 is easy to adjust during the cooking process by raising and lowering the grate from the fire, but keep in mind that the Outpost will definitely get hot. I recommend grabbing a pair of heat resistant gloves or an oven mitt before you start cooking to protect your hands from the hot metal.
I also found that the edges of the fire pit were perfect for roasting my peppers. I started them on the grill grates, but they weren’t charring as much as I wanted them to. I moved them down to the sides of the fire pit and found that the surface was perfect for peppers, veggies, etc.
When I was ready to sear the Tri Tip, I slid the cooking grate off to the side away from the direct heat while I added more wood to get the fire really roaring. This was when I noticed that the fire pit was not as stable as it felt it should be. Depending on how much weight you have on the cooking grate, I recommend being careful when utilizing the 360° rotation function, as there seems to be a good chance that the fire pit could topple over with too much weight on that end.
Once the fire was ready for me to sear, I simply rotated the cooking grate back over the direct flame and found that I was able to get a perfect amount of heat to sear the steak.
Should you buy the Breeo Y Series?
I think the Breeo Y Series is a great fire pit, both for backyard or portable use. If you are looking for a true, open-fire grill, keep in mind that you will need to purchase the Outpost 19 separately.
Overall, I think the Breeo Y Series is a great design and I love their commitment to portability. I think that the design could be tweaked to redistribute the weight more evenly when you are using it with the Outpost 19 accessory to prevent accidents.
I think the Breeo Y Series is the perfect option for someone that wants to take their fire pit grill on the go and travel from place to place. I think it would be a great addition for avid campers, hikers, and those looking to cook wherever they travel.
If you’re still unsure which fire pit is right for you, check out our article on The Best Fire Pit Grills to see how the competition stacks up.