If you’re in the market for a smokeless fire pit, you’ve probably noticed that Solo Stove and Breeo tend to top the list of options.
What is a smokeless fire pit?
Well, the answer is kind of in the name: a smokeless fire pit is a fire pit that is designed to produce significantly less smoke than a traditional wood-burning fire pit. They utilized a double-walled design and secondary combustion to help prevent heat and air from escaping as the wood burns, leaving you with a cleaner fire with minimal smoke.
One thing to keep in mind is that the term “smokeless” can be a bit misleading. There is no such thing as a truly smokeless fire and any fire pit that you buy is going to produce a bit of smoke. Instead of thinking of them as “smokeless” you should think of them as “less smoke”.
I can confirm that if you pack enough wood into either the Breeo or the Solo Stove, you can end up with enough smoke to liken a chimney! The key when you are looking for a smokeless fire pit is that they will produce less smoke as the fuel (wood) is actively burning, but you are still going to have smoke while you are igniting the pit or if the pit is overfilled with wood.
How does a smokeless fire pit work?
Typically, a smokeless fire pit will draw air in through the bottom of the base and channel that air upward allowing an ideal ratio of oxygen to produce a fire without over-fueling the fire or creating additional debris that can cause a higher level of smoke.
The Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0
The Solo Stove Bonfire is one of the most popular smokeless fire pits on the market. It can be used as both a standalone fire pit and as a grill when paired with its various cooking accessories. It has a sleek design and offers a variety of uses, making it a very versatile addition to any backyard or outdoor living space.
Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 specifications:
|Dimensions||14.4 x 19.5 x 19.5 (H x W x D)|
|Fuel Source||Wood or Lump Charcoal|
|Price||Check Latest Price|
Optional Solo Stove accessories
- Bonfire Stand – The stand is available if you plan to use your fire pit on a deck or grass.
- Bonfire Heat Deflector – The deflector will help redirect the heat to give you more fireside warmth.
- Bonfire Shield – The shield defends and protects your outdoor spaces from sparks from the fire.
- Bonfire Handle – The handle can be inserted into the top of the Bonfire to make the unit more portable and easy to transport.
- Bonfire Hub – The hub is required to utilize any of the cast iron cooking accessories available for the Bonfire. It is a 14.5-inch, stainless steel hub that sits on top of the Bonfire fire pit and acts as an elevated holder for all of the cooking surfaces.
- Bonfire Cast Iron Grill Top – The cast iron grill top is made to sit on top of the Bonfire Hub to act as a grilling surface for your fire pit. It has wide grates intended for grilling steaks, chicken, burgers, etc., and will allow you to sear your meat on top of your fire pit.
- Bonfire Cast Iron Griddle Top – The cast iron griddle top is made to sit on top of the Bonfire Hub to act as a griddle-style cooking surface for your fire pit. It is a flat, cast iron griddle that is perfect for breakfast, pancakes, steaks, burgers, and more.
- Bonfire Cast Iron Wok Top – The cast iron wok top is made to sit on top of the Bonfire Hub to act as a wok-style cooking surface for your fire pit. This accessory is perfect for stir-frying and sauteing food on top of your fire pit.
The Breeo Y-Series
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.
Breeo Y-Series specifications:
|Fire Pit Material||Stainless Steel|
|Handle Material||Pakka Wood|
|Price||Check Latest Price|
Breeo Y-Series features
- Portable Design: The Breeo Y Series is definitely 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.
Solo Stove vs Breeo: Which is the right pick?
Both the Solo Stove Bonfire and the Breeo Y-Series are great options when you are shopping for a smokeless fire pit.
The Solo Stove offers a sleeker design, but the fire pit sits lower to the ground making it a better option for using while seated. The Breeo is higher off the ground and has adjustable legs that will allow you to adjust to the height to your preference.
|Solo Stove Pros||Solo Stove Cons|
|Sleek design.||Low to the ground, no option to adjust the height.|
|Burns wood at a slower rate, longer burn time.||Cast Iron cooking accessories are not included and incur an additional cost to convert the fire pit into a fire pit grill.|
|Plenty of accessories to achieve various cooking styles.||No handle for carrying/mobility.|
|Breeo Pros||Breeo Cons|
|Adjustable legs to adjust the height to your preference.||Legs can be unstable depending on what height they are set at.|
|Convenient carrying handle for easy mobility.||Outpost Grilling accessory is not included and incurs an additional cost to convert the fire pit into a grill.|
|Outpost grilling accessory can be used with the grill or on its own as a standalone grill surface.||Fewer accessories are available, making cooking styles limited.|
I think when it comes down to it, the Breeo is the more portable option due to the convenience of the Pakka wood carrying handle on the side of the grill, but the Solo Stove is still lightweight enough to be considered a portable option as well.
The Solo Stove does include a convenient carrying case, which makes it easy to pack up and store when you’re on the go, but the lack of a handle makes it a bit bulky to move around and get into the bag.
One benefit of the Breeo Y-Series is that it can burn wood, charcoal, or even wood pellets which give you a variety of fuel choices. The Solo Stove is only intended to be used with wood, though charcoal has not been an issue in my experience.
As far as cooking, I think both grills have their benefits depending on what style of cooking you prefer.
The Breeo is superior as an open-fire grill if you are looking for an easy way to cook over a live fire, but the Solo Stove offers several cast iron accessories such as a griddle, wok, and grill surface that will allow you to be more flexible with the type of cooking you can do on the grill.
When it comes down to it, both options are great smokeless fire pit choices. The Breeo is more rugged and a bit more portable, but the Solo Stove offers accessories that make it a more flexible choice when it comes to cooking styles.
I think the Solo Stove is the best overall fire pit grill, but the Breeo is definitely the best bet if you’re looking for something a bit more portable or if you prefer open-fire cooking.
If you’re still not sure which fire pit grill is right for you, be sure to check out our article on the Best Fire Pit Grills!