Hello everyone. We will do a one-year review on our Solo Stove 30" Yukon. We bought this about a year and a half a month ago, and we’ve used it a couple of dozen times. It’s held up well. I’ve had some folks ask me how it’s doing, and I thought I would take the opportunity since I have the time to spare. To show how this is going until now, we went ahead and bought the spark arrestor’s shield. I’ll set that to the side.
I store it with everything turned upside down, sitting in there with the Solo stove cover on top of it. Whenever I finish with the fire the next day, I cherry-pick out the coal so I can get it started with those coals and burn them up later on. But let’s look at how this thing has been held up over a year and a couple of dozen fires. There’s just a little bit of a patina of rust there that comes right off with the fire. There are no problems whatsoever. This thing is still excellent. If you pick it up and look at its bottom, I store it on the fire ring on the grass. I have no problems whatsoever. Nice and solid.
No issues. The Solo Stover does not have any rust on it. You got the patina from the fire. The ring has held up well, and there’s no corrosion.
Whenever we’re going to have a fire, I bring it over to the edge of our driveway. But usually, it’s stored in the grass. We’ll talk about the different features and how I think they’ve held up, and whether or not I’d repurchase it. I know many folks use many other little campfire methods to get it going. That’s why I use Canna map gas. It’ll heat up enough to recirculate the heat through the chamber. This is a double wall stainless steel. It’ll pull the heated air up, mix that in with the smoke, and then burn off a lot of the smoke, so you get a relatively smoke-free fire once it’s going.
This is the older version of the Yukon, which is a full 30 inches. I believe the newer version is 27 inches across. As you can see from the vast expanse here, I have plenty of wood that will fall regularly.
We’re burning woods and some cut-off untreated pine cut-offs from the house we’re building. We’re also burning a deciduous tree that fell across the road about a month ago. I don’t know what kind it is birch or something else. Let me talk about a couple of the things that we bought with the Solo stove. I went ahead and purchased the Solo stove shelter. I did not clean it up specifically so that I could show people how it’s holding up. I don’t have it under any cover. It stays out there in the yard. We come out a couple of times a year, and I spray it down. I’ve sprayed it down with some cleaner and rubbed it down with a rag. It comes up clean, but it is fading in the sun. The little emblem has a little bit of fade, but it’s out in the sun. It’s held up. It’s still solid. There are no tears, and it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.
It’s taken the brunt of any weather effects on the Solo stove. And this gets aged, and that doesn’t work with the Solo Stove Yukon. There was a fire ring that came with it. The new one replaced that fire ring. When we got the Solo stove shield, there was minor warpage from heat, but once we put it on there, it settled in, but the shield is on top of it. There are no issues. The shield itself has not warped. It’s held up very well, and I don’t hold back on the fires when I’m burning them.
I throw a lot of wood in this thing and burn it up. If you’re going to have a Solo stove for the backyard and you don’t have a lot of wood available to you, you might want to go with a smaller stove because this thing is not stingy with the wood. It burns it up real quick. Once that wood burns down, I’ll put the top piece to the shield on there and once the coals build-up and the heat build-up, you’ll start to see that smoke burn off. So questions that continue to come up are how much heat comes off of this thing.
Once the fire goes well, you get a lot of heat when you’re standing up. Once I sit down beside the Solo Stove Yukon, I can feel its heat hit me right down on my calves. It’s not bad, and it’s warm.
It’s warm, but it’s not too hot, and if you had an open fire pit, it would be pretty hot. You can feel quite a bit of heat right here—a big difference. I’ve had people ask you; I think it would serve them well for a full wintertime fire pit. My thought is probably not usually the springtime in the fall is when I’m out here the most. And this serves me well.
Oh, my gosh. I love to sit right next to it because it’s not too hot. No, it does not. Chilly is excellent, and it feels great. Now, you can see those Reburn Chambers have heated up enough on the edge of the fire. They’re starting to burn off some of that smoke. And as I said. It’s a relatively smokeless fire. I don’t think you’re going to get a 100% smokeless fire, but it’s not like your average fire pit, Where the smoke chases you all night. With the hectic world being the way it is right now, It’s nice to sit around the fire and just kind of relax a little bit.
As you can see, I put the shield cover on the top of it, keeping the embers from popping out. At the same time, the fires burning does an excellent job. And by the time the fire dies down some and I’m ready to go in for the evening, I feel pretty confident that nothing will pop out of there and cause any problems.
Last night, we had a nice fire here in the Solo Stove Yukon, and I just want to show I haven’t even touched this yet since last night. I just want to show what’s left of all the wood stacked up here. All that’s left here is ash, a minimal amount of ash. It really burns everything up. It does a fantastic job. I know a lot of times when you got a fire pit, the next day you come out, and there is a lot of charcoal, A lot of pieces that didn’t burn up. This just burns up almost completely. The shield is still in great shape. That’s just got some hash on it, but the shield is in excellent condition.
And I got to say; this Solo stove smokeless pit is one of the best investments I have made. It burns great, the heat is just right, and an excellent smokeless fire pit. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable smokeless pit.