There is never a bad time to upgrade your backyard with a new fire pit, and based on our first-hand review of Breeo fire pits, we are confident you will enjoy night after night around a Breeo with family and friends.
Life gets crazy, and recent times have made this abundantly clear. It doesn’t help that the lines between work and life are increasingly blurred in a work-from-home, zoom-meeting environment. This is why it is so important to find time to relax. I know I struggle with this, and I bet you do too.
Fire pits are the perfect place to relax after a stressful day. Our family routinely gathers under the stars to enjoy the warmth of our fire pit. While life can get stressful, everything seems right with the world when I put my phone away and roast s’mores with my wife and kids.
Are Breeo Fire Pits Worth It?
When we first started looking for a fire pit, one brand stood out above the rest. Breeos are innovative and durable. Breeo was the first to build a smokeless fire pit back in 2011, and they did so in the shadows of steel country. We did an in-depth review comparing Breeo to Solo Stove and Blue Sky, so when we say Breeo makes the best, we mean it.
It’s that same combination of innovation and durability that made Breeo products so appealing for our family, and the company continues to innovate with updated technology and new product lines. Breeo makes the ultimate backyard fire pit, and they have enough options that the backyard grillmaster will be just as pleased as those looking for more luxury options.
Breeo’s Product Portfolio
While the Breeo Double Flame was a staple of the company’s portfolio, they have recently streamlined their offerings to focus on the X Series. The Breeo X Series features an advanced design that helps with airflow through into the base of the flame, and while it was initially only available in corten steel, there are now stainless steel options.
These wood-burning fire pits are way more authentic than propane fire pits, and the smokeless design is game-changing in comparison to a regular fire pit. When you add the available Sear Plate™ and the Outpost cooking grate, there is no comparable product on the market.
The brand’s original wood fire pit was the Breeo Double Flame, but since the early days, the brand has developed more innovative technology, featured on the X Series, and the option to build your own pit personalized for your outdoor space. Of course, we will explain all of this in more detail. Here is a deep-dive review of Breeo’s product line-up.
Breeo X Series Review
Nearly a decade of learning and experience culminated in an innovative product called the Breeo X Series. While they were the first to build a smokeless fire pit, the Breeo team continues to innovate. The X Series features the tried and tested secondary combustion double wall system that eliminates most smoke and introduces Breeo’s patent-pending X Airflow technology.
The new X Airflow technology improves the primary oxygen source, creating a hotter-burning flame. The smokeless technology works best when the wood in your fire pit stretches from wall to wall so that the fire heats the air flowing between the double walls. The combination of X Airflow technology and the double-wall system pushes hot air to the top of the flames, mixes the hot air with smoke and re-burns, and creates a smokeless fire.
As a company, Breeo is all about open-fire cooking, so while it’s not entirely surprising, the company offers a sear plate to their flagship product; it is surprising how incredibly functional the sear plate is. Used in combination with the Outpost and the kettle hook, you can cook nearly any meal with the Breeo X Series. For starters, just imagine cooking a few burgers without ever needing to leave the comfort of your fireside chair.
If you consider buying a new fire pit, the Breeo X Series should be the first fire pit you consider.
Breeo Corten vs. Stainless Steel
The Breeo team continually innovates, so we thought it was cool when the X Series added two new features, including the corten steel exterior and a sear plate. Not only is the corten steel heavy-duty, but it also develops a handsomely colored and deep patina over time, while the sear plate makes your fire pit incredibly versatile.
While this was impressive, Breeo didn’t stop there. Now you can fully customize your Breeo fire pit, choosing the size, material, and top rim. To our knowledge, it is the only fully customizable fire pit available on the market.
We like the corten steel, but it is a little messy to the touch. The red coloring can rub off if you brush up against it (when it is cooled off, of course!). We’ve never found this to be a significant issue, but we can understand why some people might prefer stainless steel as a base material. Now you can design your X Series, and when you do, you can choose between corten steel and stainless steel. The stainless steel is a little more expensive, but it looks sharp and will last for decades.
Which do we prefer? In all honesty, it depends on your personal preferences aesthetically. If you are looking to upgrade your outdoor spaces, it’s hard to go wrong with either choice. The stainless steel fits well in modern settings, while the patina coating on the corten steel has a more rustic and homey look. The patina does rub off a little, but that is the only downside to either, and that isn’t a big deal.
Initially, the X Series came in two sizes, including a 19-inch diameter unit and a 24-inch unit. While 24 inches was big enough for most people, it wasn’t big enough for everyone, so the Breeo team added a MASSIVE 30-inch model for those of you looking to keep the good times rolling. Not only does the 30-inch model accommodate a bigger fire, but it also has two ports for the Outpost accessory. This enables you to cook even more food and is perfect for hosting guests.
As the final customization option, their fire pit builder will allow you to choose between the sear plate rim and the standard rim. We love the sear plate rim, but it might not be for everyone. If you already have a grill and plan to use your new fire pit strictly for lounging, then it might make sense to stick with the standard rim. On the other hand, if you plan to spend much time cooking around your Breeo, then the sear plate is a must. You can throw a steak or burger down to cook on it or sear the edge of your meat before placing it on the Outpost to finish grilling.
X Series Price
The exact price will vary depending on what package you choose, and whether the brand is running any sales, so we like to consider the cost in relative terms. The X Series features two durable steel materials, as well as the built-in sear plate. Not surprisingly, the X Series is a little more expensive than some alternatives. Still, none of the competitor brands feature the sear plate or offer corten steel which improves appearance with time. And the X Series is built with a combination of technologies that is simply unavailable elsewhere. In other words, while the X Series might cost a few extra dollars, but it is still an incredible value.
X Series Weight & Size
The X Series comes in three sizes. The X Series 19 has a top opening of 14.5 inches, but the inside diameter is 19 inches wide, big enough for smaller logs and chunk wood. The unit is 15 inches tall, including the built-in feet, which protect underlying surfaces. The weight comes in at 54 lbs, as the unit is manufactured from 304 stainless steel or corten steel.
The larger X Series 24 holds larger firewood and creates a bigger and hotter fire. The stylish design follows similar proportions to the smaller model. The top opening is 19.5 inches across, but the inside diameter is 24 inches. The sear plate hangs over both sides of the double-wall, resulting in a total diameter that is 29.5 inches across. This is a big, bad fire pit weighing up to 74 lbs if you choose the sear plate.
The X Series 30 is one of the largest smokeless fire pits sold anywhere. Everything about it is bigger. If you choose a sear plate, It is 7 inches wide, compared to the sear plate on the X Series 24 that is only 5 inches wide. This makes it significantly easier to cook steaks or burgers directly on the sear plate. The extra-wide stainless steel plate also includes a second port for an outpost grill. The unit has a total diameter of 34.5 inches and an inner opening of 30 inches. With the sear plate, the X Series 30 weighs a whopping 115 lbs.
The larger models are heavy, but they aren’t intended to be constantly moved around like a portable fire pit. Instead, these are durable outdoor fire pits designed to serve as the centerpiece of your outdoor space. Put some Adirondacks around it, and enjoy.
X Series vs. Double Flame
The Breeo Double Flame was one of the original smokeless pits. It came in stainless steel, very similar to those you might see from Solo Stove. The company sunset the Double Flame when they added the option to build the X Series with stainless steel, which was previously only available in corten steel. The latter series introduced the X Airflow system, which was later added to the Double Flame, so there wasn’t much difference between the two models other than the sear plate ring. Now that is optional too, so the Double Flame became redundant.
For years, the Double Flame was an industry standard, so if you do much research, you might find reviews for the older model. The newer X Series has better technology and can be built with options to meet your specific wants and needs.
Breeo X Series Review: The Verdict
Breeo makes the highest quality fire pits on the market. The Breeo X Series differentiates itself from the Double Flame with the option for a corten steel outer wall and sear plate ring. If you want to cook around your backyard campfire, the sear plate alone makes the Breeo worth the investment, and all of the other great features are a fan to the flame.SUMMARY PROS
- Corten steel is extremely durable
- Heavier than competitors
- Develops rich patina
- Sear plate ring
- X Airflow technology
- Smokeless fire when hot
Breeo Luxeve Review
The Breeo Luxeve is, unsurprisingly from the name, the brand’s luxury model. While the brand focuses primarily on rustic-like products that you can cook with, the Luxeve is entirely different. It is beautiful and refined and looks like you might find it next to a pool in a Malibu backyard. As you would hope and expect, it still features the signature Breeo smokeless fire pit technology, but there are a few aesthetic differences compared to the brand’s other models.
The Luxeve is a sophisticated stainless steel fire pit, available in four different powder-coated colors. The earth-tone colors include white river, earth rust, bronze vein, and silver vein, but each unit also comes with a 13 lbs. bag of fire pit glass. There are at least five different colors of fire pit glass available, so you have the opportunity to create a custom look that matches your home and personal style.
This high-end stainless steel fire pit is big and heavy. It weighs as much as 135 lbs., so pick where you want it to go, and then design the rest of your backyard with the Luxeve as a focal point. We don’t anticipate that you will want to move it around much.
Breeo Luxeve Review: The Verdict
If you are looking for a highly affordable (read cheap) fire pit, then the Luxeve might not be for you. On the other hand, if you believe in buying quality products that will last for years and years to come, then the Breeo Luxeve offers an excellent alternative to many of the more traditional-looking fire pits on the model. The durable build and beautiful, eye-catching design make the Luxeve a great value, and we are sure you will be proud to use this colorful fire pit as the focal point of your outdoor space.SUMMARY PROS
- Stainless steel construction
- Heavier than competitors
- Refined, powder-coated exterior
- Most expensive Breeo model
- Includes colorful fire pit glass as well
- X Airflow technology
- Smokeless fire when hot
Breeo Outpost Review
The Breeo Outpost is a portable grill grate that comes in two sizes. It can be attached to your Breeo fire pit when you’re craving beautiful grill marks on your steaks or packed up with your camping gear when you are ready to take your family to the woods. The Outpost’s height is adjustable, which gives the user plenty of options. You can adjust the height depending on what you are cooking and how hot the flame is.
We love the Outpost because of its versatility and the ability to use it with or without one of Breeo’s pits. Still, it is a perfect accessory and ups your ability to cook delicious backyard meals. We also love that the 30” pit includes not one but two ports for an Outpost. This is fantastic if you plan on having people over or if you just have items that need to be cooked at different heat levels. There is no competitor that offers anything like the Outpost. It is that unique.
Breeo vs. Solo Stove
While Breeo pioneered the smokeless fire pit, Solo Stove might be the best well-known fire pit. Solo Stove features streamlined stainless steel construction and comes in a multitude of sizes. The Ranger fire pit is notable because it is light and truly intended to be portable. At only 15 lbs, the Solo Stove Ranger is considerably lighter than any of Breeo’s fire pits.
If you think you might want a fire pit that you can take with you to the mountains or the beach, the Ranger is the perfect size for portability and might be for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for something to stay in your backyard, we recommend you stick with Breeo.
Breeo vs. Tiki Brand
Are you familiar with tiki torches? The Tiki Brand is probably the best-known maker of tiki torches, but guess what… The Tiki Brand makes a fire pit too. The Tiki Brand product is a cheaper alternative to Solo Stove and Breeo that features powder-coated stainless steel. It also comes with a stand and a cloth cover, and you can purchase a spark screen. The Tiki Brand fire pit (yes, there is only one model for now) claims to be low smoke, and while it features some of the same features as Breeo and Solo Stove fire pits, it isn’t quite as advanced.
Aesthetically, it has a little more refined look than you will find with the alternatives, but we actually prefer the more outdoorsy look, so this is merely a matter of preference. If your dream backyard is a small patio up close to the house, with lights strung across the top, and tiki torches surrounding you, the Tiki Brand Fire Pit will look great and work well in such a setting. The downsides are that you can’t customize it at all, there is limited optionality, and there are no cooking accessories.
Do Smokeless Fire Pits Work?If you’ve never experienced a smokeless fire pit, you might wonder if the concept is too good to be true. The reality is that most smokeless fire pit experiences might be better described as “nearly smokeless,” but that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
Best Breeo Fire Pit AccessoriesWe highlighted Breeo’s Outpost above because you can take the Outpost camping and use it to grill up a nice dinner over a remote campfire, but it is worth mentioning here as well. While the Outpost can be used as a standalone product, it is designed to work as an accessory to Breeo fire pits.
How To Care For Breeo Fire Pit
Breeo fire pits are meant to last, but a little attention still goes a long way toward preserving your fire pit’s good looks and stellar performance. As a general rule of thumb, clean the ash after every fire, or at least after every few uses. Accumulated ash reduces proper airflow through the bottom of the fire pit. Worse, if rain or other sources of moisture mix with the ash, it creates a sludge that can be hard on your fire pit and reduce its longevity.
The units with a corten steel exterior wall develop a handsome patina over time, but the corten steel also requires no maintenance. Neither do the 304 stainless steel exterior walls, which can withstand the elements year-round.
If you choose a fire pit with the signature sear plate, there will be slightly more maintenance. The sear plate should be cleaned with soap and water before the first use and then cleaned after each use. You can use a grill scraper and kitchen degreaser to clean after cooking.
Breeo CultureBreeo doesn’t just make fire pits. They facilitate family and friends, escaping a high-tech world to gather under the stars. It’s a tradition thousands of years old that has a new significance in the modern world. The team at Breeo gets this, which is why they are as focused on creating the best experience possible as they are on creating the best fire pit possible.This drive led them to create the first-ever smokeless fire pit, and it is this same drive that inspires them to influence campfire culture. How do they do that? They have a team of Pro Team
Our Favorite Breeo Fire Pit
While the Double Flame was an original, and the Luxeve is impressive, the Breeo X Series is our favorite smokeless fire pit on the market, regardless of brand.
Our favorite fire pit is the 24-inch X Series built with corten steel and a sear plate. The corten steel develops a handsome patina that looks great in your backyard, and the sear plate adds a level of functionality to your unit that is unmatched. We recommend adding on a lid (to keep the elements out) and the Outpost to increase the versatility of how you can use your new fire pit.
If you have been on the fence about investing in a new fire pit, please allow us to push you off the wall. 😎 A Breeo fire pit is a great way to add a focal point to your outdoor space that is perfect to gather around with family and friends. There is nothing better than cooking s’mores with my son and daughter around our Breeo, and we are convinced you will love yours all the same.
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