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. While we love our kids and pets, barking and crying in the background, happening during already intense meetings, is a little much for the best of us.
This is why it is so important to find time to relax. I know I struggle with this, and I bet you do too. What’s worse is that every time we pick up our phones, there is more stressful news and angry social media feeds waiting for us. It’s time to get outside and unplug.
Fire pits are the perfect place to relax after a stressful day. Just last night, our family gathered under the stars to enjoy the warmth of our fire pit on a perfectly cool evening. While the weeks have been stressful, for a few hours, everything felt right with the world.
Breeo X Series Vs. Double Flame Comparison
When we first started looking for a fire pit, one brand stood out above the rest. Breeo fire pits 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 vs. Solo Stove vs. Blue Sky, so when we say Breeo makes the best fire pits, we mean it.
It’s that same combination of innovation and durability that made Breeo fire pits so appealing for our family, and Breeo continues to innovate with updated technology and new product lines. Breeo currently has five product lines ranging from a portable grill grate to a luxury fire pit with colorful fire pit glass. For most people looking for a backyard fire pit, we recommend the Breeo X Series or Double Flame. We’ve included an extensive review of both models below, but here is a quick overview of the rest of the Breoo portfolio.
Breeo’s Product Portfolio
Breeo Outpost: 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.
Breeo Zentro: The Breeo Zentro is a fire pit ring available in multiple materials and can be used with the Outpost grill mentioned above. If the idea of building your fire pit with your hands is appealing to you, then adding a Zentro fire pit ring might be the way to go. Breeo’s Zentro fire pit rings utilize the same smokeless, double-wall technology as their standalone fire pits and are a great way to add sophistication to your block or masonry fire pit.
Breeo Luxeve: The Breeo Luxeve is, unsurprisingly from the name, Breeo’s luxury fire pit model. The Luxeve is bigger and heavier than Breeo’s other fire pits but carries the good looks to match. While the interior is 24” across, similar to the X Series and Double Flame models, the exterior diameter is a whopping 33” across, allowing room for handsomely colorful fire pit glass. The fir pit exterior is also available in several colors including, red, white, and earth rust. The combination of the bright outer walls with the colorful fire pit glass creates an eye-catching backyard showpiece.
While many of the products in Breeo’s line-up would be a great addition to your backyard, we are particularly fond of the Breeo X Series and Breeo Double Flame. While they have some similarities, they also have some key differences. Check out our side-by-side comparison table or the detailed product reviews below.
Do Smokeless Fire Pits Work?
If you’ve never experienced a smokeless fire pit, you might wonder if the idea of a smokeless fire pit 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. That’s certainly no knock on Breeo because their fire pits produce substantially less smoke than traditional fire pits.
The innovative technology starts with double-walled fire pit construction, enabling hot air to flow from the bottom of the fire up through vents at the fire pit’s top. The hot air mixes with the smoke and re-burns, significantly reducing the amount of fire leaving your fire pit. Breeo’s patent-pending X Airflow technology creates better airflow in the fire pit, enabling the fire to burn hotter, further contributing to the reduced smoke.
Here are two things you need to understand. While the fire is getting started, there may not be enough hot air traveling between the double walls, so there may be a little smoke while your fire gets rolling. Secondly, the smokeless technology works best when the fire pit is full, stretching from wall to wall. The good news here is that the bigger and hotter your fire is, the better the smokeless technology may work; however, you should also know that you may have a little smoke if you only burn a small, two-log fire.
Breeo X Series Review
The Breeo X Series culminated from nearly a decade of learning and experience from the Breeo team. While they were the first to build a smokeless fire pit, they continue to innovate. The X Series features the tried and tested secondary combustion, double wall system as Breeo’s fire pits, but introduces Breeo’s patent-pending X Airflow technology.
The new X Airflow technology improves the primary oxygen source for your fire, creating a hotter-burning fire. Ensure your fire pit stretches from wall to wall so that the fire heats the air flowing between the double walls. This combination of features pushes hot air to the top of the fire, mixes the hot air with smoke and re-burns, and creates a smokeless fire.
The Breeo X Series features two new features, including the COR-TEN steel exterior and the sear plate. Not only is the COR-TEN steel heavy-duty, but it also develops a handsomely colored and more profound patina over time. Your Breeo X Series will create a one-of-a-kind look as you burn more and more fires.
As a company, Breeo is all about open-fire cooking, so while it’s not entirely surprising, Breeo added a sear plate to their new flagship fire pit, 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 look.
Breeo X Series Customer Reviews
Review from Tommy: Very happy with my X-series. Love, love the searing ring and find it really awesome when the ring bends inward from the heat and never drips grease outside the fire pit. I also appreciate how it was constructed. No question it will last a long time. Lots of happy cooking and fire pit fires coming.
Review from Jeff: Great addition to my backyard. It truly does what it is supposed to. Good efficient burn, hot and smokeless when the fire gets going. The first time I used it and I noticed I didn’t smell like smoke when I came inside! Very high-quality materials for sure.
Is Breeo X Series Worth It?
Breeo makes the highest quality fire pits on the market. The Breeo X Series differentiates itself from the Double Flame with its COR-TEN outer wall and sear plate ring. If you want cook around your backyard camp fire, the sear plate alone makes the Breeo X Series worth the investment, and all of the other great features are a fan to the flame.SUMMARY PROS
- COR-TEN steel is extremely durable
- Heavier than Double Flame
- Develops rich patina
- Sear plate ring
- X Airflow technology
- Smokeless fire when hot
Breeo Double Flame Review
The Breeo Double Flame is Breeo’s classic 304 stainless steel fire pit. The Double Flame was upgraded to include the X Airflow technology, similar to the X series, which creates optimal airflow to feed the bottom of your fire. Not only is the stainless steel construction heavy-duty, but it practically maintenance-free. It won’t rust and is built to last a lifetime.
While just as sturdy as the X Series, the Double Flame is a little lighter. If you like to pack up and head to the beach one weekend and then head to the mountains the next weekend, the Double Flame would be a good option. The idea of setting up your campfire on the beach is pretty enticing.
The Double Flame utilizes secondary combustion technology to eliminate smoke, and the same technology helps to distribute heat evenly when you cook with the Outpost grill. We recommend considering purchasing the Double Flame / Outpost bundle, which includes an anchor point and carrying bag for the grill.
There are three primary differences to note when comparing the Breeo X Series vs. Double Flame. The Double Flame is built from stainless steel instead of COR-TEN steel, so while it will still develop a nice patina, it isn’t as distinct as the patina on the X Series. The stainless steel construction is lighter than the X Series, making it the more portable of the two models. Lastly, the Double Flame doesn’t include a sear plate.
The Double Flame is a capable fire pit that will make a great addition to your backyard. When you’re ready to head to the beach, the Double Flame will make a great trip companion.
Breeo Double Flame Customer Reviews
Review from Reid: This has been a great purchase. The fire pit works great and produces little smoke. I have sat around it for hours and haven’t smelt like smoke at all. I love the grill attachment as well! It cooks great, and the food doesn’t have a smoky taste at all. Overall great product, and would recommend!
Review from Matthew: We received our Breeo a little over a month ago and have cooked on it over ten times. Every time the food comes out amazing. It feels sturdy yet can be carried if needed. I have been recommending it to my friends.
Is Breeo Double Flame Worth It?
We recommend you purchase the Double Flame if you plan on frequently bringing your Breeo with you on various excursions. While it lacks the sear plate ring, it is durable and lighter than the X Series.SUMMARY PROS
- Made from 304 stainless steel
- No sear plate ring
- More portable than X Series
- X Airflow technology
- Smokeless fire when hot
Must Have Breeo Fire Pit Accessories
We 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.
You can quickly lock the grill to your fire pit quickly and adjust the height to control the heat level. The Breeo Outpost is a stainless steel product that comes with its own carry case, so while it will work fantastically with your backyard fire pit, it will do just as well set up on the beach (and even includes proprietary technology that makes it easier to anchor in the ground).
Aside from the Outpost, you will probably want to consider purchasing the lid and the ash removal tool at a minimum. Since the X Airflow technology creates right angles in the bottom of the firepit, the ash removal tool is specifically designed to work with Breeo fire pits making it much easier to remove ash.
The stainless steel lid is handsome and includes four “locking tabs” to keep the lid securely attached to the fire pit. While Breeo does not recommend using the lid snuff out a fire when it is still going strong, it still serves functional purposes. When you’re not using your fire pit, the lid converts your fire pit into a useful backyard table. Naturally, it also keeps out the elements. While Breeo fire pits are built to last, ash sludge can be harmful to their longevity, so it is best to keep snow and rain out of your fire pits.
It is worth noting that the Outpost and fire pit lids come in multiple sizes to match your fire pits size, so make sure you order the right one.
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 the Breeo’s good looks and stellar performance. As a general rule of thumb, clean the ash out of your fire pit after every fire, or at least after every few fires. 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.
For the Breeo X Series, the exterior wall is made of that COR-TEN steel that develops a nice patina over time, but the COR-TEN steel also requires no maintenance. The sear plate should be cleaned with soap and water before the first use and then should be cleaned after each use after that. You can use a grill scraper and kitchen degreaser to clean after cooking.
The Breeo Double Flame is made out of durable 304 stainless steel and shouldn’t rust or otherwise deteriorate, so it can also be left in the elements year-round. The Double Flame doesn’t have the built-in sear plate like the X Series, so it requires virtually no maintenance at all, aside from cleaning out the ash after use.
Breeo 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.
It’s this drive that lead 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 influencers showing what is possible with Breeo and an entire catalog of recipes to inspire you to cook over the open flame.
Breeo Pro Team Influencers
If you don’t believe me when I say that Breeo is trying to elevate the conversation around the lowly campfire, then look no further than their team of 4 Pro Team influencers. The group of influencers includes outdoor-cooking enthusiasts and adventurers.
They spread the word, sharing what campfire cooking can be at its best. For example, Derek Wol (@overthefirecooking) has over a million Instagram followers, where he shares his unique grilling technique and ideas. And Matt Crawford (@sasquatchbbq) has built a brand around cooking in crazy epic locations.
These influencers not only offer inspiration but also help Breeo with recipes and content. The Pro Team also tests equipment and provides feedback, which Breeo uses as they strive for continual innovation. The companies behind cheap pit fires don’t go to these efforts, but Breeo does because they believe in the campfire experience.
If you’re simple or lack kitchen creativity as I do, then you might just stick with hot dogs and hamburgers when grilling. If you get a little crazy, you throw some asparagus on and sear the buns, but you might not venture further than that. Breeo is out to change the game. Start by following their Pro Team, but then try some of the Breeo recipes yourself.
If you are going to invest in a high-quality fire pit, you might as well dive into campfire culture and impress your friends and family. Have you ever cooked mushroom frittata or tuna steaks on a bonfire? Nope? Me neither. What about mango-glazed pork tenderloins or venison burgers? My overcooked hotdogs and hamburgers seem a little silly in comparison.
The bottom line is that when you buy a Breeo, you’re not just investing in the best smokeless fire pit on the market but also investing in an alternative backyard lifestyle for your family and friends.
Our Favorite Breeo Fire Pit
While the Double Flame is an original, and the Luxeve is impressive, the Breeo X Series is our favorite smokeless fire pit on the market, regardless of brand. The COR-TEN steel exterior gets more beautiful with time, and the sear plate makes the Breeo X Series the most functional fire pit around.
We recommend adding Breeo’s Outpost to get the full experience. Once you have the X Series and Outpost set up, you can start following some of the pro team members and try some of their delicious recipes yourself. Get the X Series and Outpost today, and go ahead and invite some friends over for next weekend.
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