Most of us spend more time inside than we would like. It’s a downside to a modernized workforce, but having to spend so much time inside makes it all that more enjoyable when we can take in the fresh air. You don’t always have time for a mountain getaway, though, and you also don’t want your urban neighbors calling the fire department because they see smoke.
Fortunately, several excellent smokeless fire pits on the market will help transform your backyard into a close-by getaway. For some reason that is hard to explain, hanging out by a fire warms the body and the soul. In years gone by, presidents used “fireside chats” by radio to connect with fellow Americans, because they invoked a sense of calmness and reassurance.
But now that you are ready to lean back next to a fire, under the stars and with your drink of choice in hand, which smokeless fire pit should you choose? Check out our side-by-side comparison table, or read our detailed reviews. We will help you work through the pros and cons and share which smokeless fire pit is our favorite.
Do Smokeless Fire Pits Work?
Smokeless fire pits use advanced technology to eliminate most smoke emanating from your fire. That means you can chill in the backyard or at the campgrounds without your clothes smelling like smoke, and without bothering your neighbors. An added benefit is that smokeless fire pits generally leave behind less ash for you to dispose of. Smokeless fire pits may not be completely smoke-free, but newer technologies enable them to get pretty darn close.
So, how do smokeless fire pits work? Air is pulled into the fire pit base, providing oxygen at the bottom of the fire. The base plate then allows ash to fall out the bottom of the burning fire, and the double-walled pit allows oxygen to flow out vents near the top of the fire. This design fuels the fire with oxygen at both the base of the fire and near the flames, resulting in a hotter fire producing less smoke.
Is A Fire Pit Or a Chiminea Better?
While chimineas can be cool additions to your outdoor living space, especially if they are built-in, the biggest downside to chimineas is that you can only view the flames through a small opening on one side of the chiminea. Fire pits are much more conducive to gathering with family and friends, as they sit lower to the ground and can be enjoyed from all sides.
What Fuel Is Best For A Fire Pit?
Some mobile fire pits are built to run on gas, but we recommend utilizing a wood-burning smokeless fire pit. Small logs and branches provide a more traditional campfire experience and will produce less smoke, ash, and fly-away embers when combined with a smokeless fire pit. Use a fake log if you want to, but real wood will provide an authentic and efficient bonfire for you to enjoy with family and friends.
Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
As you might imagine from the name, Solo Stove got started building innovative campfire stoves. The stoves were lightweight, durable, and included proprietary technology to reduce or eliminate smoke. Customers loved the product so much that Solo Stove expanded into portable fire pits and grills.
All of Solo Stove’s products are durably built from stainless steel, wood-burning, and portable. Solo Stove Fire Pits are perfect for any location because of the low-smoke design, and they are lightweight enough to pack up from the backyard and take with you as you head to the mountains or beach. Solo Stove offers fire pits in three sizes so that you can find the perfect fire pit for your budget and needs.
Solo Stove Ranger Fire Pit - The Ranger is the smallest fire pit, weighing only 15 lbs. This also means it is the most compact design if you are looking for something to take to a campsite. The Ranger is 15 inches wide.
Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit - The Bonfire is a top-selling model perfect for a backyard gathering. It weighs 20 lbs, and is 19.5 inches wide, making it a little easier to burn small logs than the Ranger model.
Solo Stove Yukon Fire Pit - If you like to have lots of people over to hang out, the Yukon is for you. At 38 lbs and 27 inches wide, the Yukon is substantially larger than even the Bonfire. When you purchase the Yukon, you can build large and efficient fires that will be the centerpiece for your family and friends getting together.
Is a Solo Stove Fire Pit Worth It?
Sure, you could build a fire pit in your backyard, but that has some significant disadvantages compared to a Solo Stove fire pit. Namely, the Solo Stove fire pits are portable and eliminate most smoke, so choosing the Solo Stove is a way better option for most people. Solo Stove fire pits are designed to last a lifetime, so while they might be a little more expensive than a bare-bones fire pit, you can take pride in your purchase.SUMMARY PROS
- Durable 304 stainless steel construction
- More expensive than old school alternatives
- Portable enough to join the family camping trip
- Efficient burn requires more wood than some fire pits
- Unique design reduces smoke substantially
- Less ash to clean up than traditional fire pits
Breeo Fire Pit Review
There is something that feels very American about fire pits. We can only imagine gathering around a fire to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July, so perhaps that is why it just feels right that Breeo is American made. Breeo fire pits are made right here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Not only is Breeo made in the good ole’ USA, but Breeo is the original smokeless fire pit. They were pioneers in designing smokeless fire pits back in 2011, and continue to innovate with expanded product lines and updates to the original products. In addition to their innovative, smokeless fire pit insert, Breeo sells three separate lines of fire pits, in a variety of sizes.
Breeo Double Flame Fire Pits - The Breeo Double Flame is an American original, built from durable 304 stainless steel like Solo Stove’s products. It is innovative and handsome, adding a cool factor (or should we say heat factor) to your backyard or beach trip. It was recently updated to include some of the newer technology developed for the Breeo X Series. If you want to know more, read our in-depth review comparing the Breeo Double Flame to the Breeo X Series.
Breeo X Series Fire Pits - The Breeo X Series also comes in two sizes, and might be the most advanced, most beautiful backyard fire pit on the market. The X Series includes smokeless technology similar to Breeo’s other products, but has been upgraded to include the patent-pending X airflow technology that improves airflow through the fire pit. The X Series is also made in a signature CORE-TEN Steel that develops a one-of-a-kind patina that makes your fire pit more beautiful and interesting over time.
Breeo Luxeve Fire Pits - While the Double Flame and X series provide a more traditional and rustic fire pit experience, the Luxeve fire pits will add a little style and sophistication to your backyard. The Luxeve series includes the same patent-pending X airflow technology found in the X series, but has a few design twists. Rather than the sear plate, the Luxeve is sold with fire pit glass to surround the pit. And while the stainless steel look is available, the Luxeve is also available in Red, White, Bronze, and Earth Rust if you are looking for a pop of color.
Breeo has a ton of options to choose from, really setting it apart from the competition, but the Breeo X Series is our favorite Breeo fire pit. In fact, it is one of our recommended fire pits, so scroll to the bottom to learn more about why.
Grilling With a Breeo Fire Pit
And what would a good bonfire be without good food to go along with it? Breeo is all about the overall outdoor experience and sells fire pit accessories for griling. The ‘Outpost’ is an accessory grill grate attached to a rod, which can be driven in the ground right next to Breeo’s fire pit. The outpost works with or without the firepit, so if you purchase to use with the fire pit, you could choose to take just the Outpost grill grate with you when you go backpacking.
If you don’t have the outpost, you can still use most Breeo fire pits for grilling on the sear-plate ring. All but the Luxeve line include the sear plate. Throw down some hot dogs and hamburgers, or even a steak for easy dinner preparation while enjoying your backyard fire. The sear plate circles the entire fire pit, creating plenty of room to grill up vegetables too. Grill up an entire meal while never leaving your bonfire.
Whether you try fire searing pineapple or broccoli, the results will be incredibly tasty, and there is a good chance you will prefer cooking outside going forward. Some competitors have a similar ring, but Breeo’s sear plate is extra wide to accommodate fire side grilling. The sear plate is one of the most unique features unique to Breeo’s fire pit design, and is an excellent reason to consider adding a Breeo to your backyard ASAP.
Is A Breeo Fire Pit Worth It?
The 27-inch diameter Double Flame weighs 57 lbs, so while it is durably made, it is also a little heavy to drag around with you. By comparison, the similarly sized Solo Stove Yukon only weighs 38 lbs. The biggest downside to Breeo is their fire pits are heavy, but if you plan to leave in one spot, or like the idea of open flame cooking, then the Breeo is an excellent option. Keep in mind, if you are looking for portability, the outpost can be driven in the ground to work over any campfire flame.
Why is the Breeo so heavy? Breeo is built solid with American-made quality, and intended to last a lifetime. Not only is Breeo well built, but also handsomely designed, so this might turn into your neighborhood’s envy. The technology allows for the feel of an authentic campfire in the smokeless convenience of your backyard. And if you decide to take it with you to the beach every now and then, it is still mobile enough to take on the road.
These Breeo fire pits might be the smartest fire pits on the market and the most durable too.SUMMARY PROS
- CORE-TEN exterior on X Series develops handsome patina
- Heavier than its competitors
- Patent pending X Airflow technology supports stronger fire
- Efficient burn requires more wood than some fire pits
- Outpost accessory available for open-fire cooking
- Sear plate can be used to cook while you enjoy fire
- Options for multiple price points and preferences
- 100% USA manufactured
Blue Sky Fire Pit Review
The Blue Sky fire pits are unique from the others we reviewed in a few different ways. The steel construction is durable, but a little more affordable than stainless steel construction available from Solo Stove and Breeo. You can get a Blue Sky fire pit for under $300, a bargain compared to some fire pits on the market.
Our favorite difference between Blue Sky and its competitors is that Blue Sky has sports licensing agreements with the NCAA, NFL, and NHL. If you enjoy some backyard tailgating, then Blue Sky is for you. Enjoy a fire with your favorite team’s logo proudly emblazoned on the fire pit’s side while watching the big game under the stars.
The sports logos are available on both the patio and portable-sized fire pits made by Blue Sky. Here is a little additional information about the two models, to help you decide which is right for you:
Blue Sky Patio Fire Pit - The Patio Pellet Fire Pit is the largest fire pit Blue Sky makes and makes the ideal backyard fire pit. It is a little smaller than the backyard fire pits made by Solo Stove and Breeo, at 24 inches wide. At 46 lbs, the weight lands in between Solo Stove and Breeo.
Blue Sky The Ridge Portable Fire Pit - The Ridge Portable Fire Pit model works with wood pellets also, but is a little more manageable if you want to pack in the car. The Ridge is 16 inches wide and 12.5 inches tall while in use, but collapses to only 7 inches tall when cooled and not in use. It weighs only 15 lbs and comes with a carry bag, making it the most portable of the fire pits we reviewed.
Is A Blue Sky Fire Pit Worth It?
While the Blue Sky fire pits may not last a lifetime (because they are made from steel instead of stainless steel), we are still talking about a multi-year life (Blue Sky has a three-year limited warranty), making the Blue Sky fire pits an appealing option if you are on a budget. Blue Sky fire pits produce a virtually smoke-free environment, with a fire that burns brighter and hotter than old school fire pits.
And if you are any kind of sports fan at all, the Blue Sky smokeless fire pits are the only fire pits available on the market with your favorite team’s logos. The patio fire pit is perfect for some backyard tailgating, while the portable fire pit is perfect for on-site gameday tailgating.SUMMARY PROS
- A cheaper option, partially because of steel construction
- Steel construction might not last as long as stainless steel options
- A collapsible model that makes it easy to pack in the car
- Intended for wood pellets instead of logs, which might not feel as authentic
- Sports licensing agreements, so available with the logo of a favorite team
- Designed to keep smoke to a minimum
Our Favorite Smokeless Fire Pit
We love a good backyard bonfire, so we spent hours upon hours researching the best smokeless fire pits. Solo Stove makes a great fire pit. We really like the Bonfire, and if you want to save a few bucks we recommend you buy the Solo Stove Bonfire and start enjoying it soon. If you are choosing between Solo Stove vs. Blue Sky, we would recommend Solo Stove.
That said, the Breeo X Series is our absolute favorite firepit, and we think it is worth the extra money. When you purchase the Breeo X Series, you will be purchasing a smokeless fire pit that can serve as a centerpiece of your backyard for a lifetime.
The patent-pending X Airflow design is not only one-of-a-kind, but facilitates a stronger and hotter fire. On those chilly nights, there will be plenty of warmth to go around as your family and friends surround the fire.
And the sear plate is a game changer too. Just the idea of cooking dinner while you gather around the fire is inspiring, but once you add that fire seared flavor, there may no longer be any reason to cook inside. There are some other brands out there selling fire pits with sear plates, but Breeo is the smokeless fire pit original, and those competitors are double the price. Considering the technology and quality, Breeo is an absolute steal.
The Breeo X Series is by far our favorite smokeless fire pit.
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