Solo Stove's Bonfire Is the Perfect Smokeless, Portable Fire Pit for Backyards

If you're in the market for a fire pit, this one checks all the boxes.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
April 08, 2021

As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to upgrade your outdoor space. A fire pit creates an instant focal point for any patio or backyard and establishes a natural place to gather and converse, preferably while making s'mores. If you’re looking for an efficient, easy-to-use smokeless fire pit that’s also sleek and stylish, say hello to Solo Stove.

In case you haven’t seen their products advertised on Instagram, Solo Stove is a company that makes high-quality stainless steel fire pits, camp stoves and accessories for all of your fire needs. I recently tried out the best-selling Bonfire model, and, just like thousands of other reviewers, have glowing things to say about it. Thanks to the design, the fire pit burns super efficiently and emits almost no smoke, meaning there’s no need to shift your position every time the wind changes.

The Bonfire is just two parts: the actual fire pit and the flame ring, which provides protection from wind and enhances the look of the fire. An optional stand, which can be purchased separately or as part of a bundle, can rest under the fire pit, allowing you to use it on heat-sensitive surfaces. As a new homeowner who’s hesitant to risk any damage to my deck or home, I appreciated having the stand to protect my deck from the heat. Even while the fire was raging at full force, the stand below was cool to the touch.

The setup couldn’t be easier. First, set aside the fire ring, fill the fire pit with tinder, kindling and wood at the center, light the fire and place the flame ring on the top of the fire pit. Unlike a typical bonfire that usually requires poking, rearranging of logs and lighting multiple spots to get the flame going, this baby goes from match to full-on bonfire in just a few minutes. While the circular holes along the bottom may just look like an aesthetic element, it’s actually part of the smart design that helps air circulate to create smokeless flames. When you're done with the fire, simply let it die down on its own, and, once completely cooled, dump out the remaining ash and store.

At 20 pounds, 14 inches tall and 19.5 inches in diameter, the Bonfire is lightweight and portable, making it easy to move around your yard or patio or to and from storage. You could definitely bring it along for the occasional car camping trip, but if a campsite is the primary setting you plan to use this fire pit, the smaller Ranger model or a camp stove would probably be a better option for you.

More Outdoor Buys We Love

Next Up

10 Chimineas to Warm Up Your Outdoor Space

From midcentury modern to Southwestern, these outdoor chimineas are stylish and ready for making s'mores.

The 8 Best Propane Fire Pits

Cool or warm evenings, roasting hot dogs or marshmallows, small or large gatherings — fire pits are the ultimate hangout spot. Discover which gas fire pit is the right fit for your outdoor space and what to consider before buying.

12 Beautiful Outdoor Fountains for Every Budget

Create a relaxing getaway in your own backyard with the help of an outdoor fountain.

The Best Pergolas and Gazebos for Every Backyard

Create a shady outdoor oasis with these stylish pergolas and gazebos.

10 Small Storage Sheds You Need Now Under $300

These little storage sheds won’t break the bank or become an eyesore in the yard.

13 Best Outdoor Playsets for Toddlers and Kids

Keep little ones busy and active with these backyard playsets for kids of all ages.

10 Best Outdoor Storage Sheds You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now

Today’s options are a lot cuter than you think.

The Best Lawn Games to Amp Up the Fun This Summer

Whether you're playing on grass, sand or water, stock up for summer with these 10 guaranteed-to-entertain outdoor games.

Our Favorite Pots and Planters for Every Style + Budget

Perk up your patio or indoor space no matter your budget with these stylish planters and pots.

The Best Grills You Can Buy at Walmart Right Now

Find the perfect grill for your family and outdoor space with our expert appliance guide.

Go Shopping

Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Related Pages