The Solo Stove is an innovative type of smokeless firepit. It comes in two sizes: Ranger and Yukon. In this review, you will learn whether if you should spend money on this new stove.
There are several differences between the two. The Yukon is designed to be more stationary, with it being able to stay in one place for extended periods of time. Because of this, it comes with a weatherproof cover. It’s large, measuring 16 inches tall, 30 inches across and weighing 45 lbs.
The Ranger is designed to be more portable, and comes with a carrying case. It’s smaller, measuring 12.5 inches tall, 15 inches wide and weighing a mere 15 lbs. Because of its compact design and low weight, it’s very easily moved and stored. But, even with all the neat features on these fire pits, is the Solo Stove worth buying?
Review and discussion – Is it worth buying?
The company offers free shipping on the Solo Stove, but that’s only for backers in the continental U.S. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, you can’t buy a Solo Stove until after the campaign is over with, and you’ll have some pretty expensive shipping fees, due to the height and weight of the product. The same applies for potential international backers, with additional taxes added, as well.
The Rangers will begin shipping out in December, which is nice because it will surely be cold by then. The Yukons will be shipped in two sessions, one in January and one in February. So, it’s possible that you won’t receive your Yukon until February or March. The add-on fireplace tools won’t ship out until January. So, what all of this means is that you can pledge to get a Ranger and fireplace tools, but you won’t get them at the same time. You’ll likely get your Ranger, and then your tools a month later.
There’s a rather large logo on the side of the Yukon that can’t be removed. Not only can customers not remove it, the company states that they can’t remove the logo during production, either. So, although a bit garish, if you pledge for the Yukon reward, you’ll just have to deal with the big logo on it for now.
Even though there is advanced air-flow technology in the Solo Stoves, they’re still dangerous. The sides get really hot, which is a hazard. In order to avoid injury, the company recommends that you simply not touch the sides. Accidents do happen, however. So, try not to be very near the stove if you’re doing anything that might make you fall over or brush up against it.
Lots of previous customers, as well as those from Amazon like here, complain that the product rusts very quickly. However, the Yukon comes with a weatherproof covering. This should keep the Yukon version safe for a while. However, rather than a covering, the Ranger comes with a carrying case, which doesn’t help with the rust situation. And, at a hefty 45 lbs, the Yukon could really use some sort of carrying case, as well. It would make it much easier to pack up after a camping trip if it had a carrying case.
Although the Solo Stove is a great idea, and even though there are lots of neat features and add-ons that come with it, there are also a lot of flaws and drawbacks that should give potential backers pause before pledging.
It’s really worth considering whether you want a Ranger, which may rust prematurely, or a Yukon, which is heavy and hard to carry back and forth to a campsite without a case. It should be pointed out that there are similar firepits available on Amazon that are cheaper and have both coverings and cases. So, shop around before you back.
This campaign is on Kickstarter until Thu, November 15 2018.