Why is My Solo Stove Smoking?

June 18, 2023
David Sunnyside

The Solo Stove is a fire pit that burns very efficiently and creates significantly less smoke than a traditional fire pit. It is great for a backyard fire, camping or to take with you on a hike. It also contains the flame very well, which is a major safety advantage compared to other portable fire pits. The only drawback is that you need to empty out the ash every time you use it or cover the stove and wait for it to cool (an awkward process). The new 2.0 model solves this problem with removable ash trays.

However, if you’re experiencing smoke from your solo stove even after addressing this issue you may have a more serious problem. Smoking can occur if the Solo Stove is not properly assembled or ventilated, or if the vent holes are blocked by debris. Make sure the air vents are clear, and double-check that everything is aligned correctly before using the stove.

Alternatively, if you’re using the wrong type of fuel for your solo stove, this could be causing smoking as well. Avoid using softwoods like pine and use kiln-dried hardwood logs for the best results. This will help to prevent smoking because kiln-dry hardwoods produce much less smoke than other types of wood.

Finally, if you pour water into your Solo Stove to put out the fire it will cause the temperature to change very quickly and potentially damage the stainless steel and welds. The manual recommends dumping sand over the fire instead to put it out safely.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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