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Old 07-20-2017, 04:45 AM   #15
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It's only 14" high with a 20" diameter, and looks pretty durable in terms of the gauge (thickness) of the stainless steel, so fairly easy to stow and transport IMO. Also would guess that it cools off pretty quickly after the fire is out, however, lacking handles, it would appear that picking it up when hot might be difficult . . .

Total weight of 20 pounds, and I just noticed in the cross-section that the bottom vent holes do not open directly into the fire chamber, so it is unlikely that embers or hot coals would escape from the bottom holes.

Thanks again PharmGeek and pcskier for the heads up -- no need for the cardboard burn test, but you are probably right that the bottom edge stays pretty cool.

Peter

PS -- This 15-gallon steel tub might be big enough to hold the Bonfire, but they don't give the interior diameter dimension at the bottom. [Need 19.5" for the base of the Bonfire.]

https://www.amazon.com/Behrens-3GS-G...alvanized&th=1

There are larger tubs available, and they all have side handles for lifting when hot if needed.
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:45 PM   #16
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I carry mine won the bag they provided - works great
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:01 AM   #17
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I'm concerned about the "clean-ability" of this product. I recently bought a Kelly Kettle, which is an analogous device (for boiling water rather than for having a campfire). It works wonderfully and I intend to keep using it -- but sooner or later, the tars and combustion residues must be cleaned off the stainless steel parts that come into contact with the flame and combusted material. That might not be as big of a concern if one were leaving it outdoors on a back deck, but hauling it around in a trailer or motorhome? The Kelly Kettle will stink to high heaven if not routinely cleaned, which is a very labor-intensive job involving repeated soaks in water, repeated applications of a sodium hydroxide-based product, and a lot of elbow grease.

I don't know how true this is of the Solo Stove lineage, but one of the Amazon reviews eludes to these difficulties as follows:

"You cannot clean the inside bottom out. There is a non removable metal grate blocking the very bottom. Some logs are a bit sappy and the ash sticks down there and there's no way to get it out. Heaven forbid if a marshmallow falls in. Concerned this will hamper the convection air from underneath over time..."
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Old 11-26-2017, 12:10 PM   #18
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Have you had any cleaning troubles like InterBlog just mentioned, and are you still happy with your Bonfire stove?

InterBlog, I think the Bonfire gets much hotter inside the bottom, because the roaring fire is contained, than does the Kelly Kettle which lets the fire's heat rise up inside the chimney of that unit, and escape out the top.

Is it possible that the review you quoted is for one of the smaller stoves, and not about the larger Bonfire under discussion here?

Click on Stoves for drop down menu to see all models, from Lite to Bonfire:

https://www.solostove.com/solo-stove-bonfire

Thanks for reviving this great thread started by pcskier. We would like to see one in operation.

Cheers,

Peter

PS -- AWCHIEF reports on cleaning the Kelly Kettle with Flume Free Easy Off in the last post here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...le-163422.html

Seems OK IMO.
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:00 PM   #19
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JFYI the Bonfire was on Black Friday special this weekend for $225 shipped. Decided to pull the trigger.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:57 AM   #20
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They are having a similar Cyber Monday sale, with the Bonfire priced at $224.99, plus free shipping and returns.

https://www.solostove.com/solo-stove-bonfire

Good deal!

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Old 11-27-2017, 06:15 AM   #21
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Have you had any cleaning troubles like InterBlog just mentioned, and are you still happy with your Bonfire stove?

InterBlog, I think the Bonfire gets much hotter inside the bottom, because the roaring fire is contained, than does the Kelly Kettle which lets the fire's heat rise up inside the chimney of that unit, and escape out the top.

Is it possible that the review you quoted is for one of the smaller stoves, and not about the larger Bonfire under discussion here?
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Amazon reviews for the Bonfire, 3 star section, 2nd review down.

Bonfire is also open at the top, such that parts of it would be expected to be exposed to lower temperatures (which promote incomplete combustion and residue accumulation). Clearly it has a different aspect ratio than the Kelly Kettle, so that could affect this issue. I don't know how much hassle would be involved in cleaning it. Maybe less. Maybe about the same. Maybe it depends more on the composition of what is being burned. Unfortunately on my last big boondocking run, I was in a softwood forest and limited to burning spruce, which is clearly an inferior fuel source (combustion properties aside, it does make for an interesting grilled steak). It took me a long, long time to get that kettle cleaned up.

In general, I advise caution against reading too much into reviews written by people who just got their product, tried it once, and are delighted. They haven't put it through its full paces, obviously, and cannot enumerate pros and cons both, as a result. Amazon is chock full of those types.
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:39 AM   #22
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Yup, the softwoods could leave a real mess under the grate you described before. A real hot hardwood fire would burn most of that off, or render it fairly inert IMO. Agree about the reviews in general. If it were Spring, I would order one today for the sale price, based on previous comments and photos here. Worth a shot!
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:42 AM   #23
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I have the small solo stove I use while tent camping and short backpack trips. It is a little heavy to carry on a long trip but I have used it with the grandkids on one night trips. I like it for the ease of having a fire with out to much worry or cooking a quick meal. Most of our trips include fishing so normal a water source is close by so fire danger is minimized. I also have a Volcano grill that I carry when we use the Airstream same principle but bigger. It does make a nice fire pit and food cooking grill and the propane option is handy. The only option I would add is a gas fireplace set up. I have been looking for a burner and some lava rocks to play with to achieve that. The Bonfire is a good looking alternative but I like the versatility of the Volcano ,just less to carry . One other thing is I can cover the fire in the Volcano with a frying pan griddle to contain the fire if needed. I travel with a large fire extinguisher and with fires contained in a steel enclosure I feel I can keep everything under control. Either way I respect fire danger warnings especially while hiking out.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:15 AM   #24
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Smoke-free?

How smoky are these bonfires?
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I don’t think they are to smoky but than depends on the quality of the fuel . I don’t have the Bonfire but my little solo stove once it is lit burns pretty clean with dry wood. Same is true with the Volcano . If you burn damp or rotten wood it will get smokier.
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I just pulled the trigger and bought one for the $225 deal today. I am interested if anyone has come up with a good cooking grate to go on top.
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:11 AM   #27
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Weber has a variety of round SS grates, but it would have to be modified to keep it from sliding off the bonfire IMO. Kind of a rinky-dink solution, but for a quick fix, 3-5 SS hose clamps attached to the grate bars or round edge could retain it in place, with the extra length of each clamp sticking down.

Some of the Weber grates have sections which hinge up so you can adjust the coals below. If you used an oversized round grate, the cantilevered edge outside the Bonfire could be more of a "keep warm" location, but the retaining hose clamps [above] would have to be attached inside the field of the grate.

Where there's a grill, there's a grate? Great . . .

If anyone tries this or another method, please let us know.

Thanks,

Peter

PS -- Weber possible grates:

https://www.weber.com/US/en/store/pa...n-ash-catcher/

Weber has other grates for other models on different pages. Need to coordinate size with the Bonfire's OD and that top edge detail with vent holes nearby.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:02 PM   #28
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I just pulled the trigger and bought one for the $225 deal today. I am interested if anyone has come up with a good cooking grate to go on top.


You need to use a “swing away” grate attached to a rod driven in the ground next to the bonfire. If you put a grate directly on top it will disrupt the jet effect that reduces the smoke. It would also be too hot to cook on. Boil liquids, maybe - grilling, only if you like things very well done.

Once the bonfire heats up and the jet effect kicks in, it can burn like a jet engine exhaust - especially if you use dry hardwood. Mine reduced several bundles of wood to two handfuls of ash.

The worst case scenario is if it starts raining while using or before you can flip and dump the ashes (it stays pretty hot for a long time). With only the holes around the side at the bottom, getting wet ash out of the unit is impossible unless you can hit it with a hose or wash it in a stream. Other than that, the thing is awesome!
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