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Solo Stove Fire Pit Tips

Author:Terry Baldwin
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Overhead view of fire in Solo Stove fire pit

Solo Stove is known for its nearly smokeless fire pits. The fire pits are designed to create a secondary burn that burns off smoke. To build a perfect fire and ensure that it's as smoke free as possible, follow these tips from the experts at Solo Stove.

  • Burn dry wood—wet wood will inevitably create smoke.
  • Never stack firewood above your Solo Stove’s top air vents.
  • On the beach, don’t let sand block the lower vent holes (a stand helps).

To build your fire, you’ll need different types of firewood:

  • Tinder (fire starters, small twigs, dry leaves, pine cones, or dryer lint)
  • Wood chunks
  • Kindling (hardwood splits)
  • Fuel wood (dry logs—you can use any type of dry wood, but hardwood will burn longer and hotter).

Firewood Stacking Tips

fire burning in Solo Stove stainless steel fire pit

When you start your fire efficiently, you'll get the most heat and almost no smoke from your Solo Stove.


  1. Arrange 2- to 3-inch wood chunks around the perimeter of the fire pit
  2. Add tinder in the center.
  3. After this base layer begins to burn, add small wood splits one piece at a time, perpendicular to each other, waiting until one chunk catches fire before adding the next.
  4. Stop when the stack reaches (but does not block) the top vents.


  1. Arrange 2- to 3-inch wood chunks around the perimeter of the fire pit.
  2. Then, build a small pyramid of tinder on top of the wood-chunk base.
  3. Then, teepee larger chunks or hardwood logs around the pyramid forming a circle or plus sign. This draws heat from the center to the wall, giving you a better secondary burn.


  1. Place kindling in a square border around the center.
  2. Place a fire starter in the center of the square.
  3. Place a piece of kindling over the fire starter. Each end of this center piece should rest on the square border, so it’s held above the fire starter.
  4. Place 2 more fire starters on either side of the center piece, close to the square border.
  5. Use kindling to form a teepee. The bottom ends of the kindling pieces should touch the square border, the top ends rest on the center piece.
  6. Light the fire starters.
  7. Wait a few minutes for the wood to catch fire, then start adding fuel wood (10-inch logs are a good size). Wait for each log to ignite before adding the next.

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Need help choosing a Solo Stove fire pit? Here's a Solo Stove comparison.