anyone tried the Solo Stove for outdoor bonfires?

twd000 Posted By twd000, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:59 AM

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    Thinking ahead to warmer weather and backyard bonfires. We have a piece of junk chiminea which smokes everyone out and requires constant tending.

    I cam across the Solo Stove (Bonfire size)

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


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    Has anyone tried one of these? Seems like the airflow would be great for supporting secondary burn and preventing swirling smoke.

    Not excited about the $300 price tag, but seems like I could fashion a representative knock-off version with some scrap material and some time on the welding rig at our Makerspace. I'm thinking cut a beer keg about half height, then put a stainless steel stock pot inside, drill some holes and tack them together. Surround it with pretty pavers/stones to cover the ugly welds. What do you think?
     
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    They certainly look like a nice little kit. Pricey though. The redneck method is to get an old washer tub and use that. I've sat at one and I gotta say it worked extremely well.

    Not mine, but I've thought about doing it:

     
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    The principle behind the solo stove is sound and they do work. This is basically a TLUD (top-lit updraft gasifier). Done right, they can be remarkably efficient. I have been right next to a large (55gal drum) TLUD that was burning rigorously. There was no smoke at all and absolutely no smoke smell either. That last point really surprised me. This design is popular with folks making biochar. There are lots of plans on the internet for building a DIY version.
    http://lorihart68.blogspot.com/2013/04/clean-stove-findings.html

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    Here is another patio version
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYXYVOD/?tag=hearthamazon-20
     

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