Solo Stove: Bonfire 2.0 Review

We recently had the opportunity to test out Solo Stove’s new Bonfire 2.0! This is the latest version of the already very popular smokeless fire pit. Keep reading to see our thoughts on this cool piece of outdoor gear in our Solo Stove: Bonfire 2.0 review.

What are the Specs of the Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0?

One of the first things you may be wondering about when deciding whether to purchase this fire pit or not are its specs.

  • Diameter: 19.5 in | 49.5 cm
  • Height: 14 in | 35.5 cm
  • Weight: 23.3 lbs | 10.6 kg
  • Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Height with the stand: 16.5 inches | 41.9 cm (stand is sold separately)

Pros of Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0

Portable

One of our favorite features of Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0 is that it’s light enough that you can take it with you wherever you want to have a fire. Size-wise it doesn’t take up a ton of space and luckily it’s on the lighter side which means that most adults can set it up or carry it by themselves. The free carrying case has two handles which makes it even easier to move from the garage to the house or even the garage to the back of your vehicle for use at camp or the beach. This is one of the best portable fire pits on the market.

Great Design

Though there was a little bit of smoke upon starting the fire, it quickly dissipated. Solo Stove’s Signature 360° Airflow is basically magic. Just kidding. It’s great design. Each Solo Stove, regardless of model, is double-walled. Their stoves also have two sets of burn holes, some at the top of the stove and some at the bottom. The 360° Airflow system works to feed your flames and generate a secondary burn which is why you don’t get any smoke.

Smokeless

Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0 is a true smokeless fire pit.

We’ve all been there … you’re sitting around the campfire, drink in hand, talking story but you can’t quite relax because the smoke from your fire is making everyone shifty and irritable. Not so with Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0. You’ll need quality fuel (kiln dried hardwood is great) but if you have that you’re guaranteed to have a smokeless fire (see more below). Stay away from pallets, particle board, pressure treated wood, etc. because as they burn they’ll give off dangerous fumes. Oh, and one of the best parts? Your hair and clothes won’t smell like campfire for days.

Durable

All Solo Stoves are made with 304 Stainless Steel which makes them long-lasting. 304 Stainless Steel has a higher corrosion resistance than just regular stainless steel. And Solo Stove is so confident about its product that it offers a lifetime guarantee to its customers with proof of purchase. The stand is also made with the same materials.

Cons of Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0

Ash

This isn’t really a con. Ash is just part of the reality of having a fire. But in trying to write a balanced review we wracked our brains to come up with a con, even a flimsy one. And to be honest, it was kind of difficult to do. If we had to name a con we’ll just say that we wish that cleaning out the ash wasn’t something we had to do. That said, Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0 has an ash pan that comes with the stove meaning that the day after your burn you simply remove it and dump it somewhere safe. It’s a lot easier than some other portable fire pits where you have to drag the entire stove with you and then wrestle the ash out of it.

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Solo Stove: Bonfire 2.0 Review and Recap

a top down but angled view of Solo Stove's Bonfire 2.0. There is a portion of a log visible and the flames are just starting to rise out of the pit which rests on the stand which sits on asphalt.
Durable, good-looking, easy to use, smokeless and portable. What more could you ask for in a firepit?

If after reading all this you’re still on the fence about this smokeless fire pit well you’re in luck because you can order it and return it within 30 days if you’re unhappy with it. Like the Bonfire but looking for something a little smaller? Solo Stove’s most portable fire pit is the Ranger 2.0 which clocks in at 15 pounds, 8.3 less than the Bonfire 2.0. And for those wanting to go in the other direction – a larger fire pit – we recommend the Yukon.

Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC

Though Asheville, NC is a destination for foodies, you may be thinking that in the mountains it would be hard to come by delicious seafood. Luckily, if you though that, you are wrong! In this post, Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC, we’re sharing our top spots for eating one of our favorite things.

Baby Bull | 1 Roberts Street, #101

Burger fans already know how good the burger is at Baby Bull. It easily made it onto our list of the Best Burgers in Asheville. But what you might not know is that their lobster roll is pretty solid, too. The Maine lobster meat is served chilled and it’s tossed in a citrusy-mayo-butter concoction. It pairs nicely with the lobster without overpowering it. Though it’ll be hard to resist their burger, if you like lobster rolls, this is one you should try.

Cousins Maine Lobster Truck | Location Varies

We’d heard great stuff about the lobster rolls from Cousins Maine Lobster Truck so when we heard it was coming to Sweeten Creek Brewing we went. And whew, it was worth it! The location of Cousins Maine Lobster Truck varies so look at their website to catch up wit it. We think it’s one of the best lobster rolls in Asheville and it’s worth meeting up with!

Cousins Maine Lobster offer two styles of lobster rolls. The Maine lobster roll is served chilled with a little bit of mayo which we honestly couldn’t detect. It comes on a toasted roll and is served with a lemon wedge. The Connecticut roll has the same amount of lobster on it as the Maine roll but is served warm with butter and lemon. It’s also on a toasted bun. Though both were delicious we favor the Connecticut roll a tad more.

Jettie Rae’s | 143 Charlotte Street

Technically Jettie Rae’s lobster roll isn’t made only with lobster. Theirs is a Lobster and Shrimp roll. But it’s served with a hearty side of fries or chips and it’s mighty tasty and so it makes our list. If you go, we recommend trying a few of their fresh shucked oysters ahead of time. That and one of their craft cocktails. This is one of the few ‘seafood’ restaurants in Asheville and we love what they’re doing.

Lobster Dogs | Location Varies

Another one of the best lobster rolls in Asheville also happens to be on another food truck. This one is called Lobster Dogs and it’s divine. The lobster is served on a toasted bun and the meat is chilled. There’s quite a bit of melted butter on this lobster roll as well as what Lobster Dogs calls “a swipe of mayo” and special seasonings.

Mother Ocean Seafood Market | 640 Merrimon Ave

The lobster roll at Mother Ocean comes on a fresh baked roll by neighboring Geraldine’s Bakery and it is tasty! You can order your lobster roll one of three ways: plain, with butter, or with a light mayonnaise dressing and capers. Whichever way you choose it’s damn good. For a couple extra bucks you can make your lobster roll a combo meal and add on your choice of hushpuppies, fries or a house-made salad and a local soda from Devil’s Foot.

Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC Recap

Though there are tons of dining options when it comes to Asheville, when you’re in the mood for a lobster roll, the above places are our top picks. Oh and each of the above has outdoor dining! Sure there are other spots in Asheville that have lobster rolls and while everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, these are our favorites! Like another roll in town better? Let us know in the comments! And if you ever find yourself in eastern Canada, check out our post on the Best Lobster Rolls on Nova Scotia.

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