Our corrosion-resistant stainless steel fire pits need little maintenance. But if you want to get the most out of your Solo Stove and ensure season after season of happy, relaxing evenings chatting with friends and family around your backyard fire, we suggest that you follow these basic care instructions.
1. Choose the Right Wood
Though your Solo Stove fire pit will burn any dry wood, the best type of woods to use are hardwoods like oak, pecan or hickory, and harder softwoods like juniper and cedar. We discourage the use of wood pellets in your fire pit, as the pellets can fall into the ash pan and block the flow of air to the fire.
2. After Use
After your fire has gone out, check to make sure your fire pit is cool to the touch. If so, tip the fire pit upside down to empty the ashes. Then, we recommend that you store your fire pit in a cool, dry location (More on this below).
3. Gold and Blue “Heat Tint” Is Normal
It’s completely normal for gold and blue hues to emerge in the stainless steel of your fire ring. This “heat tint” is caused by the intense heat generated by the highly efficient design of Solo Stove fire pits and stoves.
4. Cover When Stored Outdoors
One of the most-popular features of our Solo Stove fire pits is their easy portability; even our biggest fire pit, the Yukon, weighs only 45lbs. Because they’re so easy to move—though it’s not a necessity—many of our customers store their fire pits indoors when they’re not in use. Alternatively, if you’d rather not have to move your fire pit, you can cover it and leave it outdoors; covering your Solo Stove fire pit ensures it doesn’t fill with water if it rains. We suggest that you store your fire pit in a cool, dry location to further decrease the risk of corrosion. With proper care, you shouldn’t have any issues.
5. Use the Solo Stove Fire Pit Stand to Protect Heat-Sensitive Surfaces
Though the underside of your Solo Stove fire pit remains at a cooler temperature during use—relative to other parts of the fire pit—we recommend placing it on a stand on potentially heat-sensitive surfaces, including decks and manicured lawns. By further elevating your fire pit and increasing the airflow at its base, you’re less likely to impact the surface it rests on.
By following these simple care instructions, your Solo Stove will burn more efficiently and cleanly, and it’ll be with you for years of conversation and laughter around a warm, relaxing fire.
Shop Yukon fire pit stands here.