How-To

Fire Pit Safety: 4 Elements to Consider

By Devin Osbourn

What better time to learn a thing or two in Fire Pit Safety than this back to school season?

Most of us are drawn to fire by our first birthday candle blow-out, but the road to mastering mankind’s great discovery will always be long and tricky.

Wherever you are in your master journey, these elements of safe Fire Pit use will give you lasting confidence in your Solo Stove.

Covering Embers

Many parks and campgrounds prohibit hazardous ground fires, but allow a containerized flame such as your Solo Stove Fire Pit. It all comes down to the dangers of dormant embers. Embers can reignite after as long as 12 hours, given the right conditions, and the open ground is a precarious place for fires to sprout. 

Contained inside the high walls of your Fire Pit’s burn chamber, and covered with Lid, there’s little chance for embers to stir.

Embers can reignite after as long as 12 hours.
Embers can reignite after as long as 12 hours.

Rest easy knowing that sleeping embers can safely die out inside your Solo Stove, or learn from our expert how to extinguish your Fire Pit quickly in case of emergency.

Placing Your Fire Pit

The lightweight quality of our portable Fire Pits and camping stoves liberates you to enjoy a mesmerizing flame wherever you go. Consider though, are you burning somewhere safe?

Smokey Bear has some hot tips for choosing the best place to burn at a campsite. At home with your Solo, though, is a little different. Your next fire site should look a lot like this:

Keep your Solo Stove at a safe distance from flammable objects.
Photo by Kyle R.

You can brush up on when to use a Fire Pit Stand for the most secure burn in any outdoor space. Always be mindful of where you burn to set yourself up for a safe and sound experience.

Too Hot to Handle 

We have 360° Signature Airflow Design to thank for our smokeless and dazzling flame. Double walled for superior airflow, you might be tempted to compare your Solo Stove to your favorite double walled tumbler, but it’s not quite the same. 

A tumbler keeps your drink hot, and your hand cool, because the double walls contain a vacuum– in other words, nothing at all.


Your Solo Stove’s double walls on the other hand are chock full of hot air that contributes to the secondary burn

This space between the burn chamber and the outer walls is like an expressway for heat, and it’s why your Solo Stove gets hot on the outside, and burns off smoke for a satisfying experience.

The outside of your Fire Pit is at least hot enough to melt shoe soles, so keep close eyes on your little ones, little critters, and guests that aren’t familiar with the Solo Stove.

Some backyards could benefit from a Fire Pit surround that will take even the smallest mishaps out of the equation, much like this Bonfire encircled by stone.

Fire Pit surrounds protect your little ones and little critters from big accidents.
Photo by Dhrumil S.

Silenced Fire is Golden

Fire delights, and mesmerizes, and calms us. The sound of a crackling and popping fire is pleasant, but can be cause for caution

When wood pops, sparks go flying. These sparks have a whole lot of heat for a small package, and can start fires if they land on flammable objects. Prevent unwanted fires by containing the sparks with your spark arresting Shield, or by changing up your firewood. 

Hardwood has far less resin, or sap, than softwood. This quality coupled with our preferred kiln-drying process makes it far less sparky, and the safest option for fires close to home.