Biolite vs Solo Stove

For any outdoor activity, there are a few things that are essential to have, and a convenient stove is one of them. And if you’re looking for an innovative smokeless stove there are only two big brands, and in this article, I will be comparing them, Biolite vs Solo Stove.

I will cover everything you need to know for both brands and their innovatively designed stoves by focusing on their top models, Solo Stove Bonfire vs Biolite Fire Pit.

In summary, if you want a smokeless fire pit for your backyard that would create a beautiful ambiance and that is portable enough to bring with you to your car camping site, Solo Stove Bonfire is the better option for you. But if you’re thinking of buying a smokeless fire pit which you can cook with and if you need it mainly for camping, in that case, Biolite Firepit is the better option for you.


Specs: Solo Stove Bonfire vs Biolite Fire Pit

 Solo Stove BonfireBiolite Fire Pit
Solo-Stove-Bonfire
Biolite Firepit
Stove Weight20 lbs / 9.07 kg19.8 lbs / 8.98 kg
Fuel TypeFirewood Logs (up to 17.5" wlong)Firewood Logs / Charcoal
Inner Volume (Approximately)16.724 cubic in.3.685 cubic in.
Dimensions Ø 19.5″ (Base Diameter) x 14″ (Height)15.8" high x 27" wide x 13" deep / (40.1 x 68.6 x 33 cm)
Packed / Folded Dimensions Ø 19.5″ (Base Diameter) x 14″ (Height)10.5" high x 27" wide x 13" deep / (26.7 x 68.6 x 33 cm)
Best UseMainly Backyard / Sometimes Car CampingMainly Car Camping / Backyard
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Solo Stove Bonfire vs Biolite Fire Pit

Cooking

One of the biggest differences between the two fire pits is whether you can cook with them or not.

Unlike Solo Stove Bonfire, the main purpose of Biolite Fire Pit is cooking. It comes with a convenient cooking grate (I say convenient because you can slide it off and leave it like that to put more wood or charcoal to the fire pit without the need of holding the cooking grate with your hands).

Biolite Fire Pit Cooking Grid

And also it has a fuel rack, inside the fire pit, if you want to use charcoal instead of firewoods, you can raise the rack so the fire would be closer to the food.

Also, you can use it as a simple fire pit as well; for just getting warm, creating a good ambiance, or roasting your sausages outdoors.

For the Solo Stove Bonfire, if we speak of food-wise, it’s mainly used for roasting sausages and marshmallows, not for cooking food, therefore, it doesn’t even come with a cooking grid.

The main reason you can’t cook with Solo Stove Bonfire (or other Solo Stove Fire Pits such as Solo Stove Ranger and Solo Stove Yukon) is it’s all in one piece. If you drop food while cooking, it’s very hard to clean, and nearly impossible to take it away without blowing out the fire.

However, if you really want to go with the Solo Stove and also cook with it, it’s not impossible, you can just purchase a cooking grate such as Only Fire – Round Fire Pit Grate and you can use it.

But, if being able to cook on your fire pit is the most important factor for you, then Biolite Firepit would be a much better option for you, it’s much easier to cook with and more convenient.

Smokeless Design

Firstly, both fire pits are smokeless, the difference here is the way they provide this smokeless fire.

Solo Stove integrates the laws of thermodynamics to its design to create a smokeless fire, it intakes cold air from the bottom vent holes and creates a secondary burn through the top vent holes, resulting in a hotter smokeless fire.

Solo Stove Bonfire Smokeless Design

So, no matter on what condition you use it, Solo Stove provides a smokeless fire.

But that is not the case with Biolite Firepit, Biolite owes its smokeless fire to its fan system. When the fan is on, there is no smoke but if the battery goes down and the fan stops working, you would get a smoky fire.

It might sound a little bit harsh, but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, because, since Biolite offers a battery capacity of 24 hours (if you use it on the lowest fan level), the battery probably will never go down.

Also, if you think you would forget charging your stove before your outdoor adventure, Biolite features a Solar Charging Carrying Case, the carrying case would do the charging job for you.

Weight & Packed Size

Weight-wise, there is no difference at all, Solo Stove Bonfire weighs 20 lbs / 9.07 kg and Biolite Firepit weighs 19.8 lbs / 8.98 kg.

But Bonfire is not the only size of Solo Stove there are also the smaller size Solo Stove Ranger and bigger size Solo Stove Yukon. In case Bonfire might be big or small for you, I’ve also compiled the specs of other Solo Stove Firepits as well.

Solo Stove RangerSolo Stove BonfireSolo Stove YukonBiolite Firepit
Solo Stove RangerSolo-Stove-BonfireSolo Stove YukonBiolite Firepit
Weight15 lbs / 6.8 kg20 lbs / 9.07 kg38 lbs / 17.23 kg19.8 lbs / 8.98 kg
Pack SizeØ 15″ x 12.5″Ø 19.5″ x 14″Ø 27″ x 16″27″ wide x 13″ deep 10.5″ high
Inner Volume8.835 in316.724 in336.643 in33.685 in3
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Although there is not a big difference in the weight department, there is a significant difference in the portability department.

With its foldable legs and rectangular design, Biolite Fire Pit is much portable than Solo Stove and it packs down even smaller than Solo Stove Ranger (Smallest fire pit on the Solo Stove’s line), but the trade-off here is the capacity.

With that being said let’s dive into the next chapter.

Capacity

First things first, although Biolite presents Biolite Fire Pit as a “Fire Pit”, it’s more like a technological grill “that can also be used as a fire pit”.

Solo Stove Bonfire, on the other hand, with its cylindrical, large and voluminous design is truly a Fire Pit.

Just like a regular grill, Biolite Fire Pit has a rectangular design, it’s a clever design for cooking, but not very efficient if you want to use it as a fire pit because rectangular stoves offer less capacity than cylindrical stoves.

And for the Solo Stove vs Biolite comparison, the volume of Biolite Fire Pit is almost the quarter of Solo Stove Bonfire.

Biolite Fire PitSolo Stove Bonfire
Biolite Fire Pit CapacitySolo Stove Bonfire Capacity

If I have to put it another way, Biolite Fire Pit can take a maximum of 4 pieces of wood, but with the Solo Stove Bonfire, this number goes up to 10 firewoods.

Therefore if you go with the Solo Stove Bonfire you get more heat and more fire.

Durability

Solo Stove has a more robust design and it’s made of more durable material (304 Stainless Steel), therefore it’s more corrosion resistant and long-lasting.

So for the Solo Stove Bonfire vs Biolite Firepit comparison, Solo Stove is the clear winner in the longevity department.


Features of Solo Stove Bonfire and Biolite Firepit

In the features and innovativeness department, I must give credit to Biolite Firepit, but before jumping into the features, I should add a quick note to correct a very common misunderstanding about Biolite Firepit.

Unlike Biolite Campstove, Biolite Firepit doesn’t use the thermoelectric generation technology to charge itself, you need to charge it at home or purchase the Biolite Firepit Solar Charging Carrying Case (sold separately), and leave it to a place where it can take the sun for 3 or 4 days.

So, let’s start with the features of Biolite Firepit.

Biolite: Technology

Biolite Firepit has a yellow device attached to its sidewall (which you might be familiar with). And what does this device do:

  • It has a fan inside, and with the help of this fan and the whole design of the Biolite Firepit, you get a smokeless fire.
  • This fan also has several levels, so you can increase the level and get a stronger fire.
  • You can control the level of the fan by pressing the button on the device, or you can use the Biolite App and connect to the device via Bluetooth and control the fire with your phone.
  • And lastly, this device also acts as a big power bank, you can use it to charge your phone or for other electronic devices such as Biolite Powerlight.

This device has a battery capacity of 24 hours when used in low-level (10 hours in mid-level, 5 hours in high-level).

Small Note: You don’t have to carry the whole firepit to charge this device. You can detach it, charge it in your home, and assemble it back to the stove very easily.

Biolite: Fuel Rack

Another cool feature of the Biolite Firepit is its dual-fuel system. You can use either firewood or charcoal, and for using charcoal all you need to do is to attach the fuel rack to the clips to raise it closer to the food.

This is also one of the biggest differences of Solo Stove Bonfire vs Biolite Firepit:

With Biolite Firewood you can use both firewood and charcoal, but with Solo Stove, you can only use firewoods as fuel.

Biolite: X-ray Mesh

Biolite Firepit X-ray Mesh

Biolite Firepit features an X-ray Mesh which gives you a 360-degree view of your flame. it doesn’t just create a great ambiance, it also helps you to see whether you need to add more fuel or not.

Even though it looks very cool with the X-ray mesh, due to its grill-like design, it’s not as great as Solo Stove Bonfire when it comes to creating a great ambiance.

Solo Stove: Design

As I’ve mentioned earlier, both Biolite and Solo Stove provides a smokeless fire, unlike Biolite, Solo Stove does this by using the laws of thermodynamics, so you don’t need an extra energy/fan power to create this smokeless fire.

Solo Stove Ranger Backyard
Solo Stove Ranger (Smallest Firepit of Solo Stove)

Solo Stove actually has a cylindrical, “Fire Pit-like” design, so if you’re thinking of placing the firepit to your backyard rather than taking it outdoors, Solo Stove Bonfire would look much cooler than Biolite Firepit, and it would create a better ambiance (this doesn’t mean that you can’t take Solo Stove Bonfire to outdoors, you can).

Therefore, unlike Biolite, Solo Stove presents the Bonfire as a backyard fire pit that is portable enough to take to your car camping site.


Accessories of Solo Stove Bonfire and Biolite Firepit

Biolite Firepit Solar Charging Carrying Case

Biolite features only one, very innovative accessory for its fire pit and that is the Biolite Firepit Solar Charging Carrying Case.

Since you need to charge the Biolite Firepit to get a smokeless fire, Biolite thought of integrating a solar panel to its durable waterproof nylon carrying case, so you wouldn’t actually have to detach and charge the stove every time after you use it.

With the amount of energy that integrated solar panel provides, it takes 3-5 days (depending on the solar radiation level at your location) to fully charge the fire pit.

Solo Stove Fire Pit Accessories

Roasting Sticks

These 304 Stainless Steel Roasting Sticks are extremely durable and long-lasting, if you’re on a budget it’s not a big necessity, but if you’re not, they’re really convenient and they look very modern (especially for those who’re buying Solo Stove for their backyards).

Stand

If you’re thinking of placing your Solo Stove on a heat-sensitive surface, Solo Stove Stand can keep the stove off the ground, and when you want to pack the fire pit down, it can be nested inside of the stove.

Shield

The Solo Stove Shield is not a great necessity, but if you’re thinking of placing your stove near furniture or on a wooden deck, I strongly recommend it. The Shield prevents embers and sparks leaving from the stove.

Fire Pit Tools

Solo Stove Fire Pit Tools contain an angled poker and a log grabber, if you’re on a budget you can just buy the cheaper versions.

But if you have enough budget and if you don’t have any fire pit tool at home, then go for it. They are made of 304 Stainless Steel which is a corrosion-resistant, long-lasting material, and also they really ease the process.


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