Portable fire pits are not only handy heat sources but they also create a great ambiance in your backyard or at your campsite. Over the last years most of the fire pit companies started to design portable smokeless fire pits and today I’ll be comparing the two smokeless fire pits that are in demand, Breeo vs Solo Stove.
In summary, Solo Stoves are much lighter and compact than Breeo Stoves therefore not only they can be used at your backyard but they can also be carried with you to your outdoor adventures, Breeo Stoves on the other hand are more of a heavy-duty backyard fire pits and they’re the better option if cooking on your fire pit is an important factor for you.
Specs: Breeo vs Solo Stove
|Solo Stove Ranger||Solo Stove Bonfire|
|Stove Weight||48 lbs / 21.77 kg||20 lbs / 9.07 kg|
|Fuel Type||Firewood Logs (up to 17.5" long)||Firewood Logs (up to 17.5" long)|
|Material||304 Stainless Steel||304 Stainless Steel|
|Volume||18.145 cubic in.||16.724 cubic in.|
|Dimensions||Ø 19″(Base Diameter) x 16″ (Height)||Ø 19.5″ (Base Diameter) x 14″ (Height)|
|Best Use||Backyard||Car Camping & Backyard|
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Detailed Comparison of Breeo vs Solo Stove
I wanted to start the comparison with portability, because, it’s the biggest difference between the two fire pits, and Solo Stove is the clear winner here.
With a weight of 20 lbs (9.07 kg), Solo Stove Bonfire is portable enough to be lifted and brought to your campsite, If you’re looking for a stove/firepit primarily for bringing with you to the backcountry, then I recommend Solo Stove Ranger (read my review or view on Amazon) with a weight of 15 lbs (6.8 kg) it’s the perfect option for outdoor adventures.
Breeo Double Flame, on the other hand, weighs 48 lbs (21 kg) therefore is not light enough to bring with you to the backcountry, but it’s portable enough to carry around in your backyard from time to time.
So, if you’re thinking of purchasing a fire pit that you can pack and take with you to your camping site, then Solo Stove is a suitable option for you.
One of the big differences of Breeo vs Solo Stove is, Breeo has built-in feet that cannot be unattached, Solo Stove, on the other hand, doesn’t have any feet and you don’t actually need one if you don’t want to put your stove/fire pit on a heat-sensitive surface.
If you’re thinking of placing your fire pit on a wooden deck, Solo Stove offers a stand (sold separately), and not only this stand acts as feet to lift the stove higher to not to damage the heat-sensitive surfaces, it can also be nested into the stove itself after you’re done with the fire pit.
And almost every fire pit accessories of Solo Stove such as the stand or shield can be nested into the stove, you can see it in the video below.
But that is not the case with Breeo Stoves, its accessories can’t be nested. Therefore if you’re thinking of taking your fire pit to the backcountry, Solo Stove suits you the best.
Solo Stove is again the winner in this department, because, it offers three different sizes whereas Breeo has only two different sizes.
The three different Solo Stove sizes are from smallest to biggest; Ranger, Bonfire and Yukon:
|Solo Stove Ranger||Solo Stove Bonfire||Solo Stove Yukon|
|Weight||15 lbs / 6.8 kg||20 lbs / 9.07 kg||38 lbs / 17.23 kg|
|Size||Ø 15″ x 12.5″||Ø 19.5″ x 14″||Ø 27″ x 16″|
|Volume||8.835 in3||16.724 in3||36.643 in3|
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The two different sizes of Breeo are Breeo Double Flame 19 and Breeo Double Flame 24:
|Breeo Double Flame 19″||Breeo Double Flame 24″|
|Weight||48 lbs / 21.7 kg||57 lbs / 25.8 kg|
|Size||Ø 19″ x 16″||Ø 24″ x 15″|
|Volume||18.145 in3||27.143 in3|
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If you’re just a couple who don’t have kids or if you need a portable fire pit for your RV camping, Breeo wouldn’t attract you because it would be too big for you, but Solo Stove Ranger would do the job.
Likewise, if you’re a very big family who’s looking for a backyard firepit, Solo Stove Yukon (read my review or view on Amazon) would be the better option compared to Breeo Double Flame 24″ since it offers a bigger volume thus bigger flame.
So the main reason why I declared Solo Stove as the winner in the department is, it appeals to a wider audience.
Both Breeo and Solo Stoves are made of 304 Stainless Steel which is a very durable and corrosion-resistant material, therefore they’re both extremely durable and offer longevity of years of use.
BUT I must give credit to Breeo Stoves here since they’re thicker, more robust than Solo Stoves and also, Breeo Stoves are made in the USA, Solo Stoves on the other hand are made in China.
So if durability is the main factor for you, you should go with the Breeo Stoves, but know that Solo Stoves are very durable as well.
Nothing tastes better than the sausages roasted in the fire pit right? I know, but if you go further than roasting, such as grilling, these fire pits are not the most convenient ones, due to their solid design, they’re very hard to clean, and since they produce a great amount of heat, it’s a little bit hard to cook on them.
But for our Breeo vs Solo Stove comparison, Breeo is the clear winner in the cooking department. Because Breeo has invented a campfire grill that is compatible with Breeo fire pits, also since it’s very light it can be used separately as a grill in your outdoor adventures too.
Rather than that, Unlike Solo Stoves, there are two different types of Breeo firepits, Breeo Double Flame and Breeo X Series, with its sear ring and custom design Breeo X Series specifically made for wood fire cooking.
|Breeo Double Flame 19″||Breeo X Series 19″|
|Weight||48 lbs / 21.7 kg||57 lbs / 25.8 kg|
|Key Features||– Regular fire pit|
– Made of Stainless Steel 304
– Compatible with Breeo Outpost
|– Specifically made for wood fire cooking|
– Heavier and Robust
– Made of Stainless Steel 304 & COR-TEN Steel (more robust material)
– Compatible with Breeo Outpost
To be fair, there is no clear winner in this department. Both companies are using the same design and they’re equally smokeless.
Although they’re called smokeless fire pits, you will still see a little smoke especially when the fire is weak at the early stages, but they’re much smokeless compared to regular fire pits.
How do Breeo and Solo Stoves work?
This innovative design features a double-wall that has holes at the bottom of the outer wall and at the top of the inner wall. The cold air taken from the bottom holes gets heated through the wall and creates a secondary burn when leaving out from top holes and that causes fire to be smokeless.
Accessories: Breeo vs Solo Stove
This is the biggest difference in this department because Breeo has feet (attached to the main body of the stove) that raise the stove higher preventing damaging to heat-sensitive surfaces.
Solo stove, on the other hand, doesn’t have any feet, if you want to use it on a heat-sensitive surface you need to purchase the stand separately, that is the biggest disadvantage of Solo Stove.
As I’ve mentioned above, Breeo is the better option for cooking especially the Breeo X Series. And it has a grill called Breeo Outpost (sold separately) on its line that is compatible with every Breeo fire pits.
The cool thing about this grill is you can adjust the height to your desired level, if the fire is too hot or if you’re cooking something that needs a low temperature you can just adjust the height of the grate at its maximum level, likewise if you need a really hot fire you can easily adjust the height of the grate to its minimum level.
Solo Stove, on the other hand, doesn’t have a grill in its line, if you want to cook with it you need to purchase a grill grate separately from a different brand, I would recommend Weber Hinged Cooking Grate for the Bonfire but you can get any cooking great that has a bigger diameter than the fire pit.
Although Solo Stove doesn’t have any compatible grill grate of its own, it has Roasting Sticks in its line, they might seem a little bit pricey but due to the material they’re made of (304 Stainless Steel), they’re very durable and corrosion-resistant.
Fire Pit Lid & Cover
Breeo offers Breeo Double Flame Lid for covering your fire pit, Solo Stove on the other hand offers the Solo Stove Cover for protecting the fire pit. Although I compiled the two accessories in one section, contrary to what people think, they’re not exactly the same.
Breeo Double Flame Lid can be used for two purposes:
- For protecting the stove from rain, although they’re made of corrosion-resistant material it’s good for the longevity of the fire pit to be protected from bad weather conditions
- Safety, when you’re done with the fire pit you can just close the lid and go back home without thinking about the running fire at your backyard
And here comes to plot twist: 19″ Breeo Double Flame Lid is compatible with Solo Stove Bonfire as well.
Solo Stove Protective Fire Pit Cover on the other hand, is only used for one purpose:
- Protecting your stove from rain and other bad weather conditions, since it’s not made of heavy-duty material like Breeo Double Flame Lid it can only be used after the fire is put out, but the advantage of this cover is, it’s a full cover, it doesn’t only protect the inside of the fire pit it covers every inch of the pit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breeo & Solo Stove
Can you pour water on Solo Stove?
You shouldn’t use water to put down the fire of Solo Stove, you should wait until the fire goes out, one way to speed up the process is covering the top of the stove with a lid, unfortunately, Solo Stove doesn’t feature a lid but since Breeo Double Flame Lid sits perfectly to the Solo Stove you can use Breeo Lid for that purpose.
Can you put Solo Stove on a deck?
Since the Solo Stoves have a raised ash pan, their bottom surface gets roughly up to 150 degrees. But that amount of heat can still damage heat-sensitive surfaces, if you’re thinking of putting your Solo Stove on a deck, you should purchase the Solo Stove Stand as well, and, always place your Solo Stove on non-combustible surfaces.
Can Breeo and Solo Stove get rained on?
You shouldn’t leave your stoves outdoors undercovered, getting rained on or other bad weather conditions can cause rusting and it would affect the longevity of your stove.
Can you use charcoal in a solo stove?
Solo Stove clearly explains in their instructions (you can see it here) that their Firepits are designed for using firewood logs for fuel only, Solo Stove Firepits may not function properly with any other fuel sources.
It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t use gasoline or any other flammable vapors/liquids in the vicinity of Solo Stove Fire Pits as well.
History of Breeo and Solo Stove
Solo Stove History
The USA based company has entered the market in 2010 with only one unique and straightforward cooking stove. Over the years the brand has increased its product range very much. Now it makes grills, stoves, fire pits, and even apparels.
Due to their unique design, the Solo Stove products won numerous awards from big outdoor magazines, including the gear of the year award from 50 Campfires and Section Hiker.
A company that started in 2010 with only one cooking stove in its product line is now the first brand that pops into mind when talking about smokeless stoves and fire pits.
Breeo is an American company based in Lancaster / Pennsylvania that has built their very first Smokeless Fire Pit way back in 2011.
Over the years Breeo didn’t expand its product range as much as Solo Stove, it has a niche product line that is mainly focused on fire pits and fire pit equipment for cooking such as portable grills.
Although the Brand is not as popular as Solo Stove, with its American-made sturdy design it’s definitely the second biggest brand in the market when it comes to smokeless fire pits.
Verdict – Breeo or Solo Stove
Although both Firepits are extremely quality and durable, there are some features where Breeo is superior to Solo Stove, and likewise, there are some factors where Solo Stove is the better option than Breeo. And if we sum those decisive factors up:
Get a Breeo If:
- Grilling and Cooking on your stove is an important factor for you
- You want a firepit made in the USA
- You’re looking for a heavy-duty firepit
- You don’t want to spend extra bucks for a stand for your firepit (Breeo Stoves designed with feet attached to the main body, with Solo Stove stands are sold separately)
- You need a firepit mainly for your backyard
- You like a more sturdy design
Get a Solo Stove If:
- You’re okay with only roasting marshmallows and sausages and not grilling with your firepit
- You want a light enough firepit that you can take with you to the backcountry
- You need a portable firepit (every spare part of the Solo Stoves can be nested in the main body while traveling)
- You want a relatively small firepit (Solo Stove Ranger is only 15″ wide and takes up very little space in your trunk but still gives the ambiance of a firepit)
- You want a big firepit (Solo Stove Yukon is 27″ wide)