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360° Airflow: What Even Is That?

Nov 1, 2023

Imagine a cozy evening by the fire, friends gathered around, laughter in the air, and marshmallows roasting to perfection. But there's one pesky guest that often crashes this party: smoke.  

If you've ever had your outdoor bonfire night disrupted by a swirling cloud of smoke, you're in for a treat. Welcome to the world of “360° Airflow,” a game-changer in the realm of fire pits. 

Now, let's dive in and uncover the magic behind this innovative concept that promises to banish the smoke and elevate your outdoor gatherings to a whole new level.

The Problem with Traditional Fire Pits

Traditional fire pits are fantastic for warmth and ambiance, but the smoky struggle is real. Just ask “Smokeless Steve,” or Matt, as he's known in his Instagram post. In his own words, he'd do "16 to 20 laps around the thing" just to escape the smoke.

Enter the Solo Stove difference, a smokeless fire pit that's transforming the way we enjoy outdoor fires. Matt affectionately calls it the "Juul to your cigarette of fire pits." Solo Stove fire pits, with their clever design and 360 Air-Flow system, promises to make your bonfire nights smoke-free and comfortable, just like the nicotine patch aims to help smokers quit their habit.

The Magic of 360° Airflow

Now, you might be wondering: What exactly is this "360° Airflow," and how does it work? Well, imagine a fire pit that not only keeps you toasty but also leaves your hair, clothes, and lungs unscathed by smoke. That's the Solo Stove's promise, and it's all thanks to its innovative design. The 360° Airflow system is like the secret sauce that makes this all possible.

Understanding Secondary Burn

Now, let's dive a little deeper into the science behind the Solo Stove's smokeless magic. It all comes down to something called "secondary burn." This remarkable phenomenon takes place near the top of the Solo Stove's burn chamber. The upper vent holes inside the fire pit work like a blast of preheated oxygen, resulting in a hotter, more beautiful fire while burning off that pesky smoke.

The Mechanism of Secondary Burn

So, how does this secondary burn work its magic? As soon as a fire is ignited in the Solo Stove, rising hot air creates a vacuum at the bottom of the burn chamber. This vacuum draws oxygen in through exterior vent holes, instantly fueling the fire at its base. 

Solo Stove takes it up a notch, channeling additional oxygen through the fire pits’ double walls, preheating the air and injecting it into the top of the fire through the interior vent holes. This added boost of already-hot oxygen takes the fire to a whole new level and results in the coveted secondary burn effect.

Best Practices for Optimal Performance

Now that you're armed with the knowledge of how this magic works, it's time to ensure that your Solo Stove delivers its best performance. Remember, don't stack your firewood logs or twigs above the upper vent holes inside your Solo Stove. Keeping those holes unblocked allows the preheated air to ignite your fire at its hottest temperature and burn off smoke before it can escape. Another crucial detail is the flame ring in your Solo Stove. It should be turned upwards, tapering towards the inside of your fire pit.

Embrace Smokeless Fires

In a world where traditional fire pits leave you doing the "smoke-dodging dance," Solo Stove's 360° Airflow system is a breath of fresh air. Thanks to secondary burn and clever design, it's time to say goodbye to smoke-filled evenings and hello to cozy, smokeless fires. 

Gather your friends, break out the marshmallows, and get ready for a bonfire night that's not just warm and inviting but also smokeless and unforgettable. Embrace the magic of 360° Airflow, and let the good times roll by the fire.