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Old 03-27-2021, 07:10 AM   #1
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Solo Stove Ranger

We bought and used for the first time our new Solo Stove Ranger. Itís great and I highly recommend it. Itís simple to use, easy to start a fire, makes very little smoke (with good hardwood), very little ash ash since it burns so efficiently and throws off a lot of heat. The carrying case is well made and heavy duty.

I now have on order the stand and lid. This will allow us to place it directly on an outdoor mat. Since it is double walled the bottom doesnít get hot but the sides do so be careful! Itís a great addition to our camping ďstuffĒ.

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Could not agree more. I love mine.

It fits inside every fire ring I have tried it in which is important because around here you must use their fire ring. Only the Ranger does this. It works!

It is smokeless AFTER about 15 minutes. I advise to include the spark arrester too. Excellent way to stop sparks from flying.

Note of caution. The ranger is too small to fit an entire log in without cutting it is half. Then it is perfect. The Bonfire model will take a full log but it is bigger. I like the Ranger!

Look at the Ultimate package.

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Old 03-27-2021, 10:27 AM   #3
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I understand park regulations re fire rings. The due to its double wall construction, I could put my hand on the underside and itís just warm to the touch. I placed ours where it was convenient to us (not in the fire ring) and there was no problem even when the park ranger stopped and asked us how we liked it.
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I think they will be standard equipment before long.
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Old 03-27-2021, 03:17 PM   #5
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Watch the solo stove site...always having deals..like buy one get one free.
Right now it’s their spring sale get up to 100 off....
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Old 03-27-2021, 04:29 PM   #6
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How would these solos do with wood pellets? Thinking about the Campfire. One can often find plenty of twigs and stuff to burn, but I also could take a bag of pellets for those occasions when the place has been raked clean.
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Old 03-27-2021, 04:32 PM   #7
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FAQ Solo Stove website

Can I use wood pellets in a Solo Stove fire pit? We do not suggest using wood pellets in a Solo Stove fire pit because they can fall through the bottom grate and get stuck inside. If the wood pellets get wet or come in contact with moisture, they can swell and cause damage to the unit.
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So what are these stoves used for? Cooking? Evening Fireside chats? I'm curious.
I don't understand their need.
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You build fires in them instead of a fire pit. They have a natural draft, will burn any wood down to nothing and are very pleasant to sit next to. Once at temperature, they give off a nice fire, good heat and no smoke.

Once I started using mine on a regular basis, I started using Bustamonte firewood. They let me buy an 1/8 chord at a time, my pick of wood.

I load the bed of the truck with about 40 sticks if I am going to be out a while or if it is very cold. I have three nice axes and a 10" mill bastard file to keep them sharp and a good bow saw. And I always have fatwood with me.

It really adds to the campfire!
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So what are these stoves used for? Cooking? Evening Fireside chats? I'm curious.
I don't understand their need.
Despite "stove" in the name, the manufacturer describes these as firepits:
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It’s for capping out a night in the mountains under the stars. It’s for warming up on a beach after hitting the waves. And yet, it’s right at home in your own backyard surrounded by your family and friends. Wherever you want to be, Ranger helps you turn good moments into lasting memories. Ranger is the most compact, ultralight fire pit out there that lets you enjoy a roaring, smokeless fire in minutes.
If a campsite has a firepit, then there is no need for this, although it should burn hotter and cleaner than an open pit, as UncleTim explained.

Although they show a user endorsement referring to cooking, in their FAQ they say:
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The Ranger was designed to be used as a backyard fire pit, helping you gather friends and family. Feel free to break out the marshmallows and hot dogs or other fire pit friendly food!
The only thing that makes the brand name make any sense is this:
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The Solo Stove Lite, Titan and Campfire are more portable backpacking and camping stoves meant for cooking. The Ranger is the most portable of our backyard fire pits and was designed to accommodate larger groups who enjoy sitting around a beautiful, smoke free flame.
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Despite "stove" in the name, the manufacturer describes these as firepits:
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The only thing that makes the brand name make any sense is this:
They originally made small wood stoves for backpackers, hence the name solo. Hikers would not have to carry fuel, but gather a small of wood. They still offer the backpacker models.
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I still don't understand. So one pays a couple hundred bucks for a fire pit .......to put into a fire pit.


Explain, please, if you please.


Smoke free? Less, is more, so some say.
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I think the manufacturer of these 'stoves' was watching all of us that use a stainless steel washing machine tub. $25 at a recyclers. They're single wall and will eventually burn through (I've gone through 4 in a dozen years). But even a double-tub will burn through eventually. Mine is a 'NOG' tub and truly is smokeless and HOT with a big fire going in it. People circle around it. Fun stuff
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They originally made small wood stoves for backpackers, hence the name solo. Hikers would not have to carry fuel, but gather a small of wood. They still offer the backpacker models.
Good background. I was referring to the "stove" part of the name, but that explains both parts.
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OK

A "repurposed" SS washer tub. This I understand, and "grok".


Burn, baby, burn.
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I still don't understand. So one pays a couple hundred bucks for a fire pit .......to put into a fire pit.
Explain, please, if you please.
Smoke free? Less, is more, so some say.

Thanks for this chance.

Times are changing. Remember the days when you camped in a valley and before nightfall everything was in a deep smoke? Weather you had a fire or not, you were breathing smoke. How many people have you seen tending a fire that is 90% smoke, 10% fire?

Remember how the thermocline in the lower atmosphere, caused by an inversion, caused the smoke to stack up in the air closest to the ground? And everyone had to breathe it? Remember all the kids running thru it? Some catching lightning bugs. I love those bugs.

Well now you can do it all without smoke and filling up the valley with senseless particulate matter, when a little common sense and some cash, alleviates this problem. For us and the next generations! Notice all the respiratory issues we have these days?

Sounds simple. Thank you. I hope this helps. Donna, I think you're right.
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Yes, itís a luxury. Itís a costly single purpose item but it sure is nice and I believe worth the cost. You can use the campsite fire ring or this as an alternative. We like this since it is very low smoke and we can place it where itís convenient to us rather than at the fire ring which is not always in the best location for ďgathering around the fireĒ.
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But...

Does combustion in this device measurably reduce particulate or noxious gases? Sure, it burns hotter....but better?



As always, do as you please.



I'm just a bit flummoxed by some technologies and the gee whiz claims.
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I believe so!

In the last shot I sent in, you can see the flames come thru the little vents on the sides. Those are afterburners. And they work. That is why the thing is smokeless.

It burns the air again, making it highly efficient. This is a game changer.
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Gee

Whiz! Afterburners to boot!


Hyperdrive!

Warp 9......Proceed! Make it so!



Enjoy your contraption.



P.S. Air does not burn. It requires a combustible material, and air provides the oxidizer (O2). The rest of air (nitrogen, argon,) is inert.




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