Thursday Thoughts – @solostove Yukon Fire Pit

May 16, 2019

One of the first things I imagined @silsetham and I doing at our new house was sitting in the backyard, beverages in hand, bonfire crackling. So, when he came upon @solostove Yukon Fire Pit, he thought it was a perfect plan for the time being, up until we were able to build the built-in fire pit of our dreams.
What it claims:
🔘 At over two feet wide, the SOLO STOVE YUKON is an absolute beast
🔘 Just toss in those big pieces of firewood and ignite the night
🔘 More flame, more fun, way less smoke: your YUKON is perfect for reconnecting with family and friends at outdoor get-togethers large and small
🔘 The Yukon allows you to start a fire quickly while the double wall design creates a burst of hot air over the fire reducing the smoke without the use of batteries and fans
🔘 Yukon burns wood so efficiently you’ll only be left with ultra-fine ash making clean up as simple as dumping out the spent ash
Our experience:
👍🏻 It’s quite the showpiece! I think it’s beautiful and the size was exactly what we needed.
👎🏻 It came with the ring that sits on top of the unit not fitting well. When I emailed and Tweeted at customer service, I was told it wouldn’t alter performance so they wouldn’t consider replacing it. When you spend as much as we did on a product, you expect perfection. The answer we were given was less than acceptable, in our opinions.
👎🏻 A lot of the reviews on their website are five (5)-star, but a few people mentioned a couple of the same things over and over again. Too difficult to flip over to clean (required) and annoying bump in the center (which they all agree was likely for stability, but it still makes it a little less functional). We had those same complaints.
👍🏻 It does reduce the amount of smoke usually experienced when having a bonfire.
Our verdict?
While it’s an attractive fire pit that functions well enough for us to continue to use year after year, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else. From the customer service to design flaws, it’s better to wait for it to be refined, if it was something you were considering purchasing.
What is your favorite thing to do around a bonfire? My is, without a doubt, making s’mores!

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