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First-World Problems...

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That's a Solo stove...which isn't really a stove; it's a stand-alone fire pit that is amazingly efficient, and practically smokeless. Weirdly, the smoke doesn't chase me around the damned thing, unlike every other outdoor fire I have ever built, or stood around.

And it burns clean and hot (my hand-held thermometer maxed out at 1,000 degrees F), which makes it tremendously tempting as an outdoor grill! But the cover is really just a fine mesh that probably won't support much more than a steak, and will probably decay pretty quickly.

Of course they sell an additional insert that looks great...but is ridiculously, obscenely, insultingly expensive! I'm thinking of designing and building one just to prove to myself that I can!

Maybe I should change the name of this thread to "First-World-Cheapskate Problems."

Posted by: CBD at 02:00 PM




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Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 02:00 PM (xhxe8)

2 yep

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at June 04, 2023 02:02 PM (h3tqt)

3 I was told there was a nood movie here.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at June 04, 2023 02:02 PM (h3tqt)

4 I believe cheapskate has always been implied. And woudda bin 1st.

Posted by: From about that Time at June 04, 2023 02:03 PM (4780s)

5 Well big fanfare and 2 seconds to see it on a phone.
Think I could make one

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 02:03 PM (xhxe8)

6 Well, movie, video, like whatever

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 02:04 PM (xhxe8)

7 We've been using a washing machine tub for camp fires and that works really well.... sometimes too well.

I've heard that the Solo pits don't keep you as warm but are truly smokeless. What's your opinion on heat output of the Solo?

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (17s+e)

8 Those things seem kinda dangerous.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (RIvkX)

9 skip-

we got 5 minutes of rain here yesterday.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (h3tqt)

10 Not the same, but I keep seeing ads for cat feeders, waterers, litter handlers, that want to "take all the mess" out of it.

I get tempted, then go look at how much they're charging...

Nope. I'll clean the litter boxes myself... and fill up the food and water, and deal with the occasional vomit on the floor.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (azC9v)

11 more than a 1000 degrees

seems unlikely

Posted by: REDACTED at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (us2H3)

12 1,000 degrees we could be talking blast furnace to melt metal

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 02:06 PM (xhxe8)

13 Prices are all over the place.

Posted by: BignJames at June 04, 2023 02:06 PM (AwYPR)

14 more than a 1000 degrees

seems unlikely


It could be a micro thermonuclear reactor. You don't know.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 04, 2023 02:07 PM (eOEVl)

15 I swapped the video for a photo.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 02:07 PM (ZCCyW)

16 5 minutes is more than I have had in almost 4 weeks.
Should go wat see r garden

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 02:07 PM (xhxe8)

17 it's a wood stove sans flue

once you get the bottom draw

it's gonna burn hot and unabated

Posted by: REDACTED at June 04, 2023 02:08 PM (us2H3)

18 What's your opinion on heat output of the Solo?

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (17s+e)

The heat mostly goes up. It is a delight on a cool late spring night, but I will reserve judgement on a colder evening until I give it a real try.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 02:08 PM (ZCCyW)

19 Get a tripod and hang a grate from that.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 04, 2023 02:09 PM (u73oe)

20 more than a 1000 degrees

seems unlikely

Posted by: REDACTED at June 04, 2023 02:05 PM (us2H3)

Well, you would be wrong.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 02:09 PM (ZCCyW)

21 It could be a micro thermonuclear reactor. You don't know.
Posted by: Archimedes at June 04, 2023 02:07 PM (eOEVl)

If Frodo had one of these he wouldn't have had to go to Mt. Doom.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 04, 2023 02:10 PM (azC9v)

22 Another fun fact from the Balkans.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 04, 2023 02:10 PM (X+Ku8)

23 There's at least a couple of YOOTOOB vid of DIY hacks to make a fire ring for those metal firepits that create a toroidal flame. Hotter and cleaner with added cool factor.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 04, 2023 02:10 PM (jzzG8)

24 If Frodo had one of these he wouldn't have had to go to Mt. Doom.

And the world would have been spared endless hours of him looking soulful.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 04, 2023 02:12 PM (eOEVl)

25 Does it have a place to feed air from the bottom?

Posted by: fluffy at June 04, 2023 02:12 PM (86W+h)

26 It looks like a rich man's version of a fire barrel.

Posted by: Dr. Pork Chops & Bacons at June 04, 2023 02:13 PM (BdMk6)

27 And the world would have been spared endless hours of him looking soulful.
Posted by: Archimedes at June 04, 2023 02:12 PM (eOEVl)

But then the eagles would have had nothing to do with themselves.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 04, 2023 02:16 PM (azC9v)

28 So happy that you are out of the basement. Not a good place to be. There's something down there...

Posted by: The Ramones 1974 at June 04, 2023 02:16 PM (Nn3xT)

29 It looks like a rich man's version of a fire barrel.
Posted by: Dr. Pork Chops & Bacons at June 04, 2023 02:13 PM (BdMk6)

And really, isn't the rich man's version his house?

Posted by: BurtTC at June 04, 2023 02:17 PM (azC9v)

30
I swapped the video for a photo.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo


No wonder I couldn't find it.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 04, 2023 02:17 PM (63Dwl)

31 Does it work like a charcoal chimney?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 04, 2023 02:18 PM (63Dwl)

32 Does it have a place to feed air from the bottom?
Posted by: fluffy


Yeah, most of them have an offset on the base that's supposed to feed air up into the sides and the ports around the top that you see in the pic.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 04, 2023 02:18 PM (jzzG8)

33 Sous Vide @ 1,000 degrees doesn't sound like a wiener to me.

Posted by: Pedro @ SOTB at June 04, 2023 02:18 PM (Nn3xT)

34 Smokeless because the air 'injected' from the ring of holes a the top allows for 2ndary burn. The 2ndary burn eliminates the carbon in the smoke so it isn't there to follow you around.

What size is that one?
They make a tabletop model that looks foolishly expensive for the amount of time you get with pellets or wood pieces.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 04, 2023 02:19 PM (d9J/h)

35 FWP - Cheapskate Version. I like it. I am a charter member.

Posted by: RI Red at June 04, 2023 02:20 PM (Q4jXQ)

36 CBD, which model is that? Mrs. R. needs one.

Posted by: RI Red at June 04, 2023 02:24 PM (Q4jXQ)

37
Bow ties look good only on puppies and 7-year olds. And some women, but that's not the point.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 04, 2023 02:25 PM (MoZTd)

38 37
Bow ties look good only on puppies and 7-year olds. And some women, but that's not the point.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 04, 2023 02:25 PM (MoZTd)


How dare you!

Posted by: Bill Nye at June 04, 2023 02:27 PM (PiwSw)

39 Smoke and fire SHOULD go together. Keeps the flyings pests away

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at June 04, 2023 02:27 PM (flINI)

40 Maybe I should change the name of this thread to "First-World-Cheapskate Problems."

For a cheapskate, you sure have a lot of stuff!

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 04, 2023 02:28 PM (Xrfse)

41 Just being snarky, CBD.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 04, 2023 02:32 PM (Xrfse)

42 One of my lady friends (93 yrs old) noted today I shave off my beard, also noted mustache still there. Why is that still there she asked. I told her this mustache is over 55 years old, it stays. She told me if I went to sleep around her she's shave it off. I told her I'd remember that.

Posted by: Eromero at June 04, 2023 02:32 PM (Uv0D2)

43 1000 degrees! Buy three and cook like crazy. Grill, baby, grill!

Posted by: Hokey Pokey at June 04, 2023 02:33 PM (B0FBF)

44 Solo Stove - available for a Limited Time Only in both the Han and Napoleon editions!

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 04, 2023 02:34 PM (S6gqv)

45 Lay a grill grate from a Weber grill on it.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at June 04, 2023 02:34 PM (IAwid)

46 while I'm not a greenie

the thing seems to be a bit of a polluter

and my guess, made in china

Posted by: REDACTED at June 04, 2023 02:35 PM (us2H3)

47 How long before we have to change the name of the post to 2nd World problems?

Posted by: polynikes at June 04, 2023 02:36 PM (MNhXM)

48 I know what the eagles could have done with themselves.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 04, 2023 02:37 PM (S6gqv)

49 The washing machine drum thing is common around here. Your store-bought fancy stoves are for the rich folk.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 04, 2023 02:37 PM (KVGVf)

50 The washing machine drum thing is common around here.
Posted by: Dr. Bone

You used to be able to find the 'apartment size' wash drums, not any more.
The only ones you find now are full size drums which are too big, IMO.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 04, 2023 02:40 PM (d9J/h)

51 I've have a basic fire pit for my interior courtyard. I've used it once and got smoked out.

Posted by: polynikes at June 04, 2023 02:41 PM (MNhXM)

52 I have a old hot water tank, should cut it down to this

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 02:44 PM (xhxe8)

53 we get a lot of use out of our solo stove. it is nice how everything gets consumed, no need to put out anything. just stop feeding it wood. Often we will put the last piece of wood in around 9pm. by the time we go to bed (10:30 or so) the stove will be cool enough to put the cover back on it

Posted by: bored383 at June 04, 2023 02:44 PM (VQx/q)

54 Just found out my city is the 40th biggest shithole in the country...

Wish people would realize this and quit moving here.

Posted by: Reforger at June 04, 2023 02:45 PM (B705c)

55 And the world would have been spared endless hours of him looking soulful.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 04, 2023 02:12 PM (eOEVl)

By the third movie I was rooting for Sauron.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 02:47 PM (ZCCyW)

56 The Solo is a wood gasifier stove. If you want to roll your own, there are a boatload of DIY videos on UToob.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 04, 2023 02:47 PM (ZSK0i)

57 You could fire up a shitload of weed with that thing.

Posted by: Tie-in to last thread at June 04, 2023 02:49 PM (fiChp)

58 I have a cheap steel mesh sided backyard fireplace, my third I think. Usually costs around sixty to eighty bucks. You can watch the fire through the mesh, and it's slow rusting fits in nicely with my general back yard ambiance. For the number of times I use it, half dozen a year tops, it's a bargain. I like it.

Posted by: From about that Time at June 04, 2023 02:49 PM (4780s)

59 what's kinda cool is most of the northeast has serious restrictions on red neck hot tubs

like not using them half the year

but they are OK with contraptions like this and fire pits

Posted by: REDACTED at June 04, 2023 02:53 PM (us2H3)

60 I have a smaller version of the Solo stove that's about the size of a one gallon paint can. Great for camping.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 04, 2023 02:53 PM (/cKrp)

61 You could fire up a shitload of weed with that thing.
Posted by: Tie-in

And there would be no side effects due to all of the essential oils being consumed by fire.
A win win! A pretty fire and no side effects!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 04, 2023 02:54 PM (d9J/h)

62 PRO TIP: If you do, don't make it out of wood.

Posted by: Cicero (cicero43) at June 04, 2023 02:54 PM (s12c9)

63 Jet fuel won't melt steel!

Posted by: torabora at June 04, 2023 02:55 PM (O9C8E)

64 PRO TIP: If you do, don't make it out of wood.
Posted by: Cicero

And don't use it on a boat.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 04, 2023 02:55 PM (d9J/h)

65 PRO TIP: If you do, don't make it out of wood.
Posted by: Cicero (cicero43) at June 04, 2023 02:54 PM (s12c9)

Look up the vid How to make a wood rocket stove.

Posted by: polynikes at June 04, 2023 02:56 PM (MNhXM)

66 My backyard fire pits are a 30 gallon and a 15 gallon drum. I cut the 30 gallon at the first ring and pounded the ring down inside with a deadblow hammer then cut vents at the bottom that swirl the incoming air. I have that one set up to take a shop vac and use it as a forge and to melt aluminum in my little 10 pound crucible.
The 15 gallon is just vented on the bottom and I use it mostly for yard waste.

Posted by: Reforger at June 04, 2023 02:58 PM (B705c)

67 Jet fuel won't melt steel!
Posted by: torabora at June 04, 2023 02:55 PM (O9C8E)


It'd sure melt Rosie O'Donnell

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 04, 2023 02:59 PM (ZSK0i)

68 19 Get a tripod and hang a grate from that.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 04, 2023 02:09 PM


Agreed, came on to type exactly that.

Also, you can then use that same set up for woodfires you build yourself while camping, or use your grate at campsites with fire pits that lack grates!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:00 PM (HlyYF)

69 We have the Yukon model of this, 30 inches across, which they stopped making in 2020.

Makes a beautiful mesmerizing fire, and burns through a lot of wood with minimal cleanup - great for burning odd shaped pieces of wood that would not go into a fireplace, including hot burning pine.

Easy to start with twigs, branches and other debris, then will easily consume 8-12 sizable pieces wood/hour

Largest current model is 27 inch, I think

Great centerpiece for a cigar gathering on a cool night…

Posted by: Slash Buzz at June 04, 2023 03:00 PM (XUYsf)

70 My FWP is figuring out how to integrate a blackstone 36 inch griddle into an outdoor cooking area along with a medium green egg and not say to heck with it and go full sized kitchen.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at June 04, 2023 03:05 PM (YRsIm)

71 There was a very pretty blonde at the bar just now. Her smile was lovely. Modern dentistry is a good thing.

Posted by: That Northern skulker at June 04, 2023 03:05 PM (VdGjU)

72 49 The washing machine drum thing is common around here. Your store-bought fancy stoves are for the rich folk.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 04, 2023 02:37 PM


I have a buddy that owns two pawn shops, and he brought a nice drum over last fall when we invited a few families over for a cookout. It worked great with my high BTU bur oak wood.

I started to put it out and cool it off when he was getting ready to leave. He said, "Keep it, I have plenty more where that came from."

My wife had me doing fires for her on the front porch into November! Four ladies drinking wine around a flaming wash tub, looks exactly like an "all female" MoMe should look!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:09 PM (HlyYF)

73 Is there a fire pit contraption that bot burns efficiently and doesn't use a huge amount of wood? I suspect that I want mutually exclusive things.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 04, 2023 03:11 PM (nC+QA)

74 54 Just found out my city is the 40th biggest shithole in the country...

Wish people would realize this and quit moving here.

Posted by: Reforger at June 04, 2023 02:45 PM


You should probably go to the next City Council meeting with a proposal for some new signs at the city limits advertising that status!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:11 PM (HlyYF)

75 57 You could fire up a shitload of weed with that thing.

Posted by: Tie-in to last thread at June 04, 2023 02:49 PM


But would you then have to give up your guns, or not?

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:13 PM (HlyYF)

76 Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:00 PM (HlyYF)

I have already thought about the design for a cooking grate...it should be easy and inexpensive to fabricate, although it won't look as cool as the one from the company.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:13 PM (ZCCyW)

77 73 Is there a fire pit contraption that bot burns efficiently and doesn't use a huge amount of wood? I suspect that I want mutually exclusive things.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 04, 2023 03:11 PM


Cow chips are free from Kansas, all of the way down into Texas!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:15 PM (HlyYF)

78 Have you ever done a steak straight on the coals?

Posted by: That Northern skulker at June 04, 2023 03:15 PM (VdGjU)

79 I have already thought about the design for a cooking grate...it should be easy and inexpensive to fabricate, although it won't look as cool as the one from the company.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:13 PM (ZCCyW)

——————

You just want to use welding equipment, don’t you?

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 04, 2023 03:16 PM (u73oe)

80 Have you ever done a steak straight on the coals?

Posted by: That Northern skulker at June 04, 2023 03:15 PM


IIRC you had to do that in the Boy Scouts to get a cooking merit badge.

Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at June 04, 2023 03:17 PM (ncXxy)

81 We have a tripod for the fire pit. Works grate.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 04, 2023 03:18 PM (u73oe)

82 We have a tripod for the fire pit. Works grate.
Posted by: Duke Lowell


Your jokes are the pits.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 04, 2023 03:20 PM (jzzG8)

83 On tablet so a little bigger, looks brass

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 03:21 PM (xhxe8)

84 Cheesy.

Posted by: Eromero at June 04, 2023 03:22 PM (Uv0D2)

85 Ever see the grates on the permanent grills they have at public parks? I wouldn't grill a doubled aluminum foil wrapped burger on one.

Posted by: polynikes at June 04, 2023 03:24 PM (MNhXM)

86 You should probably go to the next City Council meeting with a proposal for some new signs at the city limits advertising that status!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:11 PM (HlyYF)

They are more worried about where they are going to let the next pot shop open up at and seeing through our new giant homeless apartment building.

Posted by: Reforger at June 04, 2023 03:24 PM (B705c)

87 CBD... gimme some 1"x1/8th inch carbon steel, the 20 ft. length sold by the commercial suppliers.

I can cut, form and weld you up a grate in just a few hours.

Or, you can give the steel to AOP, and he'll have it done in about thirty minutes, forty, tops.

But, the grate I'd make for you just might have a nice, Star of David motif as the pattern for the grate.

How do you make Kosher Bacon? Slap It On To Hot Iron!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at June 04, 2023 03:25 PM (e6UQI)

88 We have a tripod for the fire pit. Works grate.
Posted by: Duke Lowell

Your jokes are the pits.
Posted by: weft cut-loop

They don't start flame wars.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 04, 2023 03:26 PM (d9J/h)

89 1000 deg. F temperature corresponds to a red hot glow from a metallic surface. Those hand-held pyranometers are calibrated for an assumed blackbody radiation profile.

Pointing it at a combustible material on fire will give erroneous readings from spurious emissions spectrums of hot gasses and burning surfaces.

When you turn on an electrical stove element, you can watch it heat up. When you first stat to see some very dark red luminosity, the surface is at around 750 to 850 F.

Posted by: pawn at June 04, 2023 03:26 PM (wsHtO)

90 I almost bought a Solo but decided on a Breeo instead. A bit more expensive and less portable but it is built like a tank and in my environment that is important and I don't plan on moving it Same smokeless design and hotter than the underside of Satan's package.

Plus it has attachments including a grill.

Posted by: JackStraw at June 04, 2023 03:28 PM (ZLI7S)

91
It'd sure melt Rosie O'Donnell
Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy


The proper term is "to render" Rosie

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:30 PM (pNxlR)

92 Posted by: Jim at June 04, 2023 03:25 PM (e6UQI)

I was thinking about something even simpler. a 3/16" rod made into a ring that will rest on the outer lip. Then three angled rods welded to that, supporting another, smaller ring on which I can rest any grate I can dig up.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:34 PM (ZCCyW)

93


De Eat da Poo Poo for Monkeypox Month!

Posted by: Rev. Martin Ssempa at June 04, 2023 03:34 PM (eCSz+)

94 Posted by: pawn at June 04, 2023 03:26 PM (wsHtO)


yep

Posted by: REDACTED at June 04, 2023 03:36 PM (us2H3)

95 ...Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:34 PM (ZCCyW)


Effective, though lacking panache.

If you intend to weld the grate to the supports, be sure to find a steel grate. Welding cast iron is a cast iron bitch.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at June 04, 2023 03:37 PM (e6UQI)

96 CBD... do you think that Solo firepit could withstand being outside all spring/summer/fall without decaying into a useless pile of crap? I've thought about one, but my history with other firepits has been.... disappoint.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 04, 2023 03:37 PM (Q4IgG)

97 Pawn, you reminded me of a real FWP, the large electric burner on my stove seems to be just going up to 11 periodically when set on medium. Bad burner, or bad switch??

Posted by: From about that Time at June 04, 2023 03:37 PM (4780s)

98 Cow chips are free from Kansas, all of the way down into Texas!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:15 PM (HlyYF)

Which may be the case, but I don't want to collect cow chips I want to burn the live oak prunings that I already have

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 04, 2023 03:38 PM (nC+QA)

99 You just want to use welding equipment, don’t you?

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 04, 2023 03:16 PM (u73oe)

Of course!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:38 PM (ZCCyW)

100 Have you ever done a steak straight on the coals?

Posted by: That Northern skulker at June 04, 2023 03:15 PM

Not right on the coals, but I've skewered hunks of beef on green sticks and grilled them. Also foil-wrapped taters directly in the coals. Something wonderful about campfire cooking.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Gen X Ne'er-Do-Well at June 04, 2023 03:39 PM (T/Lqj)

101 I was thinking about something even simpler. a 3/16" rod made into a ring that will rest on the outer lip. Then three angled rods welded to that, supporting another, smaller ring on which I can rest any grate I can dig up.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:34 PM


We have a rectangle of rebar with four legs (like a common table). We use it when we camp on a sandbar. Just dig a fire pit in the sand, and push in the legs to the desired height over the coals. Use the grates from our most recently retired gas grill.

You could build one for your stove, and it would still be dual-use for camping.

I am sure you could make it "pretty" if you used something other than rebar.

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:39 PM (HlyYF)

102 So is this simply for looking at, or do you cook things on it?

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at June 04, 2023 03:40 PM (Mzdiz)

103
Solo sells backpacking stoves (Solo Stove Lite, smaller, of course) of the same design. You can get a fire going using twigs and small sticks to boil warer. There is a baffle inside it that directs air flow to intensify the combustion process. It works quite well to heat water to a boil for cooking "just add water" dried foods.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:40 PM (pNxlR)

104 my history with other firepits has been.... disappoint.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 04, 2023 03:37 PM (Q4IgG)

My neighbor has had one for three years, mine is a bit more than one year old, and while we cover them, they stay outside in the rain and snow.

They both look like new, with just a fine patina from the heat.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:40 PM (ZCCyW)

105 I am sure you could make it "pretty" if you used something other than rebar.

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:39 PM (HlyYF)

Thanks for nothing!

Posted by: rebar at June 04, 2023 03:40 PM (Mzdiz)

106 Pointing it at a combustible material on fire will give erroneous readings from spurious emissions spectrums of hot gasses and burning surfaces.

Posted by: pawn at June 04, 2023 03:26 PM (wsHtO)

I saw the spurious emissions spectrums of hot gasses at my local bar and grill last week!

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 04, 2023 03:41 PM (Angsy)

107 It's been raining here all weekend, and had been off and on all the previous week. the local detention basins are about maxed out, getting close to the 100-year WSEL (water surface elevation). Fortunately it will be better next week.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Gen X Ne'er-Do-Well at June 04, 2023 03:42 PM (T/Lqj)

108 I am sure you could make it "pretty" if you used something other than rebar.

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:39 PM (HlyYF)

I don't care about pretty...I want stable, with a small footprint.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:42 PM (ZCCyW)

109 > my history with other firepits has been.... disappoint.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 04, 2023 03:37 PM (Q4IgG)

My neighbor has had one for three years, mine is a bit more than one year old, and while we cover them, they stay outside in the rain and snow.

They both look like new, with just a fine patina from the heat.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo
___________

Cool, thx.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 04, 2023 03:42 PM (Q4IgG)

110 CBD - You could make a tripod from schedule 40 tube, with threaded J hooks in the legs to adjust to the dimensions to support any grate made from expanded steel mesh. Drill the holes for the j hooks at the height you need.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at June 04, 2023 03:43 PM (YRsIm)

111 Should try not to but could use a nap

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 03:43 PM (xhxe8)

112 Looking to get a hammock for my courtyard. I sort of cheaped out and bought a good suspension hammock in a bag and found it was worse than if I would have just bought the $15 nylon mesh hammock. ( easier to hang) . Now decided to buy the a hammock with its own frame. They aren't cheap.

Posted by: polynikes at June 04, 2023 03:44 PM (MNhXM)

113 I don't care about pretty...I want stable, with a small footprint.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:42 PM (ZCCyW)

Well, that lets me out.

Posted by: Michelle, The Sasquatch at June 04, 2023 03:44 PM (Angsy)

114 Which may be the case, but I don't want to collect cow chips I want to burn the live oak prunings that I already have

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 04, 2023 03:38 PM


I was just joking.

However, we do have 5 Bur Oaks in our yard. The oldest is probably around 150 y.o. My prunings are more than sufficient for all of our wood burning needs (in the city), and I give cut short cords to our elderly neighbors that like to fire up their chiminea.

Our stuff burns slow and hot!

Posted by: Pillage Idiot at June 04, 2023 03:44 PM (HlyYF)

115 The Americans have discovered the tandoor!

Posted by: 18th Century Indians at June 04, 2023 03:45 PM (rZZjx)

116 ..Pawn, you reminded me of a real FWP, the large electric burner on my stove seems to be just going up to 11 periodically when set on medium. Bad burner, or bad switch?? Posted by: From about that Time at June 04, 2023 03:37 PM (4780s)


I have replaced large burner switch and the dual zone (large with inner small) switch, on this 4 y/o LG slide-in range/oven combo.

The burners are fine. Odds are, it's the switch.

About a $30 shot, each time. Labor is easy, but having four hands to keep things steady and aligned would be advisable. Have a friend who knows which end of a screwdriver to use, give you some help, there.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at June 04, 2023 03:46 PM (e6UQI)

117 CBD...old weber grate, or even an oven grate...weld on an arm, connect to a pole or a cut down T-post, that in turn welded to a base, perhaps a larger brake disk, or maybe just a homer bucket filled with crete. pivot off to the side for loading, flipping, removal. No need to reach an arm or tool into the 1000degree thermal above it.
Post, base, pivot parts could all be cobbled together from an old weight set found cheeap at any garage sale...maybe even your own garage.

Posted by: birddog at June 04, 2023 03:46 PM (uAI4S)

118 Well, it looks like a self-contained metal thing, buried in the ground. Where/how would it drain/be cleaned? It seems like it would become a flaming grease-trap after awhile.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 04, 2023 03:48 PM (oINRc)

119 About time,

The electric stove controls work by using a thermostatically controlled heater that cycles the element power on and off. Sounds like your thermostat is not cycling properly. Contacts may have become sticky or something.

If you mess around with it make sure the POWER IS OFF at the breaker, at a minimum.

Posted by: pawn at June 04, 2023 03:48 PM (wsHtO)

120 Posted by: birddog at June 04, 2023 03:46 PM (uAI4S)

Me gusta! You could have the grate pivot from horizontal to vertical and slide the arm down for storage.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at June 04, 2023 03:50 PM (YRsIm)

121 Posted by: birddog at June 04, 2023 03:46 PM (uAI4S)

That makes perfect sense, although my goal is to have something with a footprint that is inside the current stove. That way we can sit around it drinking beer, and watch while the master chef burns the steak on the too-hot grill!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:50 PM (ZCCyW)

122
I would not try to cook or grill food with the larger ring shown here without first removing its wire mesh portion. To clean cooked food residue from it would be a colossal pain in the ass.

As for a grate, I'd either suspend it from a tripod or construct its frame so that its outer edge was large enough to have the Solo stove fit inside without touching. I'm no metallurgist, but I would prefer not to have two dissimilar metals in contact at small, focused locations under intense heat conditions. I could be wrong about that, however.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:50 PM (pNxlR)

123
The ring sits on the ground. It is not buried in it.

When the fire is over, you can simply pick up the ring, remove the ashes and small bits of burned wood, then start over with a "clean" burn area.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:53 PM (pNxlR)

124 Bad switch.

Vim toot

Posted by: micavimtoot at June 04, 2023 03:54 PM (3iql7)

125 First World problems: No boobies on this thread. We need a boobie thread. Ace: get started on this!

Posted by: The Man from Athens at June 04, 2023 03:55 PM (DKn0U)

126 Should try not to but could use a nap
Posted by: Skip

Go ahead; this is America !

Posted by: JT at June 04, 2023 03:55 PM (T4tVD)

127
Spurious emissions are Monkeypox Pride Month's stock in trade!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:56 PM (pNxlR)

128 Axshully CBD... if the vertical tube is the only thing outside the stove, the support arm could slide up and off the tube. All you'd need is a collar with a pin to lock it in place over the fire at the elevation needed. If you had a flange at that height, the pin would simply be used to keep the grate from swinging away from the fire.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at June 04, 2023 03:56 PM (YRsIm)

129 Fire increases global warming. Put them out.

Posted by: Joe Biden at June 04, 2023 03:57 PM (DKn0U)

130 Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at June 04, 2023 03:56 PM (YRsIm)

That's an idea...and I could figure out a way to stabilize it with the base of the stove.

Hmmm....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 04, 2023 03:58 PM (ZCCyW)

131
I don't care about pretty...I want stable, with a small footprint.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo

Unless you have the equipment, a ring is a pain to make.
You could make a 3 spoke Y and it'll be stable and small.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 04, 2023 03:59 PM (d9J/h)

132 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:53 PM (pNxlR)

Oh, now I get it!

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 04, 2023 03:59 PM (oINRc)

133 But food thread is coming, I might miss something

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 03:59 PM (xhxe8)

134 @97 You should have another burner the same size. Burner heat elements just plug in, once the burner is hinged up. Move the other element to the problem one, and if the heat is then good, you've proven that out.

If it's the control unit, be aware that there are lousy cheap Chinese replacements being supplied to "warranty" repair firms, and they are to be avoided. The good ones, of course, are from Mexico.

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at June 04, 2023 04:00 PM (jYCXf)

135 JT I told ya

FOOD FIGHT UPSTAIRS

Posted by: Skip at June 04, 2023 04:01 PM (xhxe8)

136 The proper term is "to render" Rosie
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 04, 2023 03:30 PM (pNxlR)


Details, details.

Besides, it doesn't have the same panache if I break out a flensing knife.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 04, 2023 04:04 PM (ZSK0i)

137 Excavate an area about 2 1/2 ft in diameter and about 6 " deep. Drive the post into the ground. Fill the area around it with DG about 2" thick. Set a tire atop that and fill it with concrete with the post centered. Then set the stove in relation to the post. Need to make sure the tire is at grade level.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at June 04, 2023 04:05 PM (YRsIm)

138 Lay a 24" square or round scrap chunk of SST expanded metal across the top of that stove if you want to grill on it without modifying the stove. Fasten a couple of grips on it so you can handle it safely. Less is better.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 04, 2023 04:06 PM (KVGVf)

139 This sounds like an ideal solution for someone who likes grilled food on the patio, but is alone now and has no need for the giant grills offered by big box stores, and no liking for hibachis.

Posted by: RebeccaH at June 04, 2023 04:14 PM (JI6AV)

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Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at June 04, 2023 04:19 PM (Vwz3I)

142 We have a tripod for the fire pit. Works grate.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 04, 2023 03:18 PM (u73oe)




The Paolo, he has a tripod that works grate too. Ask the ladies, they say it's a grate experience

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143 I think I will pass on getting a Google Certificate.

LOL.

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144 Got one like that .....an old washing machine tub that I built a stand for. Burns hot and clean. There has been some porcelain loss due to the heat though.
It has a quad pod.

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