For anyone who is thinking of buying a Solo Stove – or even current Solo Stove owners – it’s useful to know as much as you can about the product, especially its life expectancy. This is really important when assessing the price of a product, as it lets you know roughly how soon you should expect to replace the product, and how much it will cost you.
Fire pits can vary enormously in price, with many of the better-quality options carrying much heftier price tags. In terms of comparing them, it’s important to take durability into account; buying a cheap but low-quality product could cost you more in the long run than investing in a high-quality stove to begin with.
Solo Stoves are not a cheap product, which makes it even more important to know how long they’re likely to keep going before you need to think about replacing them. They also have to be able to tolerate high temperatures in the long-term, while still being portable enough to be used on camping trips, which is quite an ask!
With that in mind, let’s explore the brand’s durability and discuss the different product options they have. We’ll also look at how you can extend the life expectancy of your product by taking a few simple precautions to protect it from damage and corrosion.
How Long Do Solo Stoves Last?
There isn’t a definitive answer to how long Solo Stoves last, but we’ve considered a variety of factors to give the best possible estimate.
Solo Stoves are very high quality. They are built with excellent materials, utilizing 304 stainless steel, and they are designed to stand up to the extremes of weather which they are likely to be subjected to while being used outdoors on a regular basis. Some Solo Stove products are also double-walled.
304 stainless steel is highly resistant to heat damage – an unsurprising choice for a product like this – and is also resistant to corrosion, which is obviously very useful for a stove intended to be used outdoors. After all, even if it’s not raining when you use it, you may be setting it on damp ground or handling it in humid environments.
Of course, the lifespan of your product will vary depending on how you look after it and how often you use it. Although Solo Stoves are made to be durable, if you don’t look after them, they won’t last indefinitely.
“If you take good care of your Solo Stove and protect it from issues such as rain and extreme temperature changes, you will probably never have to replace it.“
The company offers a lifetime guarantee on manufacturer defects, so if your Solo Stove breaks and it’s not your fault, the company will replace it for you. That’s a sure sign the product is high quality and you’re unlikely to run into problems; they are prepared to back up the quality of their products.
Even if your actions have contributed to the damage to your Solo Stove, the company will usually offer assistance and advice on how to repair it. Solo Stove makes every effort to ensure their customers are satisfied.
This stretches to offering one-off courtesy reductions of 50% on solo products so if you do something a little silly and damage your Solo Stove yourself, you can get a cheaper replacement even if the blame is entirely on you!
How Long Do Solo Stove Fire Pits Last?
If you’re looking at Solo Stove fire pits particularly, you might ask this question again. Fire pits tend to be heavier, so you may be less inclined (or able) to move them indoors on a regular basis, and might wonder how soon you’re going to see them rusting away.
Fortunately, they are again made of durable 304 stainless steel, meaning the Solo Stove fire pits tend to have an excellent lifespan. They also come with a lifetime guarantee and are very high quality, without any complexities or moving parts that could fail.
Once again, taking good care of your Solo Stove fire pit is a key factor in how well it will last. If you constantly leave it out in the rain, douse your fire with water, or knock it around, it’s not going to fare as well as if you look after it.
“Try to store your fire pit under a cover (make sure the fire is completely out and the pit is cold before covering it) to prevent the rain from getting to it. If possible, move it inside so it will stay dry. This will help lengthen its expected life.“
There are three fire pit models – Bonfire, Yukon, Ranger – in the Solo Stove fire pit offerings, and these all carry the same lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind. Read and follow the instructions provided with each, and you should have no problems with their durability.
Most Solo Stove fire pits are still designed to be moveable, so you could potentially put them under cover every night to extend their life. The heaviest, the Yukon, weighs 38lbs (just over 17kg) so it’s a chore to move, but not impossible.
How Long Do Solo Stove Grills Last?
If you’re considering a model – Solo Stove grill, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that these are also made of stainless steel and designed to be very durable for long-lasting enjoyment.
The Solo Stove grill accessories, which include a spatula, tongs, and meat fork are also made of steel, meaning they will stand up to the heat and last very well, regardless of how often you use them.
The grill comes with a carry case to minimize bumps and bashes while traveling, and it also has a grill shelter, which is ideal for maximizing the grill’s life span. Keeping the grill in its shelter whenever you’re not using it is important for making the most of it.
The shelter is an ideal addition, as the grill is much harder than the stove or fire pit to cover with a simple tarpaulin or other similar waterproof cover; having a cover that fits makes protecting your grill considerably easier.
How Can I Make My Solo Stove Last Longer?
The best way to make your Solo Stove last well is to treat it with care. That means that if you’re using it while traveling, you should pack it carefully, protecting it from major bumps. Although it is durable, any metal will dent if hit with enough force, so it’s best to pack it in a box or with some padded material around it.
Next, don’t leave your Solo Stove out in the rain and sun all year round. It may be tempting, especially for the heavier fire pits, but if you can’t or don’t want to put it away most nights, consider investing in a cover for it.
Inevitably, Solo Stoves will rust if they are exposed to moisture for long periods of time. Although it will not happen quickly given the high quality materials, it will happen, and it’s hard to prevent rust once it has begun. It’s best to keep it safe in the first place.
“Protect your Solo Stove from the elements as much as you can to maximize its life span.“
Finally, it’s best not to pour water into your Solo Stove. You may not do direct damage by doing so, but adding water to a fire causes a dramatic temperature shift, which could warp your stove or compromise the integrity of the metal. Done repeatedly, this might cause lasting damage and decrease the stove’s life expectancy.
On Average, How Long Can I Expect To Keep Using My Solo Stove?
Solo Stove doesn’t advertise an “average life expectancy” or even any life expectancy on their site, so any guess is based mostly on the durability and quality of the stove, and will also vary. High use and poor care will result in a much lower life expectancy for the product.
However, if you take care of your Solo Stove, protect it from dampness or extreme sunlight or physical damage, you can probably expect it to last you decades. There is nothing that should cause the metal to degrade besides rust or impact damage, so provided it’s cared for, the stove should last very well.
The durability of a product is a major factor when you’re considering purchasing it – especially for products that cost as much as Solo Stoves do. You want to know that what you receive will be of good quality and will bring you and your family lots of joy for years to come.
The good news is that the Solo Stove is likely to be able to meet your expectations and then some. With high quality metal, a simple design, and no moving parts, it should last well, especially if you follow the care instructions.
The lifetime guarantee shows that the company expects their products to do well, and offers peace of mind to the would-be purchaser. If their products didn’t last, they’d have to pay out a lot of returns, so it’s certainly a good sign.
We hope you’ll have many happy fires enjoying your Solo Stove!
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