How We Tested It
With clear weather on the horizon and Fourth of July weekend approaching, I gathered our family and packed our vehicle a long weekend at the lake. I figured this would be the perfect setting to test the Blue Sky Ridge Fire Pit.
I was curious to see how well it packed and set up, and whether it was truly a smokeless fire pit. I had wood pellets from our pellet grill already up there, so I planned to test the dual-fuel concept as well.
The Ridge Portable Fire Pit
- High-efficiency design burns wood pellets and firewood with little smoke, sparks, ash and odors
- Generates significant heat for camping and tailgating
- Easy to assemble, use, carry, clean and store
- Overall Assembled Size: 15.76Ã¢ÂÂ Dia. X 12.5Ã¢ÂÂH
- Packs into a small carrying bag included
Easy to Assemble and Use
Nests Together for Easy Storage
Fits into carrying bag for easy transportation
Blue Sky Outdoor Living 33 Steel Mammoth Patio Smokeless Fire Pit Firewood And/or Wood Pellet Burning Black
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- VIRTUALLY SMOKE-FREE FIRE PIT: Innovative, high-efficiency extra large stainless steel patio fire pit emits little to no smoke, sparks, or ash with its unique design, and stands up against high heats
- BETTER BURNING FIRE: Outside air flows through the bottom holes and is released through the top’s inner ring of holes and infuses oxygen to the flame, creating a better burn with little to no smoke
- HEAVY DUTY AND EASY ASSEMBLY: Constructed from strong, sturdy steel with black powder-coated paint that’s rated for exposure to high temperatures, and is easy to assemble and requires no hardware
- PERFECT FOR BONFIRES: Outdoor extra large fire pit uses firewood or wood pellets, and generates significant heat for campfires or beach bonfires, and is intended for outdoor use only
- EXTRA LARGE FIRE PIT AND THREE YEAR WARRANTY: Patio fire pit measures 34″ in diameter and 18.54″ high, and includes a three year warranty from date of purchase
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The Great Fuel Debate
The dual fuel test was eye-opening, and a learning curve. The wood pellets burned thoroughly but quickly.
I dumped an 1-1/2- to 2-inch pile of grill pellets into the bottom of the burn chamber and set four tiny fires, ignited with torn off chunks of brown-paper bag. Minutes later, the fire was roaring and burned for 20 or 25 minutes.
Once the pellets burned up, the fire extinguished quickly. But thats the best part to keep the fire going a few minutes longer, just toss on a handful or two of pellets rather than an entire log.
Using firewood with the Blue Sky Ridge Smokeless Fire Pit is a little different. First, youll need to split the firewood into smaller uniform pieces that will fit snugly in the bottom of the fire pit, rather than sticking out of the top. Instead of building a fire that fills the entire burn chamber, work on creating a more intense one in the bottom half.
This reflects how a smokeless fire pit works. Outside air is pulled into the bottom ring of the burn chamber, then moves up the pits hollow walls. The heated air is then released into the top of the burn chamber, infusing the fire with an extra burst of oxygen. This vaporizes any wood or moisture particles, creating little or no smoke or embers at all.
If you build a fire with your firewood pieces in a typical teepee design out the top of the fire pit, like I did the first time, expect plenty of smoke and embers the opposite of what youre looking for.
Blue Sky Smokeless Fire Pit Review
Alright, lets get one thing straight. What Blue Sky does really well is customization. You can customize your pit with your favorite team logo or league, and also, there are some U.S. Army themed smokeless fire pits.
While this is all well and good, lets quickly talk about the shopping experience. Compared to Breeo and Solo Stove, at Blue Sky, you are bombarded with choices and models. Different designs, bundles, etc.
It is really hard to find out whats what, especially if youre a beginner and dont know the first thing about no-smoke fire pits. With that out of the way, lets see their lineup, at least their signature models.
Coming in at quite a reasonable price, it is their smallest portable model- The Pike Ultra-Portable Smokeless Fire Pit. Its great. It is as simple as that. Very portable, great for trips to the mountain, but while the base model comes in cheap, once you add a few accessories, things get expensive real-quick.
The middleman, or the most bang-for-the-buck model as I like to call it, is the Ridge. It is not much higher than the Pike, but it is much wider, which makes it great for your garden, and possibly for some adventuring on the countryside.
Lastly, their biggest model is the Mammoth. Were now past the portable stage. However, the Mammoth, as its name suggests, is quite huge. For garden parties or bonfires, it is amazing. But its price is quite huge as well.
- Not forgiving for beginners
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Solo Stove Vs Blue Sky Two Underdogs
Its no secret that these two are the underdogs when it comes to smokeless fire pits. But as we saw, theyre quite efficient, and might be better than Breeo in some cases. However, how do they fare against each other?
If were talking purely about design, then I must say, Blue Sky has Solo Stove beat. It has a more modern design with some dark tones. And the customization is a plus as well.
But in terms of efficiency, Solo Stoves technology seems to be the best hand down. Plus, the design isnt that bad either, especially if you like the rugged steel look. All things considered, I would see myself use Blue Sky for portable smokeless fire pits, but Solo Stove for my stationary garden fire pit.
Still, keep in mind that Blue Skys accessory lineup isnt as full as Solo Stove.
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Solo Stove Smokeless Fire Pit Review
Solo Stove is a great alternative, and budget-friendly option to Breeo.
What is great with Solo Stove, at least for me, was the fact that there are only a few models, each coming it at a different size. Theres the Solo Stove Ranger, the Solo Stove Bonfire, and the Solo Stove Yukon.
The smallest is the Solo Stove Ranger, and it can work pretty well as a portable smokeless pit if youre looking for one. It weighs less than 16 lbs. which is perfect if youre looking for a small pit. Consumers also have reported it to be great for taking it on a trip.
Like Breeo, the best fire pit in their lineup, and the best-selling one for that matter, is the one in the middle. The middle-class no-smoke pit from Solo Stove is the Bonfire, and it is perfect for many applications, but mostly for your garden.
It is great value, coming in at only $254.99. However, if you want the get the most from your pit, you do have to invest in some accessories. Things like the shield, the stand, the waterproof shelter, the lid, and others. Otherwise, the Bonfire doesnt really come with any of them.
But even this model could work as a portable pit, since it is only 20 lbs., thanks to its stainless-steel design. For most though, this model might be undersized, and thats where the Yukon comes in.
Solo Stove, thanks to their signature airflow technology, has been among the great smokeless fire pits, and compared to best-in-class, like the Breeo.
The Better Option Breeo Vs Blue Sky
How about these two, does Blue Sky have what it takes to beat Breeo? Well, in my opinion, no.
Blue Sky might be relatively much cheaper than Breeo, it does start to add up once you start adding in some accessories. To me, and Im guessing to most, the accessories are a must. After all, it is not only about getting a firepit, which isnt good for anything else.
In this regard Breeo does make more sense. And, if you want to add your Breeo to you garden with some bricks, it is very easy to do so. That is not the case with Blue Sky.
To Blue Skys credit though, they have come up with a great design for their smokeless fire pits. Granted, if youre into that more modern and slicker look.
Still, no one can argue that Breeo doesnt look premium, because it definitely does. Plus, some of the accessories you can get with Breeo give you a killer kit for barbecuing or cooking. In my opinion it is the much better choice between the two, and I wouldnt mind spending a bit of extra for it.
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Do Smokeless Fire Pits Work Breeo Vs Solo Stove Vs Blue Sky
Most consumers, tend to run away from smokeless pits. This is due to the fact that theres a confusion on how the technology works, and whether it actually does what it is meant to do, meaning, whether it dissipates smoke or not.
Without a shadow of a doubt, I can tell you that Breeo, Solo Stove, and Blue Sky, and smokeless fire pits in general, do work.
Now, depending on which smokeless pit you get, you might see different efficiency and performance, but we will get into that later.
In general though, you can rest assured that your neighbors will thank you for opting in for a smokeless fire pit. Between Breeo, Solo Stove, and Blue Sky, there are detrimental differences though, which we did not expect.
To see how different these three actually are, consult with the in-depth comparison below.
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Why You Should Buy This
If you were thinking about getting a smokeless fire pit but werent sure which one, give this affordable Blue Sky Ridge fire pit a try. The dual fuel fire pit is easy to use, set up, haul and even clean. Its compact enough to throw over your shoulder, yet pumps out enough heat to keep family and friends warm year-round.
Blue Sky Outdoor Living Expands Line Of Smokeless Patio Fire Pits
Ready-to-assemble smokeless fire pits with updated ash catch help create memorable outdoor experiences with family and friends
ROMEOVILLE, Ill., April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In time for patio season, Blue Sky Outdoor Living announces additions to its line of outdoor products. The new, ready-to-assemble Square Peak Smokeless Patio Fire Pit and improved Peak Smokeless Patio Fire Pit, allows users to enhance their backyard spaces and enjoy time outdoors with family and friends, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Blue Sky’s patent-pending square smokeless patio fire pits are the only ready-to-assemble fire pits on the market. They are square in shape, smokeless, and available in two sizes: the 22-inch Square Peak Smokeless Patio Fire Pit and the 28-inch Square Mammoth Smokeless Fire Pit. With a quick assembly of 10 minutes or less, these square fire pits are ready for entertaining in any outdoor space. The sturdy steel construction and maximum airflow design create a smokeless burn, preventing any lingering campfire smell from clothes and hair. It’s square shape easily fits standard-length firewoodno need to chop! And the fire pit’s unique shape creates more capacity, allowing users to pile in the wood and generate a significant amount of heat for outdoor fun in every season.
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High-Efficiency Fire Pits
More time spent outside can enrich our lives. It forces us to slow down, relax, and focus on what makes us happy. Blue Sky Outdoor Living offers a wide variety of outdoor accessories that will elevate the look and feel of your outdoor space, help you explore your outdoor passion, enhance the ambiance of your outdoor experiences, or extend the time you and your family spend outside.
Quality time outside is time well spent.
Square Fire Pitmodel # Sfp22sq
- RASMUSSEN LUMBER COMPANY 101 WEST BROADWAYAUDUBON,IA 50025 US
|22 In. W. x 16 In. H. x 22 In. L.|
|22 In. x 22 In.|
|Country of Origin||China|
- Patent pending design draws heat closer to the outside walls for an efficient smokeless burn
- Steel double-wall construction improves airflow through the fire pit and draws oxygen into the fire
- Square shape maximizes space to fit standard length firewood
- Holds 3 standard length split logs per layer
- Easy 5-minute assembly
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Blue Sky The Ridge Smokeless Portable Fire Pit W/ Basket
only 7 left!Blue Sky The Ridge Smokeless Portable Fire Pit
The Ridge Smokeless Portable Fire Pit is painted with a high-temperature paint that has a heat rating of up to 1,400-degree-F . As this product is designed with infused airflow technology, it burns at very high temperatures, up to 1,900-degree-F or more. At this temperature, no paint can withstand direct flame and outdoor elements. So, with use and time, the surfaces of your fire pit will begin to develop surface rust and mature into a beautiful patina finish. You can maintain the painted look with regular touchups of high-temperature paint if desired. This product is easy to assemble and use plus it can be stored easily. It can fit into your carry bag while transporting it.
Blue Sky Large Steel Banded Wood Storage Basket
The Blue Sky Large Steel Banded Wood Storage Basket is designed to hold several split logs. It features all-steel construction and two welded, easy-carry handles.
- Heat rating of up to 1,400-degree-F
- Made with heavy-duty steel
- Designed with infused airflow technology
- Coated in high-temperature paint for a long life
- Can use standard firewood pieces and/or wood pellets
- Fits into an included small carrying bag
- Easy to assemble and store
What Is The Blue Sky Ridge Fire Pit
The Blue Sky Ridge is a 15-pound portable steel fire pit. It stands about 16 inches tall and 12-1/2-inches wide, and supports a decent fire in its 11-1/2-inch-wide burn chamber.
Its a dual-fuel device, meaning its approved to burn standard firewood and wood pellets, or a mixture of both. When the party is winding down, the fire pit breaks down easily. Its pieces neatly nest together and slide into an included carrying bag for easy transport.
The low sheen, solid black design is modern and sleek, reminiscent of something from a 1980s sci-fi movie. Blue Sky is also an official licensed partner of the NFL, NHL and U.S. Army. So if youd like to support your favorite team or military branch, there are plenty of customized options for that, too.
The unit feels durable, sturdy and well-made. Plus, all Blue Sky Outdoor Living products come with a three-year limited warranty.
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The Verdict: Are Smokeless Fire Pits Worth It Breeo Vs Solo Stove Vs Blue Sky
Absolutely. Instead of getting a pit that does produce smoke in your garden, why not opt-in for a smokeless fire pit instead? On average, sure, smokeless pits tend to be more expensive, but the benefits are quite clear.
No more clothes that smell like smoke, no more coughing near the bonfire, no more smoke that somehow finds a way to enter the neighbors window, the use cases are endless. Weve established that it makes sense, but which one should you opt-in for.
Without a doubt in my mind, the best smokeless fire pit for your garden or patio is the Breeo pit. It comes with a lot of accessories, and cooking on it is enjoyable. Plus, it has an added benefit of looking premium.
On the other hand, if youre looking for a portable solution which you can move around, and possibly take it on a trip, then Solo Stove is unbeatable. It has so many accessories which are made for trips especially, and it is quite easy to travel with.
Blue Sky is one of those cases where, certain aspects arent enough to make it a viable choice compared to the other two. Sure, it has customization going for it, more modern designs, and all that, but is it enough to be a better alternative to the other two? I leave you to be the judge of that.