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Biolite FirePit Smokeless Fire Pit Review

Alex Comstock

As a hardcore whitetail hunter and outdoor enthusiast, my passion revolves around being in the outdoors. A lot of the time that means going on camping trips, whether those be hunting related or not. It also means I spend a lot of time on the back deck, usually grilling venison or some other wild game. One thing that can drastically improve a campsite or back deck experience is a quality fire pit.

BioLite Smokeless Fire Pit Introduction

I recently was able to get my hands on the BioLite FirePit and let me tell you, this is an impressive product. This fire pit is small and portable that can go on the deck, be packed away for a hunting or camping trip, and produces way less smoke than a standard fire pit with patented airflow technology.

Coming in at $199, it is expensive for a fire pit by comparison, but the price is warranted by the extra technology engineered into the system. The FirePit comes with an air pack located on the end of the pit, which has different levels of airflow, controlled manually or with a custom Bluetooth app. The different levels of airflow essentially control your flame strength. The BioLite FirePit also can take charcoal and comes with a hibachi style grill you can place over the opening and creating a two-in-one fire pit and grill.

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Biolite FirePit Smokeless Fire Pit

Enjoy the warmth, smell, crackle, and feel of a wood campfire, without any of the smoke. With capacity for up to 4 standard firewood logs, the BioLite FirePit creates hyper-efficient flames with patented airflow technology and gives you a front-row seat to the magic thanks to the X-Ray mesh body, enabling 360 views. Lift the fuel rack and toss in charcoal to transform it from a fire pit to a portable hibachi-style grill, complete with an included grill grate. Control the size of your flames manually or remotely with the free Bluetooth app.

Retail Price: $199.95

  • Fuel: Burns firewood or charcoal
  • Burntime: 24hr on LOW, 10hr on MED, 5hr on HI
  • Dimensions: 27″ x 13″ x 15.8″
  • Weight: 19.8 lbs

BioLite FirePit Testing

After receiving the BioLite FirePit, I immediately put it to use. I tested it on my deck, I packed it up and threw it in the back of my truck, simulating heading out on a hunting trip. I observed with a lot of curiosity to see how much less smoke would be emitted from the pit. I used it during a calm evening and a windy evening. I also invited a number of people over to have a fire to see if you could comfortably fit 8-10 people around it, and still be close enough to receive the warmth. After lots of testing, it didn’t take very long to come to a few concise conclusions.

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Biolite FirePit Positives

The first thing that I could tell was a major plus with this product was its packability and portability. Not often do you have a fire pit you can bring with you on any kind of trip. Camping, a hunting trip, heck even a friend’s house, the BioLite fire pit is the definition of portable. With its folding legs, and solar panel case (sold separately), you can easily put it in your tailgate or trunk of your car and take it to go. Given how small it is, you can have this in areas where you might not usually feel comfortable having a fire. Spots such as your deck, patio, right outside your tent on a camping trip, or even on your tailgate during a hunting trip, you can pretty much put it anywhere. You can also get a small pad with it that diffuses heat, to prevent the surface that the fire pit rests on from getting burned.

When it comes to other things that I like about it, the fact that it turns into a grill is a huge win-win scenario on a camping or hunting trip. Additionally, I found the technology included with this fire pit to be impressive. The BioLite pack that sits on the end of the unit blows air through the pit. You can control the fan speed, effectively controlling the flame strength. When you have this in use and don’t have any logs that poke above the opening of the fire pit, it dramatically reduces the amount of smoke that is emitted, which in turn makes it great for close quarter areas.

Compared to most any fire pit, this one does a lot of things you simply can’t do with a standard one. BioLite clearly takes pride in their product as this is manufactured well, and the moment you see it in the box, you can tell the brand is quality.

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Biolite FirePit Negatives

When it comes to what I didn’t like about the BioLite fire pit, there simply isn’t much. But with that said, there are a couple of things I wanted to point out in the negative column.

The only thing that stood out to me was the fact that you really can’t fit much wood into the fire pit, given how small it is. Now, I still think its main strength is its portability, but to have that portability, it has to make sacrifices in its size. This isn’t a fire pit that you are going to get just for the backyard if you intend to have big fires with a lot of people around it. I don’t find it to be a significant issue though, because this is something you will want for the reasons of it being packable and fitting in small areas.

About the only other negative, I wanted to touch on is to have it significantly reduce the amount of smoke emitted, you need to have your logs or whatever you have burning below the top of the pit. This was something I didn’t realize right away, but it’s quickly relieved once you understand how the airflow and BioLite pack works.

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Biolite Energy FirePit Review Summary

Retailing for $199, the BioLite FirePit is a significant investment, but when you compare it to other “high end” fire pits, it’s reasonably priced. You get a lot of technology in a fire pit for the price. Going forward, this will come with me on any camping or out of state hunting trip where I will be camping. When I’m not on the road, it will be on my deck and makes for a great heat source and will be used many times throughout the summer. At the end of the day, if you are in the market for a premium smokeless fire pit, I’d highly recommend the BioLite FirePit. Between the ease of use, packability, and crossover to a grill, there are enough uses to enjoy it again and again.

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PROS:

  • Very Packable
  • Eliminates Smoke
  • Converts to Grill
  • Quality Construction

CONS:

  • Not Designed for Large Fires
  • Wood Should be Kept Below the Top Edge

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Thanks to Alex Comstock for writing this unpaid gear review. Biolite Energy provided Alex with the Biolite FirePit at no charge for his honest evaluation. Hunting Gear Deals is funded by affiliate commissions. We may receive a small commission when you buy from our partners using the links provided. There is no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting us by using our links when making your purchases.

AUTHOR BIO

Alex is a passionate deer hunter from Minnesota and hunts a variety of states around the Midwest. He has written for many popular hunting publications and journals his hunting adventures and strategies at WhitetailDNA.com and on the Whitetail DNA YouTube channel.

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