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The new Solo Stove 2.0 fireplaces add a removable ashtray and that makes me happy


Stove alone The fire pits are some of the best smokeless fire pits out there, and while they work great and their stainless steel construction gives them a sleek look, they do have one flaw: they’re not that easy to clean. However, this changes with the arrival of the new Solo Stove 2.0 fireplaceswhich are available in the same three sizes – Ranger 2.0 (small), Bonfire 2.0 (medium) and Yukon 2.0 (large) – and have a removable ashtray, a feature absent from the 1.0 models.

I tested the medium-sized Bonfire 2.0 model, and lighting the fires was a breeze – the 2.0 fire pits have the same 360-degree airflow technology that allows for a smokeless fire – and at Outside, Fireplace 2.0 looks the same as Version 1.0. The difference is inside: once your fire is out and completely cooled, you simply remove the grate above the pan, which collects the majority of the ashes, then remove the pan itself and empty the remaining ashes (you no longer have to turn the fireplace over to remove the ashes). Some finer ash may end up at the bottom of the firebox after removing the pan, but this is easily removed with a damp cloth or paper towel.

I was able to start a robust fire in just under 10 minutes.

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Alas, if you already own a Solo Stove 1.0, you cannot purchase the new removable ash pan for it. “There’s no way to retrofit the 1.0 fireplace to have a removable ashtray,” a Solo Stove rep told me. It’s unfortunate, but it’s certainly a good thing that Solo Stove has finally delivered the most requested feature by its users.

The new Solo Stove 2.0 fireplaces add a removable ashtray and that makes me happy

The ashes the next day (they rained a little).

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Here are the prices for the new Solo Stove 2.0 models:

And note that with the arrival of version 2.0, the 1.0 models are all on sale if you can do without the ashtray:

Eventually we should see some discounts on version 2.0, but for now you’ll have to pay full price to get the ashtray. But at least Solo Stove has lowered the list prices of the new 2.0 models over the originals, and I think the ashtray is a big enough upgrade to spend the extra dough on.

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