To keep your Solo stove shiny like a new one, polish it with Bar Keepers Friend. For cleaning, you must take out ash. Then use a damp rag by rubbing over a small quantity of Bar Keepers Friend on its stainless steel surface. A soft brush drill attachment can also be used to scrub the inner parts of the Solo stove. Rinse it and leave it to dry.
Solo stoves can last longer and perform excellently with proper maintenance and care. Read out to learn more about how to keep your Solo stove in better condition after every use.
Are You Supposed To Clean Solo Stove?
Solo stoves require proper cleaning as part of their regular maintenance to perform and burn wood well. You must clean your stove after every use. Solo stoves are designed perfectly to be smokeless, and their cleaning depends on how it works.
Solo stoves have two walls consisting of a small gap between them. When the fire burns, air from the bottom of the fire pit pulls out through the gap. Before it moves out from the top, air passes through the gap.
With the passage of hot air over flames, most smoke escapes into the air, known as secondary combustion. To make air hot, the fire must be burned hot, which needs oxygen to come from holes at the bottom of the fire pit. Without cleaning, the holes will be covered with ashes, not letting the fire burn hot and reducing smoke but will increase smoke.
How To Clean Solo Stove? Deep Cleaning
You can simply remove the ash from the Solo stove to keep it clean, but you must do a lot more for deep cleaning. You will need a soft brush drill attachment along with Bar Keepers Friend to clean your Solo stove.
- Use any tool or equipment to remove ash from the stove.
- Wet the inner side of the Solo stove.
- Dust Bar Keeper Friend inside the stove.
- Scrub it using a soft brush drill attachment. Brush will help loosen stuck pieces of ash.
- Rinse your Solo stove thoroughly with water.
- Leave it to dry completely before use.
Clean Using Buffing Attachment With Rubbing Compound
A discolored or badly stained Solo stove should be cleaned with a buffing attachment with a rubbing compound.
- Clean your stove properly with Bar Keepers Freind and a soft brush.
- After drying it, use a buffing attachment with a rubbing compound to deal with discoloration and stains.
- For better results, you can use a good quality stainless steel cleaner.
- Rinse it and leave it once again for drying.
Use Soft Brush Drill Attachment With Bar Keepers Friend
- Take a soft brush attached to the drill to clean the debris and dirt stuck inside stove holes.
- Add some quantity of Bar Keepers Friend in a container with water.
- Dip the brush in this solution and scrub it over the Solo stove.
How To Clean Ash Out of Solo Stove?
Removing ash from the Solo stove is simple and easy. Here are three common ways you can try to get all ash out of the stove:
Dump Ash Out
This one is a simple and quick method to remove ash from the Solo stove.
- Pick up your Solo stove and move it upside down.
- Before doing this, make sure the ashes are cool.
- Dump the ashes inside a metal bin or any other garbage can.
Use An Ash Removing Vacuum
You can get ash-removing vacuums in the market, making it easier to get all ash out. An ash vacuum looks similar to a shop vac but has a metal-lined hose and metal canister, perfect for picking out hot ash.
Clean Ash With Shovel
Another way to remove ash from the Solo stove is to use an ash shovel. These are cheap resources and help to remove ashes. However, the bottom of the stove isn’t flat, which won’t let the shovel remove all ash.
If you have a short-handle metal shovel, it will help to a great extent in cleaning.
Maintenance Tips For Solo Stoves You Must Consider
You must ensure proper care and maintenance to make your Solo stove fire pits long-lasting. Here are a few tips you must consider for your own good.
- Once you are done using a fire pit, leave it to get cool. Take out the ashes and clean the stove thoroughly. After cleaning, store your stove in a cool and dry place.
- Always put the right type of wood inside the Solo stove. The best fuels for your stove are oak, hickory, pecan, juniper, and cedar. The wood should be dried as wet will cause smoke production and make it hard to clean the fire pit.
- Be careful when using wood pellets, as pellets inside the ash pan can block the airflow.
- Your Solo stove can normally get gold and blue hues also known as patina after burning. You can polish your fire pit's surface to keep it shining like new. However, patina doesn’t affect the performance of your Solo stove.
- Cover your fire pit when it is outside and not in use. A little moisture is easy to clean, but rainy weather can pool water in it. Using a shelter will make your Solo stove weather resistant.
How Often Should I Clean Out The Ash on My Solo Stove?
Though cleaning the Solo stove after every use is highly recommended, you can take ash out after every 2 to 3 fires. If the holes inside the fire pit get blocked due to ash, your stove won’t burn without removing ash. So, clean it to restore fire.
Note: Knowing the open-burning safety guidelines when using a Solo stove outdoors is best.
Does The Solo Stove Rust?
Over time, a Solo stove loses its rust resistance. If you leave it frequently in the rain, you will see rust popping up on your stove. Wet weather increases the risk of rusting, which you can avoid by using shelter.
What Is The Best Thing To Burn In A Solo Stove?
Some hardwoods and softwoods are ideal to burn in a Solo stove. The hardwoods you can use are oak, hickory, and pecan. On the other hand, the softwoods are cedar and juniper. These woods are best because they lack moisture.
Is Solo Stove Safe Inside?
No, it is completely unsafe to use a Solo stove inside. This can lead to fire hazards and increase carbon monoxide poisoning risk. Open fires and these types of stoves should never be used indoors.
Nothing is complex about cleaning the Solo stove; You just need to remove ash and clean the outside of the stove using some cleaners and tools. To keep your Solo stove shiny forever, you can polish it or clean it with Bar Keepers Friend.
Cleaning it will help reduce smoke emissions and make it perform well. We hope the instructions will assist you in keeping the Solo stove maintained even after regular use.