How We're Smokeless
Each of our Smokeless Fire Pits are designed to increase airflow, allowing more oxygen into your fire pit to burn off the smoke before it leaves.
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The X Airflow raised air vent design on the bottom of the fire pit enables oxygen to feed the fire even after significant ash build up.
Double Wall Technology
Air enters a cavity at the bottom into the double wall while the fire heats the walls. Hot air rises through the gap between the two walls as the fire burns.
The hot air then exits the double wall through holes around the rim. This pressurized, heated oxygen mixes with the smoke and causes secondary combustion or reburn.
What Does Smokeless Mean?
As defined by Webster's Dictionary, "smokeless" means having little or no smoke. While not being completely smoke-free, our fire pits do produce significantly less smoke and therefore fall within the category of smokeless products.
Fires are made when quality fuel, sufficient heat, and oxygen meet. Smoke occurs when one or more of those ingredients is unbalanced. Our fire pits are designed to provide plenty of oxygen, so we take that factor off your plate from the start.
Now as your fire starts, it probably won't be immediately smokeless as it heats up. We usually say to give it 10-20 minutes for the fire to generate enough heat to become smokeless. You might also experience smoke if you're either working with fuel that's not dry enough or pieces that are too big. Anything larger than four inches in diameter is not recommended. It's also important to focus on maintaining airflow as you lay fuel into the pit. Log cabin or teepee styling your fuel is the best way to ensure enough airflow. The first couple of tries might take some fine tuning, but with practice and the proper steps, you'll be getting a smokeless fire every time.
Why Go Smokeless?
We've all been there - you're calmly enjoying a great evening relaxing and chatting around the fire when seemingly out of nowhere, the wind changes and all of a sudden your eyes are burning, your lungs are choking and you're scrambling to move your chair out of the brutal cloud of smoke heading your way. We knew we had to find a way to avoid that.
Those are probably the most obvious benefits of having a smokeless fire pit, but did you know that smokeless fire is better for the environment as well? Smokeless fire releases far fewer pollutants into the air than your usual wood-burning fire. Smokeless means a cleaner burn for both you and the environment. It's a win-win!
Tips For Building the Ultimate Smokeless Fire
Choose Your Fuel
Choose your fuel. Select a firestarter material, like shredded newspaper or cardboard, a dry, thinly split softwood for kindling, and a dry, split hardwood for your main fuel. Make sure your fuel is less than 4" in diameter. Focus on creating as much airflow as possible throughout the whole fire building process.
Build a Log Cabin
Start with 2 full-size pieces of cord wood and lay them caddy-corner on the X Airflow system across from each other. Then, lay two pieces of kindling perpendicular across those. Fill the inside square with your firestarter. Continue with the pattern in kindling until it approaches the top of your fire pit, filling the center with firestarter as you go. Taper the "cabin" inward as you get close to the top.
Light it Up
Using a grill lighter or a long match, light the firestarter at the bottom of the log cabin. We do not recommend using regular matches, as they can be harder to use when you're reaching into the fire pit.
Feed the Flames
Once you've got a tiny blaze going, start adding cord wood without disrupting or knocking over the kindling cabin. Starting with smaller cord wood pieces and gradually using larger ones as the fire grows, lay the pieces toward the perimeter of the bottom of the fire pit. This will help your fire spread evenly around your fire pit.
Let it Burn Out
When you're done with your fire, patiently wait for the fire to burn out on its own. Don't pour water on it, and never leave your fire unattended. If you do need to walk away, always cover with a spark screen and make sure there's nothing near the fire pit that could catch on fire or be damaged. Clean out the ashes every 4-5 burns once the fire pit cools to maintain airflow and always have a smokeless fire.
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