If you’re a fire pit fan like me, you probably like the Solo Stove brand which makes really amazing products.
Two of their most popular fire pits are the Bonfire 2.0 and Yukon 2.0. These are upgrades to the 1.0 versions and now come with a removable ash pan for easy cleaning.
The Bonfire 2.0 is smaller, lighter, more portable and suitable for groups of 3 to 6. It’s ideal for entertaining small groups, camping and tailgating parties.
If you enjoy entertaining large groups (6+) of people and are looking for a great centerpiece in your backyard, the Yukon 2.0 should tick all the boxes.
Both the Yukon and Bonfire 2.0 are fantastic fire pits but it’s worth checking out the key differences before splurging on either model.
Here’s how they compare:
- Larger gatherings (5+ people)
- Centrepiece outdoor fireplace
- Larger heat output
How Do The Solo Stove Bonfire and Yukon Compare?
The Solo Stove Bonfire and Yukon 2.0 share some similarities:
- They feature Solo Stove’s 360° smokeless technology
- They’re made from durable 304 stainless steel
The main differences are simply in their sizes and pricing.
Here’s how the 2 fire pits compare:
The Bonfire 2.0 is definitely the winner in terms of portability because it’s smaller, lighter and easier to move around than the Yukon 2.0.
At 18.3 lbs lighter, the Bonfire is the better choice for camping and tailgating parties.
The Yukon is really designed as a larger feature piece that stays in a single location. While you can move it around it's not really designed with portability in mind.
The Bonfire 2.0 also comes with a carry case (which the Yukon 2.0 doesn’t come with) for added portability.
Here’s how the 2 fire pits compare in terms of size and weight:
|Yukon 2.0||Bonfire 2.0|
|Dimensions||27” diameter x 17” height||19.5” diameter 14” height|
|Weight||41.6 lbs||23.3 lbs|
This blog post by Solo Stove shows the many places you can use your Bonfire 2.0 and gives personal customer reviews on its use.
The Yukon 2.0 is around twice the price of the Bonfire 2.0 and will cost you over $200 more than the bonfire will.
Both are great long lasting products are are worth it at their price point (in my opinion) but you need to decide whether or not the Yukon is worth the extra money for that extra size.
If you're having large groups around the fire and you want a bigger fire then absolutely it might be worth it.
But if you have groups of just 2-5 people then then Bonfire might do the trick without costing you quite a much.
If extra heat is what you are after then check out a Solo Stove Heat Deflector as this will give you more radiant heat for your fire compared to just going up a size (which will use more wood anyway).
As mentioned, the Bonfire comes with a carry case while the Yukon doesn’t.
Solo Stoves are really designed for wood to be completely under the rim of the stove and not sticking out.
This allows the secondary burn to activate and for you to really get that smokeless burn happening.
The Bonfire is just small enough that longer pieces of wood won't fit in it.
The Bonfire 2.0 needs smaller pieces of wood with the recommended size being 12-16” logs.
In contrast, the Yukon can accommodate larger logs and the recommended size is 20” long – this is longer than most store-bought wood and most home cut pieces of wood making the Yukon a very practicaly firepit for all log types.
You can still stick larger pieces of wood in the Bonfire but they will stick out and it won't burn as well which will lead to more smoke.
The Yukon Uses Approximately 20% More Wood
As you’d expect, the Yukon 2.0 uses more wood than the Bonfire 2.0 due to its size but its heat output is greater and you don't have to add wood as often given the size is larger.
In addition, the Yukon needs around 8 to 10 logs to get going while the Bonfire only needs 4 to 6 logs.
The below video did an analysis and showed that the Yukon uses about 21% more wood than the Bonfire
This means you’ll spend more on firewood with the Yukon 2.0 but if you need heat for a large group, there’s enough to go around.
What’s Better? The Solo Stove Bonfire or Yukon?
Honestly, these fire pits are different and one is not “better” than the other making it hard for me to give a recommendation.
I will say that the Bonfire is the more popular choice and it's the more versatile choice.
It's smaller, more portable meaning you can more easily take it camping or RVing or to a party and it comes with that carry bag as well.
It's big enough for small groups of 2-6 people which is going to be more than enough for most people and it still gives off a good amount of heat.
If you need a good quality fire pit to enjoy in your backyard (for no more than 6 people) and one to occasionally take camping or to tailgating parties, you’ll love the Bonfire 2.0. It’s easier to move around and it uses regular length firewood (and less of it).
Bonfire pushes the limits of both combustion airflow efficiency and minimalist outdoor design with its all stainless steel construction. It was brilliantly engineered to provide a backyard fire experience that cannot be duplicated. The new 2.0 version features a removable base plate and ash pan for easy cleaning.
However, if you want your fire pit to function as a centerpiece for your yard or patio and to accommodate larger groups of more than 6 people, you should definitely consider the Yukon 2.0 over the Bonfire.
The larger size is better for big backyards and larger groups, heat output is increased and it takes larger logs and more wood meaning you don't need to tend the fire as often.
Coming in at 27 inches, the Yukon out measures all other Solo Stove fire pits, creating the hottest and most effective fire to make time with your friends and family richer.