Smokeless Fire Pits are becoming increasingly popular for backyard get togethers. After all, we all know that a face full of smoke is never a pleasant experience when sitting around a fire. Especially if you’re like me and the smoke seems to follow you no matter where you go.
Smokeless fire pits, as the name implies, are fire pits that are designed to reduce or eliminate smoke from your fire for a more pleasant experience.
How do smokeless fire pits work?
Fire generates smoke because of incomplete combustion. Fire needs three things to burn properly; fuel, heat, and air. Smokeless fire pits focus on maximizing heat and air to get a better burn.
Using Breeo Smokeless Fire Pits as an example, the way these work is through a double wall design. There is an open cavity around the base of the Breeo which allows air to enter the fire pit’s walls. While inside the walls, the air is heated up before exiting through air vents around the top of the inner wall. This injects your smoke with more oxygen which allows it to re-burn and help eliminate smoke.
At the same time, Breeos also have an X shape vent on the base that allows air to come up from underneath the fire pit. This injects more air directly into the fire allowing it to burn hotter and more completely.
This more complete burn is what eliminates smoke and makes Breeo a smokeless fire pit.
So Breeo won’t make any smoke?
Well, yes and no. There are a couple things to keep in mind when using a smokeless fire pit. Firstly, while the fire is starting up, you’re going to experience more smoke because the combustion process is still building up heat. As the walls and oxygen heat up, the better your overall combustion will be, and the cleaner the burn.
Secondly, the fire pit can only influence your heat and air quality, it won’t make your fuel better. As you are sure to know, things like leaves and paper smoke a lot more than wood does. So using those in the fire are going to result in a smokier burn, no matter what you do. Along with that, low quality firewood that is wet and hasn’t been dried out properly isn’t going to burn as well either. A nice hot fire can still start smoldering when wet wood is thrown into the mix.
All that being said, if you use dry firewood and give the fire time to heat up, Breeo’s smokeless fire pit will give you a nice, clean, and enjoyable burn.