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What’s the best portable fire pit for camping? HOWL vs. SoloStove

What’s the best portable fire pit for camping? HOWL vs. SoloStove

A lot of folks are asking how the new HOWL Campfire stacks up against a SoloStove. Even though the HOWL is a propane fire pit, and the SoloStove burns wood, it’s a good question.

Do yourself a favor. Take a propane fire pit skiing.

Do yourself a favor. Take a propane fire pit skiing.

It was a wild realization when we got back to the truck and looked at the clock. We’d spent a good amount of time that morning hanging by the fire, then put in a solid lap on the skis and splitboar...

What's The Science Behind A Good Propane Fire Pit?

What's The Science Behind A Good Propane Fire Pit?

Propane campfires rely on a few simple principles to make you warm. Some generate Infrared heat, while others only have flames. Some burn a ton of BTUs, while others burn less fuel. Some have lava ...

Are propane fire pits with more BTU's better?

Are propane fire pits with more BTU's better?

Introduction to portable propane firepits We need campfires. Just sitting next to a fire in the forest touches some of the oldest parts of our brains, telling us that we’re safe, that there’s no ...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #15: The first product drop

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #15: The first product drop

We wondered… would you have the information you needed to spend your hard-earned money on brand new technology? Had we done a good enough job communicating its abilities? Had we earned your trust?

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #14: Going into production

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #14: Going into production

No more prototypes. No more samples. Holy sh*t. We are finally building the actual parts that will be in your hands, keeping you warm for decades to come...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #13: So did you guys pass certification, er…? 🤔

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #13: So did you guys pass certification, er…? 🤔

Our shop fell silent. After years of single-minded pursuit, we were literally watching our hopes and dreams go up in flames...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #12: What happens if you smash it on concrete?

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #12: What happens if you smash it on concrete?

We dropped the damaged unit directly onto its back legs, then did it again from higher up, then again from higher still. We kept smashing these rear legs against our concrete shop floors, and they ...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #11: Ready for Certification

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #11: Ready for Certification

To pass the upcoming battery of tests, we’ve had to redesign an enormous number of components. And since every part works in harmony, this has essentially been a ground-up redesign sprint. Here's w...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #10: What the hell is taking so long?

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #10: What the hell is taking so long?

If there's no category for this propane fire pit, which tests does it need to pass? We don’t know. And that means we don’t know if we need to redesign it or not.

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #9: The New Twin Jet BarCoal Design

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #9: The New Twin Jet BarCoal Design

Instead of trying to pull the heat all the way down a long and twisting tube, we decided to run two burners at once on two shorter, straighter tubes. The result?

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #8: HOWL is back on track, baby! 🤞

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #8: HOWL is back on track, baby! 🤞

Kelly waited a while for us to really take in what we were seeing. Then he said it, and you could hear the big smile in his voice. “This thing’s got a Stargazing Mode.”

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #7: We Blew It. Also, We’re Hiring.

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #7: We Blew It. Also, We’re Hiring.

We lit it. Waited a very long time but never did feel much. Eventually we killed it. It felt like we’d wasted a year of our lives...

The Early DaysHow to Build a (Propane) Fire #6: Can This Solve the Wildfire Problem?

How to Build a (Propane) Fire #6: Can This Solve the Wildfire Problem?

We need more campfires, not less. But the more campfires we have, the more forests we kill, and the more our access to public land is denied. On this track, we'll lose our campfires and our forests...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #5: The Industrial Evolution

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #5: The Industrial Evolution

We needed a way to turn propane fuel into infrared heat. We got excited about industrial radiant tube heaters. But could a heavy-duty factory appliance really draw people closer to nature?

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #4: Trying and failing to Make Radiant Heat

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #4: Trying and failing to Make Radiant Heat

We'd invented a new technology, and we wanted to tell anyone who was willing to listen. This is the story, step by step, of how we took the HOWL from idea to market... Howdy folks! That November ...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #3: The Fire Pit That Pissed Us Off

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #3: The Fire Pit That Pissed Us Off

“Didn’t you guys think these things would be warmer?” Randall asked again. Right about then the flames on his fire started sputtering. The tank was somehow already empty, the flames died, and we hu...

The Early DaysHow To Build a (Propane) Fire #2: Why Flames Can't Keep You Warm

How To Build a (Propane) Fire #2: Why Flames Can't Keep You Warm

So it occurred to us: flames don’t actually make you warm. Whether they come from a wood fire or a propane fire, they are just bright, shiny objects. And that only led to more questions.

The Early DaysTo Build a (Propane) Fire #1: Welcome to the Campfire

To Build a (Propane) Fire #1: Welcome to the Campfire

This is the first email we ever sent out. It was June of 2022. We'd just invented a new technology, and now we wanted to tell anyone who was willing to listen. This is what started it all...