Solo Stove has launched a slightly bigger version of one of their popular tabletop fire pits this month and there's a couple of extra features that make this version worth a look. Don’t worry, everything you loved about the Mesa is inherent in the Mesa XL but with some added perks.
Meet the Solo Stove Mesa XL
Tabletop ambiance or an intimate fire pit to roast some marshmallows over. It’s a couple of inches wider and a couple of inches taller but the quality is still the same.
At a Glance
|Material:||Stainless Steel / Ceramic|
|Log capacity:||1-2 Mini Logs|
Uses for the Solo Stove Mesa XL
Adding a touch of fire to a tabletop can take your gathering to another level. How you decide to use it is up to you.
The uses for the Mesa XL can include;
- Adding some personalized heat
- Creating mood and adding ambiance
- Roasting marshmallows and tabletop S'mores
- Romantic points
Advantages and Disadvantages of this Tabletop Fire Pit
- Colors Available
- Table Top Smores
- Pellet Option
- Buying Mini Logs
- Finding the right sized wood
Overall the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, and honestly the disadvantages are minimal and convenience related rather than pertaining to the stove itself. Price-wise, if you have the money to buy these types of things then this is not a bad price at all.
The addition of colors to the Solo Stove lineup for me is a definite advantage when you are trying to create a decor or compliment an existing one, the range of colors is sufficient to accomplish a color scheme.
- Deep Olive
Tabletop mini fires, what's not to like?
Smores right at the table, make way for quite a few entertaining ideas, not to mention the intimate possibilities with your favorite someone. A small fire, a little wine, chocolate, a beautiful evening.
The pellet option is something that can be an advantage for some people. Not having access to wood from a yard, a bag of pellets seems like a good response to that.
Even though I listed buying mini logs as a disadvantage, Solo Stove makes it easy to purchase them.
What is included when you order the Mesa XL Tabletop Fire Pit?
Included with the firepit is everything to get you started. The basic box comes with a stand and carrying case, lid, and pellet adapter.
You should check out the Mesa Accessory Pack it comes with 4 mini sticks, 4 stick stands to keep the sticks off the table, a Mesa XL Lid, a pellet scoop and a cool carrying case for it all to fit in.
Purchase the Solo Stove Mesa Accessory Pack Here
What makes the Solo Stove Mesa XL unique?
The uniqueness of the Solo Stove Mesa XL is its proportion to function. It functions as well as the larger firepits and because of its size, it creates options. Smokeless, portable, and modern, it is unique in and of itself by virtue of all the features seen in the design.
A Comparison of the Solo Stove Fire Pit sizes
|Mesa||5.1 in||6.9 in||1.4 lbs||$84.99|
|Mesa XL||7 in||8.6 in||1.4 lbs||$104.99|
|Ranger 2.0||15 in||12.5 in||15 lbs||$199.99|
|Bonfire 2.0||19.5 in||14 in||20 lbs||$239.99|
|Yukon 2.0||27 in||17 in||38 lbs||$439.99|
Comparing the stoves is like marking lines on the door jamb and watching as your children grow. You get to see them grow from little to big all the while maintaining their innate characteristics.
The Solo Stove fire pit maintains the qualities of the design throughout the entire line. The main thing that differentiates them is their size, and the ability of the bigger models to host cooking setups, but overall they are identical.
So, the comparison is subject to your needs, your budget, and practicality. Although, I think a Yukon 2.0 on a table top would be impressive, it might present avoidable issues. The ease of portability is a comparative factor, and when you have the Mesa XL weighing in at just a couple pounds, you could put it in a daypack for a hike or a trip to the beach.
Upgrades are part of the game and sometimes the original is better than the new version. The best part of the Mesa XL is it's just bigger. No modifying changes or unnecessary upgrades, just a bigger version of the original Mesa. Everything that makes the Solo Stove attractive is continued through the Solo Stove lineup. That says something about a product.
The color options now available for all models make decor matching a fun little extra when you're going for a certain look. So the aesthetics of the Mesa XL are on par with the other models.
Pellet options for the Mesa XL are not really a selling point for me and I think the pellets are better left to the Solo Stove Tower Patio Heater where the burn time is 3 hours compared to a relatively shorter time in the Mesa XL, requiring constant feeding and smokey possibilities. But I guess for some the option of having a bag of pellets, compared to a box of mini wood could make a difference.
Solo Stove makes it super easy for people who don’t have a large yard with trees and sticks laying around or a place to chop wood by offering the mini logs. I think having a mini wood pile next to the stove on the table looks kinda cool.
Overall, the Mesa XL is everything and more than its predecessor and equal in value and quality to all of the other fire pits put out by Solo Stove. Comfortably wallet-friendly, and functionally on point.