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FirePit How-To Guide: 10 Tips For The Best Burn

By BioLite

Editor’s Note: This post was updated 1/4/21 to reflect updates to the BioLite FirePit family of products. All instructions and tips are applicable to both the FirePit and FirePit+ models.

Using your FirePit+ correctly is the key to a great fire. This guide will show you how. Here’s what we’re looking at:

  • Instructional Video
  • Notes on Assembly
  • FirePit+ Quick Hits: 10 Tips For The Best Burn

Instructional Video

Time Stamps if you want to jump to a specific section: 

0:30 – Overview

2:18 – Startup

3:01 – ReFueling

3:41 – Cooking

4:42 – Shutdown & Packup

6:07 – Charging Out & Up

7:04 – Quick Troubleshooting

8:31 – App Appendix

This video is intended to be a supplement to the written instruction manual included with your FirePit+. Please read all directions carefully and thoroughly before first use.

Some Helpful Notes on Assembly

Handles: You’ll notice one handle is slightly larger than the other. The larger handle should be installed on the Airflow Pack side of the FirePit (the side where the metal body is solid and has a manifold, as opposed to the mesh side) – smaller handle goes on the mesh side. All you need is a screwdriver.

Fuel Rack: Place it in on an angle, one long side at a time, and it’ll pack in easily.

Grill Grate: You’ll notice one side has two nodes at the end – use that to “thread” the Grill Grate onto the body of the FirePit. This stabilizes it and makes it easy to cantilever if you need to re-open for fueling or want some indirect toasting.

Legs: The legs should pull out easily– make sure you see that the button joint at the leg has popped through, this lets you know it’s locked into place and stable for use.

FirePit Quick Hits: 10 Tips For A Better Burn

We know the instruction manual has a lot of content in it (you should still read through it once). Here’s our roundup of some of the most important stuff for you to know:

1. Always use FirePit+ Outside – And Be Mindful of The Ground Below.  This bad boy burns hot. Use FirePit+ on concrete, sand, asphalt, gravel, brick, or packed dirt. If you’re looking to burn on a deck or lawn, we strongly recommend picking up the BioLite FireMat which helps radiate heat away from ground surfaces. If you want to use your own slab or some other heatproof barrier on a surface, you want a heatproof footprint that’s a minimum of 24” x 30” (and you do so at your own risk!). And while this FirePit burns with near smokeless efficiency, it’s still for outdoor use only.

2. Charge It Up. Make sure the Orange Airflow Pack on the side is fully charged. You can detach it easily from the FirePit body by pressing the grey square button on top of the Airflow Pack. Charge it up via microUSB. Press the Power Button on the side of the pack and the bottom LEDs will illuminate to let you know how full the battery is – 4 bars? You’re ready to burn.

3. Build Up That Base [IMPORTANT!] This step is SUPER important: a good fire starts with a good base, and YOU need to build that base. Throwing a giant log in with some fire starter isn’t going to do you any good. A little bit of patience in the beginning will set you up for a great fire for the entire night. Start with small pieces of kindling, fire starter, and LO Fan (first or second setting works), then work your way up to larger pieces; this builds a coal bed with high ambient temperatures which is *critical* to the combustion process; the high temps enable us to burn the smoke before it has a chance to escape the fire. Once you’ve got a base of smoldering coals going, you can add up to 3-4 pieces of standard firewood. Make sure there’s room to breathe and don’t go past the jets at the top of the burn chamber: if jets can’t reach the fuel, jets can’t make it smokeless.

  • Pro Tip #1: If you start your night cooking over charcoal, BOOM, you’ve already got your coal bed: carefully lower the fuel rack using a heatproof utensil (the BioLite FirePoker is a great option) and you can skip the kindling and move to larger pieces of wood to get the campfire going.
  • Pro Tip #2: Get to know TURBO. Your 4th fan setting is the TURBO setting and is designed to blast your fire with a big boost of oxygen – this most helpful for when you’ve got a roaring fire going and are looking to refuel with larger pieces of wood. TURBO is a boost which means it operates on an automatic 5 minute timer – after those 5 minutes, it’ll turn itself back down to HIGH. This is designed to save your battery and extend runtime (HIGH does a mighty fine job of providing a big, hot fire on its own).

4. Select Your Fuel, Select Your Level, Select Your Airflow. Looking to cook up a meal with some charcoal? Put the fuel rack on the upper level and fill’er up. Looking to get a roaring campfire going? Put the fuel rack on the lower level and build up your wood fuel base (see tip 3).

  • Pro Tip: Want nice big flames? Use the first or second fan setting. Contrary to what you might think, the highest fan settings are going to create a really intense fire that puts out a lot of heat, but that requires the flames to essentially collapse on themselves in the process. Great for warmth or if you’re looking to expedite your fire, but if you want a nice long burn, go low and slow.

5. Heads Up For Wind. Our combustion science is based on carefully calibrated airflow. So when some crazy gusts of wind come by, that can briefly throw things off track and create some smoke. If you know you’re going to be in super windy conditions, try placing your FirePit in an area blocked from the wind or at the very least, placing FirePit’s side with the orange pack against the wind so it can help block uninvited airflow.

6. Mind the Ash-hole. Surprise! We’ve got a trap door in this fire pit. When you’re all done and shutdown, you can access a small opening located on the bottom of the FirePit to easily clean out ash safely into an ash pan or fire ring. Heads Up: if you still have a few coals, use tongs or the BioLite FirePoker to open the sliding door as it may still be very hot. When shutting down, NEVER pour water directly into the body of the stove. If you want to expedite shutdown, put the fan on highest setting. Always extinguish embers with water and bury or dispose of safely. And if you’re at the beach, never bury live embers – you can burn unsuspecting passersby who don’t know what you just buried.

7. It’s OK for Some Discoloring to Occur…Anytime you expose metal to high temperature fluctuations, you’re going to see a change in the color of the metal (just ask your old grill). That’s ok! If your fuel rack or grill grate darkens in color, that’s totally fine! It does not affect performance at all. You may notice the body of your FirePit looks a little muted after a long burn – chances are some fine ash is coating the mesh and all you need is a good wipe down with a rag to bring back that darker sheen.

  • Care Tip: if you’re using the FirePit regularly as a grill, clean your grate with a wire brush to make sure it stays free of bits of food that stick after cooking and check the air jets to make sure they’re free of any gunk (it’s quite impressive where a piece of melted cheddar can end up).

8. …But Keep Your FirePit Dry For Optimal Appearance. Metal can handle temperature fluctuations but when you add water into the mix, this is where our nemesis, rust, can appear. Just like your bike chain, FirePit is not a fan of exposure to moisture: if you’re going to leave it outside, make sure it’s covered properly with your waterproof cover. If you get it wet for any reason during use, make sure you wipe it down and dry thoroughly before storing. A little bit of care goes a long way.

9. Smoke happens. Don’t Panic. Use Science. We say this in the video, and it bears repeating: FirePit is pretty magical, but it still abides by the laws of physics. Good news is, if you can sort out what’s going on, you can sort out the smoke:

  • Smoky during startup? Ensure that you’re building that coal bed gradually so temperatures can RIIIIISE – if you introduce wet fuel or large fuel right at the beginning, that’s going to drop the overall temperature, throwing Fire Triangle off balance (Fuel – Temperature – Oxygen). If you’re using fuel with a lot of bark, remove the bark and use the inner wood (bark can contain a lot of sap and moisture). And don’t use leaves for fire starter! That’ll just smoke.
  • Smoke coming out of the end cap? Check to make sure no log is touching the metal directly – if it is, it’s snuffing out the edge of the log which is creating smoke. Move it back ever so slightly and you’ll see the smoke disappear.
  • Smoky while refueling? Make sure that a) there are gaps between logs so the oxygen can reach the fire, b) logs are NOT laying completely flat against each other b) logs are NOT extending beyond the burn chamber, and c) no wet fuel is going into the fire. Stoke it a bit to ensure your fire can breathe and you can turn it to TURBO for a quick boost to help your fuel catch.

10. Connecting with the App? Make Sure Everybody’s Talking to Each Other. The first time you connect with the Bluetooth app, you gotta wake everyone up and make sure your devices are ready to connect. Ensure your phone’s bluetooth is on (depends on the model, but often you can swipe up to shortcuts and tap Bluetooth ON) and then press the Airflow Pack ONCE which will activate your FirePit without turning on the fan (The battery LEDs will turn on). Then you can open up the BioLite app and connect from there.

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We hope you have a great time outside with your FirePit. Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram (@aim_outdoors) and you could be featured or even win some free gear — we love seeing those flames in the wild.  

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BioLite HeadLamps are awesome. They’re award-winning, lightweight, rechargeable, and all feature proprietary 3D SlimFit Construction for a fit that is so comfortable, you’ll forget you’re wearing it. And yes — they all tilt.

Whether it’s a gift for someone else or a pick for yourself, let’s find the right model for your needs:

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HeadLamp 200

What is it? 

BioLite’s entry-level ultralight HeadLamp

Noteworthy Features

200 Lumens | Dimmable Red | Only 50g | Big Front Button | Four Color Options

What it’s great for

Hiking, camping, kids, nighttime reading, backup drawers in the house

MSRP

$44.95

For those who may be new to rechargeable headlamps, this is an excellent first step into the category. This ultralight headlamp features a super streamlined design, with both power and lighting co-located at the front (great for those who like to lean back and read at the end of the day). A large front button makes the unit especially easy to operate, a nice detail if you’re looking to use it with gloves or giving it to a kid. At only 50g this is a no-brainer to bring with you on any journey or keep stowed in a go-bag for backup lighting. Watch the video.

HeadLamp 330

What is it? 

BioLite’s mid-range HeadLamp – a best of both worlds.

Noteworthy Features

330 Lumens | 9mm front | Only 69g | Rear power-source | Four Color Options

What it’s great for

Hiking, camping, running, bouldering, mechanics, home improvement pros

MSRP

$59.95

The one that started it all, HeadLamp 330 was BioLite’s first entry into the headlamp space, selling out in record speed during its Kickstarter campaign back in fall 2018. It’s gone on to win numerous awards from the likes of Runner’s World, Popular Mechanics, and more thanks to its game-changing design. We’ve heard audible gasps when people try it on for the first time, and the 9mm front basically disappears off your face (another reason it’s a great choice for working under the car, in a cabinet, or other around-the-house projects). At 330 lumens this delivers ample brightness for most activities while the no-bounce no-slip design means it’ll stay put and stay comfortable. Watch the video.

HeadLamp 750

What is it? 

BioLite’s Feature-packed Pro-Level Headlamp

Noteworthy Features

750 Lumen Burst Mode | Rear Red Visibility Light | Constant Mode | Pass-Thru Charging | All Modes Dim (including red)

What it’s great for

Ultra-running, alpine-starts, scout leader, climbing, cycling, emergency kit builders

MSRP

$99.95

HeadLamp 750 is a beast – in a good way. This model delivers crazy brightness and competitive runtimes, all in a form factor that shaves meaningful grams off the competition. A unique setting called constant mode means users can maintain full brightness without any automated dimming, a clutch feature for technical terrain. With the power source on the back of your head, HeadLamp 750 also features pass-thru charging with an included 3 foot cable that you can connect to a powerbank in vest or pack for extended runtimes (overnight ultras, we’re looking at you). A bit burlier than our other models, HeadLamp 750 still delivers amazing fit and comfort thanks to integrated electronics and a rear power unit that helps distribute weight across the band. This model is a great pick for those who are looking for big specs and big performance. Watch the video.

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The 6 step guide to your perfect entertainment system;

1. Choosing the model of the TV.

We at Aim Outdoors understand that the many different options available in the Avtex range can be daunting, especially for new time buyers. Different models offer different features.

Consider Recording…

All Avtex TV's offer the option to record to an external USB stick or an HDD (not included). This can be an instant record or a timer record that can be set from the EPG (electronic programme guide).

However, if you want the ability to record one channel whilst viewing another you may want to consider the new Avtex PRO range which gives you the flexibility to record one side whilst watching another on both terrestrial TV or satellite TV. You can even record a TV programme whilst watching a DVD.

Consider Viewing Options…

All Avtex TV's offer HD terrestrial TV (DVB-T2) as well as free to air HD satellite TV (DVB-S2) with
reloaded channel list for your convenience. All models to 16" to 27" also incorporate a DVD/CD player.

 

2. Consider connectivity.

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Look at where you intend on placing the TV and where you intend to sit and watch it. We recommend
for our customers to measure the location where the TV would likely be placed.

Perhaps if you were considering purchasing a TV-DVD combination model, make sure there is enough
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When choosing a bracket it is important to consider the dimensions of the TV screens, along
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5. Enhance your Audio Experience.

The Avtex SB195BT mini soundbar is the ideal companion for your Avtex TV. Its four-speaker drive
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6. Care for your purchase.

Once you have decided and purchased your ideal TV, it is important to keep it safe and secure
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Features Explained: Satellite Navigation.

 

Vehicle Profile:  Vehicle Profile Routing

The Avtex Tourer Two is designed to simplify navigation with motorhomes, caravans and towing vehicles. It comes
preloaded with detailed maps of Europe, including information on road restrictions, such as bridge heights and speed
limits, and related data for most major roads and motorways. Just input the specs of your motorhome or caravan,
then Camper 660 Premium and Tourer Two will use your entered profile¹ to find the most efficient route across Europe.
Your route will be determined based on the height, weight, length and width of your vehicle.

 

 

 

 

Where to?

Simply touch the screen to select the wanted destination. The Avtex Tourer Two has an EXCLUSIVE features the
Caravan Clubs rich  data bases allowing you to view detailed information including photo's of Caravan Club Sites
through out the UK and Europe. Loaded with ACSI’s Campsite Directory. This comprehensive listing of sites even
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want, away from home.

Search caravan site by amenities

The Avtex Tourer Two will allow you to search and filter the amenities and facilities to assist you in selecting the
most appropriate site for your stay.

 

 

 

 

 

Caravan and Motorhome Navigation

Contains all the official Caravan Club sites, also a comprehensive database of thousands other caravan and
motorhomes sites throughout the UK and Europe, simply select the required Caravan Club Site by filtering the
preferred amenities and press Go! Simply.

 

 

 

7" Edge to Edge Display (Tourer Two) 

7" edge to edge display on the Tourer Two.

 

 

 

 

 

Live Digital Traffic Updates    

Live traffic updates continuously updating your unit alerting you to the traffic ahead on your route, offering you
alternative routes when appropriate.

Active Lane Guidance     

Active Lane Guidance helps you stay on top of your route so you can ensure you're in the correct lane with plenty of
time to spare, avoiding potentially dangerous last-minute manoeuvres.

 

 

 

 

 

Hands-Free Features  

Sync a compatible Bluetooth®-enabled device, such as your smartphone. The Avtex Tourer Two is for hands-free calling
through its integrated microphone and speaker. Safely stow your phone in a glove compartment, pocket or bag and still
make and take calls.

 

 

 

 

 

Voice Command      

The Avtex Tourer Two offers the convenience of voice-activated navigation. Speak and your device responds to your
commands. Your hands can remain on the wheel. Of course, you can also navigate using the touchscreen interface.

 

 

 

 

 

Elevation Profile     

The Avtex Tourer Two features a handy map tool that allows you to view upcoming elevation information pertaining to your
route — all while viewing your map navigation screen. You can even tap on the elevation information to expand the elevation
profile view and see your current and upcoming elevation in greater detail. Viewing this information helps prepare you for
possible steep gradients along your route.

 

 

 

Wi-Fi Compatible (Tourer Two)

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Why Avtex?

Genuine Leisure market TV’s are built to a much higher specification than a domestic TV and with
Leisure market specific features making them suitable for the application and environment they are
used in, however we see many companies not fully understanding these differences and taking a
domestic TV and adding a 12volt lead and trying to pass it off as a Leisure specific TV. Many domestic
market TV’s operate from an external 12V power pack similar to that you would find with a Laptop,
these TV’s are designed to operate on a continuous 12v supplied by the mains (230v) power pack
and NOT from a continuously fluctuating voltage from a discharging leisure battery.

The leisure battery may start off fully charge at 12.8volts but depending on usage will discharge all
the way down to flat, however when the voltage drops the current increases, this is when it can
potentially be dangerous. At best the TV will flicker on and off once the battery voltage is insufficient
to power the TV however this flickering on and off will cause premature failure of the LED screen,
another common occurrence is the heating up and sometimes melting of the DC power supply lead
and in a few cases even worse?

ALL Avtex TV’s incorporate intelligent power supply circuitry the function of this is to monitor the
supply voltage and current level from the leisure battery and if necessary provide an on-screen
warning by way of a message to inform the user that the battery voltage is too low and that the TV is
soon to power down if the battery voltage reduces further. Once the battery voltage is passed this
critical point the TV will power down in a controlled and safe manor so as not to cause any
component stress or failure.

Avtex TV’s are designed from conception for the leisure industry.

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Avtex PRO Series

Avtex PRO Series.

Amongst the many features of Avtex TV’s is the ability to record to an external USB stick or an
external HDD, this can be done either by an instant record or even by a scheduled recording from
the EPG (TV GUIDE) a list of recordings can be viewed on screen then be played back at the user’s
leisure. However, Avtex have taken this feature one step further! Avtex Pro series can not only
record a TV programme on either platform Terrestrial TV (DVB-T/2) or on Satellite (DVB-S2) but they
can also allow the user to watch one channel and record another on either platform or even watch a
DVD whilst recording a TV programme.
Avtex TV’s are designed from conception for the leisure industry.

 

Introducing the new Avtex PRO Series. Whether you've
been contemplating buying an Avtex product or are a
frequent customer, the PRO Series will exceed all
expectations. The new aesthetic, slick design that consists
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such as being able to watch one programme and record
another at the same time adds to the many advantages
the new Avtex 9 Series PRO consists of.

 

 


AQT MULTI Tuner

Having an auto tuner built into the television not only saves time
and stress, but help simplify your experience with the product,
another leading feature within the Avtex Series 9 PRO. Through
years of innovation, not only will the TV record other programmes
whilst you watch another but it will auto tune the TV for you,
wherever, whenever. We're not finished yet - you can even record
programmes whilst watching a DVD! The auto tuner can
successfully work across all tuners, leaving you spoilt for choice
when watching a programme on freeview whilst recording another
on a satellite channel for example.

 

 

Although the Avtex Audio mini Sound-Bar is not apart of the
Avtex PRO series it is a must have companion to your Avtex
TV
(connection bracket for 8 and 9 series TV supplied
other brackets available) or as a stand-alone
Bluetooth speaker.
Connect via Bluetooth and enjoy wireless music from
your Bluetooth phone or devices. Designed to operate
on a 12/24V DC battery and mains voltage means this
unit is perfect for use in your caravan, motorhome or
boat as well as your home. You will be amazed at the
exceptional performance from such a compact unit.
Admire the design DNA that influences the new Avtex
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The SB195BT comes complete with a bracket so it can
be attached to the latest Avtex TV’s for wall mounting,
simply remove the TV stand (as it is not required when
wall mounting) and use the same two holes that the
stand uses to attach the bracket and Sound-Bar.
Simple. For other makes of TV or older Avtex models
consult your retailer regarding a mounting solution.