This Brilliant Tabletop Fire Pit Makes Summer Nights So Cozy

updated Jun 11, 2024
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Table ready for dinner party in back yard on a summer day. No people.
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There’s nothing better than the super-long days of summer. When warmer temps roll around, I’m often sitting out on my deck for hours, but once the sun sets, I pack it up and head inside — begrudgingly.

Unlike during the daytime when I could work on my laptop, grab lunch, or just relax with an iced coffee while taking in the sunshine, there was just nothing to do once it got dark. That all changed with the Solo Stove Mesa.

Quick Overview

Why We Love the Solo Stove Mesa

The Solo Stove Mesa is a tabletop fire pit that has all the cozy vibes, but in a smaller and less expensive package compared to a traditional fire pit. It’s also on sale for just $64.99 right now.

What’s so great about the Solo Stove Mesa?

The Solo Stove Mesa is an itty-bitty tabletop fire pit that adds warmth and ambiance to my deck, and also happens to be the perfect spot for s’mores. At about 6.8 inches tall and 5 inches wide, it won’t overwhelm your outdoor dining table, or even a small side table, but it will add all the cozy vibes. 

I started using it last fall when I realized that the key to prolonging outdoor season was a cute tabletop fire pit. I can’t use a traditional fire pit on top of my old wooden deck, so unless I wanted to build a new stone patio, I needed a better — and much cheaper — solution.   

My husband and I love using the Mesa when we’re eating dinner outside, which is about 80% of the time during the summer, and it’s a fun party trick when friends and family come over, too. It sits right on our outdoor dining table so there’s no need to disrupt the vibes and move everyone to a different area for dessert. 

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How do you use the Solo Stove Mesa?

There’s not much in terms of setup other than extending the legs on the Mesa’s stand so that the firepit is safely elevated off your table and then starting up the fire. The Mesa lights up easily with a bit of fire starter and seasoned wood, or pellets, all of which you can buy on Solo Stove’s site. We’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning indoor fireplace, so we break off small chunks of our seasoned firewood to use in the Mesa.

Depending on how much wood or how many scoops of pellets you use, you can keep the Mesa burning for as little or as long as you want; we keep the fire going for about an hour most nights for dinner, dessert, and general hang time. We keep a small tray of seasoned wood nearby when we need to maintain the flame for perfectly melted marshmallows.

But beyond being able to make an endless supply of s’mores, having the Mesa has meant that we can enjoy the great suburban outdoors for more than a two months in the summer. Last fall, our deck felt like an extension of our living room with the Mesa flickering on the table as we drank hot toddies, and during the mild winter we had on the East Coast, it amped up the cozy factor when used with our outdoor patio heater.  

I’m not the only one who loves the Mesa either. Editor Britt Franklin says,”I love lighting up a huge fire pit in the cold months, but during the summer I don’t necessarily need one that large. The Mesa is just the right size for having a fire pit experience on a smaller scale. It’s super easy to use and clean up afterwards, and with me and my friends spending more time outside, I love that it’s something we can all enjoy together. Not to mention, it comes in a handful of gorgeous colors that make it great for gifting, too!”

Which Solo Stove Mesa should you buy?

Speaking of colors, I have the Solo Stove Mesa in Water, a dusty blue shade, while Britt has the moody Mulberry. There are 10 different colors to choose from, including a bright blue version created in collaboration with Jet Puff. If you have the space, there’s a slightly larger Mesa XL, which measures about 7 inches wide and 8.6 inches tall.

No matter which size you buy though, each Mesa comes with a stand to keep it off your table and a pouch for transport. I’d also suggest getting the Mesa Accessory Pack for an easy s’mores setup because it comes with long roasting sticks, stick rests, pellet scoop, lid, and a carrying case. The lid comes in super handy when you’re ready to call it a night and want to stop the flames safely — just cover the Mesa’s opening and the lid will help snuff out the flames. Definitely use your best judgment here and don’t try to put the lid over a roaring flame. 

Credit: Jada Wong

Are there any current Solo Stove Mesa deals? 

Yes, currently, the Mesa is down to $64.99 from the original price of $89.99 during Solo Stove’s Father’s Day sale.

Buy: Solo Stove Mesa, starting at $64.99 (originally starting at $89.99)