Experiencing the Ultimate Campfire with the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit - A Compact German-engineered Masterpiece
"More expensive than most, but it's sturdy simplicity means it will last a lifetime."
Hello, fellow adventurers and outdoor lovers everywhere. This is Geoff K. here, delivering to you another hearty slice of my forty-years experience camping across the beautiful terrains of Europe. My loyal companion on these journeys? Not just my trusty dog, Jess, who can sniff out a campsite quicker than you can say 'fetch', but also a good-old, reliable firepit.
Today, I'll share a bit about the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit, a nifty piece of German engineering that adds just the right amount of glow to your campsite. Intriguingly, this one is foldable, meaning storage in a van is a breeze. My anticipation was running high from the moment I laid hands on it – something you'll certainly understand if you're like me, more at home under canvas than a roof.
Why is it on my radar, you ask? Well, I've stoked enough wood and charcoal over the decades to appreciate a robust, yet portable firepit when I see one. And so, leaving no stone unturned, our team went ahead and bought one to give it the run for its money.
So cozy up, pour yourself a wilderness-worthy beverage, and let's delve into the details. Can the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit live up to its sleek design and promise of portability? Or is it just another pretty face in the campfire crowd? What say you, Jess? Ah, dogs and their secrets. Let's hit the trail and find out, folks.
The FENNEK Hexagon Firepit, constructed in Germany, comprises fully heat-safe stainless steel. The product's dimensions when constructed are 23.2 x 10.2 x 7.3 inches. It weighs 3.9 kg and features a small compact size for ease of portability. The FENNEK Hexagon can be assembled and disassembled effortlessly due to FENNEK's proprietary assembly system. The dimensions of the disassembled firepit are approximately 32 x 26 x 1.9 cm (12.6 x 10.2 x 7.5) (WxDxH). This product has a safeguarded design under the FENNEK trademark.
Weight 3.9 kgs Material Stainless Steel Dimensions 58.93 x 50.04 x 18.54 cm
As an avid outdoor enthusiast, the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit is certainly attractive. The German engineering and craftsmanship that went into creating this high-quality stainless steel firepit are evident in its functionality and robust construction. It's weight and compact size make it ideal for outdoorsy explorations like camping and fishing trips where everything needs to fit neatly in a pack. The stick-together system FENNEK, makes it intuitive and efficient to assemble and disassemble. Couple this with the fact that it's remarkably large for its compact size when disassembled, it indeed lives up to its billing as a portable firepit.
Reliability and stability are hallmarks that shine through this product - my engineering background allows me to see the thought-out design behind it. Despite its minimalistic design, it's quite a sturdy piece and can hold a good load of logs. There's even a nifty stand that enhances its stability, demonstrating the manufacturers' understanding of practical outdoor use. Also, clean-up after use is a breeze, a handy aspect every camping lover will appreciate.
Another thing that sets the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit apart is its unique, patented design that gives it an aesthetic edge. The burn marks over time, rather than detracting from its looks, add a natural charm that sits well in those serene landscapes we outdoor lovers find ourselves in. Camping or fishing late into the night? This firepit provides warmth and can be easily divided among friends to lighten the load during transit. This firepit perfectly encapsulates the demands of pursuing outdoor interests and the need for practical and reliable equipment. As we outdoor enthusiasts understand, life's extraordinary experiences lie beyond comfort zones - and this firepit knows it too.
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While the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit is indeed portable, it's not exactly lightweight. Weighing in at 3.9 kg, it's not something you'd want to lug around on a hiking trip. The assembly process, although generally straightforward, can be a bit fiddly, especially when it comes to the last section. It requires a bit of wiggling to fit the pieces together, which can be a bit of a hassle if you're in a hurry to get the fire started.
Another issue I encountered was that the fire pit is quite low to the ground. This means that it can scorch the grass it's placed on, which isn't ideal if you're using it in your backyard or at a campsite. To prevent this, I had to use an extra piece of scrap sheet metal underneath it. Additionally, despite its high-quality stainless steel construction, it does retain some burn marks after use. While this is to be expected with a fire pit, it's something to keep in mind if you're particular about maintaining its appearance.
Should You Buy?
In summing up my review, the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit exhibits superior German engineering. Constructed from high-quality stainless steel, its sturdy and robust nature means it's built to last, reflecting wisdom in its pricier tag. While it's not particularly light, weighing 3.9kg, its compactness grants it portability essential for outdoor adventures. Assembling it can be a test, but the versatility offered once assembled, particularly the noticeable size despite its compact figure, is a big plus.
Stability and reliability are standout features, proven by its ability to tote a significant log load. This, and the added advantage of easy clean-up after use, makes it a stand-out product for outdoor lovers. Its unique patented design isn't just an aesthetic plus, but the burn marks it gains over time simply add to its appeal.
Where it falls short is in its low height, posing a risk to grass and indicating you'll need to carry an additional protective underside. The retained burn marks, while adding character, may deter if you mind the altered appearance.
Regardless, the FENNEK Hexagon Firepit is a reliable and practical equipment piece which combines functionality with aesthetic appeal. Its few shortcomings can be managed with slight adjustments, making it, in my expert view, a worthy investment for outdoor enthusiasts.
(Price When Reviewed: £74.00)
Co-founder of Destiny River, with over forty years of experience camping throughout Europe, I'm happier sleeping under canvas than sleeping under a roof! I hope to inspire others to appreciate and protect the remarkable landscapes that our planet has to offer.More posts by Geoff K.