Best Wood Burning Stoves In 2020 – Reviews With Buying Guide


A wood-burning stove is one of my personal favorite heating devices. I grew up with these appliances in my home, and the smell of wood smoke brings back fond memories of my childhood. When we decided that we would do an in-depth review of the best wood burning stoves I knew that I wanted to be on the panel that tried these units.

We assembled a panel of testers who had different size homes and wanted different things from their wood-burning stove so we could be sure and represent the truthful facts about a wider variety of appliances. Our main focus for the appliances was their efficiency, ease of operation, and safety features.



1. TMS Portable Military Camping Wood Stove

The TMS military camping wood stove is designed with numerous safety features so it can even be used in an outfitters tent if you desire to do so.

It stands erect on legs that keep it from being so close to the ground or surface it is standing on that it might overheat that surface.

It has a spark arrestor to help keep you safe. You can use this device to heat the room with and you can also use it to cook food on.

There are removable cooking tubes situated on the sides of the appliance that can be used to cook food or warm-up food. This unit has airflow regulators positioned in the front and the rear of the device so you can adjust the airflow precisely and make your wood fuel last longer.

Convenience has been designed into every aspect of this device. It has a grate that folds to create a flat heating surface and a top grate that is hinged and acts as a carry handle when you are transporting the device from place to place.

The unit comes with interlocking flue pipe sections that provide an escape route for the smoke created when the fire is burning.


2. US Stove 1269E Small Cast Iron Logwood Stove

This wood-burning appliance made by US Stove Company is small and easy to use, but it is also long enough to accept a log section that measures 23”.

It is designed in the classic design of the old stoves our grandparents had in their cabins.

The stove has a flat top so you can cook on it. It has a safety handle so there is less of a chance of you burning your hand when you are feeding the fire. 

It also produces enough heat to warm 900 square feet of living space effectively. That is about 54,000 BTUs. The safety handle remains cool when the stove is in use, but the rest of the stove gets very hot and you should be careful to not touch the unit while a fire is lit inside it.

You can use this stove in a cabin, in a garage, in a shop, or in other areas, but it is not recommended for heating a modular or mobile home.

The cast iron this device is made from will allow it to be durable and last for many years. It is situated on legs that hold it far enough above the floor to not cause problems with overheating.


3. Winnerwell Nomad Portable Wood Burning Stove

Winnerwell Nomad medium Tent Stove is a stainless-steel unit that effectively burns wood so you can camp no matter what season it is. Your tent will be warm and cozy even if outside there is cold wind and snow on the ground.

The heating unit is designed to be portable. It has legs that fold up when you are transporting. The chimney pipe that the unit uses can be placed inside the stove, and the cooking racks on each side of the appliance convert into convenient carry handles. 

The device even comes equipped with all of the chimney pipes. A spark arrestor and an ash scraper so it is ready to assemble and use when it arrives.

The top surface area of the stove is flat and can be used to cook a meal, boil some water, or heat canned foods. The racks to the side can be used to warm food, or even to dry your socks and mittens after a long day outside. 

It is made from stainless steel so you know that it is durable. Stainless does not rust or corrode, and can withstand the heat of a fire as well as cast iron, but stainless is lighter than cast iron so it is more portable.


4. US Stove Caribou Portable Wood Stove

This US Stove Company Caribou portable camp stove is the perfect addition to your winter camping supplies.

It is also great for your summer camping supplies because you can use this item to heat your tent and keep you cozy during the winter, but it also serves as a great cooking appliance that can be used outside of the tent.

Everything is established in a convenient carry case so the components stay together while you travel and when the device is in storage.

This portable device comes with everything required to set it up. You get 6-feet of chimney pipe, the legs to stabilize the device, a flue brush to help you clean the creosote out of the flue, a damper tool to help you adjust and control the fire, and side racks that allow you to cook, or dry your winter mittens and scarf.

The door damper adjusts so you can make the fire burn as hot as you like, or cool it down so the fire lasts through the night. It is made of heavy-duty steel material so it will be durable and provide you many hours of enjoyment.


5. REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove

Redcamp has made a wood-burning stove that is perfectly splendid for camping and hiking. It is smaller than many other wood-burning stoves, so it is easier to carry when you are backpacking or hiking through the wilderness.

When folded this device measures 8.3” x 5.9” x 1”. The total weight of the unit is less than two pounds. You can easily burn twigs and leaf matter inside the stainless-steel device so you have a warm tent to sleep in on a cold or blustery evening. It comes with its own carry bag to transport it in.

With this stove, you can sleep warm and cozy but you can also heat food to have a warm meal or a warm beverage. It is shaped like a cube and that design makes it more stable and less likely to be tipped over.

You can put a few twigs inside the device and get a nice fire glowing and then place wieners on the opened door and let them heat. You can also cook food on top of the device.

You can also use charcoal, coal, and other sources of fuel to create the fire in this device. It does get hot while in use so be careful about placing flammable items too close to the device in the tent.


6. Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Potable Wood Burning Stoves

This Ohuhu stainless-steel stove is a small backpacking stove that can be used to burn wood.

Most backpacking stoves require alcohol as a fuel, but with this unit, you can use the natural dead twigs that have fallen from the tree and do not have to carry alcohol along with you.

The beauty of this unit is that you can also burn alcohol in it if you choose to do so. Sometimes where you are camping there are no fallen twigs to make use of so having a versatile stove that can use an alternative fuel is delightful.

It has a base specifically designed to be sat in the outdoors. It is designed with a 3-arm base that sits firmly even when the outside weather conditions include a little wind. Your stove will rest securely and not be a fire hazard or threat to you.

The stove is completely collapsible so it easily fits into your backpack during transport. When you set the pot on top of the burning fire you create a pressurized type of system so the fire burns hotter and your food warms more quickly.


7. Unigear Wood Burning Camp Stoves Picnic BBQ Cooker

This Unigear wood burning stove is the perfect outdoor stove to take along when you go out for a picnic day or hiking and camping in the woods.

It is crafted from rugged stainless-steel that will not corrode, rust, or succumb to the elements of nature.

It is light, foldable, and compact so you can carry this device in a backpack, or in your bag. The little device even comes in a carry bag that makes it convenient to carry.

This stove is versatile and can be fueled by a large number of fuels so it is convenient for everyone no matter where you take it. You can burn wood in this stove. Little twigs, leaves, and pinecones that you collect from the ground. Pinecones burn especially hot. You can also burn coal or gas in the device if you are going up the side of a rock cliff that would have no twigs or pinecones available to burn.

It is easy to assemble, easy to use, and easy to clean and maintain. The design is a cube style so it is stable and less likely to be affected by wind gusts, or the uneven ground of your camp area.


8. Drolet Columbia II EPA Certified Wood Stove

Drolet has created a 65,000 BTU wood stove dubbed the Columbia II. This device allows you to have the convenience of a wood stove.

A safe firebox that the flames and fuel are contained in that will not allow ash, sparks, embers, or smoke to infiltrate your home.

It also has a fantastic viewing area on the door of the unit so you can watch the flames flickering inside. Be mesmerized by the beauty of the fire and also see when you need to add wood so you do not have to guess or open the door to check the contents.

The safety handle on the door remains cool to the touch so you can open the unit and add fuel when needed. It is a large device that can provide enough heat for 1,800 square feet of living space. The outer sections of the stove do not get as hot as cast iron would so there is less chance of an accidental burn.

This device is EPA certified and can even be installed in mobile homes. It is crafted from a high grade of steel and will be durable. Your family will get many years of warm cozy winters using this device.


9. Camping Rocket Stove by StarBlue

This StarBlue wood burning stove will allow the wood that you burn to last longer and provide a greater amount of heat.

That means you can cook longer and remain warmer for a longer period of time. It is an optimal choice for campers because it is small, lightweight, and easy to carry with you in the convenient carry bag provided by the manufacturer.

This device rests on a stand that is specifically designed to create stability for your cooking pan. 

When you are ready to move the unit comes apart and packs flat so it is easy to carry. When you arrive at the next place you wish to stay it is easy to assemble and ready to use in just a few minutes.

The design allows the wood to burn longer and create a hot fire that does not have high flames. The lower flames make it more suited to cooking and will transfer less soot to the outer sections of your cooking vessels.

This stove is a great camping utensil but is not recommended for use inside the tent where you will be sleeping because the fire will not be contained inside a totally sealed firebox.


10. Winnerwell Nomad View Large Wood Burning Stove

This Winnerwell camp stove is a large version that is suitable for providing fuel and heat for larger tents and larger groups of people.

It has a 1500 cubic inch firebox and delightful glass viewing windows that let you see the fire inside.

You always know when you need to add a little wood to the fire, and you can relax watching the flames dance while you sip a warm beverage.

You get everything you need to set this stove up and start using it. The unit has collapsible legs that fold under it so they are easy to stand and do not get lost. You get 5 sections of chimney pipe that each measure 3.5” and a spark arrestor and ash scraper to help you stay safe and keep the unit clean and ready to use.

The stove has a flat top surface that allows you to place pots on top of it and boil water, simmer stews, or make anything you desire. On each side, it has folding racks that can heat foods or that you can place your damp gloves, socks, hats and scarves on so they will be dry and ready to wear the next day.


Buying Guide of The Best Wood-Burning Stoves


A wood-burning stove can be a lot more economical to operate than a central heating unit is. These appliances can save you money and they provide heat even during times when the power is off. They are reliable, efficient, and easy to operate, but before you buy one there are some things you need to know.

In order to purchase the best wood burning stove for your needs, you need to understand a few things about these appliances. When you are familiar with the different styles and features that can be found on these stoves you will be better prepared to shop for one that will be a great benefit for your family.

Size

Wood heaters are not all the same size. These appliances can be pretty small and only capable of handling very short pieces of wood, or they can be quite large and able to handle wood of larger lengths and diameters.

Small heaters are better suited to smaller homes or to places that are using the device as an additional source of heat instead of a primary source of heat.

Cool to the Touch Surface

Wood heaters may be made of cast iron that gets extremely hot when there is a fire in the unit. The cast-iron heaters can even be used as cooking appliances because they get so hot when there is a fire glowing in them.

Other wood heaters have a firebox inside them and then on the outside, they have a cool to the touch box protecting you from the firebox. These units look much larger but in homes where there are children, they will prevent accidents like burns.

Blowers

Some wood burning heaters come with a blower. The beauty of a blower is that it spreads the warmth a greater distance from the heater. If you do not have a blower on your heater the area right around the heater will be much hotter than the areas on the other side of the room. The farther away from the heater you get the less warmth you will feel. Blowers ensure that all of the room remains a comfortable temperature.

Glass Panels

There are wood heaters that have glass panels as the pellet stoves have so you can see the beautiful fire burning inside.

Control Knobs

Some heaters have dampers that are just placed in the stovepipe that goes from the heater to the ceiling and other heaters have built-in dampers, and knobs to control those dampers. These knobs basically exist only on heaters with the cool to the touch protection boxes built around them. The control knob lets you open and closes the damper to provide the fire with more or less air so it can burn hotter, or simply simmer.


Frequently Asked Questions


1. Is a wood burner worth it?

A wood-burning stove produces a natural heat that does not require you to use anything that might be harmful to your health. Wood is available in most areas at a relatively inexpensive price, and my grandpa always said a wood-burning stove warms you twice. Once when you gather the wood and once when you build the fire.

2. How many logs burn an hour?

The number of logs that you can burn or will need to burn per hour will depend on the size of the logs, how green the wood is, the type of wood, and how hot you want the fire to be. Once you have a nice hot fire made of smaller logs going well you can throw one good size log on the fire, turn the airflow down a bit, and let the log slow burn for the majority of the night.

3. Is a wood burner cheaper than central heating?

Yes, it is. You might still have to buy the wood to burn in your stove if you do not have enough acreage to cut your own wood from, but the price of wood is far less than the price of electricity or natural gas.

4. How many logs should I put in my woodstove?

To start with you want to put several small twigs or small diameter pieces of wood in the stove. You need to open the damper and let plenty of air enter the unit so that the wood starts to burn hot.

Then you add logs that are larger in diameter, close the door to the wood heater and allow the larger logs to start to burn and reduce the airflow so the logs burn slower. Remember that you use dry wood first, then put the green logs on when you want to create a maintenance fire that burns for a long time with no tending.

5. How do you keep a wood stove burning all night?

To properly keep a wood stove burning all-night you need to have a hotbed of coals going in the heater and you add larger diameter logs that are more on the green side. Greenwood burns slower than dry wood because the moisture in the wood has to be burned out before the wood actually burns. Shut the damper almost completely off so the wood smolders instead of burning brightly.

6. Can a wood-burning stove heat a whole house?

You can heat an entire house using a wood stove. Our ancestors did this before central heat and electric heaters were invented. To help your wood stove heat the entire house you will want to have a blower on the stove.

The blower is an electric fan that spreads the heat out away from the heater box. You can also use ceiling fans, and even box fans set on low speeds to make the heat move from the room the heater is established into the other rooms of the house. Be sure to keep the doors to the other rooms in the house open so the heat can enter them.

7. Do you need permission to install a wood-burning stove?

This answer solely depends on where you live and whether you own the home you are living in. There are some subdivisions that do not allow residents to have wood-burning stoves even if the resident owns their own home.

You should check your local ordinances, or check with your homeowner’s association to determine if you can have a wood-burning stove in your area. If you rent your home you have to get the permission of your landlord before you install one of these heating appliances.

8. Can you leave the door open on wood burning stove?

You should not leave the door open on a wood-burning stove. When the door is open there is nothing stopping hot ash and embers from being spewed out of the stove and onto your floor. When the door is open you might see more smoke entering your room because the open door changes the drafting situation and can create more smoke. The door should only be opened for maintenance and cleaning.


Final Note


If you are looking for a wood burning stove that you can carry with you when you go camping consider the TMS portable military stove. It is designed to be portable and has a carry handle. It can be established inside a tent and has convenient cooking grates so it serves as a source of heat and a cooking stove.

If you are looking for a classic design wood stove like the ones your grandparents used then consider the US small cast iron logwood stove. It has all of the features of the old wood stoves including removable top plates that you can use for cooking areas to simmer a pot of beans or a pot of soup.

Wood stoves provide a healthy alternative to gas and kerosene stoves. They are efficient and cost-friendly.

Vernon Scott
 

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