The Best Camping Wood Stove
Which hot tent wood stove is best for us?
We need to think about several aspects before we are going to buy a Tent Wood Stove.
- Stove sizes
- Tent Choices
- Outside Temperatures
- Fuel Sources
All kinds of information is useful for anybody who's interested in hot tent camping.
Big Tent Versus Small Tent
This seems to be the most common question around hot Tenting.
We might have a large tent, we're more looking for a larger wood stove to heat that tent. Maybe we have a smaller tent we're looking for more of a smaller wood stove to heat that tent. However, the truth is a large stove can actually be very beneficial in a small tent and vice versa a small stove can actually be very beneficial in a large tent as well.
A small wood stove is going to require more cutting of firewood because it needs to be shorter in length. A larger wood stove is going to require less wood cutting because it can be longer in length. So that's a pro and a con depending on which way you look at it.
The long wood stove being a larger stove can heat a small tent very nicely, it can also fit inside of a one to two person tp style tent and it offers more cooking room.
Whereas the mini stoves they don't have as much length on the top, so our cooking area is a little bit less, however our interior space in the tent is going to be more.
Size of tent wood stove:
Mini Tent Stove: 33*17.5*16.5 cm
Medium Stove: 36*20*20 cm
Large Wood Stove: 380*22*22 cm
If You Use The Wood Stove In Teepee Tents
We cannot position the large stove in most single or two person teepee style tents because of the center pole, so we would actually have to turn the wood stove on the side.
Whereas the Tryhomy Mini Stove or the t1 mini stove, we can change to any orientation you want. We could be sleeping on the area giving us easy access to the door to load the wood stove throughout the night, we can also turn it on its side if we want to have a good look at some of these glass windows.
And a small tent stove can actually heat a four to six person teepee tent very nicely. However we are going to be load more often.
A lot of people think that we need a large wood stove to heat a large tent. That's actually not entirely true, it is up to a certain size of tent.
The maximum size of being six person tp and the smallest being a one to two person, a large stove and a small stove will work totally fine, it depends what we're going to be doing inside of that tent.
Are you hiking in? Are you driving in?
A small tent stove can definitely be used in a large tent and vice versa we can even fit a large wood stove inside of a one to two person tent.
We can have a small fire in a large firebox or we can have a small firebox and have a large fire vice versa.
So we don't have to load the large stove full of firewood, we can have a small fire inside of it and hold the hot air and have more room on top for cooking.
So large stoves can go in small tents, small stoves can go in large tents, it totally depends on what your needs are.
Glass Versus No Glass
A lot of tent stoves have glass panels, such as the Tryhomy Ultra Stove has a very large glass panel on the side of the stove the other side is solid. Some mini wood stove with three, one on the front two side glass panels with obstructed view. And some hot tent stoves have no glasses. All can be got at Tryhomy.
What is the benefit of the glass?
1 It's not just for monitoring the the fire inside the stove, because you can clearly see inside when you need to load the stove.
2 We need not to open and shut the door all the time.
That is why a lot of tent stoves have glass in the front. We can visually see what's happening inside of the stove and know when to load it and when not to load it. If we shut the draft all the way down too far and we can see the fire kind of snuffing out.
3 Heat transfers way better through the glass than it does through the solid panels.
This is a big game changer for a lot of people. All stoves are going to be very hot on the top side, but on the sides it's where things kind of get interesting.
Primarily is if i'm looking for more heat, i would orientate the stove with the window pointing towards my body, especially with a stove with large glass window, because there's a lot of heat that transfers out through that glass and it's very very warm. If I don't require a lot of heat and want a little bit more light, then i can rotate the stove to take the benefit of the glass letting out a lot of light inside of the tent and shield yourself from a lot of heat.
Keep in mind, these stove are still going to heat a tent all of them with or without glass, it's just this glass is basically a window of heat coming right at you.
4 A double walled panel VS only one layer panel.
We're getting even less side heat transfer from double walled stove, holding our hand about two millimeters away from double walled stoves when it's burning red hot, it won't burn hand at all as soon as we put it next to the glass, it's ridiculously hot.
The stove being a double wall design is something to think about if you're looking for side heat transfer or you're looking for more top heat or you're looking for the heat from the side glass.
So the glass does have a benefit by letting out a lot of light and a lot of heat.
Steel Versus Titanium
1 What are the main benefits is cost typically.
Titanium wood stoves are going to be higher in cost due to materials titanium is an expensive material, stainless steel is rather affordable, so stainless steel wood stoves generally are a little bit lower in cost than the titanium wood stove.
But keep in mind, if the shipping fees not rolled into, the stainless steel stove cost the shipping fees may be higher, because this is coming in at about 20 to 22 pounds. However titanium tent stoves are coming in between three and five pounds depending on the model.
Stianless Steel Wood Stoves comes in 8 pounds to 12 pounds with free shipping to most country.
Normally, stainless steel are very heavy, but titanium stoves are very light.
2 Titanium has some amazing properties.
The titanium will not rust and it cools down very very quickly, even though we can argue stainless steel won't rust either.
The biggest point i want to put out is that stainless steel stoves hold heat. There is a myth to go along with this, however the myth is that a stainless steel stove will hold heat and continue heating the tent, that is totally false.
Yes, it is true stainless steel is thicker than titanium, four millimeters thick of stainless steel, four or five millimeters thick on the top plate and then three on the sides, titanium is one millimeter thick all the way around. However the tent is not insulated. When the fire goes out, whether it's in a titanium stove, a big stove, a small stove, a steel stove, whenever the heat is gone it's getting cold.
3 The stainless steel stoves are a little bit easier to cook on.
Stainless steel takes longer to cool down, because they do retain a lot of heat as it is thicker steel.
The titanium wood stove usually has hot spots which are generally right in front of the chimney pipe that's the hottest point because everything's going out there. With the stainless steel stoves they get a nice even heat and where they are thicker on the top they do generate and hold a lot more heat than the titanium does.
The stainless steel stoves being more cost effective that may be an option for choosing a stove. But these are not going to be hikable, you're not going to be carrying this in your backpack. So the steel stoves is basically made for my truck, however i bring the titanium stoves whatever i'm doing on that trip. But stainless steel stoves, there are some pros and cons those are some to think about.
What kind of wood fuel are you going to be putting inside of your wood stove?
Most of the time we're going to be dealing with hardwood or soft wood, even sometimes some of those store-bought bio bricks or fire logs. Whatever we're going to be putting into the tent stove is going to have a massive effect on how much heat it outputs how fast it's going to burn.
Larger stoves, cutting firewood in the woods, it's nice to cut longer pieces and less frequent rather than the smaller stoves. We're going to be cutting more pieces of wood as they are smaller however they have their benefit in weight savings and size.
What we're going to be burning inside of the tent stoves, hardwood or soft wood? Hardwood is going to spit out less embers less chances of burning your tent material, soft wood is going to burn very fast and it's going to spit a lot of embers out the top and it's going to be more of a dirty burn.
So think about the wood sources. Is it going to take up time cutting long pieces of soft wood or is it going to take up time cutting a lot of really dense hardwood?
Loading Frequency of The Wood Stove
Tryhomy tent wood stove, the timberwolf and the t1 mini, are shorter stoves and they're not very tall, making them very easy to backpack and hike in, which is the reason why i really like them on solo trips.
However if i'm going to be camping, i may sacrifice a little bit extra weight and carrying it.
If i'm going to be away from camp, if i'm going hunting or fishing or i'm going to be hiking trails throughout the day and i want to make sure that my tent's warm that my stuff inside doesn't freeze up or maybe i have a fire when i get back. For whatever reason a larger stove maybe the option, because we can actually fit more wood and load less often or if we do want to sleep during the night and want the stove burning, we can load longer pieces and more pieces
The long stove will burn a lot longer and we can fit larger pieces of wood. We need to think about that and take that into consideration
Do you need the long stove for massive wood, do you need a taller stove for massive wood capacity or can you get away with one of the smaller options and load it more frequently?
Personally i never let my wood stove burn while i sleep, because i like to do exactly that sleep, so i don't bother loading it even if i have a large stove.
Do never ever rely on a wood stove of any brand to keep we warm all night because anything can happen always, bring a winter sleeping bag and a winter sleeping pad that is rated to keep us warm without the wood stove that is the best option .
Landscape and Ambient Temperatures
Are you gonna be in zero degrees celsius?
Are you gonna be a negative 20 degrees celsius?
Is your landscape flat and smooth, is it windy, is it rocky, is it going to be ice and snow?
These will dictate what type of shelter we can bring with, whether it's going to be a large tent or a small tent, and that could ultimately define which stove we're going to be bringing, a large stove or a small stove.
Like I covered, we can use a large stove in a small tent or a small stove in a large tent. There are going to be drastically different obstacles to kind of overcome, because if i'm going to be cooking a lot on my stove, I probably want a more longer top to cook on, especially you could fit more pans and pots on top of it.
1 Landscape is going to be the ultimate benefactor in deciding where you can camp.
If i'm going to be bringing a large tent in a rocky area,where is difficult to set up. So i might have to bring a smaller tent, that's going to basically narrow down my stove choice.
I'm probably going to want more living space or a little bit more storage room inside of the tent, one of the smaller or the medium-sized stoves is probably going to be the better choice.
2 Temperatures how often are you going to want to load it.
Is it going to be negative 20 or is it going to be zero degrees. If you're a negative 20, small stove is going to need to be loaded probably every 40 minutes, large stove could be loaded every two and a half to three hours depending on fuel source of course.
Definitely think about the temperatures and practicality of how hot do we need the tent to really be. We're gonna have a winter sleeping bag a pad, do us really need a roasting hot or just need it big enough to cut the dampness.
How Many People are We Going Camping With?
Are you going to be by yourself?
Are you going to be with two people?
Are you going to be with more people?
This kind of question goes along with the size of our tent and all along with the loading frequency the cooking surface all of that is always involved in deciding which stove is going to work.
If we're going to be bringing a two to four person size tent, we can split the weight, one person going to carry the stove and the other person going to carry the tent. If you're camping by yourself you're going to have to carry everything totally by yourself.
How many people are going with you can you split the load and the components?
When you're inside of your tent?
How much room do you need inside of the tent?
A larger stove is going to take up more room. Maybe we still need a large stove but the length is too long. Maybe we can go with a wood stove to gain some size in height and still save a little bit of floor space in the tent. Or maybe it's better off to go with a smaller stove and kind of huddle around the stove and and one person load it kind of takes shifts throughout the night.
Think about how many people are going to be in the shelter how many people are going to be able to carry the components and so on.
When choosing a stove, if we're going to be using it for cooking, some of these things might sway our decision.
1 side shelves: Tryhomy ultra stoves with side shelves, used as basically a shelf to warm food, put a pot and pan, hang gloves and socks which i typically do to dry during the wintertime, the racks work really really well. which means it's going to keep pots and pans very warm and we can also hang clothing mittens and hats off the sides of that to cook
2 Long cooktop: A generous size, we could fit about probably six 750 ml titanium pots up here.
At the same time there is a lot of cooking space up top and storage space down on the sides.
A longer wood stove is massive, you can cook all day good for group camps. A smaller stove you could fit probably four 750 ml pots on this so it is a smaller cook surface you can certainly cook for one or two people.
3 Internal damper: which is removable this is going to either help or basically inhibit you from cooking. I often do not use these because i find the stoves can open up to full throttle with these not installed by opening the draft and the damper.
However, if you do install this, it basically locks the stove into a slow and low burner. This will distribute the heat throughout the top with this installed, basically it goes inside of the stove.
4 Stove oven underneath of the stove
We can slide in a pizza, we can do nachos, we can do all kinds of different food options with the oven. This might be a little overkill or just right, depends on how long are you going to be staying in that location? We're only going to be cooking nachos one time or staying for a week, maybe you're out elk hunting.
The Shape of Shelter
What is the shape of your tent?
Most tents are typically traditionally shaped as a teepee style tent. This is typically a hot tent shape because the bottom offers a large footprint area and the shape is conical.
What happens is the heat rises into a very very small point, and We can only cram so much hot air in there, before it slowly starts to seep down along the walls and the stove is going to be pulling in oxygen usually from around the bottom of the tent and it's going to pull it in. It's going to push hot air up, so the tp picture when you're sitting up in it the shelter is coning in so your head is up and your chest is up in the heat area and it gets very hot so it's a very constrictive shelter for heat and keeping it hot .
When we roll into a dome shaped tent, everything changes. The frost ring can be somewhat higher, the heat channel can actually be somewhat colder, because of the general shape. When you roll into a dome shape, the heat is rising up, but you now have more roof area.
So a tp has a very small roof area a dome shelter has massive heat area so when the heat rises it disperses more and it comes into contact with the cold fabric more and it cools down
There is a benefit to this because as a teepee shelter will get roasting hot very very quickly even with a smaller stove, it will get very hot because it's constricting that heat while you're sitting up. When you lay down it's not going to be as hot, unless you have a very large stove throwing heat out the sides.
With a dome shelter, it's more of a mild heat, we can still get them very hot with small stoves. The heat rises and it disperses around it. Our side walls are generally more vertical more than a teepee tent. The heat actually distributes through the tent way different than a teepee style tent, which may result into more or less frequent wood loading depending on the size of your wood stove and the height of your wood stove.
Anything can happen and just consider the shape of our tent to be one of those decisions while choosing a wood stove.
Do you really need a lot of heat in the stove?
Do you need the tent really hot?
Do you need a longer cook surface?
Do you need a smaller cook surface a smaller stove?
Do you want to cut less wood?
We really need to think about our needs and what's going to benefit us the most during our camping trip with the steel stoves you're going to be driving in a truck.
What we need to think about is what tent stove is going to be right for us.
Unfortunately there is no perfect tent wood stove for every situation, above covered the height, the length, the compactness, the weight, all of those factors are going to come into making our decision for the stove. We should focus more on what we going to be doing and how often we going to be going out.
If we're going to be shelling out almost a thousand dollars on a wood stove, we can get away with a smaller wood stove and load it more frequently rather than having a large capacity of wood stove, because if we're not going to use it that often. It might not be a benefit to spend that kind of money, but the other thing to that to kind of keep in mind is buy once cry once.
If we do buy a very expensive high quality stove, even though it's a lot of money. We're never going to have to replace it and never going to have to upgrade it. It is an investment.
Unfortunately hot tenting is not very cheap, it is a very expensive hobby, both tents and stoves. So that is something to think about
The most important is getting the stove that is right for you not right for your friends or whoever you're going camping with. Purchase what is going to be best for you and you'll get the most use out of it.