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Best Wood Stove

By putting a vast number of wood stoves to the test, we have finally determined that the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove is the best wood burning in the market. This fact was determined after countless hours of testing and research. As there are a variety of wood stove models in the market for different users from campers to homeowners, it was quite tricky finding one which fit all of our stringent criteria. But our top pick, ticked all the correct boxes on the list and thus was proclaimed champion.

Our top pick, the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove is an undisputed customer favorite. Being a wood burning stove with the capability of burning charcoal as well, it brings to you best of both worlds. It’s durable. It’s long lasting. It’s smaller in size and is compact, making it the perfect portable wood stove for you. It is also safe to use, thus eliminating your worries about cooking exposed to the elements. Read on to find more about why the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove was chosen as our tip wood stove pick.

To tell the truth, we are rather enamored with our budget pick, the Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove. We all like gadgets which are compact are easily transportable. And if there was ever a wood stove which earns maximum points for portability while being extremely friendly to your wallet, it is none other than our budget pick, the Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove. It’s small. It’s easy to use and it’s budget friendly. What else can you ask for?

Our step up pick, the Wood Burning Cook Stove La Nordica “Rosa XXL”, with Baking Oven is not for camping. It is definitely not one for backpacking. It is not portable. It is not compact. That is because it is the kind of stove you light up and wait for scents of baking to waft through the house. It’s massive. It’s expensive. It is perfect for a home. Read on to see why our step up pick is a dream come true to add to your farmhouse style home today.

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Everything about stoves

As explained in this Wikipedia article on types of stoves there are a variety of stoves in the market which in turn serve a multitude of purposes. A stove is essentially an enclosed space inside of which some type of fuel is burnt. This is done either to cook food, boil water or even to heat up spaces. There is usually a stove top on which a pot or pan can be kept and foodstuff cooked in and an oven in which food can be baked in.

Types of stoves

As explained in this article on the how to buy a stove the types of stoves are based on the fuel it uses, the material with which it has been made or the purpose it serves.
Depending on the fuel it uses, you can find gas stoves, wood burning stoves, electric stoves and even stoves which burn alcohol. Then depending on the material with which it has been made, stoves can be categorized into cast iron stoves, titanium stoves and galvanized steel stoves. These are the hardiest ones you can find in the market. Thirdly, there is the function they serve to consider. There are camping stoves, outdoor stoves, kitchen stoves and hearth-like furnace stoves.
Not all stoves are made alike and they can differ from one another in shape and size as well. When you consider all these factors, one can see that the market for stoves is quite big with its customers ranging from campers to mobile homemakers to mansions.

Why should you pick a wood burning stove?

Even if you had no access to fuel such as LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) or solidified alcohol or even commercially sold bags of coal, biomass such as wood can be found anywhere. Wood is extremely cheap compared to other inflammable substances and is easy to source.
Not only are firewood plentiful, if sourced sustainable, using it is eco-friendly too. And in the case of camping stoves, wood is not the only thing you can burn, making wood burning stoves a marvel to have with you on your travels.
On the other hand, if you are all for a wonderfully home cooked meal, food such as bread or pizza cooked in a wood-burning stove taste so much better. These are only a few reasons to choose a wood-burning stove over other models, and we have been swayed.

How to pick a good wood stove

Because our criteria in picking a good wood stove and your reasons for buying one are pretty much the same, we have bundled them all up here. As mentioned in this article on how to select a good wood stove there are numerous options to consider before you buy one.
To start off with, first consider why you are buying one. Do you want one for your home? If that is the case, is it just for the kitchen, or do you want one which would potentially double up as a hearth and heat up your house? Or are you looking for a wood stove to take with you on camping? Depending on your answer, the style of the wood stove you need to choose would be drastically different from one another. It is also the main fact which determines the price.
Once you’ve determined the kind of wood stove you want, decide on a style you like. This would entail the material it has been made with and any aesthetic elements you want. Another important factor to consider is how much heat is provides. When you look at your options, consider one which is the most efficient at providing heat. Efficient burning means less wastage which in turn means less money spent on wood.
Other factors which you might want to consider are whether you need help to install it, whether any local codes or regulations apply and if it is a stove for your home, whether it fits with your home’s style.

Our Top Pick: Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove

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Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove

When we set out to find the best wood burning stove, we wanted to find one which fit the mid-range of our requirements. It has to be portable, but not necessarily cartable in a backpack. It also has to burn wood and any other biomass easily found the in the wilderness. It has to burn with a consistent flame and produce a small pile of ash in return. It also has to double up as an emergency stove. In addition, it has to be made of durable materials and be durable and long lasting. Finally, it has to be affordable. As we were testing more and more wood stoves, it became apparent that finding one which fit all the above criteria might pose a problem. Just as we were about to call quits, we hit the jackpot and found our top pick, the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove. And here’s how it meets all of our requirements.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what the customers of our top pick had to say about the product, let us tell you about its many specifications and why it makes such a great wood stove. For starters, it is what is known as a rocket stove. It has two doors which make it very easy to use and clean. As the stove is metal lined, you will also find that it lasts longer and is more durable than other versions. That is not all, it also comes with a fuel shelf. And the pot skirt has now been upgraded so that it can be adjusted for boiling.
If you are wondering why the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove is a good choice for campers, here is why. It has been manufactured with cooking outdoors in mind. No more cold coffee in the great outdoors as it will boil your water in less than five minutes. Making dinner is also a piece of cake, as anything including burgers or hot dogs can be cooked to perfection right over the flame. And the cleanup is very easy because burning a whole pile of kindling sized wood pieces would leave less than a cup of ash. The best part is that if you are using this stove, there is no need to buy or carry fuel with you. You can easily burn dry twigs and sticks, hay or dried grass, pinecones, or even dried dung.
On a separate but equally important note, if you are someone concerned about emergency preparedness, the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove is the stove to have. The reviews received by our top pick shows why this is a popular product amongst campers and anyone to likes to spend time outdoors.
If you need another reason to consider our top pick, here’s one. Stove Tec, the company manufacturing our top pick is well known for their humanitarian projects. They have undertaken to manufacture and distribute stoves which utilize biomass in underprivileged areas in the world. So far they have extended their humanitarian efforts to remote parts of India, South Africa, Madagascar and certain other countries in Africa, as explained on their web page dedicated to humanitarian efforts.

Flaws but not deal breakers

If there was ever one flaw with the design of our top pick, the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove is that it is slightly on the heavy side. Close to 28 pounds, it is not one you can carry in your backpack. This is because it is made of ceramic which has been encapsulated in steel. Such a design obviously means that it is durable and would last you for ages.
However, to give credit to the manufacturers, they never do claim that the stove can be carried in a bag. It is easily transportable in a car or in an RV. And to us, who were looking for particular kind of a wood burning stove fitting our stringent criteria, the relatively heavier weight didn’t come across as a problem at all. And would not deter us from purchasing it at any rate.

Our Budget Pick: Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove

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Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove

It is noteworthy that, similar to our top pick, the budget pick can also be used by burning any biomass such as twigs, dried leaves, pine cones or wood. Because of such versatility, there is absolutely no need to carry fuel on the go. Which means that there is no fuel canister and zero chemical emissions. It is the perfect companion to the eco-friendly camper.
The Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove is also wonderfully portable. It is compact. It has dimensions of 5.3″ x 5.3″ x 3″. It is lightweight. It weighs only 14.2 oz. (400g). It also comes in a rather handy carry case. Even if you are in a hurry, you can just toss it into your bag or backpack as you dash out of the front door.
Here’s another feature of our budget pick we like. The top of the stove comes with three stability arms to balance a can or a pot you keep on it. With this stove, you need not worry about spilling hot food or liquid. The balancing arms also make sure that the heat is evenly distributed so that your food gets cooked perfectly.
Our budget pick is also efficient and gets the job done fast. It can boil up a pot of water in a few minutes and leaves only a small pile of ash. However, burning up paper is less efficient than using wood or grass.
The construction of the stove is also sturdy as it has been made with stainless steel. It is not flimsy and can take some abuse that naturally comes from being bumped about in a backpack. And we think it is good to note that many customers who bought the Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove have not been satisfied with having just one stove and have ordered more than one.

Our Step Up Pick: Wood Burning Cook Stove La Nordica “Rosa XXL”, with Baking Oven

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Wood Burning Cook Stove La Nordica “Rosa XXL”, with Baking Oven

If you read our reviews on our top pick and our budget pick, you will have noticed by now that our step-up pick is in fact quite different from them. It is quite bigger. It is also invariably much different in style. Finally, it serves more purposes or shall we say different purposes from the others.
This is a wood burning stove made for a kitchen. It is not one for camping or using outdoors. One of the reasons for this is that it weighs as much as 400 pounds. It is a stove and cooking range with a cast iron cooking top and a rather large baking oven. It also comes with a separate drawer for wood so that you will have all you need within your reach. All the accruements including the frame, plates and the rings have been made of cast iron and with proper care will last for generations to come. Because the baking frame is enamelled, the oven retains up to 85% of the heat, making the oven extremely heat efficient. This heat efficiency ensures that the usage of wood is low proving great heat for you to cook all your meals and even keep your kitchen/house warm in the winter.
The firebox is made of steel and has been lined with firebricks. The chimney can also be fixed in such a way that the flue is pointed upwards or towards the rear.
If you are looking for a great wood burning stove for your house, this is definitely the one for you.

Other Noteworthy Contenders

We have listed below for your discerning reading pleasure, a few of the other wood stoves we found which are worth a mention. Some of them are as small as a tin can and cost as much and some of them are big enough to fit inside a kitchen.

ERollDeep Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove

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ERollDeep Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove

The ERollDeep Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove is similar to our budget pick in its price and function. It burns any biomass including wood and any twigs you find in the woods. It also burns charcoal and solidified alcohol so that keeping a fire going will not be at all difficult.
It has three balancing arms on the top to balance your cooking pot eliminating your worries about tipping it and spilling. Even if you forgot to carry any fuel with you at all, your fuel can be found either very cheaply or freely because you can simply use leaves, twigs or even pinecones you can find lying around. It is also extremely compact and comes with its own mesh carry bag for your convenience.

TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove

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TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove

As its name so promptly suggests, the TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove is made of Titanium, which makes it durable and long lasting. This fact makes it a perfect companion to your next camping trip, as it can withstand the elements.
Weighing only 7.9 oz. or 225g, it is compact. It is simple and easy to use. And because of the design of its construction, pots ranging from 450ml to 1100ml can be nicely and snugly nested in when being used. Another feature which we like a lot is that this stove will also burn almost anything you find on the trail. There is no need to carry extra fuel in your backpack.
Because of the cleverness of its design, the TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove won the 2015 Outdoor Industry Award in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

TMS STOVE-2346 Portable Military Camping Tent Steel Wood Stove

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TMS STOVE-2346 Portable Military Camping Tent Steel Wood Stove

Here’s a wood stove which is as different as can be from the other we have discussed so far. It is a wood stove made for a military camp. However, there’s nothing stopping you from using one as we can guarantee that it is one of the best we have found so far. The TMS STOVE-2346 Portable Military Camping Tent Steel Wood Stove is perfect for the life on the go. It can be used inside a tent and to prevent a spark from destroying your belongings, there is a spark arrester as an added safety feature. The hinges on the top grate also double up as handles for easy carrying. It is also small enough to be transported in the car to your camping spot. There is a flat heating surface on the top for you to cook your food safely and fast. The top grates which make up the said flat heating surface can also be used on a rainy day to dry up your clothing. If you want the stove to vent out high, the pipe can be extended. All in all, it is a great wood stove to be taken with you when you are out camping, hunting or fishing.

Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo

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Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo

Before TOAKS came into light as a manufacturer of amazing wood camping stoves, it was Solo which had set the benchmark in the category. As such, a solo stove was definitely worth our research time, and we were not disappointed with our findings.
This particular Solo stove, the Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo is not just a stove. It also comes with the matching pot eliminating your need to carry separate pots with you on the go. With this stove, you need to carry separate fuel such a battery or even a canister of liquid gas with you. You can burn leaves or twigs you can practically find anywhere.
The design of the Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo has been patented for its emission of less smoke. This because of the unique double wall it features which creates ultra-clean gasification and a secondary combustion, leading the way to the wood being burnt more efficiently. This stove is compact in its easy to carry bag and is lightweight being only 9oz.
It has won quite a number of awards for its design, including the 2014 Gear of the Year Award by the Campfires and Hiker Magazine, and being recommended by the Backpacker Magazine.

HQ ISSUE Outdoor Wood Stove

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HQ ISSUE Outdoor Wood Stove

The HQ ISSUE Outdoor Wood Stove which even at first glance looks to be tough and durable has been made out of toughened galvanized steel with a high-temperature finish. With its hinged door, it is easy to use. The said hinged door has been made of cast iron and has vent holes for you to easily control the heat.
While it is perfect to be installed in a outhouse for residential use, it is also easily portable. Its legs are detachable and the pipes can be nested. Thus the entire apparatus can be fitted inside storage for easy transport.

Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove

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Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove

One of the features we liked a lot about the Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove was the fact with one fueling, it can be used for hours. Its heating is efficient and can easily heat up to 1200 square feet. The large feed door has been made of cast iron and sports a big 14.5″ by 8″ ceramic glass window.
This stove has been made of heavy gauge 3/16″ reinforced plate steel. It has also been lined with firebricks. The legs attached to the stove are adjustable. The stove comes with two air inlets. When the fire is started, the first inlets ignites the wood. To keep the fire burning, the second inlet lets in air to be circulated through the three ignition tubes directly above the wood. Because of this efficient burning, all wood gets burnt to a powder with absolutely no wastage.

WoodPro Wood Stove

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WoodPro Wood Stove

Here is another addition to your kitchen. It will keep not only your kitchen but also your whole house warm in the winter time as it can heat up to 1000 square feet with no problem. Heated air is blown throughout the house with the 100 CFM blower. When filled with wood, the stove burns up to eight hours and through the large inbuilt window, you can see how big a fire is going on inside.
The WoodPro Wood Stove is guaranteed to have an efficiency of 75% and comes to you with an EPA certification. The stove is easy to clean as all the ash gets collected in the built-in ash drawer. While this is essentially a residential wood stove, by adhering to any applicable local rules and regulations, it can also be installed in mobile homes.

Hi-Flame FF-905 Shetland Wood Stove

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Hi-Flame FF-905 Shetland Wood Stove

The Hi-Flame FF-905 Shetland Wood Stove is a wood burning stove made of cast iron which can heat up an area up to 800 square feet. The flue outlet can be fixed either on the top or the rear of the stove and the stove burns pre-heated tertiary air rather efficiently.
The best thing about this wood burning stove is that with its European styling it looks great while providing maximum heat.

In conclusion

If you ever thought that wood burning stoves were a thing of the past, think again. They are now being used by people from all walks of life. Whether it is someone who cannot afford gas to burn or someone with an affluent home and enough wood and coal to burn during cold nights, wood burning stoves are being used all around the world. Some can easily fit in your backpack. Some need a car to be transported. And some others are as big as a room.
Our top pick, the Stovetec Two-Door Deluxe Lite Wood/charcoal Stove is the best of all worlds. It burns everything from wood to coal to grass. It is easily portable in a car and it comes with great reviews from practically all of its buyers.
If you are about to embark on your next camping trip, look no further than our top pick to make your life easier in the great outdoors.

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