SMALL STOVE REVIEW: Cubic Mini Cub

Cubic Mini Small Wood Stove

Cubic Mini, “CUB”

Price: $595

Dimensions: H12” x W10” x D9”

Weight: 27lbs

Flue Outlet: 3”

Output: 6000-14000 btu

Efficiency: ?

EPA Certified: No

Outside Air Supply: No

Thoughts: The Cubic Mini Cub is a nice little stove, and very tiny.  It's a great option for very small spaces like vans overwintering in mild weather, or for fun and ambiance in spaces with another heat source.  The light weight of the Cubic Mini Cub allows it to be wall-mounted, which is a great space-saving feature.

6 thoughts on “SMALL STOVE REVIEW: Cubic Mini Cub”

    1. nick@veggiemealmaker.com

      Hey Dave!

      No the Cub does not have an integrated ash pan. So between burns you would need to scoop out the excess ash. Hope this helps!

  1. I know wood pellets can be used but was wondering if pea coal could be used also, ,also how often does the ash have to be cleaned ? Thanks ! PS. does the 450.00 include shipping ?

  2. Hi Dave, our stoves are designed for solid wood, pressed logs, and charcoal, but not pellets. You need to clean the ashes as needed. Our prices do not include shipping or any applicable taxes. You can visit our website, enter your information and it will give you an exact price with no obligation to buy. Hope this helps.

  3. Samantha Thompson

    Hi there!

    We installed the cubic mini in our tiny home and absolutely LOVE everything about it. Recently though we started researching EPA regulations and what is/is not approved (regarding wood smoke/carcinogens in the home). What is the main cause of the cubic mini not making the EPA approved list for wood stoves? Thanks in advance for your answer!

    1. Samantha-

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying having a small wood stove in your tiny home! Sitting by a real wood fire in the evening really makes your time in a small space so much more enjoyable.

      EPA testing measures the amount of fine particulate matter that a wood stove produces while it’s in operation. If you look at your roof vent while your stove is burning and see thick or dark-colored smoke, that’s the kind of pollution that the EPA is regulating. The EPA wood stove standards are not regulating smoke/carcinogens in the home, only the smoke that’s going up the chimney. A properly functioning wood stove should not be releasing any more smoke into the home than the occasional puff if you open the door too quickly. However, a poorly functioning stove (EPA or otherwise) could easily spill smoke into your living space, and release lots of particulates outside. To maintain the air quality in and around your home, it’s important to keep your stove and flue system clean and well-maintained and to set up hot, clean burns.

      While I can’t speak for Cubic Mini’s decisions regarding EPA testing of their products, small stove manufacturers typically opt not to conduct EPA testing because:
      1. EPA certification is not required for recreational stoves that are not intended for use in residential buildings. Most spaces that are small enough to require a tiny stove are not the kind of spaces that are legally considered “residential.”
      2. EPA testing is expensive. Small stove manufacturers tend to be small businesses with limited resources, so the substantial investment for testing may not make sense when compared to the relatively small residential market it would open up.
      3. EPA testing is difficult to pass, and the modifications required can make the stove difficult to control or expensive to maintain. Welding the primary air shut and propping the secondary air open is a popular strategy for residential wood stoves to pass emissions certification. While that modification may force an efficient burn under laboratory conditions, it can make the stove difficult to control, especially in small spaces where the burn rate needs to be dialed in precisely. The other option is to use a catalytic combustor in the design, which is an expensive device (like the catalytic converter on your car) that needs to be replaced regularly.

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