Dwarf Cookstove Assembly

Before you begin

  • Ensure you have sufficient height for the flue system.  The Dwarf Cookstove Combo needs more chimney height than the standalone stove.  For ideal draft, you need at least 80" from the top of the stove to the chimney opening for a straight roof exit or 120" for a wall exit.
  • Your flue system design should allow for the removal of the oven top plate for maintenance.  We recommend incorporating a telescoping pipe into your design for ease of access, especially if you are using a roof exit configuration.
  • If possible, your hearth should be complete, so that you don't have to move your cookstove once it's assembled.  Consult the Dwarf Manual for instructions on your hearth, proper clearances, and heat shields.
Dwarf 5kW Cookstove Combo Front Left

You Will Need:

  • Utility Knife
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Flashlight
  • Stove Cement

You May Need:

An assistant to help lift and maneuver your cookstove.

Please note, the model shown in this video differs from the current version Dwarf Cookstove.

The Dwarf stove weighs 150 lbs fully assembled, and the oven weighs 75 lbs, for a combined weight of 225 lbs.  Most people will need assistance at some point to safely move and lift their stove or oven.

Step 1: Prepare your Dwarf 5kW Stove

If your stove is not yet assembled, complete the assembly instructions in the Dwarf Manual through step 5 (installing the air controls) and step 6 (installing the legs or stand).  Stand your stove upright and set it in place on the hearth.  If it's possible to do so at this point, anchor your stove to the hearth.

If you are adding an oven to an already assembled stove, remove the baffle from the top of the firebox, remove any stovepipe from the stove (if installed) and remove the flue flange from the stove.  If the cover plate is installed on the top exit of your stove, remove and reinstall it covering the stove's rear exit.

We generally recommend completing your stove's first burn outdoors, since high-temperature paint can give off some chemical fumes while it's curing.  However, since the fully assembled cookstove is so tall and heavy, it can be impractical to move it into your house once fully assembled. 

If you complete your first burn indoors, be sure to open as many windows as possible, and consider setting up a fan to blow air into your space for a few hours while the paint cures.  Off-gassing will stop once the cookstove has reached a sufficiently high temperature. 

Stove Flange Removal

Step 2: Prepare your Oven

Cut any plastic straps around the oven crate with a utility knife.  Remove the Phillips screws in the crate legs.  This should release the top and sides of the crate from the base.  Lift the top of the crate straight up to remove it.  Remove the cardboard box and remaining paper and plastic packaging.  Open the oven door and remove the contents including the wire rack, oval to round adapter, gasket rope, oval flue flange, and hardware.  Close and latch the door.

Place the oval flue flange on top of the oven's oval flue outlet.  Use the two provided bolts and washers to secure the flue flange to the top of the oven.

Carefully tip the oven and set it on its back.  Locate the included gasket rope and remove the tape to expose the adhesive.  Install the gasket on the leading edge of the flange on the underside of the oven, taking care not to stretch the gasket.  Trim off any excess gasket with a utility knife.

Oven Flange Gasket
Dwarf Oven Open Door
Dwarf Oven Top Oval Flange
Dwarf Oven Bottom Flange

Note the steel ring with three threaded bolt holes inside of the flange on the underside of the oven.  You will use that ring to secure the oven to the stove's flue flange in the next step.

Step 3: Install your Oven

If possible, anchor your stove to your hearth prior to installing your oven.  At minimum, assemble the cookstove as close as possible to its final location.  The Dwarf Cookstove Combo is heavy and tall, which can make it awkward to move once assembled.  If you do need to move a fully assembled cookstove, be sure to have a second person to assist.

With help, lift the oven above the top of your Dwarf 5kW stove, line up the oven's flange with the stove's flue outlet, and set it straight down in place.  Take care not to damage the gasket by sliding the oven across the top of the stove.

From inside of the stove's firebox, spin the mounting ring inside of the oven flange to line it up with the three mounting tabs on the top of the stove.  Using the three included bolts and washers, secure the oven's mounting ring to the stove's mounting tabs.

Apply a thin layer of stove cement to the inside of your oven's oval flue flange, and the outside of the male oval end of your oval-to-round adapter.  Insert the adapter into the flange and ensure the pipe is straight.

If this is a new installation, resume the Dwarf Stove assembly at Step 8 of the Dwarf Manual.  If you are retrofitting the oven to an existing installation, reinstall the baffle in your stove and reconnect your flue system to the top of the oval-to-round adapter.

Dwarf Wood Cookstove with Oval to Round Adapter

If you are retrofitting a new oven to an existing Dwarf Stove, the paint on the new oven will need to be cured the same as when you first installed your stove.  See the Dwarf Manual for the heat curing procedure.  If you are curing your paint indoors, you should provide adequate ventilation by opening windows and pointing a fan inward for air circulation if necessary.  Do not use an exhaust fan, as that may compete with the stove for draft.


If you aren't sure about any part of your cookstove installation, please get in touch!  We are here to help however we can.  You can contact us by email at support@tinywoodstove.com, call us at 208-352-3417, or use the contact form below.

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