Tiny Wood Stove - Sardine

SMALL STOVE REVIEW: Navigator Stove Works – Sardine

Navigator Stove works has been building quality (made in the USA) tiny cast iron wood stoves since 1997. They are specifically made for boats but have been used for many other applications like RV’s, yurts and other small spaces. One thing I really like about these little stoves is they have a traditional look and feel with a small window on the front so you can enjoy the mesmerizing flames as you get warm. The window also helps you keep the fire maintained as you can quickly reference the state of the fire.

Here are the stove specifics:

Price: $1200 + $150 Glass Front Option

BTU: 7500 – 18000 BTU (How much do I need?)

Dimensions: 12” x 12” x 11”

Weight: 35lbs

Material: Cast Iron

Fuels: Wood or Hardwood Charcoal

Flue Pipe Diameter: 4”

Certified? Yes! (US EPA & State of Washington)

Notes: You can additionally get a custom porcelain color finish in: red, gray, black, green, blue & mint. These popular little stoves have a long back order status! There is between a 4-12 month waiting list depending on what you need. These little stove have been manufactured in the Seattle area for years and I have sometimes found used stoves on craigslist. If you decided on this route for your small space heating it’s better to order sooner than later! Order Here!


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4 thoughts on “SMALL STOVE REVIEW: Navigator Stove Works – Sardine”

    1. Thanks for the input! That’s a great point. Budget is a big factor when deciding which stove to use for your space, and the Cubic Mini Cub is certainly one of the cheaper options in this size.

      Cubic Mini makes nice little stoves for their price point, and they’re a great fit for a lot of folks’ smaller projects. But there are a lot of other factors to consider like style, finish, materials of construction, air controls, flue size, available accessories, UL and EPA certification (Navigator makes some of the only UL/EPA stoves available in this size if that’s something that matters for your project), and supporting a small WA State business.

      Also consider our own Dwarf 3kW Standard, which is between the Cubic Cub and the Navigator Sardine in price. It has top and rear exit options, a large fire viewing window, and tight air controls that make it easy to control the fire for long, slow burns. And we fully support everyone’s stoves in 3″, 4″, and 5″ flue sizes, so you can get the solid fuel rated stovepipe you need, regardless of where you bought your tiny stove.

      Our view on this issue: buy once, cry once. Stoves are a long-term investment, so it’s best to figure out which one is the best for your space and your personal needs, and buy the right one the first time. You’re going to be living with your decision for a long time. There’s nothing more expensive than buying something just because it’s cheaper, and then having to replace it later because it doesn’t work for you.

    1. Tru-
      I do not believe Navigator makes direct air options for their stoves but I would contact them directly to confirm. The Dwarf Wood stove we make has a direct air option and many of the other small wood stoves out there also have this feature but I do not believe the Sardine, Cod, or Halibut does.

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