small-cookstoves-for-tiny-spaces

Our family is designing a 300sq’ Off-Grid Tiny House that will be super-efficient. For the past 4yrs we have lived, traveled and worked from our little house on wheels — a 1966 26’ Airstream Overlander. The space has been sufficient (176sq’) and has served it’s purpose (cheap living so we could spend time as a family + mobile so we could travel and see loved ones) but it’s time for a bit more space & efficiency. Our end goal is to get some property and start a little off-grid homestead.

 

Cookstoves are the heart of a off-grid home. With homesteading and off-grid goals in mind we started shopping for cookstoves that would sufficiently heat our future Tiny House plus provide cooking, baking and hot water. Traditionally cookstoves are mammoth — very large and heavy and overwhelming for our meager 300sq’. So I started looking into different small wood Cookstove options currently on the market. This is what I found:

 

SMALL COOKSTOVES WITH AN OVEN

 

There are a handful of companies making micro little cookstoves for marine applications. These are cute but for an off-grid homestead not very practical. The firebox is small and overnight burns are not probable. The oven on these little cookers is not large enough for serious baking plus they are very expensive. Here’s the specs on these little cookstoves:

 

NAVIGATOR HALIBUT 

Halibut-small-cookstove

Price: $4250

Dimensions: H: 18.5” W: 20.75” D: 16”

Oven Dimensions: 9” x 9” x 8”

Weight: 175lbs

Output: 25-35k btu’s

Flue Size: 4”

Cooktop: Yes

Hot Water: No

 

SHIPMATE MODEL 211 

Model211-small-cookstove

Price: $4015

Dimensions: H: 20 5/8” W: 22” D: 15.5”

Oven Dimensions: 9” x 9” x 7”

Weight: 175lbs

Output: 24-36k btu’s

Flue Size: 4”

Cooktop: Yes

Hot Water: No

 

Woody from http://woodstoves.net/cookstoves.htm contacted me and shared his experience using his Vermont bun baker in his 36’ Avion travel trailer. You can see a video of his setup Vermont Bun Baker

 

The Bun Baker is basically a standard woodstove with the addition of a baking oven then the top can be used as a cooking surface. The Bun Baker’s configuration is MUCH smaller than traditional cookstoves. There are a handful of companies that use this configuration which is a manageable footprint for a small space like our off-grid tiny house. Here are the specs of two of these vertical configured small wood cookstoves:

 

Vermont Bun Baker

vermont-bun-baker-cookstove

Price: $2850

Dimensions: W: 21.75” x D: 21.25” x H: 32.5”

Oven Dimensions: 14.5” x 13.5” x 11”

Weight: 400lbs

Output: 30k btu’s

Efficiency: 78%

Flue Size: 6”

Cooktop: Yes

Hot Water: Optional Add-on ($350)

 

De Manicor Cookstove 

wittus-domino-cookstove

Price: $5100

Dimensions: W: 24” x D: 24” x H: 34”

Oven Dimensions: 13” x 19” x 10”

Weight: 430lbs

Output: 25k btu’s

Efficiency: 76%

Flue Size: 6”

Cooktop: Yes

Hot Water: No

 

The above two cookstoves look to be decent options for small spaces. They have a relatively small footprint, good sized firebox for long burn times and they can cook and bake. The downside of these options are they are still pretty large for our meager 300 sq’ and they require a big investment.

 

As I continued to search for a better option for our small space I stumbled upon this little modern looking cookstove from Greece. It features a fresh look with custom colors, a modest 18” x 20” footprint, good sized firebox for long burn times and a fraction of the price compared to similar stoves! Here are the specs:

 

Small Wood Cookstove

small-wood-cookstove

Price: $1895 (free shipping)

Dimensions: W: 24” x D: 24” x H: 34”

Oven Dimensions: 13” x 19” x 10”

Weight: 235lbs

Output: 25k btu’s

Efficiency: 76%

Flue Size: 6”

Cooktop: Yes

Hot Water: No
This little Cookstove seems to be the best option of size, weight and price for Cookstoves in tiny spaces. We have one on order for our future Tiny House and are excited to offer this small cookstove for sale here on tinywoodstove.com. It’s not currently UL certified (though it has similar European certifications) so for some spaces it may not be an option (like traditional homes that are governed by codes and laws like home owners insurance). Buts it’s perfect for small off-grid cabins, cottages, boats, RV and tiny houses!

 

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