Small Wood Cookstoves for Tiny Spaces

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Our family is designing a 400sq’ 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 COOKSTOVE 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. You can see specs to the stoves we’ve seen on the market at the bottom of the page.

 

Beside the Marine cookstoves the smallest cookstoves available 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 is they are way oversized for spaces less than 500sqft and they are SPENDY!

 

When we started tinywoodstove.com and started making our own line of stoves, I knew I wanted a cookstove! We took out largest model the 5kw and added an optional baking oven to the top. The oven box can be retro-fitted to the stove and bolts to the top flue exit. Hot flue gases travel around the oven chamber heating the oven and top plate for cooking. The gases are then vented out of the top of the stove. I’m super excited about the Dwarf Cookstove! Here are the specs:

 

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DWARF COOKSTOVE FEATURES

  • Cast Door & Firebox for Durability & Heat Retention
  • Large Window for Monitoring & Enjoying the Fire
  • Top Cooking Surface
  • Riddling Grate & Ash Pan for Easy Cleanup
  • Full Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Air-Control
  • Add-on features: Tall Legs, Wood Storage Stand & Direct-Air

 

THE DWARF SPECS

Dimensions: H22” x W14” x D11”
Heat Output: 25-30k btu (5kw) How many BTU’s do you need?
Weight: Stove 150lbs + Oven 75lbs
Flue Diameter: 5”
Material: Steel & Cast Iron
Fuels: Wood & Coal
EPA Cert? None

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SMALL COOKSTOVES ON THE MARKET

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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

 

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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

 

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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)

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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

 

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3 thoughts on “Small Wood Cookstoves for Tiny Spaces”

  1. Mr. Peterson, Wish you all the luck in the world. My wife and myself are retired and we are doing the same. Have 5 acres in Idaho County Idaho. We had Steel Master buildings in the past and purchased an S Model 300 sq.ft. to live in. Wood heat is the way to go especially small logs,pallets and drift wood on river banks. I like your stoves and will contact you @ a later time. Respectfully, Harry and Barbara Riener

    1. Hi Dominique-

      Check out our article on sizing a small stove to your space here:

      https://www.tinywoodstove.com/stove-size/

      The right stove is going to depend a lot on your local climate and how well insulated your space is. The post above links to a helpful BTU calculator, and has some more info about how to choose the right small stove for your space.

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