Steve’s minimalistic cargo trailer

"It's functional, attractive, easy to install with great product support."

Steve built a rugged cargo trailer that he takes camping in New Hampshire year round. The minimalistic build doubles as an ATV garage and features a Tiny Wood Stove for off-grid heat.

Tell us about yourselves.

Steve Nadeau. I'm someone who works in the major metropolitan centers of America and wants dearly to spend ever increasing time away from that environment, specifically in the woods.

Please tell us a little bit about why you decided to live tiny and/or off grid.

I purchased some land in the woods of New Hampshire January 2017. I spent some time clearing a view of the neighboring mountain. February of 2018 I camped at the sight under the stars in a hamock. That experience led me to exploring the options for a mobile shelter that could later be dragged around the country after retirement. I decided upon a utility trailer as I reasoned that a travel trailer had more systems than I wanted to maintain and it would become a rodent hotel in my absence. The utility trailer also could be used as a garage for an ATV. February 2019 I camped in the trailer with a generator and electric heater. That proved unsatisfactory as fuel consumption, moisture production and, most negatively, noise were excessive. That led me to search for a solid fuel heat source.

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Where did you install your stove? Do you stay in cold climates much?

I installed my stove in a minimally converted utility trailer camper in which I camp year round in New Hampshire.

How did you decide on a Dwarf stove?

The first option I discovered was Cubic Mini from Canada. Other satisfactory stoves seemed to be European with no US support. I found many helpful reviews on the Cubic Mini and was poised to make my purchase. By luck, I stumbled across a YouTube video on the Dwarf. The larger size, multiple install options, and flue pipe inventory led me to discussions with Tiny Wood Stoves. Their educational videos, prompt responses to inquiries, first hand experience with their product and the ability to burn coal led me to choosing the Dwarf.

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How did your installation go?

I installed the Dwarf 4KW myself. The hardest part was computing the flue as I wanted a rear exit, tucked in the corner with proper clearances and maintaining the roof integrity (I didn't want to sacrifice any roof supports). Everything else was clearly described in their install manual.

How has your experience been using the Dwarf? Have you been enjoying having a tiny wood stove in your space?

I have only used the Dwarf a few times in fairly mild weather with nice results. The cook top has percolated lots of coffee and boiled water so far. This winter will be the first real test.

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Have you been enjoying having a tiny wood stove in your space?

Yes! It's functional, attractive, easy to install with great product support.

What advice would you give others regarding a wood stove?

Be prepared to communicate via email. The phone is not answered. This makes sense to me as phone conversations about this type of product can ramble for hours. They would never get anything done if they were on the phone all day. Also, email gives the customer the opportunity to submit drawings, pictures, measurements, etc. allowing the staff to better answer questions.

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