Wood Stove Product Comparison: 6kW Size

March 7, 2019

Small stoves 6kW and larger are available from some traditional stove manufacturers.  For larger tiny homes, cabins, or yurts in very cold climates, a stove in the 6kW range might be necessary to keep up with heating needs over the Winter.  A stove that’s just the right size will allow you to burn longer, cleaner, more efficient fires, and can make it possible to burn your stove earlier in the Fall and later in the Spring without making your home uncomfortably hot.  Homes in this category may also use a stove from the 5kW category if they pair it with a secondary heat source.

In this article, we provide an apples-to-apples comparison of small stoves in the 6kW range, (over 20,474 BTU/hr).  Because the BTU claims of some manufacturers vary wildly relative to their actual performance (why?), we've grouped stoves based on which ones work best for small spaces within this BTU range (according to the Tiny Wood Stove BTU Calculator), regardless of the manufacturer's claimed output.

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Warning: Most BTU calculators are designed to overestimate your heating needs, which can result in a stove that's so large, you can't burn it without overheating your space.  If you're not sure which size stove you need for your small space, run through the Tiny Wood Stove BTU Calculator, which is specifically designed for sizing wood stoves for small spaces.

Jotul F-602

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  • Price: $1,050
  • Dimensions: 25.25″ H x 12.75″ W x 21.25″ D
  • Flue: Standard 6″, Top or Rear
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • Construction: Cast Iron
  • Claimed BTU Output: 28,000 BTU/hr
  • Air Controls: Single control for primary and secondary air
  • Glass: Yes
  • Firebox Dimensions:
  • Available Accessories: Direct Air Kit, Factory Heat Shield
  • Finish: Painted Flat Black
  • UL/CSA: Yes
  • EPA: Yes
  • Notes:
  • Manual: Download here

Morsø Squirrel

Squirrel
  • Price: $1,100
  • Dimensions: 31.6″ H x 15.3″ W x 14.5″ D
  • Flue: 6″ Top or Rear
  • Weight: 215 lbs
  • Construction: Cast Iron
  • Claimed BTU Output: 30,000 BTU
  • Air Controls: Primary and Secondary Controls. testing.
  • Glass: 8.4″ W x 9.4″ H
  • Firebox Dimensions:
  • Available Accessories:
  • Finish: Painted Black
  • UL/CSA: Yes
  • EPA: Yes
  • Notes: We’ve often seen the Morsø squirrel sold with the primary air control welded shut to allow it to pass EPA testing.  Some folks report it’s possible to release the weld to make the primary air control operational again, but that might be illegal, so be sure to check your local laws before modifying your stove.
  • Manual: Download here

Hi-Flame Shetland

Shetland
  • Price: $759 (varies)
  • Dimensions: 24″ H x 17 1/2″ W x 16 3/4″ D
  • Flue: 6″ Top or Rear
  • Weight: 174 lbs
  • Construction: Cast Iron
  • Claimed BTU Output: 21,000 BTU/hr
  • Air Controls: Primary and Secondary
  • Glass: Yes
  • Firebox Dimensions: 0.7 cu ft
  • Available Accessories: None
  • Finish: Painted black
  • UL/CSA: Yes
  • EPA: Yes
  • Notes: Found on Amazon or at your local Home Depot, the Hi-Flame Shetland is a popular builder grade small wood stove.  The styling and finish are not as nice as some of the other options available in this size, but it works just fine for a budget-conscious builder, and it’s UL listed and EPA approved for residential spaces.
  • Manual: Download here

VT Bun Baker

Bun Baker
  • Price: $3,149
  • Dimensions: 21 3/4″ x 21 1/4 ” x 32 1/2″
  • Flue: 6″ Top Only
  • Weight: 350 lbs
  • Construction: Cast Iron
  • Claimed BTU Output: 30,000 BTU/hr
  • Air Controls: Primary Only
  • Glass: Yes
  • Firebox Dimensions: 13 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
  • Available Accessories: Soapstone Panels
  • Finish: Painted black
  • UL/CSA: Yes
  • EPA: Cookstoves are EPA exempt
  • Notes: The Vermont Bun Baker is a beautiful lower output cookstove suitable for larger stationary tiny spaces.  At 350 lbs, it’s not something you’d want to put in a bus, but it would make a beautiful addition to a cabin or small residential home.
  • Manual: Download here

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