In search of the best tent stove to keep you warm during your next cold weather camping trip?
Well look no further, because we’ve assembled a list of the top camping tent stoves to keep your tent toasty and warm while you’re out in the wilderness during the winter months.
Not quite sure what a tent stove is? No worries! Let’s start with a bit of background information.
Best Wood Burning Tent Stoves
- Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty Cylinder Stove
- Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove
- Winnerwell Fastfold Titanium Tent Stove
- Winnerwell Woodlander Large Tent Stove
What Is a Tent Stove?
Tent stoves are generally designed to be a camp stove and tent heater heater in one, meaning that you can cook on them and they’ll keep your tent warm. They’re not generally designed for basic camping tents. Rather, they’re intended to be used with wall tents, which are a type of canvas tent used for long term or harsh whether camping.
They’re also generally wood burning, as opposed to propane or butane fueled. Camping wood stoves provide a few advantages over other fuels. For one, propane and butane can stop flowing in colder temperatures.
In addition, wood produces a dryer heat. This makes wood more effective for drying wet clothes and prevents you from getting colder when you go outside due to the extra moisture.
Finally, there’s the convenience. While tent wood stoves take longer to heat a space, you can constantly add wood for uninterrupted burn time. With propane or butane, there’s a lapse in heating while you change tanks.
Depending on where you’re camping, you may even be able to use wood around your campsite rather than having to pack out fuel. You probably won’t find natural propane or butane tanks, though!
Now let’s get to the recommendations!
Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty Cylinder Stove
With a strong and durable steel construction, the Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty Cylinder Stove is the best heavy-duty tent stove available. This high-quality steel stove weighs 74 lbs. with 1/8 inch thick walls for durability. Obviously, it’s not an ideal heater for hiking out, but it’s great for vehicle accessible campsites. It’s also good for outfitters and those looking to stock a more permanent camp, like an ice fishing or hunting cabin.
This stove package also comes with just about all of the accessories you want from a winter camping stove. It comes with a pipe damper, spark arrestor, internal log grate, and accessory shelves that double as a drying rack. The removable legs are adjustable for uneven ground. It even includes brackets for attaching a water heater.
And all of these things are designed to fit neatly inside the stove body for convenient storage and transportation. All you need to add is cookware and a hot water tank, if you prefer.
And speaking of which, the large cooking area makes this one of the best wood stoves for cooking, especially if you’re camping with a group.
The stove pipe is 5 inches in diameter and 10 feet long.
2. Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove
Campers who enjoy backpacking will enjoy this ultralight rocket stove.
At only 14.2 oz, the Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove is our best lightweight wood-burning stove. And because it’s a wood burning stove, you don’t have to factor in the weight of fuel either.
Just use whatever wood, leaves, and other biofuels are around. However, it can also be used with alcohol tablets if you need a different fuel source.
And as you can probably guess, it’s also one of the smallest tent stoves on the market, measuring only 5.3 inches across and 6.1 inches tall when assembled. When packed, it’s a mere 3 inches tall.
You can top the stove with either the three legged pot supporter or the grill grid, so you can even barbecue on this little guy. The bottom of the stove has vents for air flow to keep fuel burning longer.
All of this makes it not just a great backpacking stove, but also a great addition to emergency kits.
This lightweight pack stove is not a wall tent stove, meaning that it’s not designed to heat space, just cook food. In other words, it will provide you with a hot tent, but not a hot meal. Its small size also means this little stove is better for individuals or pairs than larger groups.
3. Winnerwell Fastfold Titanium Tent Stove
This next tent stove is an option in between those last two stoves. With a foldable design and a weight of only 3.97 pounds, the Winnerwell Fastfold is our best portable wood stove for tents.
The best feature of this stove is the lightweight titanium material that it is crafted from. For starters, this material can withstand much higher temperatures than steel. Furthermore, the ultra-strong nature of this material allows for thinner walls, reducing weight without reducing durability.
As you may have realized from the name, this collapsible stove features a clever foldable design. This feature makes the stove excellent for those who want to reduce the total weight of their camping equipment. It’s compact enough to be thrown in your pack, but tough enough to withstand bumps and knocks as you travel.
The titanium tent stove sports a 900 cubic inch firebox, meaning it is large enough for both individuals and small families.
However, this quality comes at a price:
Due to the sheer quality of this tent stove, the product is far more expensive than most other tent stoves. With that said, if you really want the best of the best, this is the stove for you. We would rather this stove had adjustable legs like the other Winnerwell stoves, but this would likely detract from the portable design, so we can’t complain too much.
And speaking of other Winnerwell stoves…
4. Winnerwell Woodlander Large Tent Stove
With a 1500 cubic inch firebox, the Winnerwell Woodlander is our best large wood stove for camping.
Typical of a Winnerwell, this tent stove is crafted from premium materials, which is one of the reasons why this stove is more expensive than the other stoves on the market.
Another positive feature is the tri-pod style spring-loaded legs, which sits on a cylinder design. This gives the stove an unrivalled ability to be stable on any surface you place it.
But don’t worry, all these cool features don’t retract from the portability of this tent stove. In fact, the legs fold flat under the stove, the chimney pipe sections stow inside body, and the side shelves function as carry handles. The pipe is 3.5 inches in diameter and the firebox size is 1500 in³.
That’s about wraps things up on our favorite tent stoves. Each is an excellent option, so you can’t go wrong with any of them. Just consider your budget and needs to help you make the right choice.