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What is your favorite small tent wood stove for heating?

BudgetBuck1

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I am looking to use a small woodstove to heat a small tent and was wondering if anyone here does the same and has a recommendation on which stove to purchase. I slept in an outfitter tent with a large woodstove in Colorado this year and I found it extremely comfortable in the evenings and would like to recreate that environment in a small tent for my son and I. Recommendations?
 

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I have the LiteOutdoors 18" titanium stove and it's pretty dang sweet! Takes maybe 15 minutes to setup but it's pretty easy. Not cheap however.
 

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What are reasonable expectations with running a small, packable/portable wood stove? How long is the burn time on a load of fuel, throttled back? How much do you gain in robustness for something like the 20 pound g stove vs More packable 2-4 pound rollup cylinder or folding/breakdown stoves?
 

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What are reasonable expectations with running a small, packable/portable wood stove? How long is the burn time on a load of fuel, throttled back? How much do you gain in robustness for something like the 20 pound g stove vs More packable 2-4 pound rollup cylinder or folding/breakdown stoves?
My 18" LO with the baffle will put out heat for about two hours if I get a good bed of coals in it. That is packed full with the damper closed to the point it's almost shut. I tested it last winter a good bit in my yard (testing gear for western hunt) and I could get it so hot in that tent I was laying with my shirt off outside my sleeping bag with temps in the teens outside lol. None of the small Ti stoves will burn long enough to keep you warm all night, but they are nice for drying out gear and going to bed warm which is nice.
 

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My 18" LO with the baffle will put out heat for about two hours if I get a good bed of coals in it. That is packed full with the damper closed to the point it's almost shut. I tested it last winter a good bit in my yard (testing gear for western hunt) and I could get it so hot in that tent I was laying with my shirt off outside my sleeping bag with temps in the teens outside lol. None of the small Ti stoves will burn long enough to keep you warm all night, but they are nice for drying out gear and going to bed warm which is nice.
Pretty Good. I'm Kinda curious how Long something like the g stove Can Keep up a low slow fire i n comparison. Enough to justify either the data weight or two stoves? Or a marginal i mprovement where you really just gain robustness?
 

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Pretty Good. I'm Kinda curious how Long something like the g stove Can Keep up a low slow fire i n comparison. Enough to justify either the data weight or two stoves? Or a marginal i mprovement where you really just gain robustness?
I had never seen that stove, but looking at it I can't see it burning any longer than any other small stove like that. You can only fit so much wood in them so i'd guess burn time would be about the same. The G stove wouldn't work for backpacking at all, so for me it's out. For car camping it would be the better option just because you can cook on it which is cool. I mainly got my stove for backpacking and split between two people it's a little over 1lb per person to carry which is pretty sweet. It's not a sturdy piece of gear, but I could cook on it if I needed to. Guess it comes down to what kind of camping you are planning on doing.
 

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I had never seen that stove, but looking at it I can't see it burning any longer than any other small stove like that. You can only fit so much wood in them so i'd guess burn time would be about the same. The G stove wouldn't work for backpacking at all, so for me it's out. For car camping it would be the better option just because you can cook on it which is cool. I mainly got my stove for backpacking and split between two people it's a little over 1lb per person to carry which is pretty sweet. It's not a sturdy piece of gear, but I could cook on it if I needed to. Guess it comes down to what kind of camping you are planning on doing.
Yeah, obviously itd be for car and boat access camping...which would mean a second lightweight system would be needed if wanting to woodburn on other camps. The way i could see it making sense (other than versatility, simple setup, durability, longevity, etc) would be if it was sealed enough that you could reliably throttle back the burn further enough to keep it at a low "simmer". Kind of a "how many ways is it better and is it worth having a more limited-application devi e.
 

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Yeah, obviously itd be for car and boat access camping...which would mean a second lightweight system would be needed if wanting to woodburn on other camps. The way i could see it making sense (other than versatility, simple setup, durability, longevity, etc) would be if it was sealed enough that you could reliably throttle back the burn further enough to keep it at a low "simmer". Kind of a "how many ways is it better and is it worth having a more limited-application devi e.
Yep. Looks like a pretty slick system. Have you checked out the box stoves from SeekOutside? They are a little more robust but still lightweight/packable. I've heard good things about them.
 

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Yep. Looks like a pretty slick system. Have you checked out the box stoves from SeekOutside? They are a little more robust but still lightweight/packable. I've heard good things about them.
Yeah, I was more or less sold on that the of stove, but the gstove seems to have enough extra functionality just on the right side of gimmickry plus really solid fundamentals to give me second thoughts. ant to be honest at least partially an excuse to get 2 toys vs one. a useful difference in run time would be the deciding factor. like you say fuel is always the limiting factor - do you feel like youre burning faster than youd like while throttled down? could a tighter firebox, even with the same approximate fuel load, run meaningfully longer (even if only contributing just a bit of heat). Or can you pretty much snuff out an average/decent fire? My wood stove experience is more with house-heating sized stoves - my parents had upgraded from a leaky firebox a few years back and cut their wood consumption almost in half (and from daily relighting to needing to intentionally let the fire go out periodically to keep the chimney clean).
 

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Funny, I'm going through the same debat now for my mountainsmith/kifaru 8-9 man tepee. I ordered a Kni-co trekker just to see what it was like from gander, but I"m planning on sending it back. I want something like the tigoat cylinder or WiFi. WIll probably end up making one thats a copy out of SS instead of Ti.
 

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This doesn’t exactly fit the bill for small but anyone else looking for a very inexpensive tent stove look at the TMS camp stove. Tons of reviews on YouTube and with a few minor tweaks you can get a pretty good setup for under $100. I amazon primed one this year to heat my deer camp 16x20 military tent and was very pleased. With a full load of hard wood I was able to get a solid 3 1/2-4 hours of burn time.
 

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If you have a truck camp I cant imagine anything easier than kerosene. Little more expensive but zero work.
 

BudgetBuck1

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If you have a truck camp I cant imagine anything easier than kerosene. Little more expensive but zero work.
That does sound easier plus I could use it in my house in emergencies, but, I wonder if my hunting equipment and clothing would have a kerosene smell. I go into houses when I am at work where people heat with kerosene and there always seems to be a kerosene smell. I know smoke smells but it seems like a more natural smell.
 

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That does sound easier plus I could use it in my house in emergencies, but, I wonder if my hunting equipment and clothing would have a kerosene smell. I go into houses when I am at work where people heat with kerosene and there always seems to be a kerosene smell. I know smoke smells but it seems like a more natural smell.
I use it in my garage around all my gear, the new ones when burning right dont really have a smell.

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