Wood Stoves

Wood stoves burn wood or other biomass.

"The most significant reason to use a wood burning stove is simply that in nearly all locations you have an unlimited supply of free fuel! No need to buy," says Brian Vargo, founder of Vargo Designs, which makes several wood stoves, including the Hexagon.

Pros

Cons

  • burn wood, a renewable resource 
  • fuel can be free
  • traditional
  • harder to use
  • can't be used with fire bans
  • heavier
  • need access to fuel
  • may not be Leave No Trace

Learn more about choosing wood stoves below »

The best wood stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 18, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Wood Stove Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Toaks Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove (small)

Lightweight, efficient-burning twig stove. This wood-gassifying twig stove from Toaks is a smaller, lighter-weight alternative to some of the other products available on the market. However, it doesn't sacrifice effectiveness at all.The sections nest inside each other into a small package, which makes it easy to pack, even nesting in some relatively small cook pots (e.g., Toaks Ti 1100ml pot). When packed, some alcohol stoves (e.g., Fancee Feast) and their windscreen can be nested within the stove. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Solo Stove Lite

This company and its products speak for themselves. They will not dissapoint. I already am lucky enough to own the Titan Stove, and am very satisfied with it. We got the regular SoloStove stove to expand our camp kitchen and were not disappointed. Like all the products from SoloStove, this is made from a sturdy grade of stainless steel, that is very reliable. Starting and maintaining the fire in this stove was a snap. The ported bottom does something that is a huge aid in the burning of the fuel. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Firebox Gen2 Stainless Firebox Nano Ultralight Stove

The Firebox Nano portable stove is a lightweight folding stove that only requires twigs and small sticks for fuel. When folded, this compact stove fits easily in a pocket. It's the perfect backup stove to take along on any expedition, should your primary stove run out of fuel or fail. This is a video review of the Firebox Nano G2 Ultralight Stove. I'm testing a tiny, portable stove that only requires small twigs and sticks for fuel, yet is capable of cooking meals and boiling water without using… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Ohuhu Wood Burning Camping Stove

The only can stove I bought, so am comparing it to homemade stoves. I bought this with a Solo Camp Stove (I know in my Solo review I said three years ago, but it actually isn't quite two). It is stainless steel, hasn't rusted yet, and it maintained its shape. I have not used it on a camping/hiking trip yet because I either forgot it or fire bans prevented its use. I did get to play with it on the back 40 with the kids and it will boil water as fast as any well built can stove or a little faster. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Mummert Phoenix Wood-Burning Titanium Camp Stove

A show piece titanium stove that is bound to turn heads at any campsite, though it is very expensive. Best suited to group cooking at a more permanent camp. Mummert are best known for their titanium knives, so this is a bit of a departure from their core product, but it does not disappoint. It is best suited to group cooking duties or a showpiece fire for people to gather round in the evening as, despite being made from titanium, it is quite large and heavy compared to other wood-burning stoves. Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Vargo Titanium Fire Box Grill

Designed as a BBQ grill for backcountry trips, the Vargo Firebox Grill folds away using a hinged grate and panel system so it packs flat and weighs a mere 284g, meaning it is not noticeable when stowed in a pack, but this is a very expensive way to grill steak. The Vargo Firebox Grill is designed primarily for BBQs using charcoal or briquettes, so it is a very niche product and I wonder if it is truly worth it for the price tag. At almost £90, it’s a lot to ask for a barbecue. That said, gram… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Bushcraft Essentials Bushbox XL Combination Kit

The Bushbox is a great idea in principle but a design flaw means it does not pack away as it should once the metal has warped from being heated. The Bushbox XL is very similar in design to the Firebox XL. Both are box-shaped, wood-burning stoves that unfold and collapse without the need to assemble any parts like some designs. It comes in a tough pouch, a universal grate and two trivits. weighing 816g, it is slightly lighter than the Firebox XL. It stands around 5" tall and folds down into a neat… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Solo Stove Lite

A wood burning stove that burns very efficiently thanks to its design which ensures a more complete combustion. It is reasonably compact and made to last thanks to its simple design and stainless steel construction. I already own a Bushbuddy, which I reviewed some time ago, so I was keen to compare the Solo Stove Lite with it. At first glance, they look identical, and they work in the same way. There are just a couple of minor differences. Surprisingly, as it is essentially the same design, at 251g,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Emberlit Original Stainless Stove

Great stove. Versatile, handy, packable, and durable! Get one now! This stove is fantastic. My son and I both carry one and we love them. He started using his when he was 12 years old and does great with it. We both just have the steel version to keep the cost down and we use them for all sorts of things with fire. We backpack with them, cook streamside lunch on our fishing trips, we take them hunting to cook a hot meal on cold PA hunting trips and to get a little heat to boost morale. We have used… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
180 Tack 180 Stove
$28 - $42
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelly Kettle Aluminum Scout Medium Kelly Kettle
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emberlit Original Stainless Stove
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Toaks Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove (small)
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Solo Stove Lite
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove Titanium
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelly Kettle Stainless Trekker Small Kelly Kettle
$80 - $102
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Scout
$85
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
BioLite CampStove 2
$123 - $129
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Kelly Kettle Aluminum Base Camp Large Kelly Kettle
$75
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Fire Box Grill
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Sierra Zip Ztove
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri Alcohol Stove / Solid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove / Wood Stove
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emberlit UL Original Titanium Stove
$63 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SolHuma VitalGrill Survival Stove
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Bushbuddy Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Bushbuddy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Firebox Gen2 Stainless Firebox Nano Ultralight Stove
$40 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Firebox 5" Master Combo Kit
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
mKettle Wood Stove / Alcohol Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DIY: Collapsible Cylinder Wood Stove
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Four Dog Stove Bushcooker LT I Wood Stove / Solid Fuel Stove / Alcohol Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mummert Phoenix Wood-Burning Titanium Camp Stove
$229 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Seek Outside Titanium Wood Stove - Medium
$259 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Trail Designs Classic Ti-Tri Multi-Fuel Stove / Solid Fuel Stove / Alcohol Stove / Wood Stove
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bushcraft Essentials Bushbox Titanium Outdoor Pocket Stove
$56 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Littlbug Senior
$57 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Emberlit FireAnt Titanium
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Firebox Gen2 Titanium Folding Firebox Nano
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
TATO Gear Element Titanium Wood Stove
$55 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Ohuhu Wood Burning Camping Stove
$18 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Bushcraft Essentials Bushbox XL Combination Kit
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
BioLite CookStove
user rating: 4 of 5 (20)
BioLite CampStove
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Wood Fuel Options

  • Wood
  • Biomass