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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

The best wood stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 18, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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 (3)
Emberlit FireAnt Titanium
$71
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
BioLite CampStove 2
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Sierra Zip Ztove
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
180 Tack 180 Stove
$47 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelly Kettle Aluminum Scout Medium Kelly Kettle
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 Stove
$100 MSRP
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)
Backpackinglight.co.uk Honey Stove the Hive Expansion Kit
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 of 5 (19)
Solo Stove Lite
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove Titanium
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelly Kettle Stainless Trekker Small Kelly Kettle
$80 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)
Seek Outside Medium Titanium Wood Stove & Stovepipe
$309 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 (1)
Backpackinglight.co.uk Honey Stove Solid Fuel Stove / Alcohol Stove / Wood Stove
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: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Winnerwell Fastfold
$499 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Wood Burning Stove
$99 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Kelly Kettle Aluminum Base Camp Large Kelly Kettle
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 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Fire Box Grill
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Bushbuddy Ultra
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (20)
BioLite CampStove
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
BioLite FirePit
$250 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
BioLite CookStove
discontinued

In order to show you the most useful information, we have omitted some products.

Wood Fuel Options

  • Wood
  • Biomass

Recent Wood Stove Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Emberlit FireAnt Titanium

The Emberlit Fireant TI is a flat packing wood burner that can also be used with a spirit burner, solid fuel like Esbit, or alcohol gels. It can take a bit to get the hang of putting it together, but makes a solid base for pots and kettles.   Nice package Depending on the trip, I have been carrying the Emberlit FireAnt TI as either part of my primary cooking system or as a backup for the last two years. It was a bit of an investment at the time, but has become a useful tool that has a lot of value… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Solo Stove Lite

An efficient gasifier stove that allows one to use found wood for fuel rather than carrying fuel. While it can be used with any pot or pan that can handle open fire, the Lite nestles within the Solo Stove Pot 900. Best used for boiling water or heating foods for 1-2 people. Recommended for those who don't mind the brief ritual of collecting and preparing natural fuel whenever they wish to use the stove. The two-piece Solo Stove Lite with drawstring pouch The Solo Stove Lite is a gasifier stove. Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Patagonia Wood Burning Stove

The Patagonia Wood Burning Stove is a foray into the lightweight wood stove arena from one of the larger retailers in the outdoor industry. It's a good first attempt resulting in a sturdy, fast boiling, simple stove that suits long distance, high mileage hikes with ample fuel where you want to extend or replace heavy fuel and boil water for simple meals. However it comes up short on stability, ease of adding fuel, and simmer/cook performance compared to other wood burning options. Patagonia Wood… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Backpackinglight.co.uk Honey Stove the Hive Expansion Kit

An ingenious way of increasing the size of the Honeystove to extend the cooking coverage to incorporate larger pots, bigger groups, and a more social chill around a contained fire. I've been a big fan of the Honeystove for years. It was the first wood-burning stove I owned and it is the one I keep coming back to. I have both the stainless steel and titanium versions. These are great for solo trips but I found that I needed more grill space when cooking for two or more people. Luckily, Bob at Backpacking… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Winnerwell Fastfold

A lightweight tent stove for cooking and heating which is more portable than stainless steel models. I wanted a wood burner for my Lavvu so that I could cook food and heat my tent in poor weather. After some research I settled on the Winnerwell Fastfold. Inspired by travels in Scandinavia, Winnerwell is a company who make a variety of tent stoves and this is their lightweight titanium version. I have used it for several nights to heat my Lavvu and cooked a variety of meals on it. It does this well… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Solo Stove Lite

One consideration that was important to me was the Solo Stove Lite is two pieces—just plop the cap on and you're good. Just practice making your stick fire. My brother has a different type of gassifer that works great too, and folds flat...wonderful...BUT in cold weather it was a finger-fumbler. So I decided I didn't want to build a tin fort but have a stove that was ready-to-go. Also, when I pack up the stove, I leave in the stove a box of matches and a single stick of pine fat wood which I shave… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Solo Stove Lite

Terrible Customer Service. I found out after buying that they are prone to rust and didn't want to deal with that so I asked if it could be returned to them for a refund and the phone rep not only agreed but emailed their address. Since they have an office in DFW I brought it by unopened and spoke with TWO representatives on site who told me I would receive a refund. Fast forward the next week I call after hearing nothing from the company and was told by a CS rep that they would not be issuing a… Full review

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