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There is nothing quite as comforting as a wood fire, no matter if you are inside or outside. Of course, you need to make sure that you have a safe place to have a fire, which his why it is a great idea to get the best wood burning stove you possibly can get. These wonderful stoves are a traditional way that can add to the beauty of your home or your backyard while also providing plenty of warmth.
After completing our research on 28 different models on the market, we have found the 7 best wood burning stoves available. Of those 7, we found that the Century FW3000 to be our favorite overall. This indoor unit can accept large logs, has a huge coverage area, and also has a built-in blower, which makes a welcome addition to any home. Of course, the other models on our list might work better in your situation, so be sure to check them out too.
During our research for this article, we first looked at the different types of stoves available, since this will determine where your new stove can be installed. The next thing we looked at was the dimensions of each stove. Finally, we looked at the heating area for each stove, and the number of BTUs each stove puts out so that you can decide whether or not it will provide you with enough heat. This careful research helped us to put together our comprehensive list and to complete in-depth reviews for each stove. It also allowed us to develop a detailed buying guide, which will give you all the information that you need to find the best wood burning stove for your needs.
If you are looking for the best overall wood stove for your home, then this should be the first model that you check out. It has a great combination of traditional and modern designs, which make it a perfect stove to help keep your home nice and warm. For starters, this stove has a very large coverage area and high BTU output. This will allow it to keep you very toasty during the cold winter months. In fact, its coverage area is large enough that it could probably be used to heat your entire home without too much trouble.
Something that really aids in this model in its thorough heating is its built-in blower. While many wood stoves, especially older models, rely on the stove soaking up and then emitting heat slowly, this unit has a fan to push hot air out at an astounding rate. This will make for a much faster warming process, which is always a big plus.
Surprisingly, even though this stove is relatively compact, it can still accept some pretty large logs. In fact, with this unit, you will be able to cut your logs up to 20 inches in length, which is a huge time saver over most other stoves. Since you won’t need to keep chopping wood all of the time, you can spend more time relaxing in front of the fire.
The only real issue with this otherwise excellent stove is that it has a very small ash drawer. If this drawer is not empty often, it can quickly fill up and overflow. Thankfully, as long as you do empty the drawer every other day, this shouldn’t be too big of a problem to deal with.
This stove is perfect for anyone with a larger home and a larger budget that wants a unit that can really heat up a space. This model has the largest coverage area of any of the different stoves we looked into. It can heat up an amazing 2,400 square feet, which is definitely large enough for most homes. This makes it a great model for anyone that wants every corner of their house to get nice and toasty.
As you would expect with a stove with such a large coverage area, this model is on the larger side, so you’ll need a larger space to fit it in. As long as this isn’t a problem, you will be able to reap the benefits of such a large unit. It has a large firebox, which can fit logs up to 22 inches in length, which, as we have mentioned previously, is a huge time saver.
Something else that really helps to set this stove apart is its damper. While many dampers are relatively small and difficult to adjust, this stove’s is more robust. This larger than average design makes it much easier to use, which will allow you to find the right amount of air to keep your fire burning just the way you want it to quickly and easily.
One thing to keep in mind with this unit is that it requires an exterior air intake to operate correctly. This shouldn’t be too big of a deal if this is a new stove for you since you need to set up everything else already. If this is a replacement stove, it might take some configuring to get it to work correctly with your old vent system.
While most folks think of interior models when they hear the term woodstove, that doesn’t always need to be the case. This model, for instance, is not meant to be used indoors and is instead built for the outdoors. It is extremely lightweight, weighing a minuscule one pound. This lightweight design makes it perfect for taking along with you when you are backpacking.
This stove is also completely collapsible. It can be folded up so that it fits inside your bag without any issue. Thanks to its lightweight design, you will barely even notice that it is there in your pack.
Even though this stove is meant to be lightweight and portable, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t very sturdy. In fact, it is made with double-walled construction to keep it from breaking down on you when you need it most. This construction also helps it to conduct heat very efficiently for such a small stove. With this unit, you should be able to heat up your meals without too much of an issue.
You will need to be careful, however, to clean this stove as often as you can. Since you are going to be carrying it with you as you hike, you need to make sure to clean off any ashes or cinders before you stow it away in your pack. Otherwise, all of your other gear is going to end up covered in black soot. Thankfully, the stove wipes clean very easily without too much effort, making this not that big of a problem to deal with at all.
When it comes to wood stoves, there is a distinctive look that you probably have in your mind. There are many classic looking designs that you have seen in your life that you want in your own home now, and none of the others on our list represent this classic and elegant design quite like this model. This stove is designed to emulate the wood burning stoves of the past, all while improving upon their efficiency.
Even though this stove looks great, its performance is even better. It is a very compact stove but still has a very high BTU output. It can easily pump out up to 65,000 BTUs, which should help to keep pretty much anyone’s home very warm. In fact, it has a coverage area of up to 1,800 square feet, which is quite impressive for such a small stove.
Something else that we really appreciated about this stove is its damper. Though the stove is small, the damper handle is nice and big, which makes it much easier to adjust. This handle is also heat resistant, which makes adjusting it while the fire is still burning a whole lot better.
You will need to be careful with the ash drawer with this stove, however. This shouldn’t be too big of a surprise since the stove is on the smaller side. The ash drawer is difficult to get in and out, which could lead to some spills. It might not be a bad idea to have a bucket and brush ready to catch any ashes that fall out of the drawer until you get the hang of it.
This fire pit is another great option if you are looking for something for the outdoors. It is an elegant piece that is sure to fit into pretty much anyone’s décor in the backyard or on the patio. The bronze finish has a timeless look that makes it perfect for your outdoor entertainment space.
This is, without a doubt, the easiest of all our entries to setup. There are no pipes to fit or air intakes to install. Instead, you simply put the fire pit where you want it, start the fire, and put on the lid. It couldn’t get much easier. It is also nice and lightweight, which makes it a whole lot easier to move around than the other models on our list. That way, you can easily put it into storage when you are not using it.
As you would expect with an outdoor fire pit, this unit has a very large firebox. You can fit larger logs in this pit with ease, which will save you lots of time chopping wood. The vented sides are also a nice touch since they allow lots of air to flow into the fire, which feeds it so that it can burn all the brighter.
It is a good thing that this fire pit is so light since you will want to make sure that you move it out of the weather when you aren’t using it. Otherwise, the finish will start to come off, and it could rust. If this happens, the structure of the pit could fail, causing it to collapse.
This stove is a great option if you are looking for a budget-priced unit to take with you on extended camping trips. It is not designed to be used as a backpacking stove, however, since it is on the heavier side. But if you are someone that likes to get away from it all in the backcountry for long periods and need a stove to keep you warm and to cook your food, this is a great option.
One of the nicest things about this stove is that it comes with lots of piping. This piping will allow you to vent it out of your tent so that you can heat up your tent during the early morning or evening hours without having to worry about smoke flooding your sleeping area.
You will need to secure the stovepipe in some way, however. It does not, unfortunately, come with any supports from the manufacturer, so you will need to supply them yourself. This will need to be done to make your setup safe, but you will add to the overall cost of the stove.
The flat top of this stove makes it a perfect option for cooking camp meals. It is large enough to accommodate a skillet or pot with ease. This means that, if you get this stove for your next camping trip, you won’t need to leave your tent to cook your meals, which is a huge plus should the weather turn against you.
If you have a fireplace in your home already, then it might be a good idea to get a wood stove insert. These devices install directly into your fireplace and use your existing chimney to pipe out the smoke. As such, they are much cheaper to install than a freestanding wood stove, which makes them an attractive option. This unit is a great choice if you are in this situation.
While its firebox is on the smaller side, that doesn’t stop it from being extremely effective. In fact, it has some of the highest BTU outputs of any of the stoves we found. It can put out 75,000 BTUs, which should be plenty to heat up your space.
Its heating area is also one of the higher on our list. With this insert, you will be able to comfortably heat 1,900 square feet, making it a great option for whole-house heating. At the very least, it will be able to warm up an entire floor of your home without too much trouble.
Something that helps to extend the coverage area of this stove is its included blower. This blower will turn on automatically to help spread the warm air from the stove throughout your space. The blower helps to make the heating a much faster experience as well, so its perfect fore, especially cold days in the winter.
This stove is made with extremely durable materials. The glass is made from air-washed ceramic, which makes it nearly unbreakable. The rest of the stove is also very durable and has a classic, yet modern look to it.
What we liked:
Extremely high BTU output
Large coverage area
Can be used in existing fireplace
What could be better:
Things to Сonsider
In this section, we will go through everything that you need to know to find the perfect stove for your home, no matter if you want an indoor, outdoor, or camping unit. We have also taken the time to answer several frequently asked questions, so be sure to read through those as well if you need more information.
Features to consider while choosing a wood burning stove
As you can imagine, there are a lot of different factors that you need to consider to make sure that you get the best wood burning stove in the world. In this section, we will guide you through each of these considerations so that you can make an informed decision when it comes time to buy your new stove.
When it comes to picking a new wood burning stove, the first thing that you need to consider is what type you want. There are several different types available, but they can be broken into two main categories. These two categories are stoves that can be used indoors and those that are designed to be used outside.
Indoor – Indoor stoves are great for heating up a home. They are built to soak up the heat from the fire within them and spread it out into space where they are installed. Indoor stoves are meant to be installed in one spot and never move since they are usually very heavy. These stoves can be set up in two different ways. You can either get a freestanding model or a fireplace insert.
Freestanding – The benefit of using a freestanding model is that you can install it pretty much anywhere that you want to. Since you don’t need to put it into an already existing chimney, you will be able to find the perfect spot before getting it installed. The downside to this, of course, is that you will need to prepare the area a bit more than you would with a fireplace insert. The wall and floor will need to be tiled or bricked, and a chimney will need to be installed on the outside of your house to properly vent it. Thankfully, these chimneys are usually made of metal, which is much cheaper to install and maintain than a standard brick chimney.
Fireplace Insert – As the name would suggest, a fireplace insert is installed in an existing fireplace. It is then vented through the chimney, which saves a bunch on the installation cost. The downside of a fireplace insert is that, since only the front of it is sticking out past the fireplace, they don’t put out quite as much heat as a freestanding stove.
Outdoor – If you are looking for an outdoor stove, odds are you have a particular application in mind. Outdoor stoves can be broken into three different categories, which include camp stoves, backpacking stoves, and fire pits.
Camp stoves – If you are someone that likes to make extended treks into the wilderness and usually set up a semi-permanent campsite, this type of stove is for you. These stoves work well inside of a tent to heat a space and cook a meal, making them an excellent option in this regard. They are, however, on the heavy side, which will limit their effectiveness if you want to be on the move a lot while camping.
Backpacking stoves – If you are someone that wants a great wood burning stove for your next camping trip, then a backpacking stove is the way to go. These stoves are lightweight and collapsible, which makes them easy to take along with you on the trail. Of course, their smaller size does reduce the amount of heat they can produce, so you need to bear that in mind when you are making your final decision.
Fire pit – Fire pits are great for anyone looking for a great way to stay warm while lounging on their outdoor patio. These pits will allow you to safely contain your fire near your residence, which is a big plus. These pits will provide a bit of heat and ambiance but won’t keep you warm enough if the temperature is below freezing.
If you are looking into an indoor model, then the next thing that you need to consider is the BTU output of your new stove. This number describes how much heat a wood stove can put out in a given amount of time. Obviously, the higher the number, the more heat it can put out. A higher BTU output will also mean that your space will warm up at a faster rate than it would with a stove with a lower BTU output, so be sure to find the one that fits your preferences.
A stove like the Drolet Escape 1800i, for instance, will create a ton of heat. It has a BTU rating of 75,000, which will help to keep you nice and toasty, even when the temperature outside drops well below freezing. The Century FW3000 is another great heater in this regard, which is to be expected in a freestanding stove.
The next thing that you need to decide upon is just how large of an area you need to warm up with your stove. It is best to find the area of your home or at least the floor that you want to warm with your stove so that you can get one that meets your needs.
It is always a good idea to get a stove with a larger coverage area than you think that you will need so that you will be covered for sure. The last thing that you want is to get one that isn’t suited for the size of your home, as it won’t warm you up at all.
The best stove that we found if you want to heat your whole home is the Drolet HT2000. It has a coverage area of 2,400 square feet, which should be more than enough for most homes. On the other hand, if you only want to heat up a small part of your house, then the Pleasant Hearth Medium Wood Burning Stove would probably get the job done without costing you too much.
You also need to figure out the size of the wood burning stove that would work best for your needs. If you are looking at an indoor model, then you need to take very careful measurements to make sure that it will either fit into your fireplace or the spot that you are going to install the stove. Otherwise, you won’t be able to utilize it safely, since it needs to be kept several feet away from a wall to be installed correctly.
For outdoor units, like the F2C Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplace, the dimensions aren’t going to be as much of a factor, unless you have a very small yard. Otherwise, since you have the whole outdoors to work with, the size of your stove shouldn’t be too big of an issue unless you want to move it around a lot.
When it comes to the portability of a woodburning stove, you are only going to be looking at outdoor models. Indoor stoves are generally very heavy, which makes them impossible for you to move from place to place. It would also be a very bad idea to connect and disconnect an indoor stove, as this could have a negative effect on their safety.
Outdoor stoves, on the other hand, are made to be moved around. The Lixada Camping Wood Stove, for instance, only weighs in at 1 pound. This lightweight design makes it easy to pack up and take along with you as you travel down the trail. The Guide Gear Outdoor Wood Stove is another good camp stove, though you certainly wouldn’t want to have to carry it for too terribly long since it weighs about 50 pounds.
No matter what type of big purchase you are making, whether it be a washer, refrigerator, or wood burning stove, it is always a good idea to read through the warranty information as carefully as possible. That way, you will have a much better understanding of what is and what isn’t covered by the manufacturer.
Many companies will claim to offer up a nice long warranty but only cover certain parts should they fail. By reading the warranty information closely, you will gain a good understanding of which parts are actually covered by the agreement. That way, you won’t be surprised if the company declines to cover any repairs. This will also allow you to find the warranty with the best content, not just the one that sounds the best.
Wood burning stoves are relatively straightforward devices. They all share very similar parts, though there are some features that you might want to keep an eye out for. One of these extra features is an integrated blower. A blower will help to expedite the spread of heat in your home, which is, obviously, a big plus.
Another feature that you might want to consider is the size of the firebox. The larger the size of the inner chamber, the larger the logs that you can fit inside. Larger logs will burn for a longer amount of time, which will help to save you from cutting your fuel into small pieces. Since you won’t have to cut the logs that you are burning down so much, you will save a lot of prep time in the long run.
As you might have already figured out, you need to be careful with how you utilize your new wood stove so that it can be operated in a safe manner. These include the following:
Install correctly – This cannot be overstated, in order for you to enjoy safe and reliable heat in your home with a wood stove, you need to have it installed correctly. If you have never done this sort of thing on your own before, then it is a good idea to have a professional come in and put in your stove for you. That way, you can rest assured that your stove won’t malfunction and cause a fire.
Keep children away – It should go without saying that you need to make sure that your little ones stay away from your new wood stove. These stoves can get extremely hot on their exterior, which could easily cause a burn if your kids aren’t careful. It might be a good idea to set up a barrier around the stove if your children are very young to help keep them away.
Clean regularly – Once your fire has burned down and gone cold, you need to make sure to clear out the ashes so that they don’t block up the firebox. This can be done with a brush and ash tin for day to day maintenance, but it is also a good idea to use a vacuum to clear out your stove at least once a month to keep it operating as efficiently as possible.
Chimney maintenance – Something else that you will need to have cleaned is your chimney. This should be done at least once a year. That will help to prevent your chimney from becoming blocked or catching on fire. By keeping your chimney nice and clean, you will prevent a ton of headaches for yourself down the road.
The standard for the level of emissions for indoor wood stoves is currently 4.5 grams of smoke per hour. This is, however, about to change. Any model that is produced after May 15, 2020, will now have to meet the standard of 2 grams of smoke per hour. These standards are put in place to help your family stay as safe and healthy as possible while enjoying the warmth and comfort of a wood stove.
While many wood stoves might not have been designed to be used as a cooking surface, you can use them as such. As long as your model has a large enough flat surface to hold a pot, you can use it for cooking while you are heating your home.
Whether or not your new wood stove will need an outside air intake is going to be based on where you live. Some municipalities and townships require them, so it is best to check with your local governing body to determine whether or not you need one.
If you are in the market for the best overall wood burning stove, then we highly recommend the Century FW3000. This stove has a high BTU output, large coverage area, comes with a built-in blower. Plus, it is quite compact and yet has a large firebox. We highly recommend you check this unit out!
The Drolet HT2000 is a great option if you have a larger area that you want to heat up. It can comfortably heat spaces up to 2,400 square feet and can accommodate very large logs, which is both a time saver and an extender on how long your fire will burn.
If you are looking for a backpacking stove, then the Lixada Camping Wood Stove is going to be the best wood burning stove for your needs. It is extremely lightweight and folds up for added portability, which makes it an excellent stove for use on the go.