Holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and is keen on her own home’s climate. Sometimes we think that Carolina owns every single product she writes about – that’s how profound and insightful her reviews always are.
For 8 years, Richard had been working as an HVAC specialist and AC unit installer since his student years. Now, he’s our main consultant on every technical aspect that may arise during our tests and research.
Last updated: July 03, 2021
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.
Top 7 Wood Burning Stoves Review 2021
Century FW3000 – Editor’s Choice
Type: indoor; freestanding
Heating area: up to 2,000 sq. ft.
Dimensions: 25.25 x 26.25 x 31.5 inches
More features: built-in blower; accepts logs up to 20 in. long
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.
What makes it special?
Large heating area
Large firebox for larger logs
High BTU output
What cons did we find?
Small ash drawer
Drolet HT3000 – Premium Choice
Type: indoor; freestanding
Heating area: up to 2,700 sq. ft.
Firebox capacity: 3.5 cu. ft.
Dimensions: 31.3 x 28.1 x 36.4 inches
More features: pedestal with ash drawer, ceramic glass, ash lip, air damper, up to 10 hours burn time, lifetime limited warranty
Our second-highest-rated wood-burning stove is an indoor, freestanding option, just like the editor’s choice. However, the similarities seem to stop there. The stove is the successor to the Drolet HT2000, which was also an impressive piece of home heating equipment. Additionally, the manufacturers seem to have improved all the old model’s capabilities while creating the new one.
The first impressive attribute is the capacity of the device. It accepts up to 22-inch logs. When full, the stove has a 10-hour burn time. This should be ideal in winter when you need almost constant heating in your home.
The total heating area of up to 2,700 sq. ft. is the largest of any stove on this list. As such, anyone with larger spaces in their home should make the purchase. In addition to that, this stove also outperforms most of the competition in terms of the heat produced. This is because it produces up to 110,000 BTU/h.
Another positive aspect of this stove is that it conforms to the newer EPA standards meaning that it’s safer for the environment than most other stove options.
Notably, the combustion chamber on this device is raised on a pedestal, and it also comes with a ceramic glass front so you can see the fire. Lastly, the pedestal houses an ash drawer, so the ash doesn’t build up in the combustion chamber.
What we liked:
Features a large capacity combustion chamber
High heat output
EPA certified according to new standards
Large heating area
Long burn time
Lifetime limited warranty
What could be better:
Expensive to buy
Lixada Camping Wood Stove – Best Backpacking Wood Stove
Dimensions: 19.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches
Weight: 1.04 lbs.
More features: foldable design; double-wall construction
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.
What stands out?
What cons did we manage to find?
Needs to be cleaned often
Doesn’t provide you with much warmth
Ashley Hearth AW1120E-P – Best Compact Wood Stove
Type: indoor; freestanding
Heating area: up to 1,200 sq. ft.
BTUs: up to 68,000
Dimensions: 21 x 22.5 x 31.7 inches
More features: nickel-pewter trim, air washed ceramic glass, EPA certified
When it comes to wood stoves, there is a distinctive look that you probably have in your mind. While having a classic look, this stove features a pedestal base that provides an elegant touch to any room
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 68,000 BTUs, which should help to keep pretty much anyone’s home very warm. In fact, it has a coverage area of up to 1,200 square feet, which is quite impressive for such a small stove.
Something else that we really like about this stove is its cast iron door with air-washed ceramic glass. This allows a magnificent view of the burning fire that will enhance any hearth setting.
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 a bit 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.
What are its best features?
This stove is compact and has a pretty high outout
It has an elegant design and features a large ash drawer
What could be improved?
The upper hinge pin works itself up a little
Getting out an ash drawer needs a bit of getting used to
F2C Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplace – Best Outdoor Fire Pit
Type: outdoor; fire pit
Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 25 inches
Weight: 15.75 lbs.
More features: bronze finish; hex shape design
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.
What are its best features?
Easy to use and setup
What could be improved?
Fltom Camp Tent Stove – Best Camp Tent Stove
Type: outdoor; freestanding
Heating area: for 3-4 person tent
Firebox capacity: not specified
Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.95 x 8.66 inches
More features: 6 pieces pipe, adjustable height, multi-function, detachable and portable
Next, we have the Fltom Camp Tent Stove, which is an ideal wood-burning stove for camping. It is smaller and thus easier to transport. However, don’t expect this stove to fit in your backpack. It will, however, pack nicely alongside everything you throw into the trunk of your car. The fact that some components are detachable also works in your favor when you’re transporting the stove.
Once you get to the camping site, it should be installed and used in a 3-4 person tent. After that, it will provide heat to that small group of people till you decide to turn it off. Of course, if you’re going camping in a woody area, you might not even have to carry your own firewood. You can probably source it locally in the form of twigs and wood chips in the area.
When installing the device, remember to add the sectional stove pipes so that they vent the toxic gases outside. Another notable element of this stove is the flat top that can also serve as a cooking surface when you’re camping. You can use it to make your meals while you get that authentic experience of the outdoors life.
What we liked:
Easy to transport since it is compact and has detachable components
Easy to use
Can be used as a cooking surface
What could be better:
You can’t finetune the heat output
Poses a health risk if not vented properly
Drolet Escape 1800i – Best Wood Burning Fireplace Insert
Type: indoor; fireplace insert
Heating area: up to 1,900 sq. ft.
Dimensions: 27 x 26.5 x 22 inches
More features: air-washed ceramic glass; EPA-certified
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.
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 HT3000 . It has a coverage area of 2,700 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 Ashley Hearth AW1120E-P 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 Fltom Camp Tent 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 HT3000 is a great option if you have a larger area that you want to heat up. It can comfortably heat spaces up to 2,700 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.