With the advent of the tiny home movement, there is a rise in interest in tiny stoves to heat them. Tiny stoves have always been around, mainly driven by the sailboat industry, but also for yurts and small homes. Small stoves are often thought of as stoves with a firebox of less than one cubic foot. But some are much smaller than that and may put out no more than 10,000 BTUs. There will also likely be a growing market for very small pellet stoves, like the Thelin Gnome, as living spaces get smaller and tighter.
The paradox of heating a small space is that it may not be hard to heat up, but it also gets cold quickly after the stove goes out. The fireboxes are so small that they go out quickly. Often, tiny stove need to be reloaded every 20 – 60 minutes, depending on the size of the fuel and whether the stove is just getting going or has a decent coal bed.
A few of these stoves are EPA certified, including the Kimberly and the Gnome pellet stove. If they are designed for boats, vans, trailers or for camping or other non-residential spaces, they should fall outside the EPA’s regulations, which only pertain to residential heating. However, even if they do not require to pass EPA emissions testing to go on sale, they may not be allowed to be installed in a tiny home. See our other photo essays on wood stoves styles around the world, wood fired hot tubs and firewood gathering around the world.
To minimize space, tiny stoves can be mounted on the wall. Using wood stoves in boats, vans and tiny homes can pose a great risk of carbon monoxide build up than in larger spaces. Be sure to install a CO detector, store your ashes outside and ensure the draft doesn’t reverse back down the chimney.
Tiny stoves are often installed on counters or shelves so that operating and cooking on them is easier.
Yurts are traditionally heated with larger, inefficient stoves, not small, sleek ones like this.
Inside a traditional style “Sheep Wagon” in Idaho
This Van found on Vancouver Island, BC spotlights a small stove and split wood
The Gnome pellet stove is the smallest pellet stove on the market and claims to run for more than 24 hours on one hopper load of pellets at low heat.
The Viking 30 cookstove is part of a retro line of wood stoves from the UK.
A small stove in a classic Airstream trailer.