Small Wood Stoves for Small Homes
Andrew, one of our readers, suggested a blog post about small stoves for all those planning small earthbag homes. This is a great idea because earthbag buildings are highly efficient and so in many cases all you need is a small stove. The emphasis here is on small, low cost, do-it-yourself wood stoves that are fairly easy to make. Making the stoves yourself can save you $200-$300 or so. Buying used or a kit are other good options. These small stoves go by various names, including tent stoves, outfitter stoves, shepherd stoves, barrel stoves, homemade wood stoves and so on. The following stoves include military surplus stoves and stoves made from drums, propane tanks, water heater and compressor tanks, beer kegs and ammo boxes.

If you’re serious about building a stove like this, it will pay to watch lots of videos, because there are lots of ways of making things – some better than others. You can mix and match features and get a stove that’s just right for your needs. Consider adding a cooktop surface and hot water jacket (water heating coil). If your welding skills aren’t up to the task or you don’t have the necessary equipment, barter or trade work with a local welder to keep the money in your community. The following list contains some of the best videos from a variety of types.

Army surplus and ammo box stoves
M1941 tent stove
Army Surplus Hunter SHA (Space Heater Arctic)
Homemade Ammo Box Woodburner Stove
Ammo box wood stove 3 FINAL
DIY wood stove from a surplus ammo can

Gas bottle stoves
Luke’s stove made with a gas bottle homemade wood burning stove
Recycled gas bottle log burning stove part 3
Gas bottle log burning stove
Wood Burning Grover Stove
Homemade Wood Stove a.k.a. “Piglet”
Homemade wood burning stove
Wood burning stove with water heater from gas bottle
Home made gas bottle wood burning stove
Cylinder hunt tent stove
Cylinder Stoves Hunter Stove Package Wood Burning Tent Stove

Barrel or drum stoves
Double barrel stove
Winter solo hot tenting
DIY Hunter Tent Stove woodburner #3
Barrel wood stove update
Build Your Own Woodstove For $100
Survival stove
55 gallon wood stove barrel
Barrel Stove Kits

Stoves from hot water tanks
Wood Stove From A Hot Water Heater
How to build a wood stove from old hot water tank
Wood stove from hot water cylinder
Water Heater Wood Stove

Stove from compressor tanks, beer kegs, scrap steel
Air Compressor Tank Wood Stove – The Finale
Beer keg wood stove
Homemade wood burning stove
SHTF Box Wood Stove

Rocket stoves (hugely popular, do a search on YouTube)
DRTV: Rocket Stoves

Stoves for sale
Shepherd stoves
Outfitter stove
Wood burning stove woodburner coal gas bottle stove
Cylinder Stoves Hunter Stove Package Wood Burning Tent Stove

10 thoughts on “Small Wood Stoves for Small Homes”

  1. Luma, I’d love to see pics of your Kia car house :)

    I used to think that cars could be converted into sleeping pods.

    Also a string of cars could be converted to generate hot air (through solar) and the air rises to generate electricity LOL

    I think of cars, they are weather sealed and interesting :)

    As for rocket stoves, you can buy their e-book for $15 here :

    I have it in softcover its very good :)

  2. I have been living in my kia for 10 years. my passenger seat has been removed for a kitchen, but Ive moved to a cooler climate and now want to replace it with a little twig/wood heater. Any one have any ideas on a chimnied heater small enough?

    • Ive lived in an tractor trailer rig for years.Vehicles absorb the heat to easy.
      I would recommend some sort of earth berm or burying any vehicle.A kia?
      Even pallets built around for shade.Or bales of straw like a garage.I considered an travel trailer in a bale garage.I wouldnt do anything to the bales depending on the situation.Hidden in plain site.

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  4. I like rocket stoves with an insulated exhaust.I have an old military stove and it isnt in the same league as a rocket stove.
    Im thinking of making a small heater for a small shed.Im considering useing exhaust tubeing from a car to help build it.

  5. You guys are awesome! It’s going to take me ages to sift through all those links!

    That’s one of the great things about this Web 2.0 thing… all you have to do is pose the question and sure as eggs someone will have an answer… or 10!

    Thank you.

  6. Rocket stoves are amazing. Here are some random links to help you get better idea about rocket stove mass heaters and associated low tech solutions:

    Main points of rocket stoves:

    Fuel is completely burned:
    Because the combustion chamber is well insulated, the temperature inside of it can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
    No smoke. The operating temperature inside the combustion chamber is more than double the autoignition point of any fuel you would be using, so everything (even smoke) is burned. Once at operating temperature, the exhaust mostly consists of warm, moist air, rich in CO2, which is perfect for greenhouse atmosphere.
    No soot in pipes. (As one link states, it took over two years for sufficient creosote to build up in the heat exchanger to noticeably effect performance, without becoming a hazard.)
    No carbon monoxide. Because of high air flow rate (the reason behind the word ‘rocket’), every carbon atom has lots of oxygen atoms to bind to.
    Very little ash to clean out.
    Versatile. Burn wood chips, branches, leaves, grass clippings, newspaper, entire trees. It will all burn completely.
    +90% efficiency. 4-8 times more efficient, compared to regular wood stoves.
    Safe. The only high heat is in the combustion chamber, which doesn’t strictly need to be immediately adjacent to where the fuel is burned, or the mass to be heated. The exhaust is generally as hot as a cup of coffee.
    Inexpensive. Almost all of the stove can be made with materials gathered on-sight (clay/straw/etc.)
    Attractive. The outer surface can be clay/metal/etc., Whatever you want it to look like.
    The top of the combustion chamber can be used as a flat cooking surface, contain a stock pot insert, and/or be used for a hot water heater.


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