Camping, one of life’s great pleasures and challenges. You simply haven’t experienced its fullness if you haven’t braved the elements and either lived off your rations or, if you really want to go feral, the land, hunting and foraging for your own food.
However, a lot of adventurers won’t want to go this wild, preferring the genteel sort of camping where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the outdoors while having all the inside comforts of your home inside your tent.
But what are the things that you will need for a warm and comfortable camping experience? A thick and waterproof tent will certainly be one of them, as well as one that you can lash firmly to the floor without it getting buffeted too much in the wind. But if you really want to keep the inside of your tent warm, then we would suggest that you invest in a tent stove.
A tent stove not only keeps you nice and warm throughout your day, but it can help you cook your meats and vegetables with the handy hatch at the front. A lot of these stoves also come with a hob on the top, which means you can boil water for tea, eggs or warming up your favorite soup.
This is for someone who might be planning on camping for a long weekend, perhaps in their favorite resort or national park, experiencing all the joys of the great outdoors without any of the discomforts. These are extremely durable devices, usually made from cast iron or stainless steel, they can withstand a high degree of heat.
However, it is always worth bearing in mind that these items are also very heavy and will usually require a sturdy vehicle to transport them from one place to another.
They come with plenty of safety features that will keep the fire inside contained, with numerous fuel options for different brands.
But where can you find the best tent stoves for camping and survival? What features should a tent stove have to give you the best performance? What is the best material for a stove to be made from to give you optimum heat retention? How much can you be expected to pay for a decent tent stove?
Well, campers and survivalists won’t have to worry about these questions any longer, because we’ve compiled a list of the 11 best tent stoves for camping and survival.
We’ve also got a buyer’s guide that will help you determine what the best features are for a tent stove, as well as some frequently asked questions.
OUR TOP PICK
Our first stove is a good option for many different reasons, incredibly durable, made from heavy-grade steel, this is perfect for both beginning campers or expert survivalists.
This is decent for large shelters, with a cylinder style unit, it also comes with a cooking flattop where you can boil up water for tea and eggs - introducing the Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty Cylinder Stove.
That’s right, this unit is generally used for the higher alpine regions, although we wonder how anyone would manage to haul such a heavy-duty stove miles up into the mountains.
One of the main draws of this unit is the flat cooktop, on which you can arrange numerous pots and pans, enabling you to rustle up a great morning meal.
It has a chimney pipe to dispense with any noxious fumes, with a total height of 10 feet, you can have this as a great wall stove. It has adjustable legs, so you can tailor it to the height and shape of your tent.
It also comes with handy drying racks, so if your underclothes get wet out in the rain, you can easily and quickly dry them.
- This comes as a very compact and collapsible unit, you can detach and fold up its numerous pieces - as long as you can fit the body of your stove, then you’re good to go!
- The design of the stove makes for great heat retention, with an integrated dampener that will make it much more heat efficient on the whole.
- This comes with a lot of premium safety features such as a wired spark arrestor and a heating grate that will contain your flames and make sure that they don’t spread to the rest of your gear and tent walls.
- This tent stove is also very portable, allowing you to contain it perfectly within the housing of your tent. If you want to save on space and weight in your car on your camping trip, then you can’t go wrong with this stove.
- This is one of the heaviest stoves, so if you don’t have a vehicle, we wouldn’t recommend that you buy this one.
Our next stove is a similarly heavy-duty model that can guarantee you the ultimate in heat preservation and safety.
It looks like it’s constructed from cast-iron but it is actually made from 100% galvanized steel, which actually makes for a very lightweight and portable unit. It comes with a flat cooktop which will enable you to cook most items - introducing the Guide Gear Large Outdoor Wood Stove.
If you want a stove to rustle up a coffee in much the same way as the Frontier cowboys of old, then this is the model for you.
Have a hot coffee brewing in the morning before you wake up and go roving across the countryside. The entirety of the stove will be able to fit comfortably into most moderate and larger tents.
This is also great for feeding fuel, with a spring-loaded lockable hatch in the form that will give you easy access to the inside of your stove.
It also comes with a collapsible chimney that you can snugly store in your car. This is the perfect stove if you’re brave enough to go camping during the dead of winter.
- The material and design - this is a great stove that is not only durable but very compact, with a steel outer layer that will be able to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions.
- Compact - the fact that this stove is so small and lightweight will make it ideal for those who only have a smaller vehicle.
- This is ideal for cold-weather campers who want something that will adequately warm the entirety of their tent.
- This can be adapted to any number of tents and environments, you can even detach the chimney and bring it out into the open so that all your family can gather around to roast marshmallows or chicken skewers.
- This stove might not be the best option for hardcore survivalists, with a smaller overall construction, it doesn’t take as much fuel as some of the other models on this list.
Next up, we’re increasing the heat retention and resilience even further with a carbon steel stove that comes with an extra thick plate on the top for warming.
The manufacturers have built this unit to be very portable, it is collapsible and comes with a carry case, probably making it the best stove for transportation on this list - introducing the Shasta Vent Portable Camping Wood Stove.
The legs on this stove have hinges, so you can either retract or keep them folded to accommodate the height and width of your tent.
It comes with a handle on the side that will make carrying it to and from your tent very easy. You can also set it up outside your tent for social gatherings.
The assembly of this tent is also very simple, all you have to do is put together the five exhaust pieces, feeding them to the outside of your tent.
The cooktop is incredibly durable, allowing great stability when it comes to cooking, as well as the optimum heat transfer. It has a removable steel plate that will allow for open-flame cooking.
- The carbon steel body - this material is one of the most resilient and lightweight that you can find, able to contain your flames and prevent the spread of fire throughout your tent.
- The fact that it is so portable, with a handle and collapsible chimney, will make it the ideal unit if you don’t fancy staying in one spot for longer than a few days. If you’re planning on traveling the open road, then take this handy stove with you!
- The cooktop - this is both flat and heat conductive, allowing you to boil, broil and poach with ease. You can even remove the top to sear your food with an open flame.
- This has retractable legs that will enable you to safely store and transport your stove. This will be invaluable to those ‘glampers’ that have a lot of gear that they need to transport.
- The stove top is not very accommodating, so you’ll be limited in the amount of food that you can prepare.
Next, we have not just a stove but an entire stove kit, with plenty of pots and pans that you can use for your cooking and food prepping needs.
It comes with both standard wood fuel options and propane fuel, with a detachable gas burner and a regulator that will give you the maximum amount of control over your heat - introducing the Portable Outdoor Wood Burning Folding Camp Stove.
This model behaves more like a griller or a smoker than a traditional stove, making it a prime burner for cooking meats and tougher vegetables.
For some campers, cooking will be far more essential than heating, if that is the case with you then you’ll certainly want to consider this portable stove.
Obviously, one of the main selling points for most campers will be the utensils: this comes with a custom-fit soup pot, a grill top and a frying pan.
It will be everything you need to prepare a hearty stew or to fry some eggs before your morning hike. Each pot and pan is specially molded to the shape of the cooktop itself.
- The utensils - this model saves you the hassle of having to buy all your pots and pans separately, as this kit comes with everything you need to feed a modest family.
- The gas tank and wood burner options give the user greater versatility when it comes to fuel sources. If you find it easier to carry propane fuel than wood, then this is the perfect unit for you.
- This has separate compartments, one for flames and fuel, the other for storing your cooking utensils and cutlery. This is great for keeping everything hygienic in the outdoors.
- The cooking pot and pans are perfectly designed for use on this stove, this has great heat capabilities, you can expect to have your breakfast and dinner in no time at all!
- The chimney on this model is substandard, with some users complaining that it can leak smoke inside the tent.
This next stove is one that comes with a portable chimney and is remarkably portable, a nice compact unit that is made from stainless steel.
It comes with hinged legs and pipe sections that can be swiftly housed in the firebox of your stove. It also comes with a side handle that you can use to easily transport it from one campsite to another - introducing the Anevay Frontier Stove.
The door of this stove is very durable, with a solid hinged design and a raised lip that means you won’t have to suffer from spitting, which could cause serious damage to your tent or gear. It will also stop any door and stove alignment issues that could arise from warping.
The top of this stove is thicker to give a better heat transfer, allowing you to rustle up some of your favorite foods in less than half an hour.
It can accommodate a wide range of utensils from frying pans to saucepans, enabling you to cook every item on your dinner menu.
- This stove has been designed for maximum heat efficiency in mind, with the door designed to prevent heat loss through gaps in the metal or between the door and the stove.
- The action of the door handle is smooth and solid, with an easily lockable hinge that will keep your heat in and make for easy reloading of fuel.
- This can accommodate plenty of fuel and with the heat efficiency elements, you can expect this model to burn a lot longer than some of the others on this list.
- The cooktop is decent, with plenty of room for you to braise your sausages, boil your eggs or prepare a chunky winter vegetable soup.
- This cooker is bulkier than some of the other models on this list, with a lot of users complaining that it takes up a lot of room in their trunk.
This is another great portable unit for you to use, made from 304 stainless steel, this is easy for cleaning and maintaining, which will increase the overall lifespan of your stove.
It has side racks that you can use for drying clothes and a sturdy flat cooktop for you to prepare your meals on - introducing the Happybuy Tent wood Stove.
This stove is easy to collapse, making it a great unit to store, with a 9 section chimney that is 90-inches in length, making this a great unit for a larger wall tent.
When buying a tent stove, it will be very important to have a decent flume that will eject all the noxious smoke and ash out of your tent rather than keeping it within.
These have plenty of decent features with which you can carry your stove, from handles in the side housing to rings in the door that make for easy opening.
This will allow you to keep your hands away from the hot parts of the stove and reduce the risk of burning. You can even remove the hotplate from the cooktop to roast things over the open flames.
- The cooktop - you can shape this cooking surface to accommodate your cooking tools. Having something that can be tailored to your specific style of camping will be very important.
- This is collapsible and great for storage. You can fold the legs and the grilling rack on the top to tuck neatly away in your car.
- The stainless steel composition is perfect for cleaning and maintaining. If you want to open this one up outside your tent in the light rain, then you certainly can, not having to worry about rust or other corrosive elements over time.
- You can detach the hot plate of this model to grill things over the open flames, this makes this stove great for gathering around and telling stories.
- This stove does not come with a flume or a chimney, so it is likely that you won’t be using it for warming the inside of your tent.
Our next stove is one that, as you might be able to tell from the name, is very eco-friendly, ideally to be used as an outdoor stove with a cylindrical firebox that allows for a decent transfusion of heat.
It comes with a large rack that you can only use for storing wood to ensure that you have enough at hand to see you through the night - introducing the EcoZoom Dura Rocket Stove.
This rack is detachable and very durable, the casing itself made from refractory metal with a cast iron layer on the top that has 3 built-in forks that will allow you to rest your pots and pans on.
You can hold flat pots as well as stock pots, giving you plenty of versatility when it comes to cooking your favorite camping meals.
This stove is a real fuel saver, burning the wood over a longer period, retaining and dispersing heat more evenly throughout.
It comes at a very decent price too, the perfect option for those entry-level campers who might be constrained by a budget. This will also be easy to use both inside and outside your tent.
- The portability - this stove can be easily transferred from one campsite to another, making it the perfect model for the restless camper.
- It is both lightweight and durable, its solid construction will be able to withstand even the harshest conditions such as light wind and severe rain. You won’t have to worry about it rusting under such conditions.
- This is also a great unit for cooking as well as warming, with a decent cooktop surface that is flat and won’t wobble, allowing you to prepare a wide range of foods and meals.
- The price - this comes at a very decent price, so if you’ve already spent way too much money on your tent and other camping equipment, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on this stove.
- This is another tent stove that comes without a flume, so it won’t be the best option for having on the inside of your tent for any great length of time.
This next unit is one that does not use wood for fuel, rather it utilizes the heat that comes from your main stove to cook food.
It has a small chimney that measures at around 2.5-inches, with a 6 x 6-inch chamber that isn’t the largest of spaces but it won’t take up too much room in your tent - introducing the Winnerwell Pipe Oven 2.5 Inch.
This stove comes with a temperature dial that you can adjust to cooking your meals at the temperature you desire. This gives you a lot more control over the cooking time as well as the heat, giving you better results with trickier meals.
It has grates on the inside so you can cook a few ingredients at once, monitoring their progress through the glass door.
This is great for those who do more casual camping but still might find themselves in the outdoors for a number of days. The stainless steel is durable and very easy to clean after use.
It has one of the most attractively designed models on our list, with a nifty handle to open and close. This is great for baking items like cookies and marshmallows.
- Not so much a stove in itself as an add-on, this is ideal if you want an additional chamber to grill your cookies or biscuits using the heat of your main stove.
- The design features on this smaller stove are excellent, with a sleek and simple design that is easy to use and operate. It has a glass door that will allow you to check the progress of your food.
- This has a built-in thermostat that will mean you can grill your food to within a degree of your desired temperature. This will be important for cooking more complicated dishes with the same level of professionalism that you might have in your home.
- You have two grates on the inside that will allow you to warm two different ingredients if you wish. The unit is small and won’t take up too much room in your tent.
- Put simply: this is not an oven, so you won’t be able to use it without an additional heating unit. This will certainly deter people who don’t want to add to the weight of their gear.
This next stove is not a unit that should be used inside a tent, rather being a rocket stove with no form of ventilation, so we would recommend it only for outside use.
It uses very little fuel, all you need to do is combine some wood and some tinder to get it going, with a unique design that makes it very heat efficient - introducing the Bruntmor Camping Rocket Stove.
This model has been made to maximize the amount of heat that you can get from your fuel, with the stainless steel body that has a streamlined design that is also easy to store.
It will take the upward draft of your heat source and use it to cook your food a lot more thoroughly and quickly.
It also has removable steel feet that you can use to stabilize your cooktop area. The top of the unit has the option to slide in extra grates so that you can cook a wide variety of food.
It might not have a massive amount of room, but if you’re only planning on using a minimum amount of fuel to cook small portions, then you won’t go wrong with this unit.
- The design - this stove is unlike any other you will have seen before, it is manufactured to give you the best heat output while not taking up too much of your fuel supply.
- You will save a lot on a variety of different things - from fuel to food to storage, this is the perfect stove for the budget camper.
- The steel feet will make sure that your cooking surface is completely stable, giving you that extra level of control over how you grill your foods.
- Portable - this small and sleek stove is one of the easiest to pick up and pack away on this list. It is extremely lightweight and you can even hook it to your back for when you go hiking.
- Due to its small and compact size, it does not have a great deal of room to cook. This will probably deter family campers who want enough space to prepare a meal for 3-5 people.
Our next stove is a lot more complex than the previous one, constructed from titanium alloy, it is both very lightweight and resilient, with retractable legs that are perfect for campers who don’t want to increase the weight of their gear load.
This one can be collapsed to the size of a laptop, you can lug it around easily at just 3-pounds in weight - introducing the NoEnName_Null Outdoor Ultralight Titanium Alloy Wood Stove.
There are many different tent stoves that you can purchase in this range, although the difference with this model is the fact that this one has a glass door that you can use to check on the progress of your food as it cooks. It is a very solid unit overall, allowing for excellent heat transference.
This has plenty of heat rings that will protect your hand from coming into contact with the searing heat of the stove itself.
The chimney pipes of this stove can be easily packed away, making this a very portable unit. You won’t have too much metal taking up space in your gear bag with this model.
- This is a great unit to have for casual and intensive styles of camping, where you can expect to pitch your tent for a few days. The chimney will ensure that all ash and smoke is deposited far from the interior of your tent.
- The titanium construction makes it the most reliant unit on the market, it will be able to withstand corrosive elements such as rust and water damage.
- This unit is also extremely easy to clean and maintain, which will certainly come in handy for preserving the lifespan of your stove.
- You can collapse most of the elements of this stove, which means that it will not take up too much space in your vehicle. This will appeal to family campers who might already be overloaded with too much camping gear.
- Some users have complained that this model is not as durable as advertised, describing the construction as flimsy and cheap.
Our final stove is another that comes in a solid titanium construction, which is a material that is actually a lot lighter to carry than steel.
Including the chimney pipe, this stove only weighs 4-pounds overall, which is ideal for the camper who plans on making plenty of stops on their journey - introducing the Winnerwell Fastfold Titanium Tent Stove.
You can assemble this stove very quickly, as it comes with hinged panels and a flue. It has plenty of built-in safety features too, with a spark arrestor and integrated dampener which will stop your internal fire from getting too out-of-control.
Once this unit has been fully collapsed you can easily carry it in your backpack.
This is made for more compact sizes of tent, when fully set up, this stove is around 15 inches in length, 9 inches wide and 7 inches tall.
The rings on the door and the handles will enable you to handle it without burning yourself on the boiling hotel metal sides. This is the perfect stove for lightweight teepee campers and hunters trekking through cold conditions.
- This stove is extremely lightweight and durable, with a titanium body that will be able to withstand a lot of the impacts that you can experience on your way to your campsite.
- This is probably the most compact and portable unit on this list, making it ideal for those campers who might want to trekk from their campsite and set up a second camp during a hike.
- You can collapse and set up this stove easily and efficiently, which is perfect if you want to get it inside and out of the rain in a hurry.
- This stove retains heat very efficiently, saving you a lot of money on extra fuel.
- Some users have complained that the flue bent in half during transit. This will be very frustrating if you’ve trekked far into the middle of nowhere only to find that your stove has been rendered completely useless.
Best Tent Stoves For Camping And Survival Buying Guide
Selecting the right stove for your tent is often not as easy as it looks, you’ll need to think about the style of camping that you do before picking out your next in-tent heater.
There is no one design for all tent stoves, so you’ll need to pick the perfect one for your requirements.
Some of the features of your tent stove will actually impede your camping experience rather than enhance it. A few of the stoves that we’ve listed above actually don’t come with any chimneys, so this will immediately rule them out for use inside your tent.
However, there are a few basic things that you’ll want your stove tent to be able to do, and here are a few of them:
What Is The Design?
There are a few basic designs that tent stoves have, most of them coming in a traditional box shape or a cylindrical design. The box shapes are the most simple to use, having a plain door that you can open, where both the flames and the fuel are stored.
If you have a large tent with lots of people inside, then we would recommend getting a large-sized box tent, as this will distribute the heat evenly throughout the inside.
The one thing you’ll want to avoid is someone near the entrance to the tent feeling a lot colder than people who are nearer your stove.
You can get tents that are foldable, which will save you space, especially on the drive to your campsite. If you have lots of gear, you’ll want something that contributes as little weight as possible. You can get stoves that use lightweight materials to help with portability.
You can also get rocket stoves that are different from tent stoves in that they do not have a chimney, rather having a tube that is used to feed wood into the flames.
These stoves often utilize the upward draft to cook your food and warm your tent properly.
What Material Is Your Stove Made From?
Stoves come in a wide range of materials, often metallic, although the type of metal they use will differ greatly in what they have to offer. Some will transfer heat better than others, whereas others will be more durable.
Cast-iron is very good for keeping things hot, although it will be very heavy to use. Stainless steel is lighter and can be very easy to clean, whereas titanium and carbon are the ultimate trade-off between lightweight and resilient properties.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Best Features For A Tent Stove?
This will all depend on what kind of stove that you’re looking for. If you want something that is easy to use, then we’d probably recommend that you have one with as fewer features as possible.
However, if you’re a seasoned camper, you might want something that can cook food in a variety of different ways, from searing to boiling.
If you want to save on money, you’ll want to get a more basic model too. These models do not have things like a damper, a cooktop or a water heater.
You can also get stoves that don’t have any chimney stoves either, which will save on space but will not be suitable for indoor tent use.
How Long Should Your Tent Stove Last?
This will all depend on how frequently you use it and how long you’ll be out in the wilderness.
If you are a casual camper, then it's likely that you’ll be keeping your stove in the basement or garage where it won’t succumb to any impacts or water damage.
Due to their sturdy construction, your stove won’t disintegrate just being sat on its own indoors. If you want your stove to last you for a few years, we recommend that you buy one made from cast-iron or stainless steel.