Finding the best wood stove for your RV or Camper van requires a lot of research between many options and knowledge about the details of your living space.

Wood burning stoves are a great way to heat your van, campervan or RV. They're more efficient than gas and the warmth they provide is strong and dry, but finding to one that is right for the space you're heating is a lot of work

The right wood stove for you will depend on a few important factors. Knowing the size of the area you want to heat in cubic feet will be helpful, and so will knowing what size of wood you want to burn and for how long. Based on this you can find a proper size range and shop for features you like.

Wood stoves come in many shapes and sizes, can vary in function greatly, and are all designed to heat different sizes and types of spaces. Choosing one can be a lot of work, but below I will go over a variety of options and be sure to mention what spaces they are appropriate for.

I know how alluring the warmth of a wood stove is, so I understand why so many van lifers want to add one to their living space. They heat areas efficiently and sometimes for free with gathered wood and the heat is very dry - great for small spaces. Below I've listed the stoves in just two categories: large and small, but there are a lot of small things to keep in mind about them when purchasing.

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What Is The Best Wood Burning Stove For RVs and Campers?

Different Types of Wood Stoves for RVs

There are a lot of different types of wood burning stoves for campervans and what you need will depend on the size of your living space.

If you're looking for a stove appropriate for a campervan, chances are that you want to stay close to nature. Other sources of power can be difficult to bring along in smaller Vans  because many don't have generators or adequate electricity for heat.

If you only need one small source of heat for cooking then a propane stove is best used when camping. They cannot be used for warmth though, while some wood stoves provide a cooking surface along with generating heat.

If you want to use your stove while traveling through remote areas on off-road trails and dirt roads where there isn't any electrical power available -especially during long road trips in dispersed areas- a wood stove may be your best choice.

In this case, it's obviously best to use some sort of fuel source other than gas since service stations tend not to be available in dispersed camping areas.

This is where wood stoves work best; they provide heat just like gas-powered ones do but without the need for expensive fuel or batteries/generators powering them up first - which makes them ideal when going off-grid camping.

What Size Wood Stove Is Right For Your RV

Wood burning stoves come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. They may look similar on the surface, but there's a big difference between them if you take a closer look.

Some wood burning stoves are meant for heating small spaces like your van or RV, while others are made for heating large spaces like your house or cabin. Some of these stove manufacturers even have units that are designed to be used both indoors and outdoors, perfect for campers.

There's also the matter of whether your wood-burning stove is meant to burn wood pellets or logs; buying one type over another can greatly affect how long it takes you to get warm and how much money you spend on fuel each day.

Best Large Wood Burning Stoves For RV Camper Vans

The Hobbit Stove

The Hobbit Stove is a small, portable wood burning stove that comes with a number of benefits. It's made of stainless steel and cast iron so it will last you for years to come. The Hobbit Stove has a wood capacity of 9 lbs., which means that you'll get plenty of heat out of each load before needing to reload it. The diameter is 10 inches and the height is 9 inches, making this an easy choice if you're looking for something more compact than other models on this list.

Purchase The Hobbit Stove.

The Cricket

The Cricket has a small footprint, which makes it ideal for use in an RV camper van. It comes with a steel door that is designed to protect the user from sparks and flying embers. This particular wood burning stove uses catalytic combustion, which means that it allows you to get more heat out of your wood than most other stoves do. It's made of stainless steel, so it won't rust or corrode easily if you leave it outdoors all year round.

The stove has a large heat output, which means that it will warm up an RV or camper van quickly. It has a two-sided front door, which allows you to use the stove in either direction depending on what kind of wood you want to burn. This stove is made from cast iron and stainless steel, so it's very durable.

Purchase The Cricket.

The BioLite Campstove 2

The Campstove 2 is a portable wood burning stove that can be used in your campervan, RV or tent. It is made of stainless steel and is lightweight and compact. It has a built-in fan which makes it more efficient.

The Campstove 2 comes with four legs that you can use to stand up the unit on any flat surface. You can also remove these legs if you want to take the stove into the woods or on your camping trip. The stove comes with a carrying case so that it's easy to transport without taking up too much space in your vehicle/camper/tent.

Purchase The Biolite 2.

The Doomsday Folding Camping Wood Stove

The Doomsday Folding Camping Wood Stove is a great option for anyone who wants to cook outdoors and have a hot meal. This stove can be used in a tent or RV, meaning it’s the perfect addition for any outdoor activity.

The stove comes with everything you need to get started with easily put together legs designed for stability on uneven ground that fold up when not in use. It’s easy to assemble since all you have to do is tighten the bolts and nuts until they’re secure enough to hold your pot or pan over the fire without tipping over or falling over.

You can use this camping wood burning stove just like any other type of cooking surface—just put some water in your pan before heating it up on top of the flames so nothing burns. You could even boil pasta if you wanted something more complicated than ramen packets or heating canned foods.

Purchase The Doomsday Folding Camping Wood Stove.

The Camco Olympian Aluminum Stack Jack

The Camco Olympian Aluminum Stack Jack is a device that allows you to raise and lower the stack pipe on your RV or camper van. The stack jack is made of aluminum, which makes it both lightweight and durable. It can be adjusted to fit the size of your wood stove, whether it's 36 inches or 48 inches in diameter.

This useful tool makes it easy to install stacks with different heights into your stove—even if you have a limited amount of space under your hood! The stack jack helps you clear space for other components and maximize airflow through your camper van as well as keep all parts safe from potential damage during travel.

Purchase The Camco Olympian Aluminum Stack Jack.

The Best Small Wood Stoves For RV and Camper Vans

The CB-1008 CUB By Cubic Mini Wood Stove

One problem with most wood stoves is that they are too big for a space as small as a van. With the rise in popularity of van dwelling there are many more small stoves on the market.

The Cubic Mini is designed to heat small spaces well with smaller pieces of wood and also has a secondary combustion chamber which cuts back on smoke.

Purchase The CB-1008 CUB By Cubic Mini Wood Stove.

The Mini Woodsman Stove By North Woods Fabrication

The best wood stove for anyone on a budget; Most wood stoves cost anywhere from $600 to $1000 dollars, the Mini Woodsman comes in at $400 for significant savings.

The Mini Woodsman is the perfect choice for RV or camper dwellers that want an affordable stove that offers a full size, full use design and features a large cooktop and glass viewing window.

Purchase The Mini Woodsman Stove By North Woods Fabrication.

The US Stove HotBlast Wood and Coal Burning Furnace

If you're looking for a small wood stove, the US Stove HotBlast Wood and Coal Burning Furnace is an excellent choice. It's compact and easy to install, with no assembly required. You can easily control its heat output with a thermostat that allows you to set your desired temperature from 100°F to 850°F (38°C to 450°C). It's built with durable materials that make it ideal for indoor use in an RV or camper van—though if you're concerned about safety issues, bear in mind that this furnace does not come with a blower fan.

This model will fit nicely in most RVs and camper vans because of its compact size: 18" x 13" x 6". It provides plenty of heat while using less fuel than larger stoves; plus, its two-piece construction makes it easy to move around when needed. The Napoleon S1 also features top airwash technology which helps keep harmful emissions under control without sacrificing efficiency or performance.

It is also thermostatically controlled so you can set the temperature that you want it to run at. This means that it will not overheat or underheat your small space. The blower will automatically turn on when the temperature falls below 50 degrees F, and turn off when the temperature rises above 70 degrees F. When in use, this stove produces a lot of heat, so please make sure there are no combustible materials close by.

It may cost more than other models but there's definitely a payoff for using this product—it burns cleanly without any smoke or harmful fumes (unlike some other options).

Purchase The US Stove HotBlast Wood and Coal Burning Furnace.

Napoleon S1 Wood Burning Stove

The Napoleon S1 Wood Burning Stove is a small, compact wood burning stove. It is ideal for use in an RV or camper van. This wood-burning stove has a large capacity and burns wood efficiently. The S1 weighs only 52 pounds, so you can move it around with ease even if you do not have a truck to transport it in your camper van.

This unit has two burners that burn at 1,500 to 2,000 BTUs each (the amount of heat produced by the fuel). The top burner heats up quickly and is great for cooking foods like coffee pots or frying pans while the lower one will boil water faster than any other competitor’s model on this list!

If you want something that is efficient and looks nice on your countertop nothing else compares to how quickly and easily this stove cooks food without making a smoky mess everywhere like some other models might do when used improperly.

Purchase The Napoleon S1 Wood Burning Stove.

Drolet Escape 1500 Wood Insert With Blower

The Drolet Escape 1500 Wood Insert With Blower is a great option for RV owners looking for a hot but smaller wood burning stove. It's made of stainless steel and has an EPA approved catalytic converter, which helps to reduce harmful emissions from your vehicle. This unit heats up quickly and can reach temperatures as high as 2500 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can use it as an oven when you have no power or need more heat than usual. The blower can be set to run continuously or shut off automatically after two hours, depending on how much heat you need in your vehicle.

Purchase The Drolet Escape 1500 Wood Insert With Blower.

Drolet Blackcomb High-efficiency Wood Stove

The Drolet Blackcomb High-efficiency Wood Stove is a high efficiency wood stove that has a stainless steel body and a large door for easy loading. It’s made in Canada by Drolet, a well-known manufacturer of quality wood stoves.

The stove has an impressive heat range of 25,000 to 30,000 BTU per hour (1360 to 1500 watts), which means that it can heat up your RV camper van quickly without you having to spend all day feeding it wood. The stove also features double wall protection with an inner and outer shell which gives you added protection against heat loss as well as reducing condensation inside the firebox. If that wasn’t enough already this unit also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Purchase The Drolet Blackcomb High-efficiency Wood Stove.

Ashley Hearth AW3200E-P Wood Burning Stove

The Ashley Hearth AW3200E-P Wood Burning Stove is a great option for anyone who wants to heat their camper van with wood. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, and because it uses an electric blower to distribute heat throughout the vehicle, it’s also very quiet. It has a two-hour automatic shut off that prevents overheating and has three glass panels for maximum viewing.

The Ashley Hearth AW3200E-P Wood Burning Stove comes with standard accessories like a stove cover, ash pan, chimney connector tube, installation hardware kit and owner’s manual so there are no additional purchases necessary when you buy this stove.

Purchase The Ashley Hearth AW3200E-P Wood Burning Stove.

Other Options For RV Camper Stoves

The Ellum Wood Stove

The Ellum Wood Stove is a versatile wood burning stove that can be used as a fireplace or a wood burning stove. It's designed for use in an RV, fifth wheel, cabin or house. This stove burns both wood and coal and has a heat output of up to 28,000 BTUs.

Purchase The Ellum Wood Stove.

Wallas 30Dt & 30D

The Wallas 30Dt & 30D are the same stove with a difference. The 30Dt is electric, while the 30D is gas. The Wallas wood burning stove has a thermostat and can be used in any climate. It is equipped with a full-width glass door which makes it easy to load your firewood and see inside your stove while cooking or heating up your trailer camper van or RV.

Purchase The Wallas 30Dt & 30D.

Serenity Stove - 12v Pellet Stove

The Serenity Stove is a great choice for your camper van, RV, van or pop-up camper. It can run on either electricity or propane, so it’s flexible in that regard.

The pellets are burned by the stove to create heat and the fan blows air over them to make them burn more efficiently. It’s easy to use even with no experience with pellet stoves. The best part about this particular model is that it runs at low temperatures so there won’t be any smoke coming out of your camper.

Purchase The Serenity Stove - 12v Pellet Stove.

About THE AUTHOR

Elijah White

Elijah White

My wife and I bought a broken down 1984 Chevy A-Class 26ft RV and restored it back to working order. Now we both work remotely and live in it full time with our pet cats with the freedom to explore.

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