7 Best Small Wood Burning Stoves & Small Pellet Stoves for Tiny Houses [Reviews and Buying Guide]

Nothing beats cozying up to a stove at the end of a winter’s day. For those of us in cabins and tiny homes for the winter, pellet stoves and wood stoves aren’t just the most cheerful and charming heating options—they’re often the simplest and most efficient.

Many stoves and pellet heaters are better suited to a large space, but this review will focus on tiny stoves. We’ll show you some picks for the best small pellet stoves to keep smaller spaces warm, whether you’re spending winter in an R.V., a cottage or a small house.

We’ll also give you a full review of some options for small wood burning stoves, based on heat output and the size of space they can comfortably heat. We’ve included one larger stove in case not refilling your stove very often is an important consideration for you.

Below the reviews, you’ll find a guide to choosing the right stove for your home. So grab your hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and get ready to choose your next heating system.

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Best Wall-Mounted Mini Pellet Stove


U.S. Stove AP5000 Wall Mount

This wall-mounted wood pellet stove has a compact design that’s perfect for tight spaces. A great heating solution for a small area where floor space is limited.

Features & Benefits

  • 24,000 BTU
  • 28-pound hopper capacity
  • 36” w x 27” h x 12.43” d
  • 230 pounds

Pros

  • Direct vent design
  • 35-hour burn time
  • CSA and EPA approved

Cons

  • Heavy and needs 2 people to install it

Editorial Review

For people with a tiny space who really need a wall-mounted stove, the AP5000 from U.S. Stove is a great option. It’s a fantastic space saver with quite a nice BTU output. It heats areas up to 1,000 sq. ft. and can burn more than a day on low before needing to be refilled.

The direct venting system bypasses the need for a chimney, making installation much simpler. Those who want more of a traditional aesthetic, or those who enjoy watching a fire through a stove window might want to look elsewhere, though—this stove is functional, but not lovely.

What Others Are Saying

People who bought this stove thought it was a good value. They found it functional and warm, and felt that even on its lowest setting, they were able to keep their living space comfortable. People praised how little space the stove takes up and most users even thought it looked great where they had installed it.

Some people mentioned that since the unit is heavy when loaded, DIY installers should make absolutely sure to install it properly. They also warned that DIYers will need 2 people to hoist it onto the mounting bracket.

Best Freestanding Small Pellet Stove


Enviro Mini Pellet Freestanding Stove

This compact pellet stove is a powerful stove in a small package. With classic good looks and quiet operation, it’s a popular choice for people looking for the smallest pellet stoves.

Features & Benefits

  • 30,000 BTU
  • 48-pound hopper capacity
  • 18” w x 34” h x 20” d
  • 238 pounds

Pros

  • Runs quiet
  • Automatic controls
  • EPA certified

Cons

  • No thermostat

Editorial Review

This modern stove is an ideal choice for tiny house dwellers. It heats small homes up to 1,200 sq. ft. and is EPA certified. It comes with a number of features that make it nice for small spaces, including that it’s quiet to run and has a small footprint.

It also has a number of features that make it convenient, as well. The 36-hour burn time is a big plus for those of us who don’t like refilling a stove. It also has a nice, large ash pan that needs to be dumped much less frequently than other options.

What Others Are Saying

Users love this stove. People definitely felt it was a good value and they have nothing but praise for its performance. Many reviewers state that they really only need to keep the stove on lower settings to keep their homes comfortable. They state that the Mini works seamlessly and efficiently with just regular cleaning. The sleek and modern design is a big hit, but the highest praise this stove gets is for how quietly it runs.

There aren’t a lot of bad reviews of this stove. Some people reported that it goes out when set on the lowest setting, and that they needed to keep it on the second-lowest setting if they wanted to leave it running.

Best Budget Pellet Stove


Cleveland Iron Works PS20W Mini Pellet Stove

This stove is compact and high-tech, with a digital programmable thermostat you can operate from your phone. A good option for a small space and for tiny house owners on a budget.

Features & Benefits

  • 25,000 BTU
  • 18-pound hopper capacity
  • 18.25” w x 28.5” h x 20” d
  • 143 pounds

Pros

  • Built-in wi-fi
  • EPA Certified

Cons

  • Small hopper size is an issue

Editorial Review

The PS20W from Cleveland Iron Works heats up to 800 sq. ft., which is perfect for small homes. The controls are mounted on top of the stove and are easy to work with. It features auto ignition, and the smart controller lets you set the thermostat right from your phone.

One important factor to consider is the hopper size. If you’re someone who doesn’t like refilling the hopper, note that this one is small and there’s no hopper extension. Another is the stove’s reliance on digital technology. If you like the idea of starting the stove from your bed on cold days, you might want the convenience. If you’re easily frustrated by gadgetry, this might not be the best option for you.

What Others Are Saying

Most people felt this was a well-made and functional stove. They report that it starts easily, heats up quickly and is easy to maintain. Even people who liked the stove caution that the hopper is small and that the burn time is less than they hoped. But they also felt like they were getting a good deal for the price.

Some users found the stove difficult to operate and felt the high-tech features were getting in the way. More than a few reported that when set on the lowest setting, the fire went out and didn’t restart when the temperature fell below the programmed minimum. Others reported receiving damaged items.

Best Small Wood Burning Stove up to 200 sq. ft.


Dickinson Newport

This compact stove gives off a ton of heat for its size. It’s meant for boats, but its small footprint makes it perfect for the tiniest of homes.

Features & Benefits

  • 3000-8000 BTU
  • 7.88”w x 10”d x 14.7”h
  • 15 lbs
  • Stainless steel

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Works with a variety of fuel types
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Its small size limits its uses

Editorial Review

While intended as a marine heater, this compact stove works in a variety of spaces, from RVs to converted buses to tiny homes and cabins. Dickinson states that the heater is meant for boats 20-25 feet long, which translates to about 100-200 square feet of heating capacity.

It runs on wood, coal or charcoal briquettes, and while its small size limits what you can put in it, this is a very efficient stove that makes the most of its fuel. The unique design is more modern than traditional, which might impact your purchasing decision depending on your preferences.

What Others Are Saying

This is a popular stove, and not just with people who own boats. Reviewers praise the quality of the stove, and are happy with the heat it gives off, especially given its compact size. Folks have used this stove in a range of climate conditions and homes and found it keeps them warm. Most people found it simple to install. Everyone agreed that they loved the aesthetic effect it gives a room.

Some users felt its uses were limited, and that the unit didn’t produce the heat they were expecting. A few mentioned that they had a bit of smoke come out of the top of their unit.

Best Small Wood Burning Stove up to 400 sq. ft.


Dwarf 5kW

This Dwarf stove is a highly customizable and versatile option for those who love the look of a classic wood stove and have a slightly larger space to heat.

Features & Benefits

  • 17,000 BTU
  • 5 kW
  • 14”w x 11”d x 22”h
  • 150 lbs

Pros

  • Uses a variety of fuel sources
  • Steel and cast iron construction
  • Optional cookstove

Cons

  • Not EPA certified

Dwarf 5kW

Rating: 9.5/10

Editorial Review

The Dwarf 5kW is designed to heat up to 400 square feet. Note that this stove isn’t EPA certified, so if you have a residential tiny home in the U.S., look to local building codes to see whether you can install it.

There’s a high degree of customizability with this stove. It features primary, secondary and tertiary air controls. The stove runs on wood, coal or compressed logs, which makes it even more versatile.

There are some nice add-ons here, too, including cast iron legs and a wood storage stand. This line of stoves also features a cookstove option, for those who want their stoves to do double duty.

What Others Are Saying

People who bought this stove were very happy with their purchase. They loved the look of the stove as much as they loved how well it performed. For most people, the large viewing glass was a big plus.

Reviewers said it heats spaces well and quickly. They stated that installation was easy and that the stove was intuitive to run and simple to clean and maintain.

A few people felt the grate could be higher, and that logs rolling out could be a concern.

Best Small Wood Burning Stove 200-400 sq. ft.


Cubic CB-1210 Grizzly

A versatile, energy-efficient and powerful small wood stove for spaces between 200 and 400 square feet. Its lightweight construction and low clearance requirements make it an excellent choice for small spaces.

Features & Benefits

  • 8000-18000 BTU
  • 2.3-5.2 kWh
  • 13”w x 15”h x 12”d
  • 39 lbs

Pros

  • Laser-cut steel construction
  • Cooking area of 6 ½” x 13”
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Customer service can be an issue

Editorial Review

For tiny homes, RVs, bus conversions, bunkhouses, cabins and more, this well-made little stove is a fantastic option. It’s designed for small spaces with high ceilings, or for spaces between 200 and 400 sq. ft. It kicks off a lot of heat and is highly efficient producing it.

The Cubic Grizzly features a secondary combustion system, which helps to manage smoke and control the oxygen levels, meaning that users have more control over heat levels (and energy efficiency). We loved that with the rail removed, this unit can function as a cooktop. Needs seasoned hardwood or pressed logs to run its best.

What Others Are Saying

People who have purchased this stove love it. They say it puts out a lot of heat for a small unit, and felt it easily heated the space it was intended for. Users praise it for its efficient burn, high quality and solid workmanship, as well as its looks.

Those who installed it themselves reported that it was easy to install and intuitive to run.

Customer service seems to be an issue for this company. While some reviewers said they had had good interactions, many folks complained about long wait times, delays, frustrating exchanges with staff and misleading information about lead times.

Best Small Wood Burning Stove up to 1,200 sq. ft.


Vogelzang 1,200 Sq. Ft. Wood Stove

Highly efficient and beautiful, this model is a great way to heat larger spaces. Its long burn time and higher capacity fuel box make it an easy to run option.

Features & Benefits

  • 68,000 BTU
  • 23.5”w x 25.5”d x 28”h
  • 260 lbs
  • Steel and cast iron construction

Pros

  • EPA certified
  • Adjustable legs
  • Highly efficient

Cons

  • No ash grate

Editorial Review

Made for larger spaces up to 1200 sq. ft., this stove heats up quickly and efficiently. Since it’s larger than other stoves on this list, it has an increased burn time (8-10 hours) and can take larger pieces of wood, which means less refilling for you.

Features like a large glass window and pewter trim accents are a nice bonus, but it’s the high performance that really makes this stove such a good choice. It features a secondary air inlet that’s designed to consume wood evenly. An adjustable high speed blower is optional.

What Others Are Saying

This stove is well-reviewed, with most people agreeing that the stove is high quality and kicks off a significant amount of heat. Reviewers really liked the thermal efficiency of this stove, and appreciated that it burns wood evenly and cleanly. Most people felt the Defender was a a quality product and a good value for the money, too.

Some users said they wished the stove had come with an ash pan for easier clean-up. Others reported issues with quality control, but noted that the company’s customer service team was helpful in fixing issues. And finally, some reviewers felt that the stove didn’t put out as much heat as they’d expected.

Bottom Line


Dwarf 5kW

For quality, versatility and overall great reviews, our top pick is the Dwarf 5kW. We liked the focus on customization and ease of use. We were really drawn to the cooktop addition, as well.

This stove is compact, beautiful and well-made, but the best thing is that it does its job so efficiently. Since so many other people also thought so, we think there’s an excellent chance it will make your shortlist of choices, too.

Buying Guide


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Here are some basic questions to consider as you’re shopping around. They’ll help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect small stove for your set up.

Do You Need to Meet Emissions Standards?

New stoves that are going to be installed in a residential home need to meet the EPA’s emission standards, which were lowered in 2020 from 4.5 g/h (grams of fine particles emitted per hour) to 2.5 g/h for cord wood and 2 g/h for crib wood. For pellet stoves, it’s 2 g/h for stoves with or without a catalytic converter.

This is great in terms of making stoves more efficient and keeping indoor air quality high, but it will limit your choices if you live in a home that falls under local building codes. “Temporary” and seasonal dwellings like cabins or tiny homes on trailers are less likely to be affected by the new regulations.

How Much Space Do You Have?

The square footage of your home will roughly tell you whether a given stove can deliver the right heat output. Obviously a heat source that’s underpowered won’t be effective, but buying a bigger stove than you need isn’t better.

Stoves that are bigger than you need are less efficient and likely to cost more than you needed to spend. They also won’t run as hot, and stoves that don’t run as hot can build up more creosote in the chimney, increasing fire danger.

Knowing exactly how much space you have is also crucial because in addition to the actual stove, each stove will have clearance requirements for safety. Factor in space for a hearth, or heating pad, and possibly heat shields. Also factor in the storage space you’ll need for wood or for extra pounds of pellets.

Some folks opt for smaller stoves they can put up on platforms or mount to the wall to save on floor space.

How Much Heat Do You Need?

Besides square footage, there are a number of other factors that will determine the heat output you need. If your home has little insulation and drafty windows and doors, you’ll need more heat output to keep the space at a specific temperature than if your home is airtight and well insulated.

The height of your ceilings is also a big factor. Tall cathedral ceilings are gorgeous, but they do mean that your heated air will spend its time rising towards them and not hanging out on ground level with you.

Other factors that impact the amount of heat you need include how many people are regularly in your space (body heat does add heat, after all), how often exterior doors will be opened and shut and even the shape and layout of the home.

Homes that are open concept and square in shape, for example, are easier to heat. Long homes, on the other hand, have more wall surface area for heat to dissipate through before it reaches the end. Homes with many partitions will make it harder for heated air to circulate.

There’s a useful BTU calculator here that might help you estimate the size of stove you need. Match your estimate with a stove’s heat output, which will also be in BTUs and can be found on its specifications. Consider the stove’s efficiency rate, as well, as you shop.

Keep in mind, too, that when a manufacturer lists a model’s heat output, they are listing the maximum heat output of which that stove is capable—not the day-to-day heat output that you, a human in the real world, will be able to produce and experience.

What Type of Fuel Do You Have Access To?

Small wood burning stoves are typically designed to burn cord wood, but some models can burn compressed wood, wood chips or wood pellets, too. If your wood supply is hit and miss, you might want to consider a pellet stove or a model that will let you burn alternative forms of fuel.

If you’re blessed with a ton of cord wood every year, just about any wood stove will do. You should take note of the length of firewood that each stove can accommodate, though. A very tiny wood stove will require you to plan out how you’ll process your wood.

Think About Power

This sometimes comes as a surprise to people who are just starting their search for a stove, but pellet stoves need electricity to work. Wood stoves can operate through radiant heat, but pellet stoves can’t. They use electricity to ignite, to run the fan and the hopper and to work any digital technology that they’re outfitted with.

This could be a big consideration if you live in an area with frequent power outages. It could also be an issue if you use solar panels for electricity and live in a cold climate that requires you to run the stove constantly. Fortunately, it’s simple to install a battery backup system, but the potential loss of power is something to think about, especially if you live off-grid.

Safety First

Any stove can be a fire hazard. Besides the fire hazards that stoves pose, there’s also a risk to your lung health. You don’t need us to tell you that inhaling smoke can cause coughing and lung irritation, and you’ve certainly surmised that smoke can exacerbate asthma and other lung (and heart) conditions.

Stoves emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, both of which can seriously harm or kill people. If you’re purchasing a stove for a tiny home, this is an even bigger concern.

Consult a professional about installation, or have your stove professionally installed. Be prepared to clean and inspect your flue regularly. Make sure you have adequate ventilation in your home. In addition, check and repair or replace seals as necessary.

Keep a working fire extinguisher handy. Install and regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, replacing batteries as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Finally, Wood Stove or Pellet Stove?

Each has their pros and cons, of course. Wood stoves need more maintenance and can be much more expensive, owing to the chimney installation they require. High-quality pellet stoves generate fewer emissions, little smoke and less ash than wood stoves and have a longer burn time and more consistent heat.

That said, wood stoves don’t require electricity, and therefore have fewer parts that can break. They last longer, are more powerful and are quieter to operate. You’ll also have more control over where your fuel supply comes from (and how much you pay for it) with a wood stove.

How important each of these factors are depends on the individual. There’s no clear winner, so you can evaluate your unique situation and decide which features you want most (and least) in your life.

Feature image: Annie Spratt; Image 1: Maria Orlova

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