Tent camping in winter is not for the faint hearted. And while some people are tough enough to face the cold with just a sleeping bag and lots of layers. Some of us are not…
Tent stoves are a much needed addition to your camping gear if you plan to winter camp even semi regularly.
Not only can it keep you warm throughout the night, it can double as a cooking area, saving you carrying an extra item in your backpack or car.
Not all tent stoves are created equal though, and the quality of workmanship such as the welding is what you need to look for when searching for the best tent stoves.
Tent stoves come in all shapes, sizes and weights. From ultra lightweight for backpacking to large stoves with add ons for hot water heating and ovens for cooking.
Whatever you need, you’ll find it here!
In a hurry? Here’s our top 3 picks for best tent stoves.
5 best tent stoves
Best lightweight tent stove for backpacking and fast set up
The Winnerwell Fastfold is a super high-quality tent stove despite its ultra light weight.
It’s the perfect option for backpackers, hunters, fishermen or anyone who wants something quick, light and easy to set up in a pinch.
The fact the Winnerwell Fastfold folds down flat for easy packing is a major plus, but what’s even more impressive is that it has NO loose parts. You’ll never have to worry about losing any tiny screws that may be critical for set up, nor fumble around trying to screw things together with cold hands.
The firebox is 900 cubic inches, which is more than enough to feed standard sized logs inside (once cut down lengthways so they are thinner). You can also use coal if you would prefer.
The Fastfold comes supplied with a 3″ chimney pipe that is 9 feet long and rolls lengthways for compact packing, while the top of the stove provides enough room to cook food or boil water in a decent sized pot or pan.
A high-end stainless steel stove for small-medium sized tents
The Winnerwell Nomad medium tent stove is ideal for heating and cooking in small-medium sized tents.
Similar to the larger Winnerwell Nomad View, the Winnerwell Nomad medium stove is built to last. The welding, materials and craftsmanship are second to none.
Despite its smaller size, it will keep you warm and toasty in freezing temperatures, without the smoke of an open camp fire.
The 800 cubic inch firebox is big enough to fit small logs, twigs and sticks. Basically, you can fuel this stove with anything you can find around camp.
The 2.5″ diameter chimney pipe comes supplied in 5 pieces that all fit perfectly inside the stove when not in use, while the legs fold flat under the stove for more compact storage and transit.
The two side shelves are ideal for drying dishes and clothes, and fold up to form a handle for easy carrying.
Best budget tent stove
The Camp Chef Alpine cylinder tent stove is perfect if you’re looking for something on a budget, or don’t do enough winter camping to justify the more costly stoves.
Despite its cheap price, it still comes supplied with everything you need to get set up and is extremely well built. Its only downside is that it is much heavier than the more expensive stoves. But if you are okay with a little extra weight, you’ll be happy with the Alpine.
Its nesting design means you can store the removable legs, 5-piece chimney pipe, damper, log grate, spark arrestor and shelves inside the stove during transport. If you decide to purchase the Camp Chef water heater, this also fits inside the stove with everything else.
It features adjustable legs so you can stabilize the stove on uneven ground, a 5″ diameter 10ft chimney pipe, and two storage shelves on either side for drying clothes or dishes.
A great all in one solution if you’re looking for a stove and water heater
The Cylinder Stoves tent stove with water heater is a great option if you just want to buy everything in one.
Being made in the USA, the quality and workmanship are excellent, with solid welding that ensures an airtight seal where needed.
Despite its heavy weight, everything packs down inside the cylinder stove (including stove pipe and water tank), for easy storage and carrying.
The supplied 5″ stove pipe offers optimum air flow for a better and longer burn. The steel body allows for use of both wood and coal as fuel.
Best premium tent stove with stunning views
The Winnerwell Nomad View large tent stove is a great choice for avid winter campers or anyone who needs to heat a larger tent.
As with all Winnerwell products, the welding is a thing of beauty, and shows the level of care and detail put into making each stove and accessory.
It features one viewing window in the door and one on the side of the stove. They are large enough to enjoy watching the flames flicker and dance while you relax inside your warm, toasty tent.
The Nomad View comes supplied with 5 sections of 3.5″ chimney pipe that fit comfortably inside of the stove for easy transport and carrying.
The 1500 cubic inch firebox can fit much larger logs than standard sized stoves, allowing you to fuel the stove for longer periods between feeds. Perfect if you want to keep the stove running over night while you sleep.
The two side shelves are perfect for drying dishes and clothes, and also fold up to form a carry handle. The 4-legs also fold flat under the stove for easier storage when not in use.
You can’t have a tent stove and not cook some tasty food or hot drinks, right? This combo set by Snow Peak is ultra lightweight and everything nests inside each other for compact carrying.
The Camp Chef Alpine hot water tank is suitable for attaching to the Camp Chef Alpine stove. The stove itself comes ready fitted with the attachments for easy installation.
The Winnerwell oven is suitable for all Winnerwell tent stoves, and any tent stove with enough space on the top to fit it.
Similar to the Fastfold stove, it folds down flat and is made of titanium.
The Winnerwell water tank is compatible with all medium sized Winnerwell tent stoves.
It has a 3 liter capacity and an integrated spigot.
If you need a suitable tent for your new tent stove, why not check out our guide on the best hot tents with stove jacks.