Wood Stove versus propane

Titan_Bow

Member
I currently have a 10 person TurboTent that we use for family camping and some winter hunting camp setups. I currently have 2 Mr. Heater Buddy tent heaters, and if its been really cold, we've run both of them and its done OK. I have been toying with the idea of modding the tent with a stove jack, and getting a wood stove. Ive never really camped with one, so I'm wondering, is it really more of a headache, is it worth the extra work and weight? The propane is easy, but it really just knocks the edge off the cold. Also, its such a wet heat, condensation can start to happen, where I understand wood stove heat is really dry. Just looking for anyone who may have some direct comparisons?
 

Verkstad

Raggarkung
Also, its such a wet heat, condensation can start to happen, where
Does not have to be ’wet’.
But thats the just how unvented propane heaters work. Which despite claims of being safe indoors, its creepy to be inside a fairly tight enclosure with them.
Btw, Vented propane heaters exist. Both forced air or radiant. But they are not the inexpensive simple thing like the catalytic.
I understand wood stove heat is really dry. Just looking for anyone who may have some direct comparisons?
Woodstoves are great but not as convienient.
I used to have a 16’ portable yurt and my friends a 14x 10 wall tent.
We both used woodstoves. Yes the heat is ’dry’ its vented combustion afterall.
Said that, it would take quite a while before the floorless tents would ”dry out”. Heating the wet canvas and ground puts a huge amount of moisture in the air. The first few hours were always like a steam bath. And depending on organic component in the soil, may smell like a steamy barnyard.
Btw, Woodstoves dont scale down very well to burn wood.
Unless you are happy constantly tending fire. Small stoves cant be loaded, lit and left alone for very long before having to mess with it again.
 
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krick3tt

Adventurer
In areas where there is a fire ban, how do you justify a wood stove? Is it just cause it can't be seen inside your tent?
What about the smoke out the pipe being seen?
Realizing that you are using it in the winter with lots of snow around, still I would be a bit concerned.
 

roving1

Well-known member
I have a Mr buddy and a wood stove. My only moisture problem comes from not using a heat source and then I get massive amounts of condensation and ice just from breathing. My use in in a RTT with an annex the Mr buddy sets up such a strong convection current with it being on the floor of the annex and venting out the top of the RTT it is actually quite dry.

The problem with the Mr buddy for me is I hate lugging around a 20lb tank which you need to get any kind of length of use. Also mr buddy sucks at any kind of altitude it gets finicky to light and then just quits altogether after 5-6k feet or so. So when I want it to work most on top of a cold mountain it usually doesn't work.

The wood stove is definitely a better dryer heat and works well at high attitudes. You can bring fuel but also scavenge for fuel as well offering a lot of flexibility. It's not as quick to set up or tear down but honestly it's not that much worse than fiddling with the tank. Tricky part is a morning fire for heat when you want to pack up and leave. But it's not that bad to shovel the coals into something and dump them outside and the stove cools down relatively fast while you do your other packing.

I camp remotely and usually it's wet enough to not have a fire ban. The couple times it wasn't someone was going to have to convince me how a stove with a spark arrester is going to catch 5000 Sq feet of river rock or slick rock on fire. Obviously using in a forested/grassy area during a fire ban is a no go.

But you do need to get something out of the ambience of the fire and the rhythms of collecting wood and tending to the fire. It's not set it and forget it like a Mr buddy. It takes low level continuous effort. So if you want 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep then a wood stove is not the ticket



 
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Verkstad

Raggarkung
Interesting remark...
Where I go, when its dry enough for fire bans, its warm weather enough to not want heat. Never given any thought to it. I use spark arrester regardless to protect my cloth.
One could fit a propane burner inside their stove or other vented metallic enclosure.
As far as smoke, could burn charcoal. As an aside, once I was given about a ton of petroleum coke, and crappy high silica coal. One year we mixed that in with firewood to use it up. That was a hassle, probably wont do that again.

In areas where there is a fire ban, how do you justify a wood stove? Is it just cause it can't be seen inside your tent?
What about the smoke out the pipe being seen?
Realizing that you are using it in the winter with lots of snow around, still I would be a bit concerned.
 
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