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Jaywalker
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01/09/2020 02:55PM
I’m just curious to know how small of a wood burning stoves some people are using for small 1 or 2 person tents during winter? If I end up going with a teepee type tent perhaps 9x9 or slightly larger (so not a huge volume of inside air to heat) how small of a stove could I get away with, assuming temps down to -20°f and burning wood in the BWCA so probably black spruce and jack pine? I would not want something merely capable of taking the chill out of the air - I’d still expect it to be able to crate warmth and dry clothes.
 
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Gadfly
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01/10/2020 09:37AM
For my 9'x11' snow trekker the smallest I ever used was the 18"X10.5" lite outdoors cylinder stove which has a firebox volume of 1560 CU. We felt it heated the tent very well but being smaller we had to cut our wood smaller and feed it more often.
Jaywalker
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01/10/2020 12:28PM
Thanks Gadly, that's just the type of info I'm hoping to get. So your stove would be very close to the Snowtrekker/Kni-co Small size I think, which at 9x10x18 firebox (assuming -1 inch for the front lip) would be 1620 CU. Which Snowtrekker model do you have, and did you run that stove effectively well below zero?

Anyone else use a smaller stove effectively in winter?
Gadfly
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01/10/2020 12:48PM
So I had to go back and look at exactly which tent I have and it is the 9X11.5 Crew tent from Snow Trekker. Yes we camped many times in below temps. I believe it was 2 or 3 years ago when we were out when the highs were around -10F and the nights were -30F. We camped for 4 nights and burned a mix of pine and birch and we were able to stay comfortable.
We recently switched to a 10x10x18 Four Dog and stay plenty warm with it as well.
On our trip in early December we had day with a high of -2F. We were able to keep the far corner of the tent around 50F and of course it was much warmer closer to the stove.
 
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