This entry was posted on December 8, 2016.
Can I put a wood stove in my yurt? If I only had a dollar for every time I have been asked that! The answer is, "of course you can!" My rough estimate is that 85 % (or higher) of our yurt buyers do just that.
The only rule is that you MUST vent out through the side wall and NEVER through a vent hole in the roof. You will void your warranty on your entire Rainier Yurt once you cut into the roof.
The next question is what size do I need? Obviously the smaller the wood stove unit, the better, as your precious space is limited. Base your size on two basic principles...How many square feet will it heat and how many BTU's does it kick out? There are many variables; therefore I have done the research for you. Let's take a look at some of the options.
Thanks to my new buddy, Colin from SunTime Yurts (importer of traditional Mongolian Yurts), I was introduced to the Jotul F 602 CB. This sharp looking unit stands 25-1/4" tall x 11" wide x 19-1/4" deep and has a maximum heat output of 28,000 BTU/hr. It can heat up to 800 square feet. The maximum long length is up to 16". It is EPA approved and has a fully functional cookplate on the top. It comes with a rear or top exit flue collar with an adapter for the stove pipe.
The only drawback I could determine from customer's comments was that the wood-box was very small and you have to have wood cut in lengths smaller that 16". This baby is so popular it claims to be the best-selling woodstove ever produced and with it's limited lifetime warranty, I can see why.
I also found the Vogelzang Boxwood Stove BX26E to be very efficient for heating. Vogelzang has been making wood stoves for a long time and they've got safe, efficient heating with wood stoves down to a science. It has 96,000 BTU/hr and heats up to 800 square feet. It accepts logs up to 23" long and has a "cool touch" handle. The length is 32" x 26" high x 21" wide.
It meets the EPA regulations, however, their website states that it may NOT be installed in mobile homes, manufactured homes, trailers or tents. Hmmmm.
Next we have the Jotel F 370.
This sexy little unit kicks out 35,000 BTU/hr with a heating capacity of up to 1,000 square feet (I'm thinking of our 33' Eagle with 855 square feet or perhaps the yurts that have a connector hall to an adjacent yurt). The base is 18 - 1/4" wide at the widest point. The top of the stove is 45-1/2 " off the floor and only 17-1/2" wide. The exciting design allows viewing the flames from three panels of glass due to it's elegant triangular concept. One downside is that its log length is only 12".
EPA approved, this innovative design doesn't come cheap...Price: $3800
Price: $999 (est.)
Meet the Morso 1410 "Squirrel" Wood Burning Stove. (So named after the distinctive and super charming squirrel branded on either side of the stove). It sits at 27-3/4" height x 15-3/8" wide x 17-1/4" depth, making it a small little thing. It can burn only 12" logs but there's good news: you can get 8-9 hour burns out of this guy. Its efficient heat & tiny size make it perfect for small rooms, cabins, or spaces with limited heating needs -- with a good insulation rating it can heat up to 1000 sq ft! Comes with a riddling grate, ash pan, and rear & bottom heat shields. Also available separately as a coal burning heater.
The "Squirrel" is great because you can choose whether to put your stove pipe through the top of the stove or out through the back (so you have the stove top to use for cooking).
Click here for a great review of the "Squirrel" by a happy buyer, who claims this stove'll burn smokeless if the coals are hot enough.
Thinking of something a little more in your price range? How about a DIY project? I found a Barrel Stove Kit that you make from 30 - 55 gallon steel drums (drums not included). The cast iron barrel stove kits by United States Stove Company are an affordable alternative for the economical heat required in small places. The components are made from sturdy cast iron and are easily adapted to a large capacity steel drum. Please note that this option is not available for residents in California or Washington. Price: $69
Combine it with the Double Barrel Adaptor to increase efficiency by trapping flue gasses, which creates greater hear transfer. Adds: $39
And if you don't want a wood-burning stove...
$399.99 NOW $349.99
I'm in love with this Dyson Fan Heater for someone who wants something more modern. Very sleek-looking & bladeless. Works as an air conditioner in the summer. Easy to clean. No fussing with logs if that isn't your thing. (It comes in many versions, I'm going to talk about the AM04 Fan Heater.) It has long-range heat projection (they claim it can "heat the whole room faster than any other"), you can select your temperature by degree, & you can easily use it with a remote control from across the room (stay cozy in your bed!). It's a super-safe option: if it gets knocked over, it shuts down automatically. Very slim footprint.
The webpage doesn't give BTU's or square footage, but one of the reviews says their Dyson heats their studio very evenly, and another reviewer is using theirs in an attic. Beware: reviewers also say this fan is noisy! Certainly won't have the soothing crackle of a roaring fire.
However you decide to keep yourself warm in your Rainier yurt -- please remember! -- you must vent your stove out through the SIDEWALL and not through the roof. You'll void your Rainier warranty on your entire yurt the instant you cut into the roof.
I hope this helps you find some options. Stay cozy in those winter storms!
Enjoy the journey!