Best Wood-Burning Camp Stove for Outdoor Cooking

Get cooking at camp the all-natural way with a wood-burning stove! In this post, we’ll give you the lowdown on natural-fuel cooking and introduce you to our favorite canister-free, biomass-burning stoves.

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Cooking with a good wood-burning stove is the ultimate way to cook while on a camping trip. Although wood stoves aren’t as powerful as their canister-fueled peers, they save you the hassle of carrying fuel with you, thereby reducing your cook system’s packed weight and bulk. And because you’ll have to gather your own fuel, you’ll get way more satisfaction out of that morning cup of coffee!

In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about cooking with natural fuel. You’ll also find detailed buying advice to help you find the best model for your needs, budget, and adventure type. 

Before that, though, let us introduce you to this year’s 7 top biomass-burning stoves for outdoor cooking, as selected by our editorial team. From the best backpacking options to larger models for car campers, this guide has it all. 

So come on, let’s get cooking!

Editor’s Choice

Solo Stove Lite

Solo Stove Lite Portable Camping Hiking Survival Backpacking Stove Powerful Efficient Wood Burning and Low Smoke Gasification Rocket Stove for Quick Boil Compact 4.2 Inches and Lightweight 9 Ounces

Let’s get straight to the bottom line: the Solo Lite is one of the best wood-burning camp stoves we’ve ever used. It’s lightweight, packable, a cinch to use, and ultra-durable to boot.

The Solo Lite is made of ultra-strong stainless steel and uses a double-walled construction that improves airflow and makes it easy to get your fire burning hot. 

Some backpacking stoves sacrifice efficiency for weight, but not this one. It only weighs 9 ounces and comes in a compact package, yet is as powerful as one-person stoves come and by far the most efficient burner on our list. When you try this SS Lite for yourself, you’ll soon see why Solo has such a loyal following of customers!

Bottom Line: Small, lightweight, stable, and super-efficient, this is the best wood-burning stove for solo campers or couples by a country mile.

At a Glance: Top Wood Stoves for Camping

  • Editor’s Choice:  Solo Stove Lite
    “Small, light, efficient, and the best camping wood stove we tested by a large margin.”
  • Runner Up:  EcoZoom Versa
    “This is perfect for cooking with a large pan and even allows for a degree of heat control.”
  • Best Ultralight:  TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Stove
    “The lightest option on our list and very affordable for titanium.”
  • Best Heat Efficiency :  BioLite Camping Stove 2
    “A wood-burning stove that lets you cook food and charge your phone…what’s not to love?!”
  • Best Budget:  Lixada Camping Stove
    “A sturdy, foldable titanium burner that costs not much more than the meals you’ll be cooking in it!”
  • Best Value Foldable:  kampMATE WoodFlame Stainless Steel Stove
    “The most portable wood stove on our list, this thing folds down so thin you could lose it in your pack!”
  • Best Value Can:  Ohuhu Camping Stove
    “This can-style burner is one of the most efficient low-cost models we’ve ever come across.”

Best Wood-Burning Camp Stove: Our Top 7 Picks

Solo Stove Lite

Editor’s Choice

Solo Stove Lite Portable Camping Hiking Survival Backpacking Stove Powerful Efficient Wood Burning and Low Smoke Gasification Rocket Stove for Quick Boil Compact 4.2 Inches and Lightweight 9 Ounces

The SS Lite is a great pick for solo campers and camping couples. 

This compact, lightweight little burner is made with high-quality stainless steel and uses a double-wall construction that allows air to be heated and fed to the top. This gives the flames at the top a boost of preheated oxygen and creates a secondary combustion point. This makes for a hotter fire with less smoke, and more efficiency when cooking meals. 

Solo also makes a slightly larger version of this product, the Solo Stove Titan. While the SS Lite is ideal for 1-2 people, the Titan is a better pick if you’ll be cooking for more people.


  • Weight: 9 oz
  • Assembled size: 4.25” diameter x 5.7”
  • Packed size: Same
  • Material: Premium stainless steel 
  • Type: Can
  • PROs

    • Lightweight and compact
    • 360-degree airflow design
    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Durable
  • CONs

    • Expensive
    • Have to remove pan when adding fuel

Bottom-Line: This small, light, and stable burner is the most efficient on our list and a great choice for campers and backpackers alike.

EcoZoom Versa Camping Stove

Runner Up

EcoZoom Versa, High-Efficiency, Wood-Burning, 14.25 lbs Portable Rocket Stove for Outdoor Cooking

The EcoZoom Versa packs a serious punch. This is one of the largest stoves we tested, which allows you to use a larger pan and cook up a feast for larger groups.

You can burn wood sticks, wood pellets, charcoal, or other solid biomass fuels with this, too. It features a fully insulated vertical chamber for combustion. This chamber is lined with a refractory metal to bounce all that heat back into the fire, which increases efficiency and creates less smoke.

While this is a pretty expensive option, its larger dimensions and impressive fuel efficiency make it a shoo-in for group camping trips. 


  • Weight: 228 oz
  • Assembled size: 10” diameter x 11.5”
  • Packed size: Same
  • Material: Stainless steel and ceramic
  • Type: Can
  • PROs

    • Huge cooking surface
    • Durable
    • Silicone grips
    • Efficient
  • CONs

    • Heavy
    • Expensive

Bottom-Line: This is the heaviest of all the products we reviewed, but is perfect for cooking with large pans.

TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Stove

Best Ultralight

TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove (Large)

​​The Toaks Titanium wood-burning backpacking stove is an ideal choice for anyone keen to keep pack weight to a minimum. 

The TT packs down into a very small package, with each piece nesting inside the others. Not only does it pack small, but it’s also extremely lightweight, tipping the scales at just 5.4 oz. If you include the weight of gas canisters, this is at least a few ounces lighter than even the lightest canister burners. 

Like everything Toaks makes, this one is constructed out of titanium – an ultra-strong and durable metal. It features air holes along its base to stoke the flames and uses a double-walled construction to prevent heat from dissipating, which ensures the fire is burning at maximum efficiency. 

And the downsides? Well, since this is so small, you’ll have to feed it very small sticks and break them up before you start cooking. It’s also less stable than the SS lite, so you’ll have to closely monitor the flames while you cook. This, however, is the price you have to pay if you want a true minimalist wood-burning stove, which this is.


  • Weight: 5.4 oz
  • Assembled size: 3.75” diameter x 7.25”
  • Packed size: 3.75” diameter x 3.75”
  • Material: Titanium
  • Type: Can
  • PROs

    • Heat efficient
    • Lightweight
    • Packable
  • CONs

    • Less durable
    • Need to remove pan when adding fuel

Bottom-Line: The TT is the lightest model on this list and also packs down into a very portable package.

BioLite Camping Stove 2

Best Heat Efficiency

BioLite CampStove 2 (2020 model)

Didn’t think that multifunctional wood-burning camp stoves exist? Think again! This is the only product we tested that converts heat from fire into electricity. As you cook your dinner over a fire, the BioLite takes the excess heat and stores it in a 3,200 mAh battery. After you’ve recharged your body with a hot meal, you can recharge your cell phone!

This wood camping stove and power station is built using durable, rugged stainless steel. It has an LED dashboard built into the device that allows you to monitor fan speed, power output, and fire strength while you cook, and a built-in light that lets you see what you’re doing when cooking in the dark. 

The BioLite has high and low heat settings, too. You can certainly boil water with this, and quickly at that. But, you can also simmer or cook other food over the flame on the low setting. While a little on the heavy side, the Biolite’s multifunctionality could save you a few ounces in pack weight by allowing you to leave your battery pack at home. 


  • Weight: 33 oz
  • Assembled Size: 5” x 5” x 8.3”
  • Packed Size: Same
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Type: Can
  • PROs

    • Turns fire into electricity
    • Doubles as a power bank
    • Heat efficient
    • Durable
  • CONs

    • Expensive
    • Heavy
    • Need to remove pan when adding fuel

Bottom-Line: This is the only product we tested that can turn heat into electricity.

Lixada Camping Stove

Best Budget

Lixada Camping Stove, Titanium Folding Wood Burning Stove Alcohol Burner Pocket Stove Portable Lightweight

This wood-burning backpacking stove folds down so thin that losing it in your pack is a real possibility! 

But there’s a lot more to the Lixada than packability alone…It’s made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and yet weighs under a pound, so it’s both durable and lightweight – a winning combo! The Lixada is also the cheapest model on our list.

And what about fuel efficiency? Thanks to the strategically placed air holes along the bottom and underside, your fire will get plenty of oxygen to burn hot. 

On the downside, the stove’s smaller dimensions do mean it’s best suited to solo campers as opposed to groups or couples. You’ll also have to feed small sticks or other fuel through the small combustion door regularly to keep it going. And watch out, the sides can get pretty hot from the fire!


  • Weight: 11.3 oz
  • Assembled Size: 6” x 6” x 7.1”
  • Packed Size: 7.5” x 6.7” x 0.6”
  • Material: Titanium
  • Type: Folding wood stove
  • PROs

    • No need to remove cooking pot when fueling
    • Affordable
    • Lightweight
    • Opening to feed fuel
    • Stainless steel construction
  • CONs

    • Less durable than some 

Bottom-Line: This is the least expensive foldable option on this list, and it’s made with hard-wearing, long-lasting titanium.

kampMATE WoodFlame Stainless Steel Stove

Best Value Foldable

kampMATE WoodFlame Ultra Lightweight Portable Wood Burning Camping Stove, Backpacking Stove with Nylon Carry Case - Perfect for Survival Packs & Emergency Preparedness

The kampMATE is one of the best wood-burning stoves in terms of portability and versatility. It’s strong and lightweight and folds down into a tiny package. Even though it packs small, you’ll find that it can support a surprisingly heavy pot or pan, even a cast-iron skillet! 

This lightweight offering is made of sturdy stainless steel and is easy to assemble and use – just fit the pieces together, grab some sticks, pine cones, dry grass, or other flammable materials you can scrounge up, and get cooking! 


  • Weight: 17.6 oz
  • Assembled Size: 7” x 6” x 4”
  • Packed Size: 7.5” x 6” x 0.2”
  • Material: Stainless steel 
  • Type: Folding
  • PROs

    • No need to remove pot when fueling
    • Money-back guarantee
    • Opening to feed fire
    • Durable
  • CONs

    • Heavy
    • More expensive than some foldables

Bottom-Line: A highly portable and well-made little cook system that can support larger pots and pans.

Ohuhu Camping Stove

Best Value Can

Camping Stove, Ohuhu Mini Wood Stove Stainless Steel Portable Stove, Backpacking Survival Stove Wood Burning Stove for Picnic BBQ Camp Hiking with Grill Grid and Carry Bag

This offering from Ohuhu is one of the only wood-burning camping stoves that comes with a grill plate/grid. That’s right, you can grill hotdogs or burgers in the backcountry with this wood camping stove. And despite being strong and stable enough to handle almost any pot or pan, it also packs down pretty darn small.

The Ohuhu is made of strong stainless steel and is very easy to set up. When you use it, things heat up fast thanks to air vents that channel oxygen to the fire and keep it hot.

The only downside is that the can occasionally get too hot, making it less suitable for simmering or other low-heat cooking. Even considering this, we think this offers a great bang for your buck!


  • Weight: 14.2 oz
  • Assembled Size: 5.3” diameter x 6.1”
  • Packed Size: 5.3” diameter x 3”
  • Material: Stainless steel 
  • Type: Can
  • PROs

    • Durable
    • Adjustable height
    • Affordable
    • Heat efficient
    • Great for boiling water
  • CONs

    • Must remove pan when adding fuel
    • Heavy

Bottom-Line: This is the most affordable can stove we tested, but it packs a decent punch and is very well-made.

Why Use a Camping Wood Burning Stove?

Cooking over fire is fun. But, simply cooking over a campfire is terribly inefficient. With a wood-burning stove, you’ll still get warm as the fire inside heats up and that heat will be laser-focused on your cookpot, thus improving efficiency. 

More importantly, you’ll have infinite fuel all around you without having to carry any of that fuel with you!

How to Choose a Wood-Burning Camping Stove

Design: Types of Wood-Burning Camping Stoves

Folding Stoves

Folding camp stoves are the most efficient storage option. They generally fold flat, so you can stack other things on top of them or slide them into small spaces in your pack. For proof of this, check out the packed dimensions of the KampMATE WoodFlame and Lixada stoves, which fold down to 0.2” and 0.6” respectively. 

Burning foldable wood burning camp stove
Foldable stoves are ideal when space in your pack is at a premium

Can/Box Stoves

Can stoves, or box stoves, generally don’t fold up as small. However, they are usually much stronger and tend to be more efficient than foldables. And since there are no hinges involved, they’re also more stable by far.

Size and Heat Efficiency

The size of your stove determines two things – how packable it will be and whether or not it will allow you to cook with larger pots and pans. If you’re car camping in a group, then, a larger model like the kampMATE is the way to go. For solo backpackers or couples, however, a more portable wood-burning stove like the SS Lite or Toaks Titanium will do the job. 

Efficiency comes down to the nuance of the design. Generally speaking, the most efficient stoves are those with a double-walled design that creates an insulating pocket between the fire and the elements, and air holes that boost combustion by allowing oxygen to ‘fan the flames’, so to speak.  

Double walled wood burning camp stove
The most efficient wood-burning stoves have a double-walled design that enhances combustion

We thought the Solo Stove, Ohuhu, and EcoZoom were the most efficient stoves we tested. That said, the BioLite’s ability to charge your devices off the excess heat puts it on a whole other level efficiency-wise!


Weight isn’t such an issue if you’re car camping, but if you’re backpacking, you need a cooking system that will do the job you need it to do without weighing down your pack. In other words, choose something that has the right balance of weight, size, and efficiency to fit your needs.

At just over half the weight of the lightest of the other wood-burning stoves we tested, the Toaks Titanium is our pick for ounce-counting minimalists. 


Stability is very important for your safety and the safety of the environment you’re camping in. All the products we tested were stable enough to support the right-sized pot. However, a few stood out in this metric: the offerings from EcoZoom, KampMATE, and SS lite, all of which felt particularly unlikely to collapse or topple over while in use. 

Flames of a wood burning camp stove heat a pot above it
The stability of any receptacle sitting over your wood-burning stove is imperative

Stainless Steel Vs. Titanium 

Both of these materials are great for wood-burning stoves. However, stainless steel is going to be significantly heavier than titanium. If weight is important, as it is with backpacking, then consider titanium. Most of the stoves we cover here are made of stainless steel except for the Toaks and Lixada titanium stoves. 

Time to Get Cooking!

Still undecided? 

If so, a little recap of the above might help.

In terms of all-around performance, the Solo Lite is our hands-down winner. It’s lightweight, packable, durable, and the most efficient model we tested by far.

If the price tag on the SS Lite is a little too hefty, we recommend the Lixada, kampMATE, and Ohuhu stoves, depending on how compact you need your cook system to be. 

And if you’re planning a few multi-day trips, then our favorite backpacking stove is the Toaks Titanium. This lightweight wood-burning stove weighs next to nothing but is tough as nails and more than capable of cooking hearty meals for one or two campers.  

We hope you found this guide helpful. If we missed something be sure to let us know in the comments box below! And feel free to share this post with your friends!

Last update on 2023-05-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Sam Schild spends most of his time outside. On any given day he's either backpacking, bikepacking, trail running, or thinking about the next time he’ll get out there.

He has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Colorado Trail, among countless other shorter trips. He has logged over 10,000 miles bike touring all over the United States, too.

When he’s not out on a trail somewhere, you can find him cruising on his bike or drinking coffee on a patio in Denver, Colorado.

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