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27 Homemade Wood Stoves and Heaters Plans and Ideas:Do It Yourself

Homemade wood stove and heater is a cost efficient way to cook food and get warm in the colder month without spending huge amount of money for buying costly heaters and stoves. You will certainly feel good when you cook your food on your own made stove. Here are 27 homemade wood burning stove and heaters plans you will love to build at home.

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1) Homemade Wood Stove Made From Scrap

When it comes to the simpler yet effective diy wood stove, there is no option that can beat wood crafted stoves. You can simply craft these within 20 dollars I guess. You would need:

  • Special paint for stove color
  • Welding electrodes
  • Grinder disc

Also, you need an old gas cylinder – make sure it has no air inside. Also, make two holes in the cylinder so that for at least a week you can simply clean it by letting out the water. Also, you need to make a door on the cylinder so that you can later fix in the stove inside. Make sure you go through the wood stove instructions so that you can minimize the risks.The use of gas cylinder without safety measures can cause injury. As I’m not the one who has made this stove so please read the complete guide at Instructable

homemade wood stove made from scrap

2) Sheet Steel Stove

Almost every bit of this DIY wood stove is fabricated from sheet metal. If you like working with metal, then these free plans will show you how to fabricate this sheet steel stove to your desired specifications.

The wood burning stove can be made bigger or smaller to suit your needs. The one pictured is a stove that is capable of keeping one large room warm and cooking a pot of stew on top.

The simple design is a classic one and it will look good indoors in your home or outdoors at your camp ground.

DIY wood burning stove

3) Homemade Mass Heater

For a cool and effective diy wood burning heater you need to fix insulated burn tube in the first chamber. Also, you must have sufficient space to fill in cement on the first chamber and also the fiberglass so that heat easily gets transferred from inside to outside. The second chamber features a small opening (door). The overall setup is lined with wooden frames for the support – the third chamber is lined with clay and sand mixture. You can simply add chimney by using a stove piped wrapped with insulated material.

diy wood burning heater

4) Frontier Homemade Wood Stove

A DIY frontier wood stove like this one is ideal for taking along with you on a camping trip. The main component of this homemade wood stove is an empty gas bottle. These can be obtained free and recycled into this usable camp cook stove with these free homemade wood stove plans.

These free wood stove plans provide you with a detailed list of everything you will need for the DIY project, plus detailed instructions for putting everything together. Make your next camping trip more comfortable with some good home cooking and plenty of heat generated from this little frontier wood stove.

homemade wood stove plans

5) DIY Gas Bottle Wooden Stove

To build gas bottle wooden stove you simply need:

  • Gas Bottle
  • 6 Inch broad Pipes (also required for the chimney)
  • Steel hinges
  • Air vents section

DIY Gas Bottle Wooden Stove

6) Easiest Homemade Wood Stove Idea

If you want to invest less time and get the simplest kind of homemade wood stove, look for a steel or metal barrel, make an air inlet, a door and attach the chimney with it. Lastly, with any pipe or box sections construct the legs for support.

Easiest homemade wood stove

7) Recycle Electric Water Heater To Wood Burning

If you have an old electric water heater at home, you can simply convert it into an amazing outdoor wooden heater – basically, the base would be used as the top of the heater, so you need to cut in down according to the basic wooden stove structure. The fire grill would be fixed there and make the air passage – fix the legs and you would get a perfect wooden heater.

Outdoor Wood Heater

8) DIY Wood Stove From Paint Can

This is an amazing idea through which you can use any old paint can to construct a stove of your own.

Stove from paint can

9) Portable Homemade Wood Stove From Steel Barrel

You can use any steel barrel if present at home or buy one from the market and make a nice outdoor wood stove – it would just cost you $30.

Portable Homemade Wood Stove From Steel Barrel

10) Wood Stove Water Heater

This is a basic rocket stove design that was created to heat water. Water heaters use a tremendous amount of energy, either gas or electricity, to keep the water hot at all times. This rocket stove water heater can heat 55-gallon of water with only a small amount of wood debris. This YouTube video will show you how to build this wood stove water heater and attach PEX pipes and copper tubing so the hot water can be sent into the house. Save yourself some money on the utility bill and reduce your dependence on electricity with this easy to build rocket stove.

11) Off Grid Water Heater

A wood burning water heater is essential for an off grid homestead. It will heat the water quickly, cleanly, and without the need for any type of fossil fuel or electricity.

Enjoy a hot shower, have hot water for laundry, and doing dishes with this unique water heater. This YouTube video will provide you with detailed plans for transforming a large tank into a wood burning water heater that can meet all the hot water needs on your off grid homestead.

12) Simplest DIY Wood Stove

To build this diy wood stove simply look for a barrel, which has removal top, if not you, can get it cut – it must have a lock for safety and space for placing some woods inside. You can follow any video or diagram for proper instructions.

Homemade Wood Stoves

13) Homemade Wood Stove For a Small Boat

You need a small wood burning stove for your small boat. Simply take a steel box, which is 6 inch in length and depth.

Small boat stove

14) Mini Wood Stove

Small spaces only need a small amount of heat to keep warm and this mini wood stove is ideal for a small tent.

Easy and very cheap to build, this mini stove can burn wood or will produce heat with the use of a tea light. If you are planning a camping trip in an area where wood might be difficult to find, use a tea light candle in this DIY wood stove.

The mini stove is small and lightweight so it’s easy to pack with your camping gear and carry along with you. Tea light candles are also small, lightweight, and easy to carry along with you on camping or hiking trips.

Just a few small twigs or a tea light candle will keep this DIY solo stove burning for 25 minutes. That’s plenty of time for boiling a cup of water or heating a small tent.

Mini Wood Stove

15) Water Tank Wood Burning Stove

This is a portable wood stove you can make at home from old hot water tank. To build this stove:

  • Simply cut the tank and make a door – don’t forget to lock the door with chain
  • Make two or three holes as per your wish – you must keep in mind the air passage, pipe passage and chimney sack.
  • Add conventional stove into the setup and take this portable stove to the last night parties with friends.

Water Tank Wood Burning Stove

16) Pellet Wood Stove

This YouTube video will show you how to create an efficient diy pellet stove that produces plenty of heat and burns up all the pellets. No wasted heat going up the chimney and no wasted pellets that are left half-burned.

Great for use indoors or outdoors, this pellet stove can be used for heating and/or cooking wherever you need it. Save money on your home heating bill and stay warmer with this efficient DIY pellet stove.

17) Garden Wood Stove

Watch this YouTube video tutorial to learn how to build an attractive and functional wood burning stove to place in your garden.

The chimney is created from cement and uses a 5-gallon bucket as the mold. The base is created from brick and cement and the result looks good and produces plenty of heat. This homemade garden stove will allow you to sit outside and enjoy your garden on chilly evenings or enjoy a cup of coffee and read the newspaper on chilly mornings. Build a fire in this homemade wood stove and you will stay warm while you enjoy the view of your garden.

18) Car Camping Stove

This unique diy camping stove is great to take with you when you travel by vehicle to a camping location, Too big to carry in a backpack but a great wood burning stove to have with you when car camping.

The unique design of this homemade wood stove allows it to produce high heat with a very small amount of combustible material. It works on the same principle as a blacksmiths forge and has a fan for air circulation. A set of two batteries operates the fan so the wood stove burns hot and clean.

Use this unique wood stove for purifying drinking water, heating water for coffee or cleaning, or boiling freshly harvested seafood as you travel around in your vehicle.

Car Camping Stove

19) Stainless Steel DIY Wood Stove

Solid construction from stainless steel will make this DIY wood stove a durable item to have on hand for camping trips. The rugged stainless steel can withstand the rugged elements of outdoor camping.

These free plans will show you how to build two versions of this small stainless steel wood stove. This wood stove would also be great to have on hand at home in case of a power outage for use as a back-up heating source.

Stainless Steel Wood Stove

20) Stainless Steel Silver Canister

These free plans will show you how to create an efficient wood burning stove from a stainless steel silverware canister that you can purchase at any retail store for under $10.

The size and shape of the stainless steel canister are perfect for carrying along with you for a tent camping trip. The shape burns wood more efficiently and produces more heat for cooking and heating the tent.

The stainless steel is durable and will last for many camping seasons. The easy and cheap build make this a must-have piece of camping equipment.

wood burning stove

21) BBQ Chimney Hack

You can create an efficient homemade wood burning stove from an inexpensive BBQ chimney charcoal starter.

The BBQ chimney is an ideal size and shape, plus it’s built from durable metal that can withstand the heat and flames of a wood burning stove. Minimal work needs to be done to transform the BBQ chimney into a wood burning stove that is portable and efficient for cooking and heating at a campsite.

Follow these detailed instructions and learn how to create this easy camping hack.

homemade wood burning stove

22) Darth Vader Homemade Wood Stove

Here is one for all the Darth Vader fans out there – a DIY wood stove that looks like the Star Wars character.

Unique and fun design, this functional and efficient homemade wood burning stove is created from a gas bottle. These step by step instructions will show you how to create the character wood burning stove safely.

This DIY project would make a great addition to a backyard seating area or whimsical garden.

Darth Vader Homemade Wood Stove

23) Two Burner Homemade Wood Stove

This stationary homemade wood burning stove is efficient, good looking, and burns for a long time in a small amount of wood.

The two top burners make this an ideal wood burning stove for outdoor cooking in your backyard. Fun and practical, keep the heat outdoors during the hot summer months by cooking meals outdoors on this wood stove.

This simple design is also smokeless and would make a great addition to a backyard patio or garden. Informative YouTube video will show you how to create this DIY project.

24) Car Rim Wood Stove

Learn how to transform old car rims into a functional homemade wood stove by watching this YouTube video.

Car rims are often made from heavy gauge steel and are very useful even after being damaged in a wreck or otherwise unusable on a car. Recycle them into an attractive wood burning stove that can put out enough heat to keep a workshop, garage, or even a large room inside your home toasty warm.

The unique appearance is sure to create a focal point in a room and be a great conversation starter. The flat top surface is also good for cooking on. Follow this instructional YouTube video and recycle some old car rims into a new wood stove.

25) Pizza Oven Wood Stove

Here is a beautiful way to combine two desirable items into one unique piece of home décor–a wood stove with a pizza oven on top.

The DIY wood stove is built for use inside a home and is covered with adobe to retain heat. The top portion is rounded and has a pizza oven built-in. You can enjoy the warmth of a fire and cook a pizza for dinner at the same time.

Pizza Oven Wood Stove

26) Gas Tank DIY Wood Stove

If you do not want to freeze to death in chilly winters, get yourself a homemade wood stove, which can be made from old gas tank – you need:

  • 1 into 1 inch long box which can be used for the legs
  • Fire cement
  • Steel hinge
  • Flat bar
  • few pipes
  • weld mesh
  • scrap tank

With a good and comprehensive guide, you can simply assemble these parts and make a diy cheap wood burning stove.

Gas tank pot belly stove

27) Homemade Wood Burning Heater

To build this diy wood burning heater you can use any steel body for making the basic body – also, you would need a tube for wall paneling and for center tube, wall pipe can be used. For the legs, you can use plastic box sections and for chimney, you can take any stovepipe.

homemade wood heater5 copy


About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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  1. Farhan. Thank you !
    I live in Brazil, but some days get cold, I’m poor and need to make a unit to keep my room warm.
    The cheapest form seems to be the barrel unit.
    Great Idea.

  2. thank you so very much for posting this. I am an avid gardener in Pennsylvania USA — cold winters and I need heat from my garden. I am building a few greenhouses and the one to house tropical plants will benefit from the information you took the time to share… I thank you! I just sent you a friend request on FB – be at peace and enjoy your day!

  3. All of these are good idea.
    I have an idea to make a woodstove with something recycling, here : http://sndelektronik.blogspot.com/2013/07/kompor-kayu-dari-kaleng-bekas.html

  4. I am looking plans to build a furnace or large stove to burn old tyres or plastic bale rap to make a lot of heat to dry grain with , it would have to be big so that I can load it with a tractor loader can this be done.

  5. Thanks so much for the article! I’m looking for a small, inexpensive stove for a tiny house and I think you may have helped in that quest!

  6. The inexpensive heater that NEEDED to be posted in this list was a Rocket Mass Heater, which is typically made of cob, a 55 gallon steel drum and some firebrick.

    It is not only unbelievably cheap to build, but easily outperforms most commercial stoves.
    There are several sites explaining how to construct them, but Permies.com has clear directions and plenty of expert help on the forums there.
    I am continually amazed at the sites that list no end of mediocre heaters, but completely miss the RMH.

  7. Never ever use an old gas cylinder. Even when filled with water and rinsed, dangerous levels of explosive gas/air mixture will remain. The minute you cut into the cylinder, the energy created is enough to ignite the gas/air mixture with really bad outcomes. Propane and butane gas are heavier than air and will never fully be removed unless you take to a gas plant where they can vacuum the contents out and purge the cylinder many times with Nitrogen gas. Be warned.

  8. used old gas cylinder most of the time , build over 30. Fill it up with water and dish washing soap and never had any problems. Just leave it resting for a day after filling it up , and then cut into the cylinder.

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