ISSUE 33  |  Summer Cottage

Design Sleuth: The Camp Stove for Home and Wilderness

August 22, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Who isn’t transfixed by flames? The winner of the Best Amateur-Designed Office Space in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards has a fixture that intrigued our readers: a portable wood-burning camp stove. Here are the hearth-warming details.

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Above: Located in a converted 10-by-10-foot backyard shed in San Francisco, the office is the work of Caitlin Long, mother of two, who chronicles her projects and family life in The Shingled House blog. Like everyone else, Long singled out the stove as her favorite element in the room: “I installed the woodstove (a portable camping stove) with my older son who loves to have a little fire going when he uses the office to study at night.”

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Above: The stove is from Kni-Co of Wallowa, Oregon, a company that specializes in a range of US-made lightweight, portable stoves (shown) for use in tents as campfire alternatives. Long chose Kni-Co’s Denali Camp Stove of 10- and 12-gauge steel, which it bills as the largest camp stove on the market (weight: 72 pounds).  Prices for the Denali start at $385.30.


Above: Long installed a fireproof cement board to insulate the wall behind the woodstove “so that we don’t catch our shed on fire.” She then spray-painted the board dark gray with Rustoleum—see the Before and After at The Shingled House.


Above: Here’s the stove awaiting installation in the shed. Go to The Shingled House to see Long and her son put the pieces in place and light the first fire. Says Long, “Obviously, it isn’t freezing here in San Francisco, so the woodstove isn’t a necessity for warmth, but it sure does add magic.”

Anticipating an autumn chill? See 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Woodstoves for more options. And have a look at an Alpine Retreat for Rent in Switzerland with a state-of-the-art kitchen and old-fashioned wood-burning stove that heats the whole house.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 19, 2014.