We’ve been testing out the Robens Volcano tent stove, which has been great for keeping the tent warm and even cooking.
We mentioned in a previous article why you would want to use a stove in your tent, as well as the sensible precautions you need to take.
The guys over at Robens sent a review sample of their new Volcano stove introduced in 2015. It complements the Robens range of explorer tents such as the Robens Kiowa, Mescalero, Chinook Ursa, and Klondike.
The Robens Volcano Stove has been renamed the Robens Denali Stove.
Putting together the Robens (Denali) Volcano Stove
The stove comes in a box complete with a very long flue, spark arrester, and heat shield to protect your tent.
There’s no real assembly required, other than slotting the flue together, which is what you’d have to do each time you pitch your tent.
If your tent is shorter than the flue, you don’t have to use all the flue sections, but the flue does need to be higher than the top of your tent.
On the end of the Robens flue, you place the spark arrester used to prevent hot sparks from coming out of the flue and putting a hole (or worse) in your tent.
From the spark arrester, you can hang the heat shield.
You can change the height of the heat shield by adjusting the length of the chain that is supplied with it. This is to adjust the height so the shield protects your tent when the stove pipe exits.
On the Robens Kiowa tent we used the stove with, the Kiowa was so tall that we didn’t need to use the chain.
I do recommend you try fitting the stove at home first.
I had to use a file on the heat guard to get rid of some solder joints that stopped it fitting correctly, and you may need a step ladder until you are familiar with fitting the stovepipe on your tent.
Placing the stove in your tent
The position of the stove is going to be determined by where the opening for a stovepipe is in your tent. Other than that, you’ll want to place the stove away from combustible material (including the sides of the tent), but also where it’s not going to be an obstacle… You don’t want anyone falling onto a hot stove.
The instructions for the Robens tent said that the groundsheet must be rolled back so that the stove is placed on the ground. This is what we did when first testing the stove.
However, the Robens Volcano stove instructions said either roll the groundsheet back or place it on a fire retardant mat (like a heat blanket).
With 5 of us in the Robens tent, plus gear, the thought of rolling back the groundsheet wasn’t going to be practical, so I bought a large flame retardant mat and a fire blanket.
In the end, we had the groundsheet down, a Robens Kiowa carpet, a fireproof mat, and then the stove.
The stove must be on level ground, whatever you place underneath it.
In the Robens Kiowa, we position the front pointing towards the door, where we could have a fresh air flow coming into the tent.
Here’s how we fit the stove in our Robens Kiowa Tent
- Before pitching the tent, make sure the flue exit port has been fully opened and that the guy lines are stretched out so you can access them after the tent is pitched.
- Pitch the tent.
- Place the stove body in the position underneath the flue exit port.
- Assemble the sections of the flue.
- Add the spark arrester and heat shield to the top of the flue.
- Push the flue pipes up through the inside of your tent, poking the top of the flue out of the flue exit port on the tent.
- Place the bottom of the flue onto the stove.
- Go outside and adjust the guylines so that the heat shield is exposed as much as possible.
- Peg out the guylines to add more stability to the flue.
Lighting the stove
This is just like lighting any other wood-burning stove. Start with some newspaper and small bits of wood, making sure you have a good enough airflow through the door.
Adjusting the airflow
There’s no airflow valve on the Robens Volcano stove.
Instead, the stove’s door can be partially closed in a position that allows air to flow through the stove.
Your tent must be well ventilated with a good supply of air.
Cooking on the Robens Denali Stove
On top of the stove is a ‘hot plate’.
This can be removed so that you can place cast iron cookware directly over the fire.
We found a cast iron griddle works well.
You can also place items at the back of this stove to be kept warm by the hot stove surface.
Both an Outwell Collaps kettle and a metal whistling kettle warmed water when sat on the back of the stove. It wasn’t long before the kettle began to whistle. It is not as quick as boiling on a gas stove, but it still works well for boiling water and is a great way to use all that ‘free’ heat.
We also found a small pie iron worked well on the back of the stove.
Putting away the stove
All the flue pipe sections can fit inside the Volcano stove. However, you’ll need to transport the spark arrester and heat guard separately.
It goes without saying that you should remove all ash from the stove. It would be best if you also cleaned out ash from the flue pipe as a big build-up of ash could cause a chimney fire.
Robens Volcano (Denali) Stove vs Frontier Stove
If you’ve been thinking about getting a wood-burning stove for your tent, you have probably come across the ever-popular Frontier Stove from Anevay. Certainly, the Robens Volcano (Denali) stove looks very similar. So what’s the difference?
Well, the Robens Volcano stove has all the bits necessary to work with their big tipi tents, such as the Mescalero and Kiowa.
This includes enough length of the flue to reach out the top of the tent, a heat shield designed for the flue port on the Robens tents, and a spark arrester.
Although the price for the Robens Volcano stove may at first look much more expensive than the Frontier Stove, you would need to buy a few stovepipe extensions, spark arrester, and heat guard for a Frontier Stove to get the equivalent kit. When you top that all up, the Volcano stove is a very similar price.
We really liked having a warm stove in the tent, and I can see it increasing our camping season throughout the year.
The Robens Volcano stove was simple to put together and easy to use, so it gets the thumbs up from us.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to the guys over at Robens for supplying a Volcano Stove for us to test and review. All opinions are our own.
- The Robens Volcano Stove is a perfect fit for the Robens tents that have a stove pipe fitting. We found it kept the tent very warm, and it's also a good place to cook.
- You may find it fiddly to put up the first time you try it. Practice at home first. You'll be glad of that when you get to the campsite.
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