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Robens Volcano/Denali Tent Stove Review

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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.

Update

The Robens Volcano Stove has been renamed the Robens Denali Stove.

 

Putting together the Robens (Denali) Volcano Stove

Robens Volcano Stove kit contents

Robens Volcano Stove kit contents

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.

Adjusting the heat guard for the flue pipe

Adjusting the heat guard for the flue pipe

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.

Set-up your stove at home first

Set up your stove at home first


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.

Protecting your tent

Protecting your tent

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

  1. 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.
  2. Pitch the tent.
  3. Place the stove body in the position underneath the flue exit port.
  4. Assemble the sections of the flue.
  5. Add the spark arrester and heat shield to the top of the flue.
  6. 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.
  7. Place the bottom of the flue onto the stove.
  8. Go outside and adjust the guylines so that the heat shield is exposed as much as possible.
  9. Peg out the guylines to add more stability to the flue.
Smoke coming out of the flue

Smoke coming out of the flue after fitting and lighting. Note the flue exit sleeve has been pulled back and the lines pegged out for additional stability.

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.

Cooking on the Volcano Stove

Cooking on the Volcano Stove in the tent

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.

Boiling water on the Volcano stove

Boiling water on the Volcano 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.

Packing away the Robens Volcano Stove

Packing away the Robens (Denali) Volcano Stove

 

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

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8.3Expert Score
We really liked using the Robens Volcano stove in our tent. It provides a lot more character than an electric heater to warm your tent when it is cold, and you have the added value of using that heat to boil water or to cook.
Warmth
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Quality
7
Practicality
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PROS
  • 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.
CONS
  • 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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  1. Raif Jones

    Do you have any advice on how to put the flue pipe in the tent i.e. best to do it during pitching or after pitching? Also apologies to Emma in her review, I accidentally clicked “unhelpful” on her comment and cannot cancel it. I actually meant to click “unhelpful” on the response as her question was not answered. Emma was asking about the lines attached to the heat shield. I’ve been wondering about these too – are they required or does the Kiowa flue sleeve hold the flue sufficiently steady without the need for lines? If they ARE required I assume they can only be attached BEFORE the tent is pitched?

    Again, tips on the whole process of getting the flue installed and exiting the top of the tent would be useful.

    - CONS: No useful advice re installing the flue.
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      Gav Grayston

      Hi Raif,
      I always put the flue in after pitching.
      Re reply to Emma, what do you mean by lines? There are red guylines on the Kiowa from the flue port for stability, or do you mean the chains on the heatshield?
      The heatshield is a shiny metal piece with holes in it. You slide that over your flue and attach it to the spark arrester before you poke the flue through the flue port on the tent. No guylines attach to the heatshield.
      The are guylines on the flue port sleeve, though.
      Make sure the sleeve is open before you pitch your tent and that the guylines are untied and reachable after you have pitched your tent.
      After pitching your tent, poke the assembled flue (with the heatshield attached) through the flue port on the tent. Then secure the guylines, pulling the flue port sleeve down to expose the metal heat shield.

      There are photos above on fitting the heatshield and chain. I’ve also added steps on how to fit the flue and stove into the tent, and there’s a close-up photo of the heatshield coming out of the flue port, along with the guylines.
      The heatshield and flue port.
      Does that answer your question? If not, could you explain a little further what you are struggling with?

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  2. Emma

    Hi there, thanks for the great review, we’ve just bought a volcano stove to go in our Kiowa – the pic you have above shows two red guys coming from the heat shield. Did you add these yourself as none came with our stove?! Seems like a good addition if high wind is forecast….

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      Gav Grayston

      These guy lines came with our Kiowa.
      We’ve got the first generation Kiowa. Robens updated the design slightly after ours so that you can open and close the vent from the inside.
      Robens might have removed some guy lines as part of that design update.
      We’ve had the Kiowa out in quite windy conditions and I can’t say if those lines helped keep the tent stable. The lines around the side of the tent were more important to stop the sides flapping.
      These top lines were mainly useful in helping pull the flue through the sleave.
      I hope that helps.

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  3. Simon

    Is there a difference between the Robens Denali stove and the Volcano stove? The Robens web-site only seems to stock the Denali and the Kobuk. The Kobuk looks great, but is a bit more money than the Denali/Volcano. Is the Denali basically the Volcano, but under a new badge! Is the Kobuk worth the extra? I am getting a Kiowa tent. Thanks.

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      Gav Grayston

      Hi Simon,
      I can’t see any difference between the Robens Denali and Volcano stoves. I think it’s just a name change.
      We’re lucky to have the Kobuk stove too, and so we’ve retired our use of the Volcano. I prefer the Kobuk as it takes up less space yet appears to take a bit more fuel, and you can see the fire too. It’s much more like a mini-version of a woodburning stove you have at home.
      We also have the water heater with our Kobuk, though I believe that would work on the Denali too.
      Hope that helps.
      Cheers,
      Gav

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  4. Damien

    Hi,
    Just read the great review of the robens stove, question around cooking on it, does this not make the tent smell?? That is my main concern, I don’t want to unpack the tent and it always smell of stale cooking?!

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      Gav Grayston

      We’ve not noticed that to be a problem. The tent is well ventilated when the stove is used and we’ve not cooked anything that leaves a smell.

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  5. Louise

    Hi great review, thanks. How long did the stove take to cool down before you could pack it away please? Thanks

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      Gav Grayston

      Good question.  I didn’t time it, but I think it might have been something like an hour after it went out.

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  6. Laurie Paradot

    Hi, loved your review of the Roben’s stove, and tents very helpful, thank you – please could you advise where you got your fire resistant mat from? Many thanks, Laurie and family

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      Gav Grayston

      Hi Laurie

      Glad it was useful. I bought the mat from Amazon. Search for fireproof mat

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