Kirafi Tipi Stove

For a small group of 3-5 campers the heated Kirafu Tipi is a nice way to go winter camping.

You can read our review here.

The set up process involves clearing a large area of snow – or at least leveling the snow as much as possible.

Then we stake out the tent.

Insert the center pole and lift the Tipi.  Good job lifting, Len!

The wood stove is stainless steel and weighs in at just over 4lbs. When folded up it is roughly the size of a laptop and comes in its own carrying case. We recommend rolling the stove pipe a few times at home first in order to loosen it up a bit and to get the hang of it. It is easiest to assemble the stove outside and insert into the Tipi.

Once set up it is time to build your fire. The firebox is 8x9x20 so you will have to keep the wood small since the door only allows wood of approximately 3.5 inches in diameter. Burn time is about an hour.

Success! Smoke coming from the chimney.

With attention the stove can easily warm the inside of the tipi up into the 70s. This is nice for drying out damp gloves and clothing.

It is also nice for laying around and chatting.  In the picture below Len displays a typical configuration by placing a space blanket on the ground, followed by an ensolite pad and then a sleeping bag.

The stove can be used for melting snow, heating water, warming soups or, in this case, frying Brats.

The Tipi provides a nice winter camping shelter.

You can read more about the Kirafu Tipi here. Titanium Goat has a similar line of tipis.

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3 comments to Kirafi Tipi Stove

  • Jon

    I bought a Kifaru 8 man tipi in 2007 and I like it a lot, in spite of a few shortcomings. I bought their large (8 X 9 X 20) stove to go with it. I was a little less pleased with the stove. I will give credit where credit is due. This is probably the lightest, smallest stove of its size and probably about the largest one that isn’t ridiculous to put into a backpack. Since I winter camp with a sled (actually two short ones), I don’t mind hauling the extra size and weight of a more substantial stove. Even though I didn’t need to, I built my own just because I wanted to.

    For me, the Kifaru stove is less than optimal for my type of camping because it’s is too small to bank with large enough logs to keep a slow fire going for a few hours. It also has no damper. I also find it frustratingly difficult to assemble in the cold with my arthritic hands, especially after I warped it badly staying warm in a deep subzero blizzard in the BWCA. Granted, I used it harder than it was intended to be used, and it kept us warm inside the tipi so we wouldn’t have to choose between staying in sleeping bags or going outside by a fire. However, that experience is what prompted me to design and build a more substantial one. I can now bank my stove, crank it up to a good burn, then damper it down for a 3-4 hour slow fire. I even get a few live coals after a full night without stoking, which never happened with Kifaru.

    Bottom line – buy the Kifaru or Titanium Goat if light weight is what you need. If not, buy or build a bigger stove.

  • WinterCampers

    Jon – I agree about the stove not carrying heat. We typically don’t try to maintain a fire all night long. Instead we use the stove to warm up the evening and dry out any wet clothing. The fire goes out during the night and then we just re-start it in the morning or cold camp if we are in a hurry to leave in the morning.

    Do you have pictures or a description of the stove you made that you would be willing to share?