The Cubic Mini Grizzly is an ultra-popular mini wood-burning stove.
We’ve been working as partners of Cubic Mini Wood Stoves for a couple of years now, and, on our site at least, the GRIZZLY stove gets the most attention. We research and compare a lot of tiny wood stoves, but the Grizzly is the most popular.
It is suitable for tiny houses, small cabins, boats, RVs, mobile homes, campers, yurts, sheds, and other small spaces. It is the big brother of the smaller Cubic Mini CUB, designed with a slightly larger firebox that puts out more heat and has extra functionality.
The Grizzly is designed to heat 200-400 sq ft spaces during winter, while the CUB wood stove is best for spaces between 100-200 sq ft, and only during spring and fall.
Many hundreds of happy customers state that the Grizzly Wood Stove is a good small wood burner. It does what it says it’s going to do: heat your home, provide a cooking plate, and create a cozy space.
Cubic Grizzly Mini Wood Stove
GRIZZLY Cubic Mini Wood Stove
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I’ve been researching tiny burners like Cubic Mini Grizzly Wood Stoves for years now.
I’ve got neighbors with multiple tiny houses that are fitted with small wood-burning stoves and have had some interesting conversations with them about what to look for and which are best.
I think what makes the Grizzly so popular is its price point, ease of installation, and functionality. Plus, it looks cute, doesn’t it? Very Instagram-worthy!
Compared to other tiny wood stoves available in the US and Canada, the Grizzly is cheaper (and often on sale), easy to install, and seems to work well, even in very cold climates.
While it can be difficult to get all-night burn times, there are a few tricks for using Cubic Mini Stoves that can help you get there. The best results come from burning dry, seasoned hardwoods that are cut to just the right size.
There are plenty of other things you can do to ensure a Grizzly wood stove heats a home to the best of its ability, like using heat fans and heat reclaiming bands.
Those who are living in small spaces like RVs, campers, and vans need things to be multifunctional. The Grizzly lives up to this title because the rail around the top can be removed opening up a decent-sized stove top for cooking.
It’s another of the many benefits of the Cubic GRIZZLY!
Cubic Grizzly Specs
The Cubic Grizzly wood stove ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people.
I already mentioned that it’s important for a tiny wood stove to be multifunction, but another important factor is footprint and combustible clearances. The Grizzly is good on the points as well.
The combustible clearances for the Grizzly are 30″ at the top, 20″ at the sides, 30″ at the front, and 20″ at the bottom. However, when installed with one of their wall mounts (or a “just as good” alternative), the bottom and rear clearance can be brought down to 2.5″.
Specs for the Grizzly include:
- Measures 13” wide, by 15” high, by 12” long
- Door opening measures 7” by 5”
- Perforated vent tubes facilitate secondary combustion
- The heat output is 8000 BTU-18,000 BTU
- Without the rail, the cooking area measures 6.5 inches by 13 inches from the flue to the edge of the plate
Here’s how it compares with the CUB:
|Size||11″ w x 12″ h x 10.5″ d||13″ W x 15″ H x 12″ D|
|BTUs||6000 – 14,000 BTU||8,000 – 18,000 BTU|
|Weight||25 lbs/11 kgs||39 lbs/17.7 kgs|
|Area||100 – 200 feet²||200 – 400 feet²|
Cubic Mini also sells everything you need for installation as well, including wall and/or floor mounts, heat shields for the fire and flue, stainless steel flue pipes, and so on.
I’ve seen the Grizzly used in all kinds of spaces and places, including:
- RVs, campers, skoolies, buses, and vans
- Tiny houses, yurts, cabins, and boats
- Home offices that are separate from the main house
- Fishing sheds, hunting shacks, and hiking cabins
- Mobile art studios and other traveling businesses
If you need to heat a small space efficiently, the Grizzly is pretty good at it!
Cubic Mini Wood Stove Features
If you are an environmentally conscious consumer, the Cubic Grizzly wood stove is a good choice.
The wood-burning stove offers you a low-carbon alternative to heating your space. If you end up using locally available wood or pellets, the woodstove ends up being virtually carbon neutral.
A great feature of the cubic mini wood stove is that it has secondary combustion capabilities.
The system works by pulling oxygen from the secondary air intake, which then mixes with the gas produced by the fuel burning, which ends up reigniting the wood.
This feature is particularly useful because it ensures that energy that would have otherwise been lost still gets utilized.
If you’ve bought a tiny house wood stove without insulation, you have probably noticed that the air around it gets heated up, but the room stays cold. The Grizzly mini wood stoves are insulated to ensure a lot of the heat they produce is reflected back into the stove.
As a user, you get improved functionality as the stove ends up holding more heat and radiating it for a longer period. That’s a neat feature as it means you end up having your space heated for longer without having to reignite the stove.
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If you have used a small stove before, you understand the headache that is constantly having to clean the creosote. The latter is initially not a concern as it builds up soon as the flue gases get in contact with cold air and cold surfaces.
Fortunately, this tiny house wood-burning stove comes with a flue pipe that reduces the overall build-up. Besides, this flue pipe has a sufficiently insulated double wall, which means it will not be as prone to creosote build-up.
An additional concern closely related to the one described above are drafts. The latter builds up within the flue pipe, which is detrimental as this pipe actually works like the engine of the entire setup.
As such, the Cubic Grizzly wood stove comes with an adjustable flue pipe that you can raise enough to go past the highest point within the room where the stove will be installed.
The benefit is that you end up with Grizzly wood stoves with optimal performance and safety levels that are simply enviable.
GRIZZLY Mini Stove Price
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For the CB-1210 Grizzly Cubic mini wood stove, you will have to part with $800, although, at the time of writing, the stove is on sale.
I’ve never come across any Cubic Mini coupon codes or discount vouchers, but their stoves are often reduced in price without one.
If you consider the specs and functionality that the stove offers, it would NOT be presumptuous to claim that the stove is fairly priced.
Note that this price is for the bare-bones stove. It does not include the price of the chimney, roof vent, or other installation parts that you might need to be added.
For complete pricing on all of the parts required to set up and install the Grizzy wood-burning stove, head to the product page here.
Cubic Grizzly Wood Stove Review
Installation of the Cubic Mini stove is fairly easy and straightforward, which means you can install it yourself with just a few basic tools.
If you are as clueless as I was with some of the accessories, you can simply visit the website, where you will see several videos explaining the different elements and their setup.
The insulation that allows the stove to reflect back heat is a neat feature that makes the stove heat longer and radiates into your space longer. You should get a burn time of 2-4 hours on the Grizzly while using 6-inch logs.
The maximum BTU you get with the Grizzly mini stove is 18,000, better than the 14,000 BTUs you would get from the Cub.
The number of accessories available to you makes it possible to customize your Cubic Grizzly wood stove to fit your needs.
Whether you want to have it as a floor mount or have it mounted on the wall, you get different kits that should facilitate any preferences you might have.
- Suitable for up to 400 sq ft in winter
- Able to be used for cooking
- Safer than alternative heating options
- A quality constructed product
- Well reviewed with many happy customers
- DIY installation (get a pro in if in doubt)
- Heat control levers
- Not suitable for more than 400 sq ft
- The cost of everything adds up!
Mini Wood Stove Accessories
Mini Tool Kit
Why invest in the Grizzly and not have an elegant tool kit to help you tend to your winter wood fires?
The Miniature tool kit is designed to give you an easier time while manipulating the wood or scooping out the ash. Made of mild steel and brass fittings, the tool kit is both attractive and functional.
As it is small in size, you can manipulate it to meet your needs as it pertains to giving your miniature wood stove the treat it deserves.
Your Grizzly stove comes with bottom vermiculture bricks.
These work like a protective barrier without which the combustible elements around your stove would go up in flames.
Unfortunately, this barrier that protects your walls and floors will most likely wear out.
The half-inch vermiculture bricks, which you can buy on the side as accessories, means that you take on a preemptive approach to ensuring you are heated up enough but do not end up bursting into flames.
Self Cleaning Window
When you buy the mini stove, it comes installed with a self-cleaning window.
If your household is anything like mine, you have to make room for the possibility that this window will crack or even break. Cubic made provisions for this eventuality by providing a Robux glass replacement window that is 3/16” thick.
The Cubic Mini Grizzly comes with a pair of stainless steel baffles already installed.
These baffles are meant to improve secondary combustion within your mini wood stove. With continued use, you will notice that these baffles will become warped, and the screws might just seize up due to the intense heat within the system.
Cleaning your pipe on the regular means that you stand to get better use of your small wood-burning stove.
As you invest in the tiny wood stove, consider also getting the 3” pipe brush made from quality nylon bristles. The brush comes with heavy-duty ball tips, which makes it possible for you to clean the narrow offsets and bends within the pipes.
Note that you will need to buy this accessory together with the 25P-5 OR PSR-20 rod kit as the brush and the handle are sold separately.
The EcoFan can be used with both the Grizzly and Cub.
It helps to heat the room faster as it helps to circulate the warm air through the space up to 20% faster than if you didn’t have it. Definitely a worthwhile addition.
Who wants to kindle a fire in winter?
Fortunately, you can get the Onelight fire starter pack that should help you light easy fires. These burn for up to 15 minutes, which should come in handy when dealing with wood that might be damp or cold from being outdoors.
Best Cubic Mini Wood Stove Alternatives
Here are 3 good alternatives to the Grizzly – see our round-up of the best wood-burning stoves for larger options.
1. CUB Cubic Mini Wood Stove
The CB-1008 Cub is a smaller version of the Grizzly, which is part of the Cubic Spring and Fall model.
Measuring only 11” wide, 12” high, and 10.5” long, the stove is made of a 3/16” laser cut steel top plate and a 1/8” laser cut steel body that uses well-seasoned hardware and pressed logs.
It makes for the best alternative for the Cubic Grizzly Wood Stove CB-1210 as the latter is best for spaces that are under 200 square feet with tall ceilings.
2. Dickinson Marine Solid Fuel Heater
This marine wood stove is a small stainless steel solid fuel heater that is best for tight spaces including boats.
You can use wood, charcoal briquettes, or coal for this heater with a minimum heat output of 3000 BTUs and a maximum of 8000 BTUs.
3. The Dwarf 3kw Lite
The Dwaft lite stove is simple, lightweight, and perfectly suited for tight spaces and users with a limited budget.
Other than the aforementioned, you get a clean-burning stove as it has primary, secondary, and tertiary air supplies.
See the full range of Dwarf stoves for more info on their larger models, or check out this post: Cubic Mini Stoves vs Dwarf Tiny Stoves.
Cubic Grizzly Wood Stove FAQs
Where are Cubic Mini Wood Stoves Made?
The Cubic Mini Wood Stoves are made in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada.
Can you cook on a Cubic Mini Wood Stove?
The mini wood stove is dual-purpose. You can use it for cooking other than just it being a heat source.
How much does the Cubic Grizzly weigh?
The Grizzly weighs 39lbs.
How do you install it?
After purchasing the mini wood stove, you select the mounting method that you want, either the floor mount or wall mount.
After that, you need to figure out which shielding options you want around the stove. Note that with the wall mount, the stove will only shield the surface where it has been mounted.
If you choose to have it mounted on the floor, you should consider getting shielding for anything that is 20” from the stove.
How much room do you need for a small wood stove?
The small wood stove needs a minimum of 150mm around it on the rear and sides.
What are the potential Cubic Mini Wood Stove problems?
Some of the problems you will encounter with the Cubic mini wood stove include a problematic flue pipe, smoking issues, foul smell coming from the stove, and accumulation of debris within the firebox.
Grizzly Wood Stoves
The CB-1210 Grizzly Cubic Mini wood stove offers good value for money.
You get a slightly larger firebox than the Cub, but it’s still a solid little stove that is perfect for tight spaces, including sailboats and RVs. See our round-up of RV wood stoves for more ideas.
Overall, I love the compact size, the large front display window, and the sturdy steel construction. Other than looking simply great, you get the wall mount option while still benefiting from the good heat output.
Let us know if you have any comments or questions in the comments below!
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Want to put a small stove on brick hearth.fireplace has 10 inch flue liners…can I run pipe up inside clay liner…and how far up should pipe go?
Hi Susan, give the team at Cubic Grizzly a call or send them an email (contact details here). They’ll be able to give you the best advice if you’re looking at purchasing one of their flue set ups.
Can you ship the Grizzly wood stove to Canada? I’m half hour or so outside of Toronto.
The Cubic Mini Wood Stoves are actually made in Canada – in Saint-Laurent, Quebec to be precise! So no, you won’t have any trouble purchasing one and having it quickly shipped to your home near Toronto.
Is the grizzly OK for boats and do you have any examples or pictures please