The Clarry Portable Wood Pellet Stove for Camping, RVs and Tiny Houses

Conventional pellet stoves are great, however, they are not exactly suitable when a small portable pellet stove is needed. Conventional pellet stoves require an electrical supply to ignite the fire, power the feed auger and combustion fan. There is a growing demand for small portable pellet stoves, and the Clarry Pellet Stove is such an example. Originally developed for hunters, no matter what your views on hunting, this is great little portable pellet stove with multiple potential uses.

The Clarry Pellet Stove has a range of applications, from camping, RV’s and even tiny homes.

Benefits of the Clarry Portable Pellet Stove

The key benefits of the Clarry pellet stove are that its a gravity-fed and non-electric design. Therefore this small portable pellet stove can be used in a range of off-grid scenarios. This small portable pellet stove is able to take advantage of one of the key benefits of wood pellets, their ability to flow like a liquid.

Clarry Portable Wood Pellet Stove
The Clarry pellet stove is a simple non electric gravity wood pellet burner that can still achieve a high combustion efficiency.

Wood Pellet Combustion Efficiency

When it comes to burning wood efficiently there are a few requirements. First, you want to use a dry source of wood. With premium grade wood pellets you are guaranteed a moisture content below 10%. This means you can achieve a very high combustion temperature with little to no smoke. Not only does a minimal amount of smoke mean you are burning the wood as efficiently as possible, but it also means you’ll have minimal if any creosote build-up in the stove. I’ve been burning wood pellets in my pellet boiler for over a decade. While I inspect and clean the chimney every year, I’ve never had any issues with creosote build-up in the chimney.

Wood Pellets
With wood pellets you get a very high combustion efficiency with very little if any smoke.

In the video above it is stated to only use premium grade hardwood pellets. You could try standard grade softwood pellets, however, I suspect that the higher ash content will block up the grate. Clarry also states to never use an open bag of wood pellets because they may have drawn moisture. If the wood pellets have been left in a humid enviroment this may be the case. However, there is an easy way to test the quality of wood pellets.

How To Test Wood Pellet Quality
You can test wood pellets by putting them under horizontal force.

If the wood pellets have drawn moisture, under horizontal forced they will crumble and break into lots of small pieces. However, if you can snap the pellets with a clean break and minimal dust, then it’s still a good quality pellet. Also, if the wood pellets still have a good surface shine, that’s also a sign of a wood pellet which will produce good combustion results.

The Benefits of Gravity

Not only do you only want to use a dry source of wood, but you also want to slowly feed the fire to maintain a constantly high combustion temperature. This is where the gravity hopper on the Clarry pellet stove comes into play. Small amounts of wood pellets are metered into the fire as required.

Clarry Pellet Stove Gravity Hopper
The gravity hopper on the Clarry portable pellet stove can feed the fire for several hours at a time.

You can use wood pellets in any standard portable wood burner with a pellet basket, however, you will not achieve the same combustion results. When you use a pellet basket you will get quite a bit of smoke before the fire gets going. With a gravity system, almost no smoke at all is produced, even at the start of combustion. The other obvious advantage with a gravity pellet hopper is that it’s feeding the fire for you. With the Clarry portable pellet stove, you can get around 8 hours of heat from the gravity hopper before it needs filling again.

Combustion Zone

As the wood pellets burn a void is created which is filled with new fuel falling from above. This is the advantage of wood pellets and their high density, they can flow through a hopper and not bridge. This same principle is also used in a DIY rocket mass heater designed to run on wood pellets. To start the stove a small amount of gel fire starter is put in the ash draw next to the wood pellets that fell through. A couple of minutes after lighting the gell the wood pellets will be achieving a high combustion efficiency.

Clarry Portable Pellet Stove Combustion Zone
Wood pellets fall from the gravity hopper on the grate (A1)

The many uses of a Portable/Off-Grid Pellet Stove

Clarry originally developed their portable pellet stove over a decade ago for camping. However, since then its become apparent there is a growing demand for portable gravity-feed and non-powered pellet stoves, these uses include:

  • Off Grid Homes and Businesses
  • Tiny Houses
  • Large RV’s and Motorhomes
  • Greenhouses
Tiny House Portable Pellet Stove
Tiny Houses are growing in popularity and are another example of where a portable pellet stove could be used – Image: tumbleweedhouses.com

Clarry has also noticed these trends and have amended their instruction manual on how to integrate the stove safely into permanent installations avoiding combustible materials:

Portable Pellet Stove Installation
Clarry’s instructions on how to safely install their portable pellet stove into a permanent installation.

Conclusions on the Clarry Portable Pellet Stove

There is a growing demand for portable pellet stoves. Many consumers are looking for a pellet stove that doesn’t require electricity to efficiently burn wood pellets. Along with a gravity hopper its possible to get many hours of heat without having to tend to the stove. The Clarry portable pellet stove is just one example of such a product, I hope to be adding more posts in the future on other portable pellet stoves. In the meantime, I encourage you to read my post on how wood pellet are made. šŸ™‚

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