The benefits of a mini wood stove compared to a propane heating source come down to cost and aesthetic appeal; because wood is both affordable and widely available for free, wood stoves are cheaper to operate than propane. Many people also enjoy the sensory appeal of a wood fire.
An additional benefit to a wood stove is that the surface stays hot for a long time, making it ideal for cooking. Some models, like the Vermont Bun Baker, include an oven for baking. Mini wood stoves are most common in the RV and marine industries, but are also useful in small cabins.