Julian Patrick, site owner and author of The Stovefitter's Manual.
The Salamander Hobbit small log burner (also burns smokeless fuel) is a traditional, petite cast-iron stove and probably the most famous small, multifuel stove on the market. During late 2015 the Salamander Hobbit was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, thus causing a sales spike and a prolonged national Hobbit shortage. The small stove community still speak of this shortage today and many within that community are still undergoing counselling.
Salamander Stoves, in Devon, manufacture the Hobbit stove (they are a nice couple, Gillian and Mark, slightly eccentric but harmless). Hobbitting is pretty much all they do but they sell a lot of the little rascals. No wonder they know what they are doing. Niche marketing at its finest. A proper Hobbit and small stove obsession.
The Salamander Hobbit is the perfect small wood-burning and multifuel stove for sheds, cabins, snugs, yurts, home offices, boats, caravans, vans, conservatories or any small room.
The micro Hobbit stove is a cast-iron classic and has long been a favourite. Over the years we have sold hundreds and have many happy customers.
An optional logstore is available and gives your Salamander Hobbit a better view of your room and you - and this can easily be retrofitted. Other options include brass fittings, extended hotplate, rear and side heatshields, coal bars to prevent coal falling when the door is opened, a side boiler, silver gallery rail, stainless steel cooktop, rear flue wedge, direct air intake, and more. Phew... Hobbits love to be dressed up this way.
Salamander have stopped offering coloured stoves which is a shame (they will spray doors only but we feel this is a little half hearted so are not offering). However - it is super easy to spray a stove any colour using stove or BBQ paint - Google can assist with the research.
You will likely need to purchase a 4-5" vitreous adaptor to connect to a 5" stove pipe* (you will see this option higher up this page).
*We do not sell 4" stove pipe as sweeps do not like the narrow diameter and it more easily clogs with soot. Please do not suffocate your Hobbit.
Multifuel as standard.
The Salamander Hobbit Range is for those who also need an oven. Let one of our customers tell you more...
"I bought the hobbit range stove for my off grid cabin build to use for both heating and cooking (on the recommendation of a chimney fitter who laughed at my grand plan to put in a big old Aga...) It cost almost as much as the entire rest of the cabin but am really glad I invested in it, it's a super little stove perfect for tiny homes and shepherds huts etc. I was worried about how well a shorter chimney would draw with it but I've had no problems at all so far. Its easy to light and clean and very much looks the part. Loved that it came with a matching cooking pot and grill pan and fire tools too, wasn't expecting that. It's really compact and came assembled so we managed to get it in and installed quickly and easily as well. Make sure you chop your firewood quite small though the fire compartment is tiny!" Charlotte
You can find more dimensions by scrolling left or right using the main image at the top of the page.
|Nominal heat output||4.1kW|
|Total net energy efficiency - Wood||79.4%|
|Total net energy efficiency - Manufactured smokeless fuel||81.4%|
|Energy efficiency class||A|
|Energy efficiency index (%)||105|
|Can go on 12mm hearth||Yes|
|Flue outlet||100mm (4")|
|Distance from rear of stove to the centre of the top flue exit||115mm|
|Distance from floor to the centre of the rear flue exit||373mm|
|Height (excluding stove collar)||460mm|
|Height (including stove collar)||465mm|
|Max log size (will take a larger log but this is the optimum length for stacking)||200mm (8")|
|Window Dimensions||180mm x 155mm|
|Distance to combustible materials|
|Distance to combustible materials (with stove heat shields)|
|More ways to reduce combustibles on the Hobbit here|
Welcome to the world of Hobbits!
One of my favourite small stoves is the cast iron 4kw Hobbit, by Salamander Stoves at approx. £500. Salamander are a small family company based in Devon and their cast iron Hobbit stove really is a nice looking small stove with bucketloads of character.
The Hobbit is DEFRA approved so can burn wood in a smoke control area and can be fitted to a 5″ chimney liner or flue (making lining a chimney much easier than for a 6″).
A log store (plinth) is also available.
This small wood burner actually throws out a very respectable 4kw of heat and this is often sufficient for a small British lounge and certainly plenty for smaller spaces such as canal boats, snugs, offices, holiday homes etc.
The Hobbit is only 30cm wide, this making it an ideal choice for small fireplace recesses (can be fitted into a 40cm wide recess).
The Hobbit is also available with a boiler. It has a 4″ collar so my recommendation is that a 4-5″ vitreous adaptor is fitted so that a 5″ vitreous pipe can be fitted (easier to sweep than a 4″ flue pipe).
As with any of the smaller stoves the firebox is quite small and so you will have to chop your logs a little smaller than for larger stoves. Four or five smaller logs will throw out a lot more heat than one larger log.
Quality is spot on and I have never (as of updating this Aug 2014) had a faulty Hobbit reported – and I sell a lot of Hobbits
Very small log burners are the perfect choice for small fireplace recesses or small spaces such as sheds, offices, snugs, boats, caravans, yurts etc.
I recently ordered a Salamander Hobbit SE stove with rear heat plate from Stovefitter’s Warehouse. Prior to ordering they answered all my queries so I could order knowing it was the right product for me.
It was actually £30 cheaper than from Salamander as it was free delivery with the additional bonus of it being in stock for immediate dispatch.
Packaged really well, delivered on time and I am absolutely thrilled with the stove now it has been installed.
Thanks to the Team at Stovefitter’s Warehouse you did not disappoint and I would gladly recommend you
I purchased the little hobbit stove. As I didn't want to make a bigger hole in my wall to fit a bigger stove having an old Victorian fireplace I decided to get the hobbit. It gives off so much heat and stays burning all night when topped up. Only thing being I never recieved my free gloves #19071
Our stove arrived on the chosen day only a few days after ordering, somehow cheaper than from the OEM and much sooner than their 3 week lead time. It came very well packaged and was super simple to assemble and get into place. The salamander stove is very well designed and put together and so far has been running great. Little tip would be to get a fire going in the stove when you have it outside first before it is installed as there is quite a bit of smoke created in the first burn as the paint cures and burns off.... Our house filled with smoke for the first burn, not much of an issue if you can open doors and windows.
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