Can You Put A Small Wood Burning Stove In Your Kitchen?

Having a small wood burning stove installed in your kitchen is often a great idea! A tiny wood stove will breathe new life and warmth into this room, and our Hobbit stove or Little Range Cook Stove will make this space truly feel like home.

If your kitchen is used as a social space, then putting a small wood burning stove in your kitchen is perfect for keeping your family and friends warm and cosy throughout the evening. A small wood burner sits at the heart of the home, and our Hobbit stove or Little Range will provide the perfect focal point for your guests to gather round and keep warm as the evening draws in. Installing a small wood burning stove in your kitchen is also an attractive option if your kitchen is connected to an outside space. Plus, you can even toast some marshmallows on the open flames of your fire in the warmth and comfort of your own home!

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If you have a Hobbit stove with a built-in cooktop, or a Little Range Cook Stove, then you’ll be able to cook a wide range of different recipes with the help of your small wood burner! Even if you choose a standard Hobbit stove, you can still make a hot cup of tea, coffee or a hot chocolate on your stovetop, as there’s still enough space for you to use a kettle or a small saucepan/frying pan on the top of your small wood stove.

Installing A Small Wood Burning Stove In Your Kitchen – Things To Think About

Before you can sit back in front of your stove and watch the flames gently flicker away, there’s a few things that you’ll need to keep in mind before you decide to install a small wood stove into your kitchen.

Some of the things that you’ll need to consider are:

  • The type of stove you’ll need to purchase.
  • The placement of any extractor fans.
  • Whether your stove is going to be connected to a chimney, or if you’re going to exit through your wall or ceiling with twin wall insulated flue pipes.

What Type of Small Wood Burner Do You Need To Install In Your Kitchen?

First of all, if you’re wondering whether or not you can have a small wood burner in a kitchen, the answer is yes! You can install a small wood burning stove into many different kitchens, but you’ll probably need to purchase a stove with an external air intake, such as our Hobbit stove with the direct air option. This stove option will connect your small wood stove to an outside air supply, which will be fed directly into the firebox of your tiny log burner. 

This stove option is essential if you have an extractor fan in your kitchen, because extractor fans create negative air pressure. In contrast, you will need to have positive air pressure in your flue pipes or chimney, so that the smoke and flue gases are drawn up and out of your chimney. This means that your stove will have to compete for air with your extractor fan. If your extractor fan is sucking all of the air out of your room, then this can lead to combustion problems – your fire will go out, and the ineffective draw can lead to smoke and harmful flue gases seeping out of the stove and into your kitchen. Therefore, a stove with a direct air intake is an absolute must if you’re looking to put a small wood burner in your kitchen. 

If you want to be extra safe, then you could also install an air vent in between your stove and the extractor fan. However, the best solution would be to get a HETAS-registered installer to conduct a site visit, as they will be able to advise you on how your stove should be installed based on the layout and dimensions of your kitchen. It’s also worth noting that if you live in a smoke controlled zone, then you will need to purchase a smoke exempt, DEFRA-approved stove, such as the Hobbit SE or Little Range. Smoke controlled zones tend to be more urbanised areas, but you can check if you live in one by contacting your local council.

Installing A Small Wood Burning Stove In Your Kitchen – Planning Your Flue System

When it comes to the installation of your small wood burning stove, you’ll need to see if you can connect it to an existing chimney, or if you’ll need to exit through the wall or roof of your property with twin wall insulated flue pipes.

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(Photography by Emma Stewart Photography)

Many period properties or more traditional houses have an existing fireplace which is full of character, and you might decide to restore the original fireplace to its former glory! If this is the case, then you can easily install your small wood burner with one of our household fireplace installation kits. You can choose between our chimney lining kit (which comes with a length of chimney liner), or our existing chimney kit, which is great if you already have a chimney liner in place which you’re looking to use. If you’re still not sure how your stove should be installed, then feel free to email us some photos of your fireplace, along with some measurements, and we’ll be able to advise you on how your Hobbit stove or Little Range can be installed.

If you don’t have an existing fireplace or chimney that your stove can be connected to, then it’s worth taking a look at our wall exit kits. If these kits aren’t going to be suitable for your installation, then you can also get in contact with us, as we offer a bespoke flue consultancy service free of charge, and we can supply a wide range of other flue parts from our manufacturer – Midtherm. All you have to do is send us an email with a photo of your kitchen, along with some dimensions, such as your floor to ceiling height, and we will be able to advise you on what flue components you will need for your installation. It’s still worth booking a site visit with a local HETAS installer, as they will be able to fully assess your fireplace to see what parts you will need and how they will need to be fitted. You can find a local Salamander Stoves stockist or installer by visiting our dealers page.

The Benefits Of Having A Small Wood Burning Stove In Your Kitchen

Once you’ve got your installation sorted, you can begin to enjoy the wide range of benefits that your stove has to offer! The Little Range is capable of providing you with all of your cooking needs, but a Hobbit stove or Range can also supplement standard cooking appliances, such as a gas or electric hob.

If your stove is already lit, then you can use your stove to keep trays or plates warm, or you can keep a pan sizzling, simmering or boiling away on your stovetop if you haven’t got enough space on your hob! You can also utilise the oven of the Range as an extra cooking space, or you can use it to keep food warm before serving. You can even make some wood-fired jacket potatoes by wrapping them in foil and placing them in a good bed of embers inside your firebox! The Little Range is also perfect for baking bread or cakes over lunch or dinner if your gas or electric oven is already in use. A small wood burning stove could be the perfect addition to your kitchen, and aside from cooking, your home will hugely benefit from the warmth and character that a small wood stove will bring to your home!

We’ve also made our own cook book to showcase the range of different recipes that you can make, and make sure you also check out the cooking section of our blog!

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Our Hobbit Stove Has Been Fitted!

"We had a Hobbit stove fitted this week by Alex Reay from Flues and Fires, and I just wanted to get in touch to say it is AMAZING and we love it! We have a lovely cast iron tiled fireplace which I was desperate not to lose when we installed a small wood burning stove, but until I found the Hobbit on Google, everyone told me it would be impossible to keep the fire surround. The Hobbit is perfect - not only does it fit very snugly, but it looks fantastic and the blue door complements the tiles very nicely. We are sitting enjoying a fire now and absolutely loving it! Thanks for creating such an amazing product."

Nicola Williams

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The Best Stove Ever!

"It’s the best stove ever! It’s easy to light, very efficient, burns anthracite and stays in overnight (ours has been in for three weeks now). It even keeps a kettle of water at the ready for a cuppa! What more can I say, we love it! Just the thing to make our Yorkshire home cosy, and the cat loves it too!"

Lynn and Andrew, West Yorkshire

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First Small Stove Installation

Was looking for a small stove for my first self-install. Found Mark very helpful. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Stove burns well and generates lots more heat than the previous open fire. What is not to like?

Sam

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A Huge Thank You!

"Dear Mark and Gill, a huge thank you for designing and making the Hobbit stove! We had two different London-based fireplace companies tell us that we simply had to knock out the old cast iron and tile fireplace to fit in a woodburning stove, and that there was no other option! Then we found you online. We are delighted with our little Hobbit, which swallows up logs and kicks out a good amount of heat. Perfect for the winter! I will also be writing to the London-based fireplace companies to put the Hobbit on their radar. Best wishes."

Nat

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Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!

"Mark, Gill, thank you for your assistance, we are delighted with our Hobbit! I fired it up this evening after taking all afternoon making a register plate to fit the opening."

Alan

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It's Brilliant!

"Hi Mark, here's a photo of the Hobbit installed in my Yorkist grate. It’s brilliant! It also throws out a lot more heat than the grate did."

Roger T

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

Just to Say Thank You!

"I just had a chat with Gill saying how delighted we are with our little Hobbit stove, and to also thank you both for your attention to detail and excellent customer service!"

Derrick

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The Little Hobbit Has Stepped Up To The Challenge!

"We just wanted to say how impressed and how much of a life saver our little Hobbit has been! It was fitted a few months ago in our holiday home in Rhu, Scotland, which is a large open plan conversion in a Victorian house. This weekend our boiler decided it was not going to play ball. The little Hobbit has stepped up to the challenge, providing heat to a very large area, about twenty eight foot by twenty four foot with a high ceiling of about eighteen foot, keeping the room reasonably warm, warm enough for us not to use cardigans!”

Alan W

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Very Pleased With Our Hobbit!

"We are very pleased with the stove and think it looks great! We restored our fireplace (it was hidden under plaster!) and the whole look is better than we hoped!"

Neil

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Absolutely Delighted!

"Just had our Hobbit SE installed in our Victorian fireplace and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. We felt passionate about preserving our lovely fireplace!"

Andy

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Our Pride And Joy!

"What a fantastic fireplace with the beautiful Hobbit stove. It fits perfectly into the small space and throws out a lot of heat. Here's a photo of our little stove, now our pride and joy and much admired by all who see and feel the warmth."

Chris and C

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Fantastic!

"Just to bid you all a Happy New Year and to say how much we’re enjoying having our Hobbit stove! It was easy to fit with the help of your excellent ‘how to’ videos and we’re just awaiting our inspection by building control for the certification. The Hobbit has fitted neatly into the hearth vacated by the old gas back boiler (with a little cosmetic rendering) and never ceases to surprise us how much heat it can deliver to the point that the new condenser boiler is having an easy life, thereby saving us on gas bills too! Everyone loves having a ‘real fire’ in the living room."

Philip Baird

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A Brilliant Little Wood Burner!

"The stove we bought from you is really starting to come into its own as the weather cools down. Here is a photo showing how much one of our dogs is enjoying it!"

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Brilliant Product!

"Just wanted to share a picture of our newly installed Hobbit. Absolutely delighted with it, and so pleased we were able to retain our existing fireplace as well. Brilliant product, thank you!"

Marion

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