Touchstone Canal Boat

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Canal boats due to their space management challenges have become a familiar home for a Hobbit stove. Either in the main lounge or fitted in the back cabin, the compact proportions of the little stove make it a more suitable solid fuel heating solution than bigger stoves such as the Morso 1410.

The Hobbit is now installed by boat builders and individual boat owners alike who want to max out the space they have and find the stove fits where others will not.

In response to greater calls for boat safety regarding the installation of solid fuel stoves Salamander stoves have developed a complimentary stove flue kit to facilitate installing the little stove in accordance with the code of practice BS 8511:2010, which requires the flue exiting the cabin to be twin wall insulated.

Additional Information

Colin, a keen boater on the K&A canal, installed a Hobbit stove in 2013 using the flue kit. Colin and Nicola had a cupboard at the front of their livaboard boat ‘Touchstone’™ which they wanted to replace for the added warmth it would give to the front cabin by having a stove fitted there. The problem, that whilst the solid fuel range fitted in the galley of the boat was great, it did not provide the comfort, focus and warmth supplied by a solid fuel stove with a big picture window. Colin documented the fitting in pictures and the job was finished in a day. The pictures show the various components used with the twin wall pipe exiting through the 3 slice cast iron deck flanges, which in turn are covered by the powder coated cover. The removable twin walled top section has an attachable rain cap. All of these components are also powder coated for a great looking finish and longer life.

  • A small cast iron stove traditionally styled with brass or chrome fittings
  • Galley rail and back boiler options.
  • Installation kits to BS8511:2010

This British Standard code of practice was published by BSi in Feb 2010 and came into effect in Feb 2011. The code covers appliance selection, design considerations, installation requirements (including chimney arrangements), inspection and testing, and necessary safety information concerning maintenance and the safe use of solid fuel appliances on boats. A summary of this code can be seen below.


The Solid Fuel Technology Institute (Soliftec) have produced some simple guidance which describes what installing to the new BSi code means in practice

Click here for Canal Boat Stove additional instructions

Boat Flue stove Guidance PDF


The Canal Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) was established by British Waterways and the Environment Agency to promote all aspects of safety on boats on inland waterways.

The BSS website contains a great deal of information on all aspects of safety in respect of boats, their installations and components.
Click here to link to BSS website

British Waterways

Environment Agency

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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?


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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."


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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."


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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

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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!"


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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!"


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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!"


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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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"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!"



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