Bus Libertalia

Our tiny wood stove has found its home in this incredible 1979 Saviem bus!

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We were very excited to see that our small wood burning stove has been installed in this old French bus from 1979! Make sure you check out the Bus Libertalia Facebook page to see where they currently are, and where they’re heading next! Here, our Hobbit stove has been fitted with one of our magnetic stove thermometers and our direct air intake system. 

Our direct air option is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to install your tiny wood burner into a small, airtight space, as it enables plenty of outside air to be piped directly into the firebox of the stove. If you’re based in the USA and you’re looking to install a small log burner into a similar structure, then it’s mandatory to have a stove with a direct air system.

Our small wood burning stove is a great choice for vehicles, as there’s a pre-drilled hole at each corner of the stove, so that it can be securely bolted down. It also has a solid cast iron construction, so it can take plenty of knocks or bumps if any objects or furniture unexpectedly move about whilst you’re travelling around!

If you’re wondering how you might be able to incorporate one of our Hobbit stoves into the design of your vehicle, then make sure you take a look through the two van and RV flue kits that we’ve designed! If you’re still unsure as to what flue parts you might need, or if you would like to make alterations to these flue kits, then please contact us, as we offer a bespoke flue consultancy service free of charge!

When it comes to the installation, our stove will need to be sited on a non-combustible hearth that’s at least 12mm thick. You will also need to maintain at least 225mm of space from the front of the stove to the front of the hearth, in order to comply with regulations. 

The stove can be placed 400mm away from combustible materials, such as wood, but if you’re tight on space, then you may need to shield these materials. This can be done by using metal sheets or fireproof boarding that’s at least 25mm thick. The fireproof boarding will also need to sit on some spacers, which should have a 12mm air gap behind them as a minimum. 

If you’re looking to install our small wood stove into an especially tight space, then it’s worth taking a good look at our heat shield option, as this will drastically reduce the distances that you will need to maintain. You’ll certainly need to have a carbon monoxide alarm and at least one vent fitted close to the stove for your safety.

If you’re using 4”/100mm single wall flue, then this will need to be positioned at least 300mm away from any combustible materials, although it can be 150mm away from any non-combustible materials. On the other hand, twin wall insulated flue can be sited just 50mm away from combustible surfaces, such as wood. If you have any other questions about your installation, then please feel free to take a look through our help section, or you can contact us with any questions you might have!

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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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