Florry The Lorry

Small home, big adventure!

small wood burning stove in a converted removals lorry campervan

“We often get asked what our favourite thing is in the lorry, and without hesitation, we both say our little Hobbit stove – a beautiful Salamander wood burner that keeps us warm during winter. We couldn’t do without it. During the colder months she’s lovely, and she not only keeps us warm! We also love watching her flames flicker away, and we love sitting in front of her with a hot chocolate in hand.”

Florry The Lorry is a 7.5 ton removals van that has been lovingly converted by Cat and Chris. They had recently been working crazy hours to maintain their house in London, and Chris’ job in IT became very demanding and highly pressured. As the price of everything increased each year, and with their work/life balance tipping heavily towards the working end, it simply wasn’t a healthy lifestyle, and Chris was left feeling physically and mentally exhausted.

Before they decided to live in Florry The Lorry, Cat and Chris had been travelling in motorhomes on and off for over 10 years! They had often talked about doing longer trips, and even discussed the possibility of changing their lives completely and living in a motorhome full-time. The realisation that they could do this came from a scuba diving holiday in Menorca 3 years ago, when they found out that one of the instructors actually lived in her converted 7.5 ton lorry!

This got them seriously thinking, so they began planning how they could build their own home – one that they could live in and travel across Europe in together. In November 2017, they became the proud owners of a 2012 DAF LF45, which was transformed into Florry over the next 2 years.

Doing the build itself turned out to be the scary part as they had never done anything hands-on like this before, but after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, they did it! The effort was well worth it, and they’ve now been living in Florry for nearly 3 years. Cat and Chris have been living their dream of visiting beautiful places, whilst still being able to see their family and go diving. It’s not always perfect, but it’s a lot less stressful than living in London and the life they knew beforehand!

The stunning interior of the lorry is reminiscent of a log cabin nestled away in the forest, and there’s an adorable little area for Rolo the dog to sleep just under their bed. The van is laden with beautiful furnishings, and our small wood burning stove kicks out plenty of heat to keep them nice and warm during any colder months – even when their campervan is covered in snow!

The cabin is flooded with natural light, thanks to the two skylights that have been installed in the ceiling, and this makes the cabin feel even more spacious and inviting. The different shades of wood also give the cabin a lot more depth, whilst acting as a natural interior that flows effortlessly throughout their living space.

If you want to find out more about their lorry conversion, then make sure you check out their Facebook, Instagram, and their website! Their story is also going to be featured in an upcoming book – Van Lifers: Beautiful Conversions For Life On The Road – which is edited by Alex Waite, so keep a lookout for its release!

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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!"

Small Stove Installed in a Household Fireplace

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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