Some Drifters

An absolutely breathtaking school bus conversion, that’s found its home travelling across rugged deserts in the American wilderness!

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This incredible, one-of-a-kind school bus conversion is home to Jeffrey and Britt Osborne when they choose to live life on the road! The idea of living in a bus came to them when they were on a cross-country motorbike trip back in 2014, and we’re incredibly proud to see that our small wood burning stove played a huge part in the design of their beautiful bus!

Britt also has a bohemian bridal business, Daughters of Simone, which you can check out here. To accommodate her work into this new lifestyle, it was important for the couple to have a spacious, multi-purpose living space. Jeffrey and Britt spent over two months just on researching and sketching the floor plans for the bus, but this resulted in an innovative design that incorporates flip up desks and drop down beds, so that every inch of the space was utilised!

The couple’s first trip in the bus was all the way up to Newfoundland, the most easterly province of Canada, before journeying down to Maine in May 2019. Our small wood burner is the perfect addition to their life on the road, as it keeps the pair warm and cosy wherever they decide to go, whilst also providing them with a crucial source of off-grid heating!

The pair chose to have a brass gallery rail fitted to their tiny wood burner, which is incredibly useful for keeping things securely on the stovetop whilst they’re travelling around! They also chose to equip their small wood stove with brass fittings, to match the rest of the stunning interior of the bus, and our tiny wood burner has even been fitted with our direct air intake system, to ensure there’s a good supply of air entering the stove. This option is particularly well-suited to passive houses or other small, airtight spaces, and it’s compulsory if you’re going to be installing one of our small wood burning stoves into this type of structure in the USA.

Aside from our small log burner, the bus also boasts the ability to carry 200 gallons of fresh water, plenty of solar panels, a lithium battery, satellite internet, and a composting toilet, which makes this tiny home the perfect off-grid dwelling for a more nomadic lifestyle!

If you’re wondering how you might be able to install one of our small wood burning stoves into your school bus, or another similar structure, then make sure you take a look at the two flue kits that we’ve design specifically for vans and RV’s! You can check them out here, and you can also click here to browse a wide range of other flue kits that we’ve designed.

If you’re still unsure as to what flue parts you might need, or if you think one of our flue kits might need adjusting to suit your installation, then please feel free to contact us, as we offer a bespoke flue consultancy service free of charge!

To see more of this incredible school bus, make sure you follow Some Drifters on Instagram to stay up-to-date with their all of their exciting plans!

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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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