clearSkies Mark

We’re proud to announce that our Hobbit SE and Little Range Cook Stove have obtained the clearSkies mark!

The Hobbit SE has achieved clearSkies Level 4 and our Little Range has achieved clearSkies Level 5. You can find the clearSkies listing for the Hobbit SE here and you can click here to view the clearSkies listing for our Little Range.

Levels of the clearSkies Mark Explained

The emissions and efficiency limits for clearSkies Levels 2 & 3 are the same as those set under Ecodesign, meaning these products comply with all the standards requirements that came into force in the UK on 1st January 2022.

In addition to meeting the requirements of Ecodesign, all clearSkies certified appliances at Level 3 or above will also have been verified by the scheme administrator as meeting the requirements for Defra Exemption.

Defra Exemption is where an appliance’s emissions have been independently tested and are low enough that Defra has granted exemption to allow the appliance to be burnt with wood in a Smoke Control Area.

Products that achieve a clearSkies Level 4 or 5 not only meet these requirements, but go a considerable way beyond them as well, giving you even greater reassurance that your choice of stove is more environmentally friendly than other appliances by minimising emissions and maximising efficiency.

clearSkies Levels Explained

What is the clearSkies Mark and who is it run by?

clearSkies is an objective and independent emissions and energy performance certification scheme for stoves and fireplaces. The key objective of the clearSkies Scheme is to incentivise the development of cleaner and more efficient appliances and to provide a nationally recognised standard of verified appliance performance in terms of emissions and efficiency.

The clearSkies Scheme has been developed jointly by representatives of appliance manufacturers through the Stove Industry Association (SIA), chimney system manufacturers, appliance testing laboratories and bodies providing certification of biomass fuelled appliances. clearSkies is designed to drive the development of cleaner and more efficient appliances.

The clearSkies Board is made up of industry professionals, including representatives of the SIA, and consultants and academics specialising in air quality and bioenergy.

The clearSkies Scheme is owned by clearSkies Mark Limited, a new not-for-profit and independent body created to monitor, control and develop the scheme.

Kiwa Ltd has been appointed by clearSkies Mark Limited as the independent administrator of the scheme. They have the responsibility of certifying appliances that have been tested by appropriately qualified third party test laboratories, in order to verify their energy performance efficiency and emissions. 

A bit more about the clearSkies Mark

Going above and beyond

Stoves and fireplaces with the clearSkies certification produce significantly lower levels of emissions compared to open fires and older stoves. Independent tests have shown a clearSkies stove produces up to 90% less emissions than an open fire and 80% less emissions than the average 10-year-old stove.

If a stove or fireplace is clearSkies certified you can be assured that it meets ALL the criteria needed to be legally installed and meets the latest environmental standards. You don’t need to look for any other certification.

Future proofed

Put simply, choosing a clearSkies certified appliance gives you the assurance that you are buying a legally compliant and environmentally sound stove or fireplace for your home, and one that is future proofed with even greater efficiency and lower emissions for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.

Stringent testing and manufacturing control

In order to attain the clearSkies mark, a manufacturer needs to demonstrate that its product meets or exceeds the requirements for four different maximum emission limit tests and an efficiency test.

The emission tests cover carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), organic gaseous compounds (OGC) and particulate matter (PM).

Furthermore, all manufacturers with appliances certified under the clearSkies Scheme have had all of their emission and efficiency performance data in respect of their Ecodesign compliance and CE mark verified, and the manufacturers have self-certified to clearSkies that they have complied with all other aspects of Ecodesign and CE mark compliance.

In addition to providing evidence to confirm the efficiency and emissions of an appliance, manufacturers also need to confirm that they have a process in place for ensuring manufacturing control over their clearSkies certified appliances to ensure consistency of production. This is a requirement of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125 and gives further assurance that your clearSkies certified fireplace or stove is manufactured to the highest standards.

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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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