Hot water from your tiny wood stove.

You can have a shower powered by wood and sunshine. We have set one up using our tiny wood stove, two old tea urns and two pumps. With a little plumbing jiggery pokery and a sensible eye on the potential hazards we think we have a great little system which could be easily replicated in any off grid scenario.

The dream of being able to take a hot shower using water heated by your wood stove is probably one shared by many. We have set up a system in our off grid shed which will show you how to make this dream a reality.

If you have a shepherds hut, garden room or off grid cabin then you have probably mused over the question of how do you have a supply of hot water for showering etc. when you are not connected to the ‘grid’?

One solution is to install a small wood stove as this will allow you to not only keep you warm and cook your food but also be the answer to the conundrum of how to supply hot water.

off grid hot water system

Apart from simply popping a kettle or pan onto the top of your stove, how else can your woodstove heat water? The answer is to install a stainless steel back boiler inside your stove to directly heat the water from inside the firebox. This means you can organise hot water on tap whilst also keeping the top of your stove free for cooking.

We have set up an ‘on tap’ hot water system powered by wood and the sun using two old copper tea urns and two pumps.

The water is heated inside the stove in a stainless back boiler and then using the principle of the natural thermo-syphon is drawn off into a copper tank . This tank of heated water once heated up will act as a thermal heat store.

This heat store can be used to heat the second urn of water for washing etc. . Using our side boiler installed in a Hobbit stove we connected the back boiler to an old copper urn which holds around 35litres. or 7 gallons and incorporating  1″ copper connecting pipe. The small 12v pump circulates the water inside the store until the desired temperature has been reached for your shower. (42.8 degrees in my case). Two fish tank thermometers have been fitted so that both urn temperatures can be monitored.

Our tiny woodstove has two back boiler options whereby the boiler replaces either the rear or side firebrick. With the side boiler the customer can choose which side of the stove they would like the pipe fittings to exit from. The side boiler is the solution for when the stove has both the boiler and direct air system fitted together. This boiler option incorporated with any small wood stove with a  similar hot water set up could be the answer to your hot water needs.

You can watch a video about this system here

 

Coming soon is our tiny wood cooking range stove  which will give you the above potential as well giving you the scope to do a wide range of cooking baking and roasting as well as keeping warm and cosy. Hot water, cooking and heating all from your tiny wood stove.

tiny wood cookstove

Read about more off grid adventures here.

Installing a wood stove.

Setting up a solar power system

or cooking on your wood stove.

 

 

 

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"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."

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"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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"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."

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