Installing A Stove In A Caravan.

Installing a wood burning stove in a caravan.

We had an old caravan slowly dying in the corner so decided to breath new warmth and life into it by installing our small wood burning stove – the Hobbit stove – inside the caravan.


The 1964 Cambridge Car Cruiser

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How to install a small wood burning stove into a caravan.

The caravan – an old 1964 5- Berth Cambridge Car Cruiser.

The position of the old gas heater gave us the obvious position for the wood stove. It would mean losing the small wardrobe but with so much other storage space available in this caravan this was not a problem. Removing the wardrobe would also hopefully open the van up a little.

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After removing the wardrobe we had to design the stove hearth around the wheel arch which was now exposed. It seemed a good idea to use this wheel arch level as the height for the actual hearth itself. It would give us a fuel store area beneath the hearth which in the restricted space of a caravan was a good idea.

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I found an old piece of hard board which I will use to cut a hearth base. On which I will stick some old floor tiles from a previous project in the house. The hearth needs to be a minimum of 12mm thick if your stove does not exceed 100 degrees to the hearth. This means that other than the flue kit and stove, I have avoided spending any more money.

To shield the area around the stove we are attaching 25 mm vermiculite board with a 15 mm air gap behind it.


The Hobbit stove was then positioned on the hearth in the final location and orientation to allow the flue position to be marked on the ceiling and a hole cut out. The combustible material, plywood in this case, should be cut back 50 mm from the 175 mm diameter twin wall insulated flue pipe.

The combustible cupboard will need to be shielded using vermiculite board. This should be fitted as indicated above, with an air gap of between 15mm between the board and combustible surface.

You can see this on the image. I drilled a series of holes around this outer hole mark and then punched it free. The rough edge of this hole will eventually be concealed by the trim plate.

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The wall band support can then be positioned and as in this case a wooden baton can be used to position the support. The wall band extension kits are available in the flue sundries area, if a simple baton cannot be affixed.

Using the trim plate you can mark the hole position on the roof of the caravan. The hole in the outer metal layer can be a close fit to the twin wall flue pipe, so that it can be sealed using heat proof silicone from the outside. This will act as another barrier in addition to the silicone flashing and storm collar.

The flue height is under 3m so I would suggest using the anti-down draft cowl rather than a normal rain cap to avoid possible downdraft issues on turbulent days. This cowl has been specified in this caravan flue kit.

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All of the flue components required to install a wood stove in a caravan or mobile home.

1 x 500mm x 100mm single wall vitrelux flue length with inspection door.

1 x 100mm vitrelux single wall flue to 125mm HT-S twin wall flue adaptor.

1 x 500mm x 125mm HT-S twin wall flue length.

1 x HT-S Anti-downdraft cowl.

1 x round trim plate

1 x Dektite flashing

1 x flashing fixing kit

1 x wall band support bracket HT-S 125mm

1 x heatproof silicone.

1 x fire cement.

1 x storm collar

1 x carbon monoxide alarm.


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Turn your caravan or amazing shed in to a special warm place you can retreat to anytime of the year by installing a stove.

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Small Stove Review 9

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 Review 10

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!"


Small Stove Review 4

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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