Our Hobbit stove was originally designed to fit small household fireplaces where larger stoves simply would not fit. The Hobbit can be installed without the need to remove any traditional Victorian and Edwardian tiles or ornate cast iron fire surrounds. By fitting one of our Hobbit stoves, you can keep these traditional features and preserve the heritage of your fireplace, whilst also avoiding a lot of complicated and expensive renovation work which would be required to install a larger stove! Our household fireplace flue kits make the installation process even easier, so you can sit back with your feet up and enjoy a hot cup of tea on your small stove whilst you admire your fireplace!
Do I need to use a flexible chimney liner, or can I use the existing chimney?
The vast majority of chimneys are not in a good enough condition to use, and will require lining with a flexible 316 grade stainless steel chimney liner. Incorporating a flue liner will greatly improve the flue draw, efficiency and performance of your stove, whilst also minimising the build up of deposits that could potentially occur in an unlined chimney. Our Chimney Lining Kit contains everything that you will need to fit your small stove into an existing masonry chimney, and it includes a 316 grade stainless steel flexible chimney liner that you can line your chimney with. You can choose what length of single wall flue you need, and you can also select a specific length of flexible liner. We also offer an Existing Chimney Kit if you are not looking to purchase a length of flexible liner. This kit contains everything that you will need to install your small stove into an existing masonry chimney, and you can also select what length of single wall flue pipe you need.
Our Hobbit stove has been installed in countless small fireplaces, and you can see how other people have incorporated our small multi-fuel stove into the design of their fireplace by taking a look through some of our testimonials and case studies.
Ideally, yes. Insulating the liner will retain much more heat inside the flue pipe, which will improve the draw and performance of your stove, as well as reducing the formation of deposits. However, insulating a flexible liner will require the removal of the chimney pot, and therefore this is not undertaken very often. If your chimney is on a north facing gable end then insulating the liner would be a sensible plan, but if the chimney is located inside the house rather than on an outside wall, then insulating the liner is not really required.
Some extra advice!
Approximately 75-80% of the heat produced by an open fire is taken up the flue pipe, and as a consequence, soot deposits and tar residue are reduced. However, if you have a wood burner installed, then the majority of the heat is retained by the stove and radiated out into the room. Therefore, the flue gases from a wood burner are much colder, and will leave more soot and tar deposits. Installing a 316 grade stainless steel flexible chimney liner reduces the volume of air that the flue gases will pass through, and this helps the flue gases to retain their heat. The very smooth inner surface of the chimney liner also prevents the build up of soot, as this falls back into the stove where it is burnt.
We would still recommend you to get your chimney inspected and swept once a year at a minimum. The amount of soot and tar that gets produced is also affected by the quality and dryness of the fuel that you use, and the rate at which this fuel is burnt. Slow burning of damp wood will soot and tar a chimney or chimney lining much more rapidly than burning good dry wood at the stoves optimum burn rate. Before installing any new wood stove into an existing chimney, we would advise you to contact your local chimney sweep to get the chimney swept and inspected.
"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."
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
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?
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."
Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!
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."
"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."
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!"
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!”
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!"
"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!"
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
"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."
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!"
"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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