Salamander Hobbit Stove Review

Salamander stoves out of the UK make beautiful cast iron multi-fuel stoves for a variety of small spaces. The hobbit is a miniature version of large full-size cast stoves and is perfect for small spaces. Of all the small wood stoves – I like the look of the Hobbit the best. While these stoves are made in the UK they can be imported.

FEATURES

  • Compact Size (Heats up to 500sq’)
  • Large Front Display Window
  • Riddling Grate + Removable Ash Tray
  • Cast Iron Construction

PROS

  • Looks Great!
  • Cast Iron
  • Optional Cold Air Intake
  • Good Heat Output

CONS

  • Very Heavy
  • Made in China
  • Expensive
  • Hard to source 4″ flue size

Price: $1025

BTU: 13650 (4kw) How many BTU’s do you need?

Dimensions: H18” x W12” x D11” (465mm x 302mm x 272mm)

Weight: 110lbs

Material: Cast Iron

Fuels: Wood & Coal

Pipe Diameter: 4” (100mm)

EPA Certified? Has UK Based Certifications

Notes: You can optionally get 1 or 2 colors for these small stoves and it looks like they have lots of color combinations. One SWEET feature in the Hobbit is an optional boiler ($150). The boiler is a stainless steel bladder that sits inside the fire box that can be used to heat water and an optional radiator for more efficient heating.

Bottom line
The Lopi Endeavor is an efficient, reliable wood stove; it produces a maximum of 72,400 Btu and can heat up to 2,000 square feet. Its square firebox accommodates logs of up to 18 inches and can be loaded from any orientation. It’s EPA-certified, mobile home approved and alcove approved, and the bypass damper is a favorite feature. The few complaints we found — mainly that the air tube roll pins fall out easily — are very minor.

Performance
A proven design. The Lopi Endeavor is a proven, reliable design, producing up to 72,400 Btu to heat homes up to 2,000 square feet in size. Its 2.2-cubic-foot firebox accepts logs of up to 18 inches in any configuration, and its thick plate-steel construction (from 3/16 inch to 5/16 inch) lasts longer and helps provide even heat. The manufacturer promises 10 hours of burn time, which owners say they get close to once they master the art of building a wood fire. If banked correctly, the Endeavor will provide heat all night long. Secondary combustion makes for a clean, hot fire.

Features
Built to last for decades. Although owners love the Lopi Endeavor’s thick plate steel and solid welds, they also praise details such as its refractory firebrick lining and bypass damper for preventing smoke backup and giving a strong draft when rekindling the fire. It even comes with the optional wood-stove equivalent of an auto-start (Est. $225) and blower to help distribute heat (Est. $250). The only real complaint we see is that the air tube roll pins tend to fall out, although most owners solve this with a quick trip to the hardware store for replacements.

Safety
EPA-certified. The Lopi Endeavor is EPA-certified, with an emissions rate of 1.9 grams per hour. It’s also mobile home and alcove approved. The Endeavor comes with a seven-year limited lifetime warranty on key components, with all parts and labor covered for the first two years, including one-way freight. Clearances range from 15 inches and up with single-wall connector, or as low as 4.25 inches from the back wall with specific reduced-clearance parts. Floor protection must extend 6 inches to the side and rear in the U.S. and 8 inches in Canada, and 16 and 18 inches to the front in the U.S. and Canada, respectively.

Ease of use
Wood heat is an art. Most owners agree that the Lopi Endeavor is a cinch to use and particularly easy to load, thanks to its square firebox. “It has great efficiency and keeps my house 74 degrees even when the temps fall below zero, easy to start and maintain,” writes one user at WiseHeat.com. The occasional frustrated comments we find seem to be more about the art of building and maintaining a wood fire than the stove itself. Most owners remain thrilled with their Endeavor’s performance over time, whether they’ve had it for a year or more than a decade.

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