SMALL STOVE REVIEW: Salamander – The Hobbit

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SALAMANDER HOBBIT

Small Stove Review

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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 assembled in the UK they can be imported.

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FEATURES

  • Compact Size
  • Large Front Display Window
  • Riddling Grate + Ash Tray
  • Cast Iron Construction

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PROS

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

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CONS

  • Very Heavy
  • China Made (Assembled in UK)
  • Expensive
  • Hard to source 4″ flue size

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Bottom line
The Hobbit is a well designed, solid little cast iron wood stove full of features. It performs well and fits the smallest of spaces. The stove has a long list of features including a top and rear flue exit giving you the option of freeing up the entire stove top for cooking. My biggest complaint with the Hobbit is the multiple piece fire box shifts when we move which is a sooty mess to get back together. All in all the Hobbit is one of the best little stoves on the market!

Features
The Hobbit is not lacking in features!

  • Handy Multi-Tool
  • Mechanical Riddling Grate
  • Removable Ash Pan
  • Optional Top & Rear Flue Exit
  • Large Glass
  • Primary & Secondary Air
  • Coal Bar for coal use
  • Optional Direct Air
  • Optional Brass Fittings
  • Optional Galley Rails
  • Optional Stand
  • Optional Water Boiler (For heating a radiator in a separate room)
  • Optional Enameled Colors (Not available in USA)

Ease of use
The Hobbits attractive & tasteful handles + multi-tool make opening and closing a breeze.  The integrated riddling grate is operated via the multi-tool which makes clearing the ash from the fire box a snap. The ash pan is removable making disposing of ash very simple. The large glass door is great for viewing the status of your fire plus enjoying the romantic ambiance. The well sized firebox can accept a good sized load of wood.

Performance
Carefully engineered primary & secondary air + additional firebox air holes makes the Hobbit SE very efficient. Once the Hobbit gets up to temp there is no visible smoke exiting the flue.

 

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Price: $1100

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.

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