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Hobbit Stove Review

As you know, we have been living in the tiny house for a little over a year now. We thought it would be a good time to do a review of The Hobbit Stove from Salamader Stoves. We were very excited when it came in the mail from the UK and it did not disappoint.

Still in the crate shortly after arriving.

The stove came with a variety of accessories; a small brush and dust pan, a stove top thermometer, an oven mitt, some fire starters and a tool to open and close the door when the handles have become too hot.

The stove top thermometer provides temperature and also has a handy guide to make sure the stove is running in the best temperature range.

The Hobbit compared to the wood burning stove in the house we used to rent.

We have several other posts that cover the installation and operation of the hobbit stove:

One thing we should mention, even though it has been covered previously, is that all wood stoves should have fresh air intakes located nearby. Our air intake has a cold air trap built into it and can be shut by sliding the grate closed when the stove is not in use.  This vent also does double duty for the gas range. We usually leave it open all the time unless a cold breeze is blowing directly into it and neither stove is in use.

Fresh air intake located between the Hobbit Stove and gas range.





  1. Hi Matthew, my fiance and I are looking at this stove for our tiny cabin (about 900 cubic feet). You noted in your video this stove tends to over heat your tiny home which looks to be quite a bit larger than what we’re building. How bad have you found the over heating to be, and how have you worked to control it?

    Also, if you don’t mind, who did you order your stove from – directly from Salamander?

    Thanks for posting the review and for the tiny house updates.

    • Matthew

      December 29, 2017 at 21:38

      Hi Andrew, thanks for tuning in!

      At 900 cubic feet your cabin would be approx half the size our tiny house is. The overheating can be quite bad if we allow the stove to run too hot for too long especially if it isn’t super cold outside. We have found a few ways to mitigate this. One would be to do short hot burns throughout the day. Smaller pieces of wood burned quickly works but is time consuming and isn’t ideal at night.

      For night time we usually load a bunch of hard wood if we have some and once it’s really going we close the damper way down so it burns slower and open the window by our bed if necessary. If you don’t mind it being colder in the morning this is probably unnecessary, right now we have young twins and we have to keep it warm in the house all night because they sleep without a blanket.

      Ideally if you had some way of storing the heat in a thermal mass or large water tank or something that would be better but because of space and weight restraints we weren’t really able to go this route. Are you building a tiny house on wheels like us or is it just a small cabin on the ground?

  2. Thanks for the feedback Matthew. We’ll likely run into the same overheating issues but I think it’s pretty well inevitable with a cabin the size I’ll be doing. I don’t intend on this being a tiny home – mostly a long weekend/vacation cabin in the woods. I put the foundation in this past fall so weight restrictions aren’t much of a problem – space is the real challenge. I’m keeping it under the 108 sq ft requirement for code an bylaw compliance but I’ll likely follow your lead with cracking a window/slowing the burn. I’ll be up there a lot in the winter so we’ll see how it goes!

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