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.
In this blog post, I cover some of the unique features of our off grid capable tiny house including the alternating stairs, with built in storage, the mechanical components under the raised floor, and the Hobbit Stove.
Our Hobbit Stove: http://salamanderstoves.com/the-hobbit-stove/
The other mini wood stove mentioned in the video: http://cubicminiwoodstoves.com/
More in this series:
The first in a series of videos that chronicle the extensive progress and changes made on our Tiny House. This Video is about safety upgrades we made but the other videos cover the interior. Things were really starting to come together at this point and we were getting impatient to move in.
More in this series:
There is something satisfying about watching chunks of wood fly while chopping firewood. Having a reason to look forward to this chore is a good thing, especially if you have a large pile waiting to be split. Luckily for us, we have a small wood burning stove which mean less work overall.
Small chunks of wood like the piece I am holding are the perfect size for our Hobbit Stove.
When we first started using the Hobbit Stove last March, we were primarily using softwood scraps left over from the Tiny House build. While these scraps were adequate to heat the house I had a feeling they were not the optimal fuel for our stove. This year, I purchased a small amount of birch firewood from one of my friends at the gym.
A large axe is not needed when cutting kindling from such small pieces of wood.
I have certainly been impressed with this firewood. The birch burns both hotter and cleaner than the softwood scraps. Sometimes if the air mixture is just right the flames are more blue than orange or yellow. A blue flame is a good indicator of a clean burn and that the primary gases being produced will be carbon dioxide. An orange flame means there is incomplete burning occurring and more carbon monoxide and other pollutants are being produced.
This was a tough one! You can see the knot in the piece of wood in the left picture.
In the following video I discuss how impressed I am with how clean our birch firewood burns! One thing I didn’t mention in the video which I covered in a previous post was how much higher the energy content of birch is compared to spruce or pine. This makes a noticeable difference in the amount of heat produced and how long the wood burns.