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Hobbit Wood Burning Stove 4kW

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About the Salamander Hobbit Stove

So cute! The Salamander Hobbit small log burner is a traditional, petite cast-iron stove and probably the most famous small wood-burning and multifuel stove on the market. During late 2015 the Hobbit was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, this causing a sales spike and a temporary national Hobbit shortage.

Salamander Stoves manufacture the small Hobbit stove.
Snugs, yurts, home offices, boats, caravans, vans, conservatories or any small room are the usual haunts of the Hobbit stove and it lives happily on a diet of wood or smokeless fuel.
Useful install/safety diagram: small stove in a boat/van/shack

Hobbits are perfect for the smaller recess.
The Salamander Hobbit stove is a cast-iron classic and has long been a favourite amongst our customers.

Available with silver fittings as standard, or brass as an optional extra. Standard or DEFRA-approved (for smoke control areas) versions available.
Requires you to also purchase a 4-5" vitreous adaptor to connect to a 5" stove pipe (see "Customers Who Bought This Also Bought"). This part does not come with our "Fitting Pack".

Hobbit Options

Lots of Hobbit options & colours available:

Log store
Coal bar (raises height at which coal/logs can fall out)
Brass fittings


Hobbit is small

The Salamander Hobbit stove is the perfect choice for smaller rooms, snugs, caravans, vans, boats, sheds, shacks, home offices and glamping.

This is a small stove, so logs will need chopping that bit smaller. Don't worry about heat output though - most are surprised that this little stoves emits quite a decent output.


Customer Reviews

Based on 58 reviews
Hobbit for my boat

I decided on the hobbit primarily because it had a 4" flue which would fit with my existing boat flue/chimney. I was also limited on floor space so the small stove dimensions and the minimal proximity limits to combustibles were other main factors in my choice. I also liked the fact that it was a little bit less powerful at 4kW than most traditional small stoves and I felt this was a positive thing for my installation having the fire very close to the seating areas in the narrowboat and so would be a fraction more comfortable when running than a slightly more powerful stove. Stove was surprisingly heavy for a little stove but very easy to assemble and install and looks great. I also ordered the log stand as having storage under the stove and around the stand was just more practical use of space on my narrow boat. #10838.

My Hobbit

I recently purchased a Hobbit Wood Burning stove to replace a rather old sort of Parkray. The Parkray was difficult to keep in, and was forever going out. My new Hobbit is fantastic. It has only gone out a couple of times and I can assure you it was operator error. I have a fairly large two bedroom 1960’s bungalow. I was worried that the stove may not be big enough but it is. I can leave the lounge door open and because the stove is going all the time, the house is kept warm continuously. I use mainly logs with large anthracite knobs at night. I hesitated about buying it but now I would not be without my Hobbit.

Output & fuel

Multifuel (wood, coal & smokeless fuel)
Nominal 4kW
Max. 3.4 to 4kW

This stove will run happily at 1-4kW depending on fuel load.

What size stove to choose? Advice here

Eco credentials

The Salamander Hobbit stove is approved by DEFRA to burn wood in a Smoke Control Area (choose the DEFRA version).



Don't overthink efficiency. 75%-85% is fine.

Stoves with 90%+ efficiency may not work so well on shorter chimneys.


Height: 460mm
Height with log store: 618mm
Width: 300mm
Depth: 270mm
Front of pipe to rear of stove: 170mm

Which fitting pack for my liner? Advice here


Viewing area (from outside stove looking in).

Width: 15cm
Height: 18cm


Flue size

4" (125mm) collar top or rear.

Can be installed with a 5" or 6" chimney/chimney liner (if purchasing the non-DEFRA version then must be 6").

NOTE: This stove requires a 4" to 5" vitreous adaptor to enable the stove to be connected to 5" vitreous pipe. If rest of flue is to be 6" another adaptor from 5" to 6" will be required (adaptor type depends whether attaching to a liner or clip-together chimney system).

External air YES

Yes, the Hobbit stove can be fitted with an external air kit. Usually this option is not relevant unless an air vent is required and the property owners are aiming for an airtight space.

Air vent advice here

Body and door

Cast-iron stove (5-year body guarantee) with cast-iron door.

What to buy steel or cast-iron? Do not overthink. Steel heats fast. Cast-iron takes a little longer but retains heat longer as fire dies.


This stove can, if sited outside of a fireplace recess, be sited on a 12mm thick hearth.

If in a fireplace recess, a full 125mm thickness constructional hearth is required. This will usually be in place as part of the recess design.

Hearth regulation advice here

Air gaps

Distance to combustibles SIDE: 400mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 400mm
Distance to combustibles REAR WITH HEATSHIELD: ?mm

To non-combustibles there are no hard rules but, around the stove, a 50mm minimum air gap is recommended to brick/stone. This to be increased to 100mm for rendered or boarded surfaces. Prior to purchasing any stove download the installation manual to check that manufacturers do not have any additional requirements.

Distances & heat shield advice

Technical info pages  and manual (distance to combustible materials and non-combustible materials on page 84/85 of Installation manual).

Julian's thoughts

Top seller. Great little stove and never any quality problems. Very well crated for the journey. Fall in love with a hot little Hobbit.

Other small stoves: Saltfire Peanut 3, Ekol Applepie

Internal firebox

Width: 220mm
Depth: 220mm
Useable height: 200mm

Capacity: 9,680cm3

Max. output: 3.39kW

  • Gift/Discount
  • Delivery promise (14 days to report any damage)
  • Exceptional six-months guarantee (even if stove used)
  • Price match
Buying online is a little disconcerting for some. What if I get a lemon? What if I'm happy when I unwrap it?
If your stove's retail price is under £1300: Should you not be happy with your stove for any reason, within the first three months from purchase, we will arrange to have the stove collected from your premises (we pay first £48 delivery collection cost, covers most UK postcodes, you pay additional in rare situation cost rises above £48 for any reason). Stove installed and has been used? No worry. We will pay you up to £100 to have it removed by a Hetas registered installer.
As soon as the stove is back with us we will provide a FULL REFUND of the cost of the stove. We will even post you a pallet and straps as required (you will need to prepare it ready for our driver). This exceptional guarantee lasts for a full three months from date of delivery EVEN IF THE STOVE IS USED as long as normal wear and tear.
Between three and six months, we offer exactly the same but without the £100 stove-removal offer.
On this, you have my word.


Julian Patrick
Managing Director Stove Fitter's Warehouse and Author of The Stove Fitter's Manual


*The "exceptional money-back guarantee" applies only to black stoves or stoves that have a retail value inc. VAT of £1,300 or less. INSET OR CASSETTE STOVES ARE NOT INCLUDED. STOVES NOT ADVERTISED ON are NOT INCLUDED.

We will happily strive to match any price you may have from any other supplier.

Offered an "ex-display" or "shop soiled"? We will strive to offer you a new stove for the same price.

Gobbledygook (jargon used on this page)

Boarded surface: Fireproof board (usually 10-20mm thick) for lining fireplace recesses or sealing off bottom of chimney. Available builder's merchants or specialist stove stores. Example is Hardiebacker see here:
Lining a fireplace:

Capacity: A Stovefitter's figure, in cm2, as to the useable inside area of the stove with regard to fuel load.

Chimney liner: A stainless steel tube, slides down a brick/stone chimney to provide a smooth and safe route for smoke.
See also "Fitting Pack". If no chimney then see here:

Chimney plate: Seals off bottom of chimney above stove. If fitting a chimney liner will be made of metal or fireproof board (see boarded surface).

Collar: The place on the stove where the first section of chimney pipe inserts.

Cowl: Sits on top of chimney pot and stops rain/birds getting into chimney.

DEFRA: Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (UK).

Firebox: The inside of the stove where the fuel sits. The bigger this is the more fuel and therefore the more heat.

Fitting pack: Purchased with stove and chimney liner (stove+liner+fitting pack and off you go!). Includes all you need from stove to cowl and we can choose the correct pack for you depending on your liner and stove. Fitting Pack does not include chimney plate or CO detector - these items can be purchased separately or are often available as a free gift with our stoves. Use our SEARCH button, top right of website to search for "fitting pack" for more detailed info. See infographic here:

Flue: If a polo mint is the chimney, the flue is the hole.

Hearth: The area underneath the stove.

Internal firebox: See also "Firebox".

kW: Kilowatts per hour. See also "Firebox".

Liner: See Chimney liner.

Log store: An area under a stove for storage of logs. May be a separate part (can be retrofitted) or may be part of the actual stove design (cannot be retrofitted).

Max. output: Stovefitter's deduction of maximum output using a reasonably full fuel load.

Multi-fuel: Can burn wood, smokeless fuel or coal.

Nominal: "about" or "approx."

Renewable energy: is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat

Smoke Control Area: A smoke control area is a legally defined area where only approved solid fuels or exempted appliances (eg wood burning stoves) can be used within buildings. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 if you break the law.

Useable height: A Stovefitter's term that helps determine how much fuel can be stacked in a stove - equal to 15cm above the point at which fuel can fall out of the firebox when the stove door is opened. Any higher than this and opening the door increases chance of fuel falling onto hearth.

Wood burning stove: Can burn only wood. Some stoves can be retrofitted with a multifuel-kit (usually just a grate that is fitted into the bottom of the stove, a five-minute task).

See also our FAQ and Easy-Guides here