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Hamlet Solution 5 SC S3 Wood Burning Stove

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About the Hamlet 5 SC

Brand new for winter 2018 this is the very latest version of the UK-manufactured (Devon) and very popular Hamlet Solution 5 SC S3 with full SIA Ecodesign credentials and DEFRA-approved to burn wood in a smoke control area. The stove is wood burning as standard although a multifuel kit is available.

An excellent ten-year guarantee on the stove body provides reassurance.

Output & fuel

Wood only (multifuel with kit).
Nominal 5kW.
Max. 6.65kW

This stove will run happily at 2-6.65kW depending on fuel load.

This stove can burn wood without any modification. Add a multifuel-kit to burn wood or smokeless fuel/coal (easy 5-minute fit).

What size stove to choose? Advice here

Eco credentials

This stove meets and exceeds the new 2022 Ecodesign regulations.

This stove is approved by DEFRA to burn wood in a Smoke Control Area.



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

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


Height: 585mm
Height with log store: no log store available this model
Width: 457mm
Depth: 375mm
Front of pipe to rear of stove: 150mm

Which fitting pack for my liner? Advice here


Viewing area (from outside stove looking in).

Width: 28cm
Height: 26cm


Flue size

5" (125mm) collar top or rear
Can be installed with a 5" or 6" chimney liner.


External air YES

Yes, this 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

Steel 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: 550mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 700mm
Distance to combustibles REAR WITH HEATSHIELD: 350mm

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

Really works beautifully (we tested this stove at length). Is similar to the Peanut 5 in that logs are very easy to re-ignite as long as just a few red embers left. Great that a rear heat shield is available to buy if required.

Internal firebox

Width: 375mm
Depth: 220mm
Useable height: 230mm

Capacity: 18,975cm3

Max. output: 6.65kW

  • 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


Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Like the stove not so much the rest

Two stars for the air kit. My reason for purchasing the air kit was to minimise leakage in an airtight house thus frustrating that the kit is so poorly sealed that the gaps are equivalent to having a ventilation opening large enough for an 8Kw stove – open all the time – considerably worse than would be the case without it. However with a modicum of sheet metal work and application of high temperature sealant it is possible to actually room seal the stove, this no doubt invalidates the warranty but no great loss since there are so many “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” in the warranty that I reckon it would cost more to meet the conditions to be able to claim than it would cost to replace the stove. Since the extra work required was minimal, why do so few stove manufacturers do external air supply properly ? – Can’t help but feel they treat it as a marketing “feature” rather than something they are serious about.

Three stars for web site/ service. The stove’s information has the top flue outlet position wrong (which could have had me sending the stove back as it’s a tight installation).The air kit was not stocked so delivery delayed and the only response to my request for information on the size and position of the external air vent so I could order ducting whilst waiting was a suggestion to buy an extra add-on which was overly expensive – at least in part because it included parts not needed for this stove.

Hamlet Solution 5 Wood Burner Order #10211

We had enjoyed an open fire on cold nights for years.

This year, we invested in a Hamlet solution 5 SC S3 wood burning stove and have not looked back.

Stovefitters provided a first-class service, competitive on price, offering advice, answering all our queries promptly and delivering on time.

The wood burner is so much more efficient than an open fire and, with two stove fans standing on top, heat is circulated to most of the house, allowing the central heating to be turned down or off.

The Hamlet provides a large window to view the fire and no smoke is blown into the room on windy nights!