The new ApplePie small wood burning stove range looks amazing on any hearth. This exciting new range is multi fuel, modular, with optional side shelves, oven and log store. The standard ApplePie design even includes a pizza cooker. This appliance has a 4" outlet. Price is a little more than other models but worth every penny in our experience. Generally good stock levels.
The cast iron and contemporary Saltfire Peanut 3 range is a lovely recent addition to the world of small stoves. 4" outlet as standard. Mid price and in stock as a rule.
Other wood burning stove ranges from Salamander, Ekol and Saltfire complete the small stove design lineup with all having both steel and cast iron stoves to offer.
The Hobbit, by Salamander Stoves, again with a 4" outlet, is only available in cast iron and this small stove design has been around for over a decade. It was made famous by an appearance on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces in 2015. The result was a national Hobbit shortage. The Hobbit is an exceptionally well made cast iron stove for the price and, as most of our stoves, we strive to keep a healthy level of stock.
Some of the above stoves are DEFRA approved with 4" or 5" flue and all are designed to work best with a small log.
If you are in a smoke control area you will need to ensure that your stove is DEFRA approved. Stoves of 5kW or less do not usually require an air vent and, if DEFRA approved, can go on a 5" flue system.
Cast or steel? To be honest it really does not matter so much. Cast iron take a little longer to heat up but hold the heat longer at the end of a burning cycle.