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Top 6 small wood burning stoves for your cabin, shed, tent or boat

Why might you need a small logburner?

Smaller wood stoves, with a small fire box, are ideal for the smaller room or fireplace. Fit a large stove in a small space and you will soon find yourself sitting alone in your underwear (it can be surprising to customers how much output wood burner stoves can emit).

Tiny rooms and snugs are perfect candidates for the smaller steel or cast iron stove. What can be more relaxing than being warm and cosy on a winter's evening?

Glamping is the latest camping trend and stoves can often be an excellent method of heating this smaller space. Chimneys pass through canvas via safe "flashings".

Home offices are springing up in gardens around the UK and many will have small logburners. Imagine having your working day improved by the ambience of a real fire.

Sheds, long recognised as man's getaway cave, are perfect recipients for a lovely and renewable heating experience. Of course, men and women love sheds: for writers, potters, snoozers, hobbyists, DIY'ers and more.

Vans, caravans and boats have been warmed with smaller wood burning appliances since they were invented many moons ago and the small stove is a perfect fit.

How much warmth will I get from a small wood stove?

The simple answer is: the more fuel you are burning at any one time the higher the output of hot air. So the bigger the inside of the stove, the more the heat output it has. Wood burning can throw out a lot of heat and all of the stoves mentioned in this article will happily service a room of 50-60 cubic metres of air (e.g. 5m x 5m x 2.3m).

The most common size of wood stove in the UK has an output of 5-8kW, as this is the perfect size for the average British lounge and fireplace. Small stoves will be 4kW-5kW and will have less width and depth to ensure only a certain amount of fuel can be burned at any one time. Dimensions (width, depth, height) can be found on each of the product pages.

It is worth mentioning that a dry, well-seasoned log, ideally from an approved source, emit far more heat than damp or unseasoned logs.

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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.

All of the above stoves are DEFRA approvedwith 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.

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Can I burn anything else on a wood stove?

All of the wood burning stoves mentioned in this article can burn wood, coal or smokeless fuel (they are all multi fuel) If you are burning wood, to get the maximum efficiency from your log burner, please ensure the wood is dry and seasoned.

Please do not be tempted to burn wood and coal at the same time. Logs can emit moisture which mixes with the sulphur from coal. The two combined create Sulphuric acid which will damage the stove, components and chimney liner/twin wall flue.

Are small stoves safe to install in wooden buildings or canvas tents?

Yes, if installed correctly. Small wood burning appliances do though have a surprisingly good heat output. A chimney is created from "clip together" insulated flue pipe (often called twin wall pipe). Insulated flue pipe can be as close to combustible materials as 5cm (maybe 7cm if boxed in or passing through a cavity). You will have to also be aware of the stove's requirements as this will require a hearth (to protect the floor underneath) and will have to be a certain distance from combustible materials. Please read our articles on hearths and on distance to combustibles and shields.

Can I get these stoves from Stovefitter's Warehouse?

Yes. We keep these stoves in stock and offer free delivery. Please call us if you require further information on any of our products.

Also, check out our short chimney kit designed especially for small buildings

Chimney flue kit for sheds and shacks (click an image)

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Article by Julian Patrick, author of The Stovefitter's Manual. Wood burning stove installer (including solid fuel heating systems). Laid down tools in 2013 to write The Stove Fitter's Manual and open a small shop in North Wales (the Wood Stove Hut). Launched Stovefitter's Warehouse soon after due to fast growth of sales. Own stove is a DG Ivar 5.