This weeks feature stove is the hugely popular Salamander Hobbit. This British built cast iron stove is small and compact, ideal for the boating and caravan community. However, the Salamander Hobbit’s cute and compact traditional looks have also won it a place in many homes.
The Hobbit is compact in size with a nominal heat output of 4kW and a 74.7% efficiency rating. Its size makes the Hobbit ideal when space is at a premium or when a full dig out is not practical or desirable. A multi-fuel stove as standard, the Hobbit comes complete with a riddling gate and ash pan. Options include a stove stand, back boiler, decorative gallery rail, alternative colours, and brass or chrome fittings.
Salamander are a family run business from Devon and the Hobbit is by far their most popular product. Great thought and care has gone into the design of the Salamander Hobbit and unboxing the stove is an event in itself. All the little touches you expect from a family run business are present.
If the Hobbit has one slight weakness it lies in its distance to combustible clearances of 400mm to the side and 450mm to the rear. While not terrible, these could prove restrictive in the tight settings and will often necessitate heat shielding in a caravan or boat installation. The Salamander Hobbit produces a hearth temperature of 66.4°C on full fire and is suitable for use with a 12mm hearth. The slightly more expensive (£50) Salamander Hobbit SE is DEFRA exempt for use in Smoke Control Areas.
A lack of trade discount is an inevitable consequence of production by a low volume family business. Accordingly, we can only supply the Salamander Hobbit for the recommended retail price. However, the Hobbit is priced competitively and shouldn’t blow the project budget.
Best Suited For: Households where space for the stove is limited or a full dig out of the original fireplace is not desirable or possible.
Our Price: £475
We recently installed a Salamander Hobbit in one of Aberdeen’s oldest properties on the High Street. By avoiding a dig-out of the fireplace, the client saved considerably on labour costs and the materials to frame out an inglenook.