The Salamander Hobbit SE stove, is the Defra Smoke Exempt version of the ever-popular multi fuel Hobbit, and has been designed to fit into spaces where other stoves simply just would not be safe or practical. Importantly, it will still deliver an efficient 4.1kW of heat output with wood logs or approved smokeless mineral fuel ovals, enough for your average urban living room – or your very own amazing space. Certainly since 2009 the tiny Hobbit has been capturing the imagination of those off-griddrs who want to make their garden shed, cabin, shepherds hut, woodland retreat or a hundred other remote spaces their special all-year round warm and cosy hideaway.
So, if this is what you're planning then the Hobbit has an excellent track record for this sort of thing but just make sure you don't ignore the distances to combustible materials, they're there for your safety. Fortunately, unlike many of the small cheap cast iron stoves you'll see on the internet, the Hobbit SE's safe minimum distances have been derived from its rigorous UKCA EN13240 testing in the UK so you'll be able to totally rely on them. Salamander also produce competitively priced specially designed side and rear heat shield panels which reduce the safe distances to combustible materials to an impressive 150mm at the side and just 100mm at the rear. Great news when space is likely to be at a premium in a temporary structure that is probably largely constructed from combustible materials. Salamander have also produced a handy rear flue wedge for rear fitted flues which saves on the space required for swept bend or T-pieces which would normally be needed to be used at the rear. Please notify us if you're also specifying a rear heat shield as this is a bespoke item from Salamander.
The Hobbit SE has recently had its combustion system uprated to include pre-heated tertiary air to ensure much cleaner burning that passes the critical 2022 Ecodesign emissions and minimum efficiency limits. This now means the Hobbit SE has a net efficiency of 79.4% (A) when burning wood and 81.4% (A+) when burning manufactured smokeless coal products. Everything else about the Hobbit's traditional cast iron construction with its separate ash pan compartment remains the same with just one exception: unusually there is now an additional separate control for the Tertiary air. This is located below the firebox, beside the Secondary air / airwash control and these two controls, along with the Primary air flow wheel on the door will provide you with almost-infinite control of the heat output and fuel economy. There's also a 'dust-free' external riddler for smokeless coal burning.
Since the Hobbit SE was originally designed primarily for installations in single story temporary buildings it features a 100mm (4') flue outlet which helps to create the optimal updraught for safe operation with a shorter flue stack. If you are installing the Hobbit SE within a domestic dwelling then the installation must conform to Building Regulations Document J and this will mean adapting the 100mm outlet for use with a 125mm (5") diameter connecting flue pipe and 125mm flexible liner or twin wall system. In Domestic installations the advantage of using the Defra approved Hobbit SE model rather than the basic Hobbit, even if you don't live in a Smoke Control Area, is that you won't have to use the larger 150mm (6") diameter to comply with regulations which you must otherwise do for all non-Defra stoves.
Over the years Salamander have introduced many practical and competitively priced options to increase the safety and enhance the pleasure your Hobbit will give you. These include...
The Hobbit is the original tiny stove and combined with all of these enhancements it's no wonder that it has such a big following of ardent fans which also includes The Stove Yard.
NB A lower priced non-Defra Hobbit model is also available – click here
|Output – Nominal||4.1kW|
|Output Range||Not available|
|Efficiency||Up to 79.4% / A (wood) and 81.4% / A+ (smokeless coal)|
|Fuel||Wood and approved smokeless coal ovals|
|Fuel bed||Multi fuel grate with external riddling, ash pan and as pan compartment|
|Air Controls||Three separate controls for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary|
|Construction||Premium grade all cast iron body and doors|
|Flue Outlet||Top and rear|
|Flue Diameter||100mm / 4"|
|Finish||Traditional Black paintwork (see paint options above)|
|Recommended Log Length||200mm / 8" approx|
|Net Weight||50kg approx|
|Air Vent Required||No air vent required for pre-2008 houses|
|Suitable for 12mm hearth||Yes – subject to Building Regs|
|Direct Air Inlet (DEAS)||Yes, 80mm (3.2") diameter|
|Overall Dimensions mm||H460 W302 D355|
|Distance to Combustibles (mm)||Side 400 Rear 450|
|With Hobbit heat shields||Side 150 Rear 100|
|Options||See above for full list|
|Guarantee||5 Years when registered with Salamander|
Standard Hobbit Instruction Manual