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The Hotpod company was set up by Dan Harding and Lucy Aldridge in 2005 to make and sell the things Dan made as a Blacksmith and for Lucy’s work as a Yoga teacher.

Hotpod is a range of uniquely designed, extremely efficient yet incredibly simple wood burning and multi fuel stoves hand-built in Cornwall, England by artist blacksmith Dan Harding.   We love the quirky design and character of the Hotpod and it takes pride of place in the reception of our showroom in Colney Heath.

Hotpod stove origins

Dan has been making stoves from recycled materials since 1992, originally out of necessity, for heating his VW surf-bus in the winter. The design steadily evolved until in 2001 Dan made the gas bottle stove which all the Hotpods are copies of, for his and Lucy’s first house.

The Limited Edition

In 2005 Hotpod was born as Dan and Lucy got involved in BBC2’s experimental programme “How to pay off your mortgage in 2 years”. It was decided that Dan would make and sell copies of Lucy’s stove and turn it into a business.

The Unlimited

In 2007, after the programme had finished, Dan and Lucy reinvested in the business in partnership with the programme’s presenter, business guru René Carayol, and started working on the Hotpod Unlimited, the cast iron version of the original Hotpods. The Hotpod Unlimited launched in 2009 and in 2011 was tested for full EN13240 Compliance and passed with flying colours and an amazing 81% efficiency. At the same time it was put forward for DEFRA exemption for use in smoke free zones and this was awarded in October 2011.

The Nautipod


in 2012, a good friend of Dan and Lucy had just finished building his Cornish Lugger and was looking for a suitable stove. That search brought him to Hotpod HQ to see if Dan had any ideas. Dan found a piece of 200mm square tube under the bench and it was tried in place in the boat and was a perfect fit. A few weeks later, the original Nautipod was born. Dan realised the potential of the stove for use in spaces for which the Hotpod was too hot. Development was slow but after selling 11 prototypes from word of mouth it was finally ready for the world at the end of 2015.

The Special Edition

Still effectively a prototype, the Special Edition has been in production since 2010 but there have only been 5 built so far and they have all been red. They have not been offered for sale until now as there have been assembly issues with enamel chipping where parts fit together. Dan now has this issue fixed and they are now offered as part of the Hotpod range and can be almost any colour and can even be colour matched from a pantone number.


West fire designs stoves with great care and attention to detail.  Think Scandinavian design and build quality with a lower price tag.

Available to experience first hand in our showroom: The Westfire Uniq 17 SE, Uniq 21, Uniq 23,  Uniq 35 and Westfire One standard Mk II.

Westfire manufactures a range of highly functional wood burning stoves that meet the most stringent requirements for environmentally friendly combustion.  Convection stoves heat the air and spread it evenly throughout the room.

To find out more about Westfire check out their website.

Mendip Stoves

Mendip Stoves

Mendip Stoves are designed as multi fuel appliances, with cast iron grates and heavy duty vermiculite linings to improve combustion.  Tested for ease of use and durability each stove is names after a place in the Mendip hills in Somerset where the company is based.

Mendip stoves have easy to operate air supply controls which ensure efficient combustion and a continuous stream of air over the front glass to keep a clear view of the fire.

The “Woodland” Stove is available to see alight in our showroom in Colney Heath so you can experience the Mendip Stove quality first hand.  The Woodland stove won Best Under 5kW stove in 2016 at the Hearth and Home awards.  Manufactured in the UK we also have a “Mendip 5″ stove in ivory enamel on show.

For more information on Mendip Stoves visit their website.


Stovax are one of the largest and long established stove manufacturers and importers into the UK, with the most extensive collection of products and ranges available.  









Having dealt with them for over 25 years we have a good selection of their products and ranges in our showroom.  From the traditional design of the Huntingdon range to the sleek modern Riva Studio family, they even have options for double sided stoves and boiler models.  

Our showroom aims to have at least one example from each product range offered on display.  In addition to their own branded products, Stovax are the UK sole distributer for Dovre, Nordpeis, Lotus, and Yeoman, and the Gazco brand of gas appliances are also part of the family, giving an unrivalled depth to their market position.

Visit the manufacturers website here.


Looking for a wood stove, gas, electric or multi fuel stove?

Every stove customer has a unique set of requirements, and with our 50 years of experience and expertise we can help you make informed decisions, whether you are looking for a wood stove, gas, electric or multifuel stove. It is our aim to demonstrate as many different types of stove as possible in our showroom, so that our customers can experience them first hand.

The best way to choose a stove is to see it in person – our experts can help you decide which products will suit your requirements, and your home, whether you are looking for a contemporary, minimalist, ornate or traditional model. Call us now to discuss your requirements on 01727 823326 or come in and view our extensive range in our stove showroom.

Wood burning stoves are one of the most environmentally friendly ways of heating your home – we are approved suppliers for top brands such as Nordpeis, Rocal, Barbas, Stovax, Hwam, Scan, Rais, Yeoman, Dovre and Jotul to name a few – we also supply carbon neutral wood fuel and kiln dried logs sourced from sustainable managed British woodland & by products from local sawmills.