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.
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.
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.
A premium Scandinavian brand of stoves, using quality cast iron, Dovre make an extensive range of stoves and inset fireplaces in traditional and contemporary designs.
Primarily woodburning and solid fuel appliances are supplemented with a range of gas and electric stoves to ensure there is a Dovre product for every home. Distributed in the UK through Stovax, availability of most models is good, and technical backup is impressive.
A stove thermometer is an energy meter for your stove that is placed at about eye level on your flue pipe.
Stove thermometers are designed to offer a guide as to the temperature that your stove is burning at.
If your stove is not hot enough, then you risk increased creosote and tar build up which ultimately can lead to chimney fires, or condensation running down the inside of the flu. If your stove is burning too hot, then you are using more fuel than you need to be which can cause damaged grates and fire bars or even cracking of a cast iron stove.
The rules of thumb for stove temperatures are as follows:
Soot and creosoting occurs at:
50 – 230 F
10 – 110 C
Low temperature burning causing creosote, smoke and soot (open draft controls and/or add fuel)
For Optimum Performance burn at:
230 – 475 F
110 – 245 C
Risk overheating at:
475 – 900 F
245 – 480 C
Overheating (Reduce draught asap to avoid damage to your stove)
The thermometer measures the surface temperature of your flue pipe. On dark flue pipes, readings are accurate to + or – 5% of the full scale. For stainless steel or galvanised flue pipe, add 15% to the readings due to the lower emissivity of light coloured surfaces. Creosote build up inside the pipe has little effect on surface temperature readings. The surface temperature is normally 40% to 50% less than the flue gas temperature at the centre of the pipe.
We stock a wide range of log baskets and carriers to help you store your fuel in a practical and attractive style. Whether you’re looking for a small basket to keep by the fireside or some where to store half a tree we have something for you!
We stock a huge range of accessories to cover all your fireside needs. From installation through to storing logs & keeping your stove in tip top condition we have everything you need.
If you’re looking for a contemporary alternative to a log basket check out our gorgeous fireside log holders, perfect for modern living rooms.
A multifuel stove is very similar to a wood-burning stove in appearance and design. Multifuel refers to the capability of the stove to burn wood and also coal, also sometimes wood pellets, or peat. Stoves that have a grate for the fire to burn on and a removable ash pan are generally considered multi fuel stoves.
Many of our stoves come in multi-fuel or wood burning varieties – in both contemporary or traditional styles. We have a huge range of stoves of all shapes and sizes in our Colney Heath showroom close to St Albans, many of which you can see alight to get a real idea of how the stove would look in your home.
Stovax Stockton 5
Stovax Riva plus midi
Stovax Huntingdon 30
Stovax Riva freestanding 66
Multifuel stoves are our most popular products and all of us have them in our homes. If you take care only to burn seasoned wood and look after your stove it will last many winters and become the heart of your home.