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Hwam Stove Smart Control App

Hwam Smart Control

Hwam have a range of stoves that are designed for you to use from your phone or tablet, so you can control the temperature in the room from the comfort of your sofa.  It’s not just a gadget (but let’s face it, it is a pretty good gadget too).

HWAM’s SmartControl™ electronic air regulation gives you a sublime level of comfort and goes easy on the environment and on your pocket. But it’s not just that – at the price of a wood-burning stove, you also get an engineer a personal firing aid right in the middle of your living room!

Hwam Smart Control
Hwam Smart Control stove at our showroom in Colney Heath

The “HWAM® SmartControl™” app allows you to easily set up your desired room temperature on a mobile telephone or tablet – and the app even reminds you when it’s time to fill up with firewood again. The only thing you have to do yourself is light the fire and close the door.

The system will take care of the rest for you, so you can relax, kick back and relish the flames and the cosy heat.

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Visit the Hwam site to find out more about the clever technology behind the app.

There’s a  Smart Control stove on display in our showroom in Colney Heath, pop in to see it for yourself!




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.


A premium Scandinavian brand of stoves, using quality cast iron, Dovre Sense 203 wood burnerDovre 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.


Why use a Stove Thermometer?

A stove thermometer is an energy meter for your stove that is placed at about eye level on your flue pipe.

stove thermometer
stove thermometer

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

Operating Efficiently

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.


Is your stove safe?
Is your stove safe?


Log baskets

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!

Log baskets
Log baskets at our showroom in Colney Heath

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.

contemporary log store