About the Little Honey – Started in a housetruck
It all started 25 years ago, after nearly freezing my family to death in our first housetruck trip down the South Island in the winter. I came home and stuck my head inside the log burner in our house, to see how it worked, picked the brains of a friend who rebuilt wood burners for a living and went to work.
What housetruckers needed was a small wood stove that wasn’t big or heavy, one you could cook on and control the heat, see inside with glass in the door, was safe to use in a confined space (ash or coal catcher and heat shields), could be shut down quickly when it was time to ‘move on’, and would burn ‘OVER NIGHT’. The Little Honey does the lot!
Recent Customer Feedback (Via TradeMe.co.nz Sales)
Frequently Asked Questions
(Click on the FAQ titles below to see the answers)
Do you have Little Honey Woodburners in stock? (Not right now!)
We’re at full order capacity until October 2019!
Not usually. Over the spring and summer, I will have most models available, but they disappear very quickly in the autumn. If you know you will need one for the winter let me know well in advance, say in February or March, to avoid possible disappointment (and to make life a little easier for me!). Payment is not required until just before shipping.
Can a Little Honey be installed in a permanent dwelling?
They are most frequently used in motor homes, house trucks, buses, camper vans, boats and the latest trend is to use them as a small wood stove in a ‘Tiny House’.
As an ‘untested fire’ the Little Honey is intended only to be installed in movable accommodation where a permit is NOT required and they do not have to be ‘clean air’ approved. Correct installation and safe operation is the buyer’s responsibility.
What are the recommended clearances for installation?
Can you fit a wetback to a Little Honey Woodburner?
A water jacket around the flue is an option that should not adversely affect the operation of the fire. I have a contact who can supply one.
Can you burn drift wood?
How much do they weigh?
How thick is the steel?
Where can I get the flue (chimney)?
Due to shipping constraints, we no longer supply the flue and recommend that you go to your local plumbing supply store or wholesaler. To see what is available go to: www.sfp.co.nz and look under ‘solid fuel’. You can also find a link to a retailer there. The Little Honeys take the standard 100mm flue.
Does it burn coal?
Do you do installations?
What are the freight/shipping costs?
We don’t currently ship overseas, but we may be able to work something out if you get in touch with us. See Contact Details here.
Does the Little Honey have fire bricks?
The steel fins, that the heat shields are bolted to, are to strengthen the sides and conduct heat away from them. If it proved to be a problem I would weld extra fins on before I ‘reduced’ the size of an already small combustion chamber with bricks.
Will a wood burner deplete the oxygen level in my motor home or ‘tiny house’?
In actual fact, a woodburner ensures the circulation of air in a building, something that is needed for lowering condensation and ensuring fresh air for respiration, particularly at night.
The only time there could be any problem is if the airflow is somehow reversed and smoke comes out the air vent as fresh air is sucked into the woodburner through the flue. This can sometimes happen in windy weather, when the air pressure outside can fluctuate momentarily, causing a puff of smoke to come out the air vent, or if the door of the motorhome is opened ‘out’ suddenly, or an expelair over the stove or in the bathroom may lower the air pressure enough to neutralise or reverse the air flow in the flue.
To compensate for this, ensure the flue is at least 1.5 mtrs long. Make sure there is somewhere for air to enter your motor home etc. to at least match the flow of air up the flue or through your expelair. (In the floor, not exposed directly to the wind, is better than a roof vent or an open window where your warm air can just ‘escape’).
Remember to clean your flue occasionally.
AND you already have a smoke alarm fitted, haven’t you!!!
Can I get new handles or knobs if I need them?
Can I get the glass replaced?