Woodburner on The X Factor at Nick Grimshaw’s Judges’ House

A wood-burning stove stole the show on The X Factor at the weekend.

It was the Judges’ Houses episode of the talent show, where contestants visit the home of one of the panel of judges for a residential stay and, ultimately, a sing-off to decide who stays in the competition.

The contestants being overseen by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw were treated to a very pleasant time in front of the wood-burning stove.

Our understanding is that it wasn’t actually a property owned by Grimshaw but a resort in the Cotswolds. Nonetheless, it is unlikely any of the participants were complaining.

The hopefuls all delivered their renditions in front of Grimshaw, producer Mark Ronson and the woodburner to decide who would go through to the live shows.

We’d love to see the stove progress, but that’s probably unlikely!

You can see footage of the stove in the videos above and below.

What is the smallest wood-burning stove?


There are two main reasons why you would want a small woodburner (and, unsurprisingly, they both relate to room size).

The first reason is that, because the room is small, you want the smallest wood-burning stove possible in order to ensure that the heat generated does not become overpowering.

The second reason is that, again because the room is small, you want to minimise the floorspace taken up by your woodburner.

As you may have realised, that creates two separate types of ‘smallest wood-burning stove’: the one that is smallest by heat output and the one that is smallest by physical size.

Smallest wood-burning stove by heat output

Generally, the smallest wood-burning stove by heat output will be 4kW. Most stove manufacturers start their range at this level. You might find the occasional company talking about a 3.8kW or 3.7kW heat output, but these are usually still classed within the 4kW bracket.

A selection of the smallest woodburners by output include:

Mazona Signet 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
The Mazona Signet is not only one of smallest wood-burning stoves, it is also one of our most popular appliances. It is constructed from a sturdy cast iron body, which is guaranteed for five years. It also boasts airwash, a riddling grate and a timeless design. Find out more.

Dimplex Westcott Inset Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
Dimplex Westcott
Another example of a 4kW stove is Dimplex Westcott Inset. Although it the tallest and widest of our smallest wood-burning stoves, as an inset stove (which means it can be installed within an existing fireplace opening) it might take up less floorspace.
Find out more.

Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 4 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
Not particular small in stature in comparison to other appliances in this article, but another that comes in within that entry level heat output bracket of 4kW. Its clean lines and chic design make it ideal for a modern home. Find out more.

Smallest wood-burning stove by size

So, we established that the dimensions of a stove might be a factor in choosing the right one. Within that framework, you might selection the smallest woodburner by height.

Among the shortest wood-burning stoves are:

GBS Mariner 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
GBS Mariner
A lovely, contemporary woodburner made from steel, the GBS Mariner 4kW is also among the tallest. Standing at just 458mm, it is the shortest freestanding woodburner we currently stock. Find out more.

Aarrow i400S 4kW Small Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove Black
The shortest wood-burning stove we stock is the Aarrow i400s 4kW, which is just 450mm tall. It is an inset cassette stove, which is a great option for saving floorspace.

Aarrow Acorn View 4 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
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Another stove from the popular Aarrow range, the Acorn View 4kW is another dinky freestanding woodburner. It is just 465mm tall, but that minimal (in every sense) steel body is beautifully formed. Find out more.

Of course, you might be judging the smallest wood-burning stove by width. In that case, the GBS Mariner 4kW and the Aarrow Acorn View 4 kW (both featured above) are great options at 330mm wide.


If neither of those dimensions are of interest, you must be looking for the smallest wood-burning stove by depth.

In that case, the clear winner at a depth of just 260mm is the Mazona Signet 4kW (featured above).

Honourable mentions go to the GBS Mariner 4kW at 324mm (also featured above) and:

Firebelly T1 Black 4 kW Wood Burning Stove
The Firebelly is a sleek, modern stove, which includes some nice contemporary design features. It is 318mm deep. Find out more.

Cassette Stoves: 5 of the best options


The term cassette stoves is often used as a synonym for inset stoves. But sometimes a subtle distinction can be drawn between cassette stoves and inset stoves.

Cassette stoves tend to be stoves that can be installed at various heights on a wall, usually within a closed hearth environment. They often – but not always – sit more flush to the wall than other inset stoves.

By contrast, some inset stoves are only suited to being inserted into a standard fireplace opening and sitting directly onto the hearth.

If you’re struggling to visualise what that means, you should have a better idea once you’ve looked at this fine array of cassette stoves.

1. Aarrow i400 6kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove Black


The i400 6kW is one of several sleek cassette stoves in the Aarrow range. Its clean, modern design is further enhanced by an airwash system to keep the glass clean, easy-to-use controls and a heat convection system. Find out more.

2. Thorma Alicante Black Wood Burning Stove

The Alicante is a stylish, contemporary cassette stove by Slovakian manufacturer Thorma. It boasts an impressive 12kW heat output and a design that’s suited to a modern home.

3. Aarrow i750 8.9 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove Black

Another appliance from the Aarrow iSeries, the i750 includes all of the features mentioned in regard to the i400. The landscape design and 8.9kW make this stove better suited to larger spaces. Find out more.

4. Invicta Panoramique 800 15kW Wood Burning Stove
As its name suggests, the Invicta Panoramique 800 prides itself on giving you a sizeable widescreen view of your fire. The size of the glass is matched by an impressive 15kW heat output. Find out more.

5. Aarrow i600 7.5kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove Black

A final Aarrow iSeries cassette stove to round off this list. The i600 is, as you might have guessed from the numbering somewhere between the i400 and i750 in terms of size. It is not as wide as the i750, giving a nearly square appearance to his appliance. Find out more.

Click here to see more cassette stoves.

Best-selling woodburners – September 2015

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In the world of wood-burning stoves when something is hot, it’s really hot. With that in mind, we’re rounded up the best-selling wood-burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves of September 2015 to give you an indication of which stoves are proving popular at the moment.

So, without further ado, here are the best-selling woodburners of September 2015.

1. Mazona Rocky 6 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Mazona Rocky Cheap Wood-Burning Stove
The Mazona Rocky is always there or thereabouts whenever we compile lists of our best-selling wood-burning stoves, and it came out on top last month. Its popularity is predominantly down to the fact that this is a traditional stove with a five-year guarantee on its sturdy cast iron body, and because it generates on impressive 6kW in relation to its very reasonable £201 price tag. Have a closer look.

2. Evergreen ST0406GS Poplar 8 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Evergreen Poplar
In a very respectable second-place in our rundown of the best-selling stoves of September 2015 is the Evergreen Poplar. In many ways, its selling points are similar to the Mazona Rocky. This is a classic woodburner, featuring a timeless design and a high quality cast iron body. With an 8kW, you get a bit more ‘oomph’ than with the Rocky – and all for just £255. Have a closer look.

3. Mazona Signet 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

The Mazona Signet is the little sister of this month’s best-selling woodburner the Mazona Rocky. It’s favoured by those with a smaller space to heat – perhaps a cosy living room, den, boat or caravan – where the Signet’s 4kW heat output is preferable. Have a closer look.

4. Mazona Olympus 8 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Mazona Olympus Bargain Multi-Fuel Stove
Moving in the opposite direction from the Signet, the Olympus is the 8kW offering in the Mazona range, which makes it slightly bigger than the Rocky. Again, it features a classic wood-burning stove design and that rugged cast iron stove body (supported by a five-year guarantee). Have a closer look.

5. GBS Mariner 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

GBS Mariner
A little nod to modernity at the end of our list of September’s best-selling woodburners. Whereas the other four bestsellers have been quite traditional, the GBS Mariner offers a sleek, contemporary design. The stove body is made from steel. With a heat output of 4kW, it serves a similar requirement to the Mazona Signet. Have a closer look.

All prices correct at time of writing.

Win a Woodburner Competition: Winner Announcement

Mazona Rocky Cheap Wood-Burning Stove

Thanks to the many of you who took the opportunity to enter our competition to win a Mazona Rocky Multi-Fuel Stove last month.

The competition closed as 11.59pm on September 30, 2015, and we have now selected a winner at random.

And the winner is…


Congratulations, Cathy. We’ll send you an email shortly to arrange delivery of your new wood-burning stove.

To all the other entrants, thanks for taking part and better luck next time.