Reasons to buy the Hamlet Solution 5 kW Multi Fuel Stove

The Hamlet Solution 5 kW is one of our most popular stoves at the moment. Here are some reasons why you might consider it as your new wood-burning stove.

Designed, built and tested in the UK
The Hamlet Solution is a British-designed, British-made and British-tested stove. If you value the quality of UK engineering and design, this is a great appliance for you.

Good brand
The Hamlet name might not be so familiar to you, but you have perhaps heard of Aarrow, Stratford or Villager stoves. All four stove collections are made by Devon-based stove manufacturer Arada Stoves, so you can expect the same level of quality and care in Hamlet stoves as in their other ranges.

Stylish contemporary design
The Hamlet Solution boasts a stunning contemporary look. The steel body is cast into a gently curved, modern and minimalist design.

Reasonable price tag
You would normally expect to pay a premium for a high quality, well designed, British-made product. While the Hamlet Solution is not the cheapest stove on the market, it is by no means the most expensive. At the time of writing, it is available for a very reasonable £459.

Pre-heated airwash
A pre-heated secondary air supply improves the efficiency of the appliance while also helping to keep the glass clean. The result is that you save money that would have been spent on fuel and time that would have been spent on cleaning your stove.

10-year guarantee
That high quality steel body we mentioned is covered by a 10-year guarantee, which gives some indication as to the care that has gone into the design and build of the appliance.

Large viewing pane
That lovely large pane of glass gives glorious views of the flames dancing inside the firebox when the Solution is in use.

5 kW not the right heat output for your room? Fear not, because the Solution is also available in a range of other size. You can choose the 4.5 kW, 7 kW, 9 kW or 11kW version. Or if you don’t want to open up your fireplace, select the 5kW inset or 7 kW inset model. Perhaps you want a stove that can also heat your water and radiators. Once again the Solution range has the answer in the form of 12 kW and 16 kW boiler stoves, plus 9 kW and 12 kW inset boiler stoves.

Click here for a closer look at the Hamlet Solution 5 kW.

Photos of festive Christmas fireplaces

A nice fireplace is a great feature in the home at any time of year, but it really comes into its own at Christmas. The fireplace becomes a real focal point over the festive period: it’s where Santa Claus arrives to deliver our presents, it is often a key part of our decorations and, of course, we value its warmth during the cold weather and during our days spent relaxing in the comfort of our own home.

At, we’re lucky to have customers who are just as passionate about their fireplaces as we are. Over the year, many of them have shared photos of their festive fireplaces with us so that we can see how they’ve the Christmas spirit to their hearth and mantel.

Here is a collection of those images, which we will add to over time. If you would like to share a photo of your festive fireplace with us, the easiest way is to publish your picture to the Gr8Fires Facebook page or Twitter account. In the meantime, enjoy these festive Christmas fireplaces.

From Angela Fulton-Naylor

From Ben Morgan

From Cheryl Green

From Cheryl Rigby

From Clare Tufton

From Donald Allonby

From Donna Jordan

From Geoff Wizz

From Gill Donkin

From Heather Sneddon-Lindsey

From James Carthy

From Janet Lamb-Grindrod

From John Clarke

From John Nowell-Fenna

From Josie O’Donnell

From Julian Sherry

From Kev Overan

From Kim Robinson

From Kim Robinson

From Lynsey McAuley

From Margaret Kennedy-Hamilton

From Micky Finn

From Pam Stevenson

From Pamela Martin

From Patrick Mountford

From Sue Walker

From Toby Didier’serre

Cleaning and tidying your stove and fireplace for Christmas

Yes, Christmas ought to be about goodwill to all, but sometimes it is also about making sure your home doesn’t look like a disaster zone when friends and family visit.

In this article we will be making sure your wood-burning stove doesn’t let the side down. Follow these tips to ensure your fireplace is in tip-top condition, even when that snooty neighbour unexpectedly calls to deliver a card and raid your mince pies.

Get a decent companion set

Over the festive period in particular, you want cleaning your stove and fireplace to be as quick and hassle-free as possible. That’s where a good companion set comes in handy. You’ll be able to clean and remove ashes from the stove and hearth more easily, as well as getting more control over the placement of your fuel to avoid it unnecessarily marking the glass. Click here to take a look at some companion sets.

Invest in stove glass cleaner

Most of the stoves we sell have airwash systems to keep the glass clean, but some blackening is inevitable. You’re burning fuel within inches of the glass so it is bound to get cloudy and look a bit grubby. Get the sparkle back with a quick spray of stove glass cleaner. At Christmas more so than any other time, the time-saving potential of the spray bottle makes it really useful to have in your home. Click here to see stove glass cleaner.

Keep little ones safe with a fire screen

The last you need over the Christmas period is a trip to A&E. Keep little visitors to your home safe by adding this fire screen to your woodburner. Your room will still benefit from the warmth provided by the stove, but the hot metal surfaces will be further away from inquisitive hands. Click here to see the fire screen.

Very small wood burners: find a tiny stove for your home

One of the most popular niche wood-burning stove markets is that for very small wood burners. A stove that is too big for the room in which it is situated can be overpowering, so it is important that if the woodburner is being installed in a small space you install a suitably small stove.

Most stove manufacturers start their ranges at around the 4kW heat output mark, so that’s the sort of size you will need to consider.

Whether it is a snug room in your home, a shed, small cabin or boat in which you are installing the appliance, in this article you will find the perfect stove. Without further ado, let’s explore some very small wood burners.

Our picks of the best very small wood burners

Mazona Signet 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove


The Mazona Rocky is one of our most popular stoves. The Signet is its smaller stablemate, which is specifically designed for those who are looking for a very small wood burner. It has the same sturdy cast iron build, timeless design and efficient burn, but with a 4kW heat output. Have a closer look.

GBS Mariner 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

If you’re looking for a very small contemporary stove, the GBS Mariner 4kW is a great option. As the marine-themed name suggests, this was designed with the boating market in mind. But it has proved equally popular on dry land among those looking for a small stove in a modern design. Have a closer look.

Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 4 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Another great modern woodburner with a manageable heat output. This is made in the UK by Devon-based Arada Stoves and sold under its Aarrow brand of stoves. The Ecoburn Plus offers outstanding efficiency and a large glass window for stunning views of the flames inside. Have a closer look.

Aarrow Acorn View 4 kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

A second successive Aarrow stove. Like the Ecoburn Plus, the Acorn View is made in the UK, boasts a stylish contemporary design and is very efficient. It is smaller in height and width, so might be a better option if dimensions are a consideration in your search for a very small wood burner. Have a closer look.

Dimplex Westcott Inset Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove

Are you looking for a very small stove that will be easy to install into an existing fireplace? If so, the Dimplex Westcott inset stove is a great choice. It comes in a timeless design and a cast iron body that is designed to slot into a standard fireplace opening. Have a closer look.

Stratford 7HE Ecoboiler Wood Burning Multi Fuel Boiler Stove

Do you need your small stove to heat your water or radiators as well as the room? The Stratford 7HE incorporates a back boiler that can be plumbed into your central heating.