A stove or wood burner is the perfect way to heat up your shed, home office, man cave or patio

The Charnwood Aire 3 and pod - a great stove for a man cave with optional heatshieldWood burner manufacturers are now making tailor-made models specifically designed for the places that we like to escape to including Charnwood’s new Aire 3 with pod (pictured opposite on display in our Luton showroom) and Arada’s Ecoburn 4  – both DEFRA approved and 2022 Compliant.

These stoves are not too powerful, but they are incredibly efficient, they warm up quickly, they keep their heat for a long time  and  you can even put a kettle or frying pan on them! Hmmm! Sausages!

Wood burning stoves beyond the home

Other stoves that represent the enthusiasm with which stove makers have tackled outdoor living include Esse’s Esse One (below) and the Adventurer 5 from Charlton and Jenrick with its various add-ons making it perfect for any space and a range of uses – including cooking the Sunday roast!

Esse One a great stove for a Man Cave

The Esse and the Adventurer are designed for a more permanent installation and equally at home on a canal boat or in a garden office as they are in a holiday yurt.

The Adventurer 5 Woodburning Stove

Adventurer 5 wood burning stove in man cave or shed

The Adventurer is much more the traditional stove made to be set in place – even if that setting is a canal boat or yurt – rather than moved around the garden or from campsite to campsite.

The Adventurer 5 is redefining quality and efficiency

This stove is also bang up to date. It is DEFRA approved to be used in Smoke Control Zones, so great for a garden shed in Luton or a Mancave in Letchworth. It is also SIA Ecodesign 2022 Ready which makes it one of the most eco-friendly stoves on the market.

The Adventurer 5 also comes with a wide range of cooking options including warming trays and even a top mounted oven.

Only Needs 2.5 metre Flue

The main benefit of the Adventurer that makes it perfect for sheds and cabins is that it only needs a 2.5 metre flue rather than the standard 4m flue, so you have don’t have a whacking great big chimney sticking out of your shed and making installation cheaper.

Removable Flue

The Adventurer 5 flue is even removable, making it the perfect stove perfect for canal boats!

Twin wall flue for mancavesFlueing a Stove in a Man Cave

We recommend Stovax’s Professional XQ twin wall chimney system to safely flue your stove. Most stoves will need about 4 metres from top of the stove to the cowl, so it is important to buy the right flue.

Available in kit form in a variety of colours, talk to one of our in-house HETAS engineers to help design what flue you require for your stove and shed/garage/garden office/mancave.

A word of warning: the flue will probably be the most expensive part of the installation (see Stove Installation prices below). The problem is that most stoves require at least 4m of flue from stove top to cowl (except the Adventurer which only needs 2.5m). Also, because most sheds ad garden offices are made of wood, the flue needs to be twin wall – insulating it from the combustible materials around it. You don’t want to see your pride and joy disappear in a ball of flame! Unfortunately, safety and efficiency cost and here is where you start paying!

Stove Installation prices

There are a range of fireplaces designed for your classic man cave, but you may be right in thinking that a small ex-display stove will do just as well.

To give you an idea of the costs,

  • You can pick up a good stove from anywhere between £400 and £1000.
  • The flue (it needs to be twin wall and rise about 4m from the top of the stove to give you a good draw) will cost about £900+VAT.
  • You will need a hearth and heat shield of some kind – approx £400 to £500 for both (you can mix and match or get full packages with made-for-purpose stoves included, for around £1500).
  • Fitting, commissioning and certification with HETAS will be approx. £300 + VAT.

So even with an ex display deal costing £400 the rest will probably cost from £1600 + VAT. OK it’s not cheap, but if it gives the perfect finish to your home office – then don’t you deserve a little joy?

Ex Display – a great way of saving a few quid on a stove for a man cave.

We always have a few stoves available ex-display. They’ve just come out of the box and they’ve never been used, but you can easily save a few pennies on one of our special offers: Call the office on 01582 599200 for this week’s deals.

The Frontier Plus Portable Log Burning Stove

The Frontier Plus, as a portable stove is the glamper’s dream. Not suitable for a fixed mancave, it is perfect for the more nomadic lifestyle.


The Frontier Plus is a portable log burning stove that can be as mobile as you. Fitted into temporary structures from  poly-cotton tents or bell tents with a stove outlet, cabins and yurts (it has a 3.5kw output and comes with specially designed flue). It can also be used outside on your deck for adventurous outdoor cooking.

  • Glass door, with airwash system so your glass is kept clear at all times
  • Air vent on door allow for optimum temperature control
  • Adjustable legs
  • 4-inch flue

The Frontier Plus has a whole host of upgraded features that make using it and cooking on it easy, fun and efficient.

Our Luton Stove Showroom

The Adventurer 5 and Charnwood’s Aire 3 are both available to see and buy from our Garden Showroom in Luton. Here you can also see patio heaters and some of the most technologically up-to-date BBQs and stoves available in the United Kingdom.

Stoves for Garden Sheds and Man Caves
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