If you are looking to buy a wood stove just for its cuteness, look no further than the AGNI Hutte. However, there is a lot more to this stove than just being pretty, it is very efficient at what it does. The Hutte recently won the 2016 Japan Good Design Award. This one of a kind stove is designed to use wood, and it also functions as a hybrid system (patented) thanks to its two layer structure.
Okamoto, the Japanese-designer of the AGNI Hutte designed it with emergency situations in mind. As we all know there’s been an uptick of natural disasters from earthquakes to typhoons in Japan recently. Under such circumstances, power sources like gas and electricity get disrupted and leave people without heating and a way to cook, a wood stove comes handy at times like these. Energy efficient wood stove can preserve and re-circulate the heat thanks to its cast iron made two layer construction. My understanding is – the secondary air trapped between the two cast iron plates on the back is collected and sent upward to use on the stove.
Agni means fire in Sanskrit, we can say the stove is aptly named. It also has a playful aesthetic design, for Okamoto it reminds of a puppy with four strong short legs (adjustable). The stove has a large firebox to hold lots of wood, which takes away the need for regular refills. There is more to it than the eye can see. This is one of the optional features – the furnace can be transformed into an oven to make bread or grill fish with the interchangeable stands.
The stove sports a large window that offers great views of the flames. It also comes with a foldable shelf to keep food warm and four hooks to attach the shelf and a large door lever with a natural wood doorknob. Another optional feature is the rear heat shield, while the bottom shield comes as standard.
There is no doubt the AGNI Hutte is the cutest stove in the market. The fire stove is offered in colors black (¥398,000/$3,650) and brown (¥428,000/$3,900). For now, they are available only in Japan, to find out more visit Okamoto.