Stove Story +

This has always been the baby of the family, the Chilli Billie Gentoo  (Generation 2-Gentoo…we couldn’t resist!) is still in no hurry to grow up. It likes chilling out… warming up… drying off and frying up. Found hanging out in small spaces like camping pods, yurts, beach huts, shepherds huts, sheds and studios. Also fond of little cottages and homes that need a smaller heat output.

It has undergone a redesign to meet the Ecodesign criteria. We wanted to keep the essential nature of the Chilli Billie, with its little round porthole window but we are so excited that we have been able to introduce a few little extras at the same time, including an optional “food tube”  for your weekend brunches, lazy lunches, evening cook-ups and everything in between.

It is now front loading with the same stainless steel handle as the rest of the penguins. It has a stainless steel top plate as standard. The optional side shelves also have the stainless top. There are a selection of penguin heat shield enclosures. It is a bit wider than the original and the air controls are different.

The Prices +

Chilli Billie Gentoo£1,295.00
Penguin Black (standard)FREE
Seal Grey/Storm Blue/Charred Red/Evergreen£110.00
Add Ons
Starter Pipe with sweeping access
 (Required to increase flue size to standard 125mm)
Side Shelf
 (can be fitted on either side)
Floor Plate Anchor
 (for use when not bolted to enclosure)
Food Tubes
Single - Short Tube£75.00
Pair - Short Tube£140.00
Single - Long Tube
 (not compatible with enclosures)
Classic Round Enclosure£585.00
for Penguin Black
(extra charge for other finishes)
Corner Enclosure£575.00
for Penguin Black
(extra charge for other finishes)
All Prices shown are RRP and include VAT
Coming Soon
Two Sided EnclosureTBC
Hearth and WallTBC

Whats More +

AIR CONTROLS: There are 3 air control knobs, the air boost disc, the air wash slider and the air control knob. This makes the Chilli Billie very controllable. Open all air controls when the fire is first lit, then let the boost disc swing down once the fire is established and adjust the other two controls to suit.

Wood burns better on a bed of ash, but when you do want to empty it, you just scoop it out from the base of the firebox. We have a tool called a "sgŵp" (pronounced scoop), available in our online shop, designed specifically for stoves without grates.

EFFICIENCY: The efficiency is 81.8%. It has passed all the testing requirements for Ecodesign and for suitability to burn in smoke control zones.

OPTIONS: 1. We make a selection of "Penguin Enclosures" for the Chilli Billie, these provide a separate and distinct space for the stove to sit in. They are double skinned to allow for the flow of cool air around the enclosure. They also act as a heat shield behind and to the sides and provide a hearth. There is a currently a round and square corner enclosure option and more options are in development.
2. There are optional side shelves, which fit either on the right or the left side (or both if you want two). These are designed to extend the top surface and give somewhere to place pans and kettle away from the direct heat.
3. There are optional Food Tubes, that slide in behind the fire box and can be used for cooking food. You can order a single tube to go in one side or two smaller ones to go in from each side.

Penguin Facts +

COOKING with a CHILLI BILLIE: The Chilli Billie has a stainless steel top plate (oven top surface) fixed on top of the painted stove surface. You can fit a small saucepan or coffee pot and a small flat bottomed kettle on the top plate. If you order an optional food tube, (available in 2 sizes) you can cook food inside this. It is inserted into the aperture behind the firebox. The temperature is controlled by both the amount of fuel you use and the air introduced through the air controls. The stoves on anyway and you’ve paid for the fuel, …why wouldn’t you?

ECODESIGN STOVES: In order to be an Ecodesign stove, a stove must be independently verified to meet stringent emission requirements. Particulates or PMs are the most commonly recognised of these measures. The maximum limit for these is 40 mg/m3. This stove achieves 29 mg/m³. All other measures are all listed in our technical details table below. Click here for further Ecodesign info.


“Gentoo” penguins are the fastest underwater swimmers of all penguins, reaching speeds up to 36 km/h (22 mph).

“Gentoo” penguins are well adapted to extremely cold and harsh climates.

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The Tech Details +

Nominal Output4.3 kW
Efficiency81.8 %
Gentoo Chilli Billie mkII
Width 405mmDepth 473mmHeight 508mm
Wood onlyyes
Colours availableyes
Optional Direct Air Kitno
Plinth availableno
Side Shelfleft and/or right (interchangable)
Approved for use in smoke control zonesAwaiting final approval
Log length × diameterlength 180mmdiam 100mm
Flue collar diameter107mm
(105-125mm adaptor required, often sold as 4" - 5”adaptor)
Ecodesign measures
Particulates @ 13% O229 mg/m³
CO content @13% O20.10 %
NOx mg/m³122 mg/m³
CxHy mg /m³102 mg/m³
Top Exitas standard
Rear Exitnot available
Distance to combustibles *+
side 400mmrear 400mmabove 400mm
Distance to non combustibles
side 100mmrear 50mmabove 150mm
Hearth type12mm
* these are the minimum distances, be aware that there are other considerations eg. access for sweeping, height of kettle etc
+ if single wall ie. non insulated flue is used then the distance to combustibles at the rear is equal to 3 x flue diameter

The Plans +

Stove Manual PDF Download

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