Esse Ironheart cooking range

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

based on 31 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
Esse Ironheart cooking range

The Esse Ironheart cooking range is a cast iron and steel 8kw stove with oven, hot plate and possible back boiler for heating radiators and water. The Ironheart has a fire box with a glass door through which you can view the dance of the flames.

The tall legs have got a curve in them. The Ironheart is a multi fuel range capable of burning wood & coal.

Technical Data
  • Height: 900mm
  • Width: 900mm
  • Depth: 600mm
  • Flue Diameter: 150mm
  • Fuel: Multi fuel

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 3.5 flames
Value for money 3.5 flames
Ease of use 4 flames
Ease of lighting 3.5 flames
Firebox size 4.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames
Controllability 3.5 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 3.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Disappointed with quality

    Beverley Morris 2 weeks ago

    Opted for the delux model as I wanted black as opposed to anthracite. I truly love my stove but am at a loss as to what to do about the poor quality of the enameled top. So baldy chipped and... []

    Stove expert replied: Enameling normally provides a hard surface that is hard wearing, if this has not been the case was this taken up under warranty in the two years that comes with this stove? The hard surface will chip if knocked though and this would then not be covered by warranty.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

Most Popular Review

More reviews for Esse Ironheart cooking range (page 1 of 4)

  • Not impressed

    Graham Shelswell 2 months ago

    Room fills with smoke when loading, new liner installed! Enamel chipped and coming away in several places. Esse said it was due to damage when re-fitting hot plates after cleaning. I''ve always... []

    Stove expert replied: These stoves are well known for their solid build quality so this is a disappointing review.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Great looking stove, but.....

    Andy Templeton 6 months ago

    2. Fire bricks several times. The original bricks were very soft and easily damaged especially if a piece of wood happens to hit them a little hard - due to the lack of support from the steel... []

    Stove expert replied: Any stove will require maintenance and the amount will vary on several factors:- how much it is used, quality of the product, how it is operated, quality of fuel etc. to name a few. Manufacturers may adapt products to give better life and value and it seems that during the time you have had this stove this has occurred. Loading of a stove should be undertaken with care as liners can become cracked due to impact and this stands for most products that have refractory liners. Great for cooking and provides a good source of heat though..

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Don''t buy this stove

    Denis Hawthorne 10 months ago

    Utter trash. Nothing but hassle. Baffle replaced several times until I purchased a cast iron one. Design fault not mine. My firebox has split, fractured across several inches. Not repairable... []

    Stove expert replied: What a shame that this has caused such an issue, spares should be available even if delayed until sent from the UK. The Ironheart has such a good track record and I have never heard of one splitting before.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • A workhorse

    one year ago

    I have the dry standard Esse Ironheart fitted with the optional woodburner box. Esse has lived in my French cottage for the last 2 years. Lighting the stove is done with 2 thin logs running... []

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Sadly not as good as I thought

    one year ago

    Absolute nightmare to light Airwash is very poor (hopeless in fact) - dirty glass even with kiln dried ash Can condensate inside the oven when first lit and the oven also fills with smoke when lit from cold Creates a lot of smoke into the room when adding new logs - the angle of the top plate in the firebox encourages the smoke forward and out Looks great but I'm very disappointed with it and it cost a fortune! We have ordinary wood stoves in the house that we get on with absolutely fine so I promise you it's not operator error!!!... []

    Stove expert replied: Do get the installation checked as these are work horses that normally have very few problems. Condensates can be produced if the flue system doesn't warm up quickly enough, is the flue lined and insulated or do you have a twin wall insulated system? Have you an air brick in the room. What is the flue height? What type of cowl do you have on the system?

    Overall rating:

    2 flames

  • Poor build quality

    Steven Townsley 2 years ago

    I have an esse ironheart that is 8 months old and it has problems with both handles, the oven door handle works loose every week and has to be re tightened, the firebox door handle seized and... []

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Much better than AGA and Rayburn

    Snug-heating Atkinson 3 years ago

    Moving solid fuel cooking stoves on, the Ironheart is a lovely stove in the black steel/iron finish. The glass door I think is a must for efficient fuelling of the cooker. I think ESSE may have neglected the enamelling process a little, with some defects. But overall its my first choice for a wood burning cooker. Did I mention, its also BRITISH.... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames


    BRENDAN BRUCE 3 years ago

    The Esse Ironheart is a good choice if you are looking for something which not only heats your kitchen, but which can also be used for cooking (both hob and oven). Unfortunately, there is a... []

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • Excellent all round stove

    Colin Ives 3 years ago

    We live on a big old barge and had is stove fitted about ten years ago. Our flue (double-wall) is quite short (3m) but we never have a problem lighting it or keeping it in overnight. Coal is... []

    Stove expert replied: Good feedback and handy lighting tip!

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

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