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Review of Esse 100 stove

Would not buy one again

Frank BORTOLI 3 months ago

The stove is one of the best looking stoves around which is why we bought one. Having said that its control ability leaves a lot to be desired. I shouldn't need to get up every twenty minutes to adjust the vents when its either roaring away or about to go out. I burn seasoned oak on it with less than 20% moisture content and its still so unpredictable.

My friend has a Clearview and that knocks spots of the Esse, wish I had gone for a Clearview.

I also purchased fire bricks from Esse and the back one lasted 3 weeks, when I complained their attitude was they didn't really care.

Overall rating:

3 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.9)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 2 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of use 2 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 2 flames (avg 4.3)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 2 flames (avg 3.9)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.9)
What is your overall satisfaction? 2 flames (avg 3.9)