Review of Esse 100DD stove

Esse 100DDSE, not great.

Ivor 11 years ago

We use this only with seasoned hardwood. Terrible to light, has to be coaxed up to temperature and fed with thin pieces until it reaches 260F. After that it gobbles wood, uses as much as our Clearview Vision 500 which has nearly twice the output. The controls are crude and provide no real adjustment. Hardly any heat reaches the top so it's no good for heating kettles of water.

On the plus side it projects heat forward well.

Compared to our Clearview it's third-rate, wouldn't buy another.

Overall rating:

2.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 2 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of lighting 1 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 4.2)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.6)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 2.8)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 2 flames (avg 4.2)