Review of Esse 125 wood burning stove

Burn control

Paul McConnell 8 years ago

We have had this stove installed by a reputable registered supplier three years ago. It has fulfilled all of our expectations with one major exception - the burn control. No matter how I adjust the lower air intake, the fire continues to burn fiercely, which means making a trip every 20 minutes to add more seasoned logs. This is fine heating the room initially, but when the temperature reaches a comfortable level, we must open the door of the room and let the fire die back.

We have a second wood burner from another manufacturer in another room and the burn control behaves perfectly.

Both chimneys are an equal height so the draw in each is the same.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.7)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 3.9)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4.2)