Esse 125 wood burning stove
The Esse 125 stove is a contemporary stove with one plain glass door which
gives a good view of the fire.
This wood burning model is available in black only and has a 125mm flue outlet.
It is made of a mix of cast iron and steel and has been fabricated in the UK.
- Height: 530mm
- Width: 648mm
- Depth: 363mm
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value that it would not have been possible for me to better the cost and ease of installation if I had done it myself.The stove itself is a fantastic fit if your fireplace recess is relatively shallow. This lack of depth is compensated for by greater width than is found in many other 5kW rated stoves. The advantage of this is that it enables wider logs to be used than is the case with many other stoves. The airwash system works superbly and delivers an almost hypnotic view of the firebox when the stove is in full burn. The almost complete lack of smoke (I am using properly seasoned wood) is almost disconcerting. The previous posting from Sarah Pennington about the glass door smoking up owes nothing to the quality or operation of the stove, this is entirely caused by using logs that are either green or too damp. Consequently, I consider her ratings unfairly downgrade the performance and value for money of this product.I have found the burn rate to be very controllable through the top control albeit that it is not possible to achieve a full overnight burn with this stove. But we didn't buy it for that. What is also impressive is the level of warmth generated for a 6 metre by 6 metre by 3 m high living room - we plan on improving on this by buying an Ecofan to direct warm air away from the stove.The product appears to be very solidly constructed with use of stainless steel for the legs and cast iron for all the main body panels. Made in Lancashire, should parts ever be required in future, it should be pretty easy to obtain them. The build quality and finish are also excellent. The extremely stylish contemporary look has already induced many complimentary remarks: it really does not look like the staid, tired old "country barn" styled stoves that are so prevalent.Neither my wife nor I have any form of commercial or non-commercial relationship with Esse but we are extremely pleased to have made this purchase: it's a genuinely good product at a value for money price. Just get it properly installed and use adequately seasoned wood!
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, but was worth every penny. I did find the top air control stiff to operate at first, but this got better with use. Replacement bricks were a reasonable price and easy to do. This stove is easy to use and clean. I've also had to replace the baffle plate as it became distorted after a couple of years, again this was easy and relatively cheap. Parts are easy to come by through Esse.
the only thing guaranteed is the metal box, I asked for a new baffle that bent within six months, the reply was:- the guarantee does not cover Glass, rope, grates or baffles.
Stove expert replied: This guarantee policy is standard for most if not all manufacturers who do not cover consumable parts. As your baffle plate warped in such a short time and you state you can't dampen your stove down it would appear that you have a flue draw problem as it seems to be over-drawing. This is an installation issue and not a stove issue and should be investigated in the near future as leaving may lead to further problems with metal distortion of the stove if left unchecked. First thing would be to get a flue draw test undertaken and check that it matches the manufacturers instructions.
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.
is the key for glass been clean, coal often stains it but dry logs clean it again . The handle does get hot so recommend a glove and the only downfall is the chrome fronts are now black but not rusted. Its been a great buy and looks great as well.
during a burn, we thought it must have been due to hot ash close to the glass. The window was replaced, but has broken again with no obvious reason, in fact the fire had died and gone out. It goes with a loud crack, and both occasions right in the middle (close to the fixing screws) top to bottom. The glass comes out in two half's. We just don't know what has caused this, can someone help us? Thank you.
Stove expert replied: Make sure that you do not over tighten the glass, it may be that this has caused stress where the fixings are.
use. I have not had any issues with the glass nor rust on the sides. This is a real house warmer and using the right fuels your glass is clear all year round. Onto the wood. Always use season dried hard wood with oak, elm, silver birch being best. Light a fire towards the back and many of the issues suggested about the air controls are due to fitting and elevation of chimney. Keep clean outside with a dry cloth and remove the ash after 4 burns. Proper wood is key. I hope this helps.
that, despite using kiln-dried logs from a proprietary source, and irrespective of the air intake settings, a large sooty deposit always forms in an inverted 'V' shape from the central screw on the inside of the door top. I assume this might be due to an air leak at the screw mounting and wonder if this is a design or manufacturing fault that could be fixed by replacing the screw (I note Mr. Dunn has experienced a similar problem). I also find the range of control over the air intake to be somewhat limited, with little option between fully open and fully closed. Overall however; the stove is very easy to light, provides quick heat output, looks great in the fireplace and is a key feature in the room. It's just a pity that the effect is marred by the deposit on the glass whenever the stove is lit.
Stove expert replied: The SE models have less air intake movement control as the flue gases need to be permanently diluted to conform to the smoke controlled area regulations. It is a shame that you have this problem with deposits on the glass, if the air control is fully open this should be kept to a minimum.
easy to light and gets nice and hot very quickly. Controls travel only a short distance and with the mit on it is not that easy to get the slider in the right place. However, apart from that minor issue, it looks great (even when not lit) and does heat our rather large and oddly shaped room. Overall, get one, if it looks right for your room - British too!
a great centrepiece on the hearth. This is our first woodburning stove although we have long enjoyed open log fires; what a transformation! It is childsplay to light,operate and control and burns less than half the amount of wood and gives out more heat. The large window allows a fantastic view of the fire and the airwash keeps it absolutely clear.The controls are very simple and although the top lever is a little difficult to move when heated up,it allows good control of the heat level.The shallow firebox is very economical,only needing one log or two at the very most to fill.Build quality is robust rather than elegant and so far appears very durable. We have lit the stove every night since we had it and my wife and I both love it;one of the best things we've ever bought.
Stove expert replied: Great review and a happy customer, what more can you ask for?