Esse 300 stove

Overall Rating:

4 flames

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Esse 300 stove

The Esse Instant insert 300 stove is a small model designed to slot into a traditional fire place opening.

It has a 150mm flue outlet and you do not normally line the chimney with this model.

As the top of the Esse 300 stove slants it is the easiest to remove the stove when you sweep the chimney - to make sure you get rid of soot brought down from the chimney which can otherwise sit on top of the stove.

The Firebox on the Esse 300 stove is relatively small.

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 4 flames
Quality of finish 4.5 flames
Value for money 3.5 flames
Ease of use 5 flames
Ease of lighting 5 flames
Firebox size 3.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 3 flames
Controllability 4 flames
Handle operation 4.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Good but be careful

    Ian Best 2 years ago

    I have had an Esse 301 insert stove for about 3 years, I had been very happy with it but some time ago they changed the design of the fire brick and throat plate which they claimed gave greater... []

    Stove expert replied: Depending on what ovoids you have been using then changing to an alternative fuel may be a solution to a certain degree, operating the stove so you have control of the rate of burn though, is key to a long life of any stove, this is more difficult with an inset model as there is not normally a way of adding a flue damper to the system. This gives the operator control on the windy days when the flue draw increases to enable you to close off some of the flue opening thus reducing the rate of burn, not as much air is pulled through the stove when one is fitted.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Esse Ironheart

    L Mitchell 12 years ago

    We LOVE our Esse Ironheart - as long as you use dry seasoned wood and keep it cleaned properly every few months - this works like a dream - gets very hot and keeps our entire ground floor level... []

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

More reviews for Esse 300 stove (page 1 of 2)

  • Lovely Stove

    Kevin Howell 3 years ago

    I''ve had my Esse 300 for close to 15 years and I love it.The only thing I''ve ever had to replace is the glass.I would like some technical advice though?When you replace the glass there are... []

    Stove expert replied: The inner metal plate needs to be fitted so the curve is farthest away from the glass. Great length of service for this stove.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Quite pleased

    4 years ago

    We have had our Esse 300 for seven years and are very pleased with its performance and output. However our chimney must have deteriorated lately, as we are getting condensation staining on the... []

    Stove expert replied: A flue liner can be dropped down a chimney but it will mean taking the stove out to connect the liner to a short pipe off the stove.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • waste of money

    4 years ago

    I am about to remove my insert stove after 4 years of having no control over the burn. It burns fiercely with a wind, the controls are a waste of time(cannot shut it down ). Have phoned Esse... []

    Stove expert replied: As you mention that the stove burns fiercely with the wind this is most likely to be the cause of your disappointment. The flue draw can suck the heated air up the chimney and can prevent it from heating the room effectively, this is not a fault stove but an installation issue that should be corrected, this may continue with a replacement stove. Do discuss fully with your installer as better control will undoubtedly mean more heat and less fuel being used.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • Problems with coal dust

    Lorna Greer 7 years ago

    I am posting on behalf of my elderly parents. They have had the Esse 300 for 4 years and burn coal on it daily. The coal dust that is produced means that everything in the room is covered in... []

    Stove expert replied: It is worth trying an alternative smokeless fuel as they vary on the amount of ash produced. If it is house coal that is being used then this should be changed to a smokeless fuel.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Problem with Esse 301 Insert Stove

    Colin Young 7 years ago

    Had my stove fitted in 2009. In 2010 I had to have the entire stove replaced as it had completely warped and was no longer usable. In fairness to Esse they sent an engineer over and replaced... []

    Stove expert replied: It sounds as if the flue draw may be part of the problem and on an insert stove can be difficult to control as there is no where to fit a damper to slow this down.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • Problems with Esse 301 inset stove

    Hugh Price 7 years ago

    When I phoned Esse Tech Services in 2011 to ask how to remove the plates the lady said just to prise the side plates towards the centre - but this is impossible as the side plates drop down... []

    Stove expert replied: Failures in the internal components on such a regular basis could possibly be due to over firing of the stove, and as you are now saying the front is distorting I feel this would require further investigation. Maximum burn rate is recommended for short period of 15 - 20mins at any one time, with slumbering periods in between. Smokeless fuels also vary greatly in the heat they generate and there are some that are not suitable for use in a closed appliance, worth checking this also.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • Great Design but Quality Suspect

    James 9 years ago

    I'll start this review by explaining that my view on the Esse 301 build quality and value for money has been somewhat coloured by having one that didn't appear to be have been properly checked... []

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • heat a plenty

    Alan Phillips 10 years ago

    This is a superb buy I have now had mine 6 years and it is still a pleasure to light and watch come Autumns chill.We had an open fire prior to buying and thought the heat from that was good... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • esse 300

    John 11 years ago

    This stove was a excellent purchase we have never been so warm our room is 12 x 12 and once the fire gets going we tend to have the room door open so the heat goes upstairs as well. The large... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

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