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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efficiency. I certainly noticed the heat output, using ovoids, greatly increased however I have also noticed distortion of the front baffle, which the grate latches onto, and the fire brick and plate were completely burned out after about 5 months at a cost of £80 for replacements (inc p&p). I do live on top of a very windy hill but I was concerned regarding fire safety as a result of about 2 cms of forward distortion. I am now going to try a fuel with less heat output. Until this issue I was very happy with the stove, but am now concerned that it will become unusable and need replacing.
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.
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toast and warm on even the coldest mornings - Can't recommend highly enough!!!
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two metal plates holding the glass at the top. I think this is a part of the airwash system.The inner metal plate is curved.Which way should this plate be fitted, convex or concave?TIA.
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.
flue in the 1st floor rooms . Is there any way of fitting a liner with this heater? Our installer tells us there isn''t.
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.
many times in the early days, but a complete waste of time. Will never buy from Esse again and will never recommend to anyone.
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.
a film of dust and has to be wiped down daily-light fittings,shelves etc. They have it serviced regularly and chimney swept etc. Surely this can't be normal. Any hints please . Thank you.
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.
the stove at no charge. Since then, I have had to replace the glass 3 times, the fire bricks 4 times and the baffle 3 times. Once again the horizontal bar inside the door (Where the grate sits) is beginning to warp. I definitely would not recommend this stove. I am now looking at replacing the stove with a different brand.
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.
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.
the heat output and control of the 300 is superb! I have noted a reviewer say that they had trouble with overnight burning we burn a mixture of stove nuts and Ancet fuels plus logs in the evening and ensuring the ash pan is at least half full before closing the fire up and filling to just under capacity ensures we can leave the fire a good ten - twelve hours.The best part is the chimney runs through the bedroom and bathroom the two rooms most used upstairs and my wife and I have never been so comfortable.It is rare we put the Winter duvet on at all this ensures the room is warm at all times even with the window open!It was bought as a supplemental to the gas heating but it is rare we use the central heating except when we have guests or the weather is especially inclement, this is helped by double glazing, cavity insulation and a traditional build construction.All in all its been a super buy and we have had a 2 front fire bars and one rear fire brick we have needed to replace in the 6 years but that was while we were experimenting with fuels and we found some burn to hot and damaged the parts but we are very very pleased with our little stove and it is the centre of conversation when we have visitors as it looks good lit or not.
glass window means you find yourself watching the fire more than the tv. It is very easy to clean and maintain. I am thinking about buying the next size up for my other larger room. You have to fill in each rating but this model does not have a air wash and I don't see why this should lower the score with been such a fab buy so that's why I have rated it at 5.