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Review of Esse 350 stove

Esse Greenswitch soot leakage

Micheal Murray this week

The Esse Greenswitch is fabulous for heating purposes and lovely to have in the room.

We have had one issue for a long time, that is a leakage of soot on a very continuous basis.

Chimney cleaned regularly, burn best quality smokeless coal and yet everyday we can get a layer of a very fine film of soot. I have replaced the rope on the door but still think it''s coming from door seal....can never smell smoke... have good ventilation etc... so still at a loss as to where soot film is coming from.. any advice from anywhere many thanks Mike

Stove expert replied: Smokeless fuel can and often will leave particulates on surfaces due to its makeup, it mainly occurs when loading and re-loading and when riddling to de-ash the stove. Different fuels will have more or less ash so it is worth trialling a few brands to see which you find is best in your situation. It is also best to de-ash with the door closed and then leave for say 5 mins for the ash to settle before removing the ashpan. Do you use an ash caddy or remove by taking the ashpan through the house to dispose of the ash as this can lead to fine particles becoming airborne? This is not caused by the stove but by the fuel type being used.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.2)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.5)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.2)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.3)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 3.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.4)