Esse 500 stove
The Esse 500 is a multi fuel stove.
This model has a 5kw output & has 1 plain door with glass in it -
the glass has a curve on the top edge & secondary air wash system to keep it clean.
Some Esse stoves are cast iron while others are a mixture of steel & cast iron.
- Height: 545mm
- Width: 428mm
- Depth: 348mm
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. (Since we were beginners I would accept that the wood may not have been well seasoned.) As time went by (over about 6 years)it become more difficult to control the air supply and after 10 years the back fell off. If you find this a rather dramatic statement I can back it up with photographs. Its construction resembles flat-pack furniture. The top and bottom clamp the front, back and sides. There are grooves in the top and bottom that the side pieces fit into. The stove had been assembled with the sides not securely anchored in these slots. We sought the advice of several stove suppliers to try to find a solution and they expressed astonishment at our experience. Had we known a little more about stoves we might have spotted the problem at an earlier stage. I am not implying that this is a common problem with the Esse stove, just our experience.
Stove expert replied: Very surprised by this experience, Esse is a well established manufacturer, it did take several years for the failure. Difficult to explain why, I have not heard of similar experiences.
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be much better with drop in cast bars like they used to do on the old model. The rope burns out on the door seal very easily. Ash always falls out with this new design and the ashpan is difficult to remove due to a big lip on the stove front. We have ended up removing the riddle grate which is much better. The fire brick baffle design is poor and would be better made from metal. I have had a fire fox stove which seems a much better design, it is bigger overall, has a better riddle mechanism and is half the price.
Stove expert replied: Did you try alternatives fuels to see if they still blocked the grate system. Different fuels may burn to a finer ash and therefore would not get caught in the grate, they do vary greatly so trying more than one fuel is a good policy to adopt until you find the one that suits your stove best.
) have to get my husband to do it he has to put a lot of effort in to move it!!!
good too with a large glass for the glowing logs and flames to light up the room. Very impressed! Have had other log burners before but new features have definitely improved the output and efficiency. 2 important points, always use qualified reputable installers (will save you money in the long run). When burning wood, use seasoned hardwood (when possible) and make sure the top vent (air wash) is in the middle and once up to temperature the bottom vent is closed. ðŸ˜€ðŸ”¥
; do you move the lever to the right or left?? There are no markings to indicate the position.
Stove expert replied: Air wash controls are normally open when slid to the right and closed when to the left, you should be able to see the change when the stove is lit if you can't see anything from the outside of the stove.
Stove expert replied: A flue damper may well have done the same job and the airwash will have been made in the way that Esse require it so altering quite possibly invalidates your warranty.
to really get it going. The downside: the major components are secured using tiny Allan-bolts which are not up to the job. So the door hinges keep moving, as does the sleeve which holds the latch. I've had to fashion a Heath-Robinson solution to solve this. Otherwise an effective and good looking stove
Stove expert replied: Very disappointing comments.