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Review of Esse Ironheart cooking range

Great looking stove, but.....

Andy Templeton 3 years ago

I''ve had my Ironheart for about 7 years and overall I''m satisfied with it but it does have its issues, it''s a high maintenance stove. Over that time I''ve had to replace:

1. Baffles several times - both cast and steel

2. Fire bricks several times. The original bricks were very soft and easily damaged especially if a piece of wood happens to hit them a little hard - due to the lack of support from the steel plates behind them they tend to break. They are now made from a harder material but the underlying problem still exists.

3. Replace the flue restrictor & guide several times. Flimsy mild steel components burn away

4. Replace the glass seal with modified design. Glass began to rattle with original seal

5. Bakelite knob on top air slider became heat affected and fell off

Although it''s great looking stove, cooks well and keeps my 10 square house cosy in winter, with the above issues I can''t help but feel I''ve bought a work in progress. I wouldn''t recommend buying an Ironheart but I would recommend looking at the maintenance regime of any stove you might be considering in depth prior to purchasing.

Stove expert replied: Any stove will require maintenance and the amount will vary on several factors:- how much it is used, quality of the product, how it is operated, quality of fuel etc. to name a few. Manufacturers may adapt products to give better life and value and it seems that during the time you have had this stove this has occurred. Loading of a stove should be undertaken with care as liners can become cracked due to impact and this stands for most products that have refractory liners. Great for cooking and provides a good source of heat though..

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 3.5)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 3.6)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.6)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 3.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 3.5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 3.5)