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Esse Ironheart cooking range

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

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Esse Ironheart cooking range

The Esse Ironheart cooking range is a cast iron and steel 8kw stove with oven, hot plate and possible back boiler for heating radiators and water. The Ironheart has a fire box with a glass door through which you can view the dance of the flames.

The tall legs have got a curve in them. The Ironheart is a multi fuel range capable of burning wood & coal.

Technical Data
  • Height: 900mm
  • Width: 900mm
  • Depth: 600mm
  • Flue Diameter: 150mm
  • Fuel: Multi fuel

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Review Ratings Breakdown

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

Most Recent Review

  • Heart of our home

    Jo Heather last month

    We have had our Esse Ironheart for three years now and we are still thrilled with it. It is a workhorse and we are not precious about it but it is still in really good condition. I use it all... []

    Stove expert replied: Fantastic comments, great combination of heating and cooking in a home. The best of both worlds!

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

Most Popular Review

More reviews for Esse Ironheart cooking range (page 1 of 4)

  • Looks good.

    Peter Kay 2 months ago

    I've had it for 2 years now, and the Top Baffle needs replacing, its split in half. All the side bricks are broken to and need to be replaced. By the time these parts reach my house it'll probably... []

    Stove expert replied: What a shame. The first thing to try to resolve is the smoke coming back into the room when refueling, I appreciate this did not happen with the previous stove but stoves do vary and this has a large output so: Have you an airbrick in the room? Is there an extractor also in the room? What height is the flue system this has been installed on? What fuel are you using? If wood is it dry and well seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%? Have you any other flues in the property? Have you an anti down-draught cowl on the flue system? Is the flue into a chimney or a twin wall system? If a chimney is it lined and insulated? There is likely to be a reason that this is happening and there is normally a way to overcome this, worst case being a flue fan to aid the draw. With regard to the liners they are classed as consumable and are not covered by warranty.

    Overall rating:

    2 flames

  • Disappointed with quality

    Beverley Morris 10 months ago

    Opted for the delux model as I wanted black as opposed to anthracite. I truly love my stove but am at a loss as to what to do about the poor quality of the enameled top. So baldy chipped and... []

    Stove expert replied: Enameling normally provides a hard surface that is hard wearing, if this has not been the case was this taken up under warranty in the two years that comes with this stove? The hard surface will chip if knocked though and this would then not be covered by warranty.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Not impressed

    Graham Shelswell one year ago

    Room fills with smoke when loading, new liner installed! Enamel chipped and coming away in several places. Esse said it was due to damage when re-fitting hot plates after cleaning. I''ve always... []

    Stove expert replied: These stoves are well known for their solid build quality so this is a disappointing review.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Great looking stove, but.....

    Andy Templeton one year ago

    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... []

    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

  • Don''t buy this stove

    Denis Hawthorne one year ago

    Utter trash. Nothing but hassle. Baffle replaced several times until I purchased a cast iron one. Design fault not mine. My firebox has split, fractured across several inches. Not repairable... []

    Stove expert replied: What a shame that this has caused such an issue, spares should be available even if delayed until sent from the UK. The Ironheart has such a good track record and I have never heard of one splitting before.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • A workhorse

    one year ago

    I have the dry standard Esse Ironheart fitted with the optional woodburner box. Esse has lived in my French cottage for the last 2 years. Lighting the stove is done with 2 thin logs running... []

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Sadly not as good as I thought

    2 years ago

    Absolute nightmare to light Airwash is very poor (hopeless in fact) - dirty glass even with kiln dried ash Can condensate inside the oven when first lit and the oven also fills with smoke when lit from cold Creates a lot of smoke into the room when adding new logs - the angle of the top plate in the firebox encourages the smoke forward and out Looks great but I'm very disappointed with it and it cost a fortune! We have ordinary wood stoves in the house that we get on with absolutely fine so I promise you it's not operator error!!!... []

    Stove expert replied: Do get the installation checked as these are work horses that normally have very few problems. Condensates can be produced if the flue system doesn't warm up quickly enough, is the flue lined and insulated or do you have a twin wall insulated system? Have you an air brick in the room. What is the flue height? What type of cowl do you have on the system?

    Overall rating:

    2 flames

  • Poor build quality

    Steven Townsley 3 years ago

    I have an esse ironheart that is 8 months old and it has problems with both handles, the oven door handle works loose every week and has to be re tightened, the firebox door handle seized and... []

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Much better than AGA and Rayburn

    Snug-heating Atkinson 4 years ago

    Moving solid fuel cooking stoves on, the Ironheart is a lovely stove in the black steel/iron finish. The glass door I think is a must for efficient fuelling of the cooker. I think ESSE may have neglected the enamelling process a little, with some defects. But overall its my first choice for a wood burning cooker. Did I mention, its also BRITISH.... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

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