A 3-in-1 Wood Cookstove

Heat, home-cooked food and hot water: You can have it all with the Esse Ironheart.


| February/March 2011


Do you dream of getting warmth, hot water and a good meal from the same efficient woodstove? While wood cookstoves have been available for generations, and a few have fireboxes big enough for serious wood heat, none until now could burn wood efficiently. The Esse Ironheart does, and this British cookstove is getting rave reviews. 

The Ironheart has many features that set it apart from other cookstoves. The first is a glass door with an air wash system that allows you to see the fire. Another is the hot plate covers that retain heat until you need the burners. You can even order a hot water collector for it. 

The Esse Ironheart sells for about $5,000. It’s a multifuel stove (meaning it can burn wood, clean coal or peat), but because North Americans will mostly burn wood, there’s a retrofit ($169) that improves combustion efficiency and increases the firebox depth. The Ironheart’s firebox is big by wood cookstove standards — about the size of a small heating stove. It will most effectively heat a room or small cabin.

hembrasalvaje
1/22/2018 4:42:49 AM

i have looked at the entire range of Esse stoves here in australia and not one of them has even close to enough oven space for me. dont get me wrong they are good stoves but not big enough. i have now found one i would like to get in New Zealand that does come with big enough ovens. http://www.homewoodstoves.co.nz/wood-stoves/the-homewood-matriarch


hembrasalvaje
1/22/2018 4:42:47 AM

i have looked at these here in australia and they (the entire esse range) dont have a big enough oven for my tastes. here is one i found from New Zealand that has the oven space i am looking for. http://www.homewoodstoves.co.nz/wood-stoves/the-homewood-matriarch


Eric
5/26/2014 7:13:40 PM

Hello my name is Eric, I live in Alaska and purchased a ESSE Ironheart from Obadiah's Woodstoves in Montana www.woodstoves.net after doing my research on various wood burning cookstoves. There are lots of options out there and Obadiah's seems to be the most knowledgeable and helpful after talking with a few different companies, they also have the largest selection. Spending twice as much on a wood cookstove was something I had to ponder on for a while, but most of the reviews and all the You Tubes that Woody Chain had made about the stove convinced me it was a good value. My wife was a tad concerned, but I talked her into it and we went ahead and ordered one. It seems strange that there are so many folks who bought Ironhearts from Woody and everywhere you look and read about ESSE there he is, but ESSE North America does not acknowledge any dealers except themselves. Seems shady on their part not acknowledging a dealer that has done so much to promote the product? Obadiah's was easy to deal with and Woody and Annette Chain made sure the Ironheart arrived when and where they said it would. Living in Alaska and ordering anything is challenging, especially when making a large purchase like this. Montana is like Alaska in many ways and there are a lot of folks who go back and forth between the two States. The Esse dealer in Alaska at the time did not have one, and made it sound like they were not at all familiar with the stove. Obadiah's has a great online presence here and ships a ton of stoves to AK, so they seemed to have it down to a science. The freight was also reasonable (and that is always a challenge) as the stoves are shipped in via Steamship or Barge. Everything went well and the Ironheart performed pretty much as expected over the past 4-5 years. When I had questions, Obadiah's was always quick to respond with an answer or a solution. This past February (2014) I was cleaning out my Ironheart and noticed some issues with the top of my firebox warping as I was doing my routine maintenance. I called Woody and asked him "What's the deal, Woody?". Instead of dodging the bullet like some dealers I have dealt with over the years, he was honest and open with me and assured me he would contact ESSE in Great Britain and the North American Rep. Tony Pitt. It took a while but sure enough I received a call from Mr. Pitt who told me he had been contacted by my dealer Woody Chain from Obadiah's and he would send me the parts to repair my stove. Shortly afterword’s I received a follow up e-mail from Woody checking in to make sure I had been contacted by Mr. Pitt and I was satisfied, he told me he valued my business and no matter what would make this right even if he had to put me into a different stove, at his cost . I about fell off my chair! This being a rare example of extraordinary customer service. As the Ironheart is 5 years old, it is technically out of warranty, but when you spend $5k on a wood cookstove, it should last a lifetime. Woody seems to understand that without my even having to mention it. After a couple months and nothing more from ESSE North America's Tony Pitt, in spite of a couple of phone messages I had left for him, I was finally able to get a hold of him again and was told that ESSE has agreed to make good on this issue and that I would be getting a replacement stove before the summer is out. Wow, I'm stoked! I am optimistic and hopefully this is true and it really happens. So far I am happy with my dealer Obadiahs and they seem to have an excellent track record, has anyone had dealings with this Tony Pitt fella? He talks so smoothly, but he has not been good about returning my phone calls. Time is passing and I have nothing in writing, so I am left to wonder how genuine he really is. Woody is like talking to a local up here and is down to earth, Tony seems sincere when we talk but so far his actions haven’t exactly followed what was discussed. He seems to kind of just disappear sometimes and when that happens he is impossible to get into contact with. Soon we will be losing daylight and winter arrives early in these parts. I will continue to hope for the best. Has anyone had any experience with these companies?






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