The ‘Ironheart’ cooking stove is a hybrid; it is a cooker that burns logs beautifully and a stove that cooks to perfection.
Essentially the cooking stove makes the most of the two things ESSE does best. A combination of a superb log burning stove and traditional cast iron range cooker. And therein lies its charm and appeal… it is equally at home as a stove or as a range cooker.
Esse Ironheart on display at Orion Heating, Essex. Click for larger images
The firebox has been specifically designed to burn 500mm logs, length ways, which it does in spectacular fashion, providing a splendid view of the flames through a large rectangular glass fire door. As the heat source for the oven and hotplates it has to be highly controllable, which it is, thanks to simple but effective primary and secondary air flow controls, the secondary control providing an airwash which keeps the door glass clear.
The Ironheart can burn multi-fuel and/or wood but for improved woodburning performance, a simple to fit conversion kit is available that will improve control and efficiency when burning logs. The kit comprises of a steel box that replaces the standard grate and ashpan creating a deeper firebox with no grate. This enables more logs to be loaded and provides a flat base for an ash bed to develop which is essential when burning wood.
The Ironheart is best used as a secondary cooking appliance as it is also a stove designed to radiate much more heat (8kW plus) than Esse’s standard range cookers.