The welcoming warmth of the Esse Ironheart can turn any house into a home as, unlike Esse’s enamelled cookers which are designed to contain heat within the body of the cooker, the Ironheart has convection panels in the side to radiate warmth like a wood-burning stove.
The large firebox can burn wood or smokeless solid fuel and heats the room as well as the oven and hotplate. The Ironheart’s hypnotising flame pattern can be appreciated through the large, clear glass door. Primary and secondary air controls allow a high level of control.
The Ironheart combines understated style with plenty of cooking potential. The large oven has a 47.8ltr capacity and trays can be placed directly on the oven floor as well as on the shelves, while its dogbone hotplate can accommodate six pans at once. This provides the capacity to cook, for example, a joint of beef, roast potatoes and a fruit crumble in the oven, with four types of veg, gravy and custard bubbling away on the hob. The warm space around the edge of the hotplate can be used to prove bread before baking.
And once the meal is finished, sit back, relax, watch the flames, pop the kettle on to boil and the bread into bake. It’s no wonder the Ironheart is such a firm favourite with the famous team at River Cottage.
The Ironheart gives out up to 9.7kW to the room depending on fuel type and settings; this heat output is comparable to two medium-sized woodburning stoves. However, it is supplied with a heat screen which can be hung in front of the firebox for your comfort while cooking. A clean-burning design and minimal emissions make for an efficiency level of up to 81.8%. The Ironheart is also available with a domestic hot water boiler.
Energy Rating: A+
|Height/with bolster lid up||900mm/1316mm|
|Distances to Combustibles||Side: 300mm
Bolster Lid: 416mm
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