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Esse 300 inset multi-fuel burner?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by jtcedinburgh, Oct 22, 2006.

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  1. jtcedinburgh

    jtcedinburgh New Member

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    Hi everyone.

    We had our living flame style gas fire serviced and it was basically condemned! Which is exactly the excuse I need to think about replacing it with a small inset wood burner.

    What I don't know is what grade of liner we have with the living flame, and ideally I'd like to keep using the existing liner. Therefore I was intrigued to discover the Esse 300, which is only a 3kW output, but ideal for the room it would heat (18'x16'x11' lbh) and the key things are that it claims:

    Does this mean that it's going to be suitable to use with our existing liner - the way I read that, it is implying that we don't need a flue-pipe and therefore no liner - but am I mistaken?

    Here's a link: Esse 300

    Anyone know this model or type of model? Or should we look to push the boat out a little bit further and get an inset gas or larger inset multi-fuel?

    Thanks,

    John

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  2. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Better read the specs again suitable for smokeless fuel so that eliminates wood and coal to me that only leaves gas

    So how are things from over the pond. I think what this stove is is close to our ventless gas stoves from the specs if burning gas it does appear no liner adjustment need be made
    If burning wood continue looking
  3. suematteva

    suematteva New Member

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    Good looking stoves...the official stove of 007...License to Burn....

    I like the one for the kitchen, set up like a cookstove but looks like has the latest technology..open glass..etc...will also take a 1/2 metre log..Be cooking a nice turkey with that one!!!
  4. jtcedinburgh

    jtcedinburgh New Member

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    Hmmmm... from another part of the site:

    ...so it's definitely not a gas stove...
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    It also says on the linked page, no flue, yet in the specs it has a 5" flue. Sounds like overeager marketing to me. At best it's really confusing.

    There appear to be many variations of this model. One of which is flueless gas, one it electric, some are multifuel, etc. With the flush front, I wonder how much heat actually makes it into the room?
  6. jtcedinburgh

    jtcedinburgh New Member

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    OK, so what would you recommend (budget: as low as possible, under £1000 to include any required rework to fireplace and chimney)...???
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Let me clarify, I'm not putting the Esse down. Their website is confusing and the marketing seems a bit misleading. The flush face and no apparent convection vents on the stove don't appear to be the best design for getting heat out, but they may be hidden or it may not show well in the photo. But it may be a great stove.

    I would just do a lot more research. It seems very unlikely that you will find a solid fuel appliance that will be able to use the existing gas flue, but I don't know what was installed for the living flame system, nor what options are available across the pond. There are more small stoves in Europe that we don't see here. It seems the best place to start would be at the local stoveshops. Plan on visiting several to start getting a concensus. Let us know what you find.

    PS: If the flue did need replacement, would you consider sticking with a gas stove.
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