When it comes to heating and eating, ESSE stoves and cookers are the best in the business. They have been master engineers since 1854, meaning that they have 162 years of expertise and experience to bring to bear on every product, whether it be their reliable range cookers, stupendous stoves, or grand gas fires.
ESSE is a British institution in its own right. Arguably, ESSEs have powered many key moments in history, and have certainly fuelled the fires of the British Empire, from the Antarctic expeditions of Ernest Shackleton, to the field of hospitals of Florence Nightingale. To this day, all ESSEs are made in Britain, employing high quality cast-iron and stainless steel to produce superior performance, and are each tested before shipping out. This means when you buy an ESSE you are not only buying a top quality cooker or stove, but supporting British business too and stimulating the economy.
ESSE stoves: history in the making
To understand ESSE, one must first learn their rich history and cultural importance. Ernest Shackleton, together with Robert Falcon Scott, undertook three expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 20th century. On each one of these heroic voyages was brought an ESSE stove; it is worth noting that these adventurers could only take what was strictly necessary for survival, the life-giving warmth of the ESSE burner and its durability in extreme circumstances are what led Shackleton and Scott to choose ESSE over their competitors. 160 years later, ESSE products are still renowned the world over for these self-same qualities.
Today, Esse offer a wide range of high performance stoves, with styles to suit every interior. From ‘chic and contemporary’ to ‘timeless and traditional’, you will find a stove to meet your requirements somewhere within the Esse collection. What’s more all Esse stoves combine energy efficient performance with classic Esse quality. Esse stoves have been tried, tested and trusted across the world for over a century and a half, offering an excellent energy efficiency rating on all stoves, in excess of 80%.
High performance heating, quality eating
Esse leads the way in environmentally conscious manufacturing, thanks to their innovative design many Esse stoves are suitable for burning wood in smoke control areas under the DEFRA exemption scheme, which is essentially badge of superior efficiency and low particulate emissions. Whether you are out to save the world, or just save on your energy bills, the entire Esse range is a sure bet, the definition of dependable and the height of high performance.
In honour of their 150th anniversary, ESSE launched the Ironheart, a cast-iron multifuel range cooker. This reliable appliance will heat your home, cook your roast and boil your veggies all at the same time. The Ironheart is a favourite among many – including the River Cottage cookery team (as seen on TV!), and is a cornerstone of the ESSE brand.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Firestone, The ESSE firestone is a pizza oven beyond compare. Fantastic homemade pizzas will be ready in under two minutes. The firestone is equally impressive at roasting, baking, braising and char-grilling. This wood burning pizza oven imbues dishes with an unmatched, smoky flavour. ESSE’s British-built Fire Stone is supplied in ‘DIY’ kit form, so you can build it in precisely the right spot.
Owning a Firestone is a lifestyle choice, revolutionising your social life and your outdoor space simultaneously. Your garden will quickly become the place to be. A beautiful al fresco kitchen and you’re the head chef! (just don’t let the power go to your head). Entertaining guests has never been easier, or more enjoyable, your summers will never be the same again. So here’s to ESSE, for helping us with the bare ESSEntials of modern life. For the full range of ESSE products take a look here.
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