The British-made Esse 550 is one of three 5kW stoves in the Esse 500-series range and features understated industrial chic styling that ensures that it will work equally well in a contemporary or traditional setting in most small to medium sized rooms. Out of the three 500-series stoves this is, in our opinion, the best looking with its slightly taller legs making an obvious visual nod to Esse's flagship Ironheart range cooker. Of the three stoves the 550's proportions give you a taller (by some 90mm) and slimmer looking stove with an all-round reduced footprint of just 372mm wide by only 305 deep that are, overall, simply more elegant. Esse have also maximised the window area so that, considering it's compact width, you appear to get an appreciably bigger window aperture set on the minimal flat-fronted door with its concealed hinges and discrete handle.
Inside you've still got the same highly efficient Defra approved clean burning fire box (82.9% / A+) with it's preheated tertiary air and Esse's superior airwash system to keep the glass clear. There's two separate primary and secondary combustion air controls to maximise fuel economy and adjust the heat output for the perfect comfort level. There's also a handy two-position external grate riddler and importantly, a flue pressure test point, to ensure you have sufficient flue draught during commissioning the stove.
The Esse 550's fire chamber is big enough to take a standard 250mm (10") log and It can be installed on a 12mm decorative hearth. If you want to rear flue this stove then there's a space-saving rear flue box option which will still allow you to safely sweep the flue through the stove. The 5kW heat output means that for most pre-2008 homes no additional ventilation is required. As with all Esse stoves the build quality on the premium cast iron door and steel plate bodywork with its rear heat shield is excellent and carries a five-year manufacturer's warranty.
|Heat Output Range||5.0kW|
|Efficiency (Net)||A rated 82.9% (wood)|
|Defra Smoke Exempt||Yes|
|Construction||Cast iron door with steel bodywork|
|Flue Outlet||125mm (5") top or rear|
|Fuel Bed||Externally riddled wood fuel grate|
|Fuel||Wood and Smokeless Mineral Fuel|
|Recommended Log Length (mm)||250 (10")|
|Air vent required||Not usually in pre-2008 houses|
|Minimum Combustible Distances (mm)||Top 450 Sides 400 Rear 400|
|Controls||Separate primary and secondary slider controls|
|Overall Dimensions (mm)||H600 W372 D305|
|Options||Flue box kit for rear flue installation|
|Other Esse Models||
Esse 500 and Esse 525
Esse 550 Stove Installation Guide PDF