Cleaning your Esse stove is a made easy : like any cooker, if you keep the maintenance up, burn the right the wood - you will have many many years of cooking and lifestyle with your stove..
This cleaning page is here to help guide you through what you need to do to clean an Esse Cooker : for more please refer to your Esse manual
For a video on how to clean your Esse cooker- CLICK HERE to watch our Youtube Video
Step 1. Remove the hot plate
When you received your Esse Cooker : you would of received a set of Allen Keys an a Z shaped chrome handle thing.. called and Esse Hot Plate Lifter
Use the Allen key to remove the 2 x Allen Screws holding down your hot plate
Using the threaded end of your hot plate lifter, screw into the holes where the Allen keys come out
Once you have screwed in both the left hand and right hand Esse Lifters, lift your hot plate off
Step 2. Remove the Oven Cleaning Access
In the earlier model Esse cookers, there is an access plate on the front of the stove between the top and bottom oven : this has 2 x screws holding it into position
in the Latest Esse cookers, you will see an access plate in the bottom of your top oven : using the lifting tool that come with your stove, remove
Step 3. Remove the Flue Box Cover
Remove the flue box cover by lifting this off and set aside
Step 4. Cleaning around the right chamber oven
Using the Flue Brush that came with your Esse stove, from the top of your stove, you will see on the far right hand side ( looking on to of the oven on the right ) a very small access area
What you need to do is angle the flue brush into this access and push all the way to the bottom of this chamber
And Scrub away
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Accessing this area is done by removing the wore racks from your oven
and unscrewing the right hand oven rack holder...
you can access this oven chamber through this area
Step 5. Cleaning the rear oven chamber
Using the same method, use your Esse cleaning brush to access this chamber through the flue box
Step 6. Cleaning the oven access area
Cleaning all the soot you have just removed form the Right hand oven chamber and the rear oven chamber is very important
You can use a vacuum or scrap all this from the area using the Esse Oven Scraper
The one major hint is : once you have cleaned the Right Hand Side Oven Chamber - and the Rear Oven Chamber - all this soot needs to be cleaned out
Through the Oven cleaning access trap door - you can access these chambers where all the soot will end up
You need to ensure this is vacuumed out and there is no soot in the openings..
Use a torch or mirror to inspect that the chambers are clean of any soot before finishing.
Step 7. Cleaning the top of your oven
Using brush or a vacuum, now clean the top of your esse oven
remove the Esse "After Burner" grill and clean by running under a tap
Step 8. Cleaning the Flue
We recommend you use a chimney sweep here - but if you are safe and comfortable on your roof, cleaning the flue is an easy process
What you don't want is all the chimney soot to fall down back into your clean stove
Step 9. Putting your stove back together
The Hot Plate
Q: How often should i do this
A: it will depend on the wood you use.. if you use good quality dry timber, twice a year...
Q: I did this and got this disgusting shiny and smelly soot
A: this is called creasode and can only be make when you burn wood that is either not seasoned or is wet
Q: My wood man tells me the wood is right -
A: the only way to tell is to use a wood moisture meter / split the wood and check the "Core" moisture
You do not want to burn any wood over 20% moisture...
Q: How long does this cleaning take
A: Shouldn't take more than 20min...
Q: Can any one do this?
A: Simple answer - yes... you do not have to pay anyone to do this - all wood stoves need cleaning and its made easy for the user to do this
Q: I did all this - and my stove still smokes
There is two answers here
1. did your stove smoke form Day 1.? if so you need to look at the installation, especially the flue height and your wood
2. If its only started to smoke : there is a good chance the oven chambers are still blocked : the hint is to use a torch and make sure the cleaning brush goes ALL THE WAY down this chamber so you can see the bottom of it
If you didnt see the flue brush : its still blocked.