The ultimate baker’s oven, the ESSE Bakeheart is one impressive wood stove for its compact size. Designed to be a smaller version of ESSE’s iconic Ironheart wood stove, the Bakeheart has all the great features of a larger wood stove, but slimmed down to fit into a tighter kitchen, tiny home, or a shed.
At the very bottom of the ESSE Bakeheart is a wide air control for the firebox, almost the entire width of the front of the unit. This gives you incredible control over your fire, so you can get the perfect temperature for cooking. Above the air control is the Bakeheart oven. While this oven may look small, it can take one of the big ESSE trays (440mm deep), which is the same depth as the large enamel cookers.
The firebox is the heart and soul of the ESSE Bakeheart. With its gorgeous vermiculite bricks, you can slide in the included barbeque tray and grill directly over the hot coals. This is perfect for steaks, sausages, and pizzas (if you place a pizza stone on), or you can slide it up to the second tier for toasting buns or cooking at a lower temperature. You can also add a hot water jacket to your ESSE Bakeheart firebox, giving you brilliant off-grid hot water for as long as you like. And if the firebox gets too much, and you’re standing in front of it for too long, simply attach the ESSE screen to the towel rail, covering the firebox and allowing you to continue cooking without burning your legs.
The top of the ESSE Bakeheart is a solid steel cooktop which can hold several large saucepans, pots, and a kettle with ease. Or you can use the cooktop as a direct cooking surface. This is perfect for pancakes, meats, and vegetables. With some veggies, the best way to cook them is to add a little bit of water, and close the bolster lid, char-steaming them to release the sugars while still cooking them through. Another great thing about the ESSE Bakeheart hotplate is the gradient temperature, which starts from the centre of the hotplate and gets cooler all the way to the perimeter. This means you can boil a kettle right over the centre of the hotplate, then move it to the side to bring it down to a simmer.
The ESSE Bakeheart can also be equipped with an Outside Air Intake, bringing fresh air from the outside of your home into your Bakeheart firebox. This is perfect for modern homes where being airtight is a maximum priority, or older homes where the cooker can cause draughts to run along your floor. And if staying airtight is extremely important to you, Pivot’s Insulated Room Sealed Flue Kit keeps the home airtight, as opposed to a traditional air-cooled flue which uses oxygen from the room to cool the flue down.
Designed for bakers by Master Stove Makers, the ESSE Bakeheart is straight from the heart of Lancashire, United Kingdom directly to the kitchens of home bakers everywhere, ideal for that new sourdough recipe or that epic steak dinner.