The new esse is installed and we have been using it for a week – and it is just lovely.
It’s been a long haul, going from the revolting pink crazy paving clad fireplace, which turned out to be a cover up job…. hiding a lack of structure. The previous arrangement was very boxed in, with wooden frames and the pink paving, and made the fireplace seem more of a hole in the wall, and we have gained nearly a foot of extra room just removing all that ‘decoration’ – as you can see by the way the(horrible) lino doesn’t meet the edge anymore! – in time we shall put a new floor in – Well, the rest of the kitchen needs complete renovation, the fixed fireplace being the clean gleaming thing in a pink broken kitchen!
But we have a proper strong fireplace now and the woodburning esse range is in. Back in July I reported how we found a slab of granite and wondered if there was a whole floor of it… alas no. We did dig a few holes in our kitchen floor – as you do, and although there were a few stones left, mostly they had been lifted – I suspect the others are the nice granite stones shoring up the side of the green lane.
So all we really had was the nice granite hearth stone, which we carefully raised to above the level of the floor and now fronts the esse. We did leave a message under the hearth from all of us to whoever might be renovating the house in the future (hello future house people!)
The esse has been really easy to light, and gets up to temperature very quickly. We are still learning its little ways, and how to tweak the temperatures, and have fried, roasted, casseroled and baked – and to top it off, it makes a tank of hot water too!
It brings a whole new layer of smug when you eat a home grown meal, cooked on home grown fuel!
But the best bit of all is the lovely warmth and ambiance it brings to the kitchen