Esse Dragon Stove Information.

Where do you start?

The Smith & Wellstood or Esse Dragon Stove is probably one of the most romanticised stoves around.
Nobody seems to know a lot about them, except they are hundreds of years old,                    ( They’re not that old, actually )

Shackleton and Scott carried one on their expeditions.                                                                  ( They did use a an Esse cooking range, but not a Esse Dragon Stove. )

I started selling sheets of mica for the Dragon stove then, people started asking for the
P-seals for the doors, so we started having them re-produced to fill the need.
Then I was getting asked for information on them every other day,  so I had to try and do some research on them, in the end I had to buy a MK 1 Dragon and knock it apart and rebuild it.
Now I have managed to help a few people with advise and the word is getting around, I have been branded as an expert and I get phone calls from Australia, north America, Israel and Greece just to name a few.

Please Note: I am no expert on the Esse Dragon Stove!

I just think someone should write something about this wonderful stove, so I’ll be the first until other websites copy and paste this and call it their own! ( dig, dig )

This is the information very few know and for some reason keep it a secret:
What’s the differences between the MK 1 or MK 2 dragon stove?

Easy! How do they lock?
The MK 1 has 2 door knobs in the centre of the doors and an arrow head looking catch at the top of the doors.
The MK 2 has nothing on the centre of the doors and 2 handles at the top of the doors that are spring loaded catches.

This is correct as far as I know, if you know better please let me know.

Esse dragon stove MK 1 went on sale in 1977 until 1979.
It had a cartouche at the top with a dragon / horse looking thing with wings.
With 8 mica windows,   “Buy it here”
With a “P” seal around each door.   “Buy it here”
With 2 door knobs in the centre of the doors and a arrow type catch at the top of the doors.  The side loading door had stove rope to make it air tight.
A large skirt / hearth at the front.
the hinges were cast with the body and were not adjustable.
The log version had a ribbed plate to burn logs on.
The later coal version had a grate that was raised to help air circulation.
Above the simmer plate at the top of the stove was the ornate cover.
( The nick name for this in the Smith & Wellstood factory was Boudica’s bra )

Esse dragon stove MK 1

Esse dragon stove MK 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esse dragon stove MK 2 went on sale in 1979 until 1994.

It had a cartouche at the top with a dragon / horse looking thing with wings.
With 8 mica windows, but with different shapes to the MK 1   “Buy it here”
With a “P” seal around each door.   “Buy it here”
With 2 handles at the top of the doors that are the spring loaded catches.                           The side loading door was machined to make it air tight, so no stove rope.
A large skirt / hearth at the front.
The hinges were separate castings that bolted on and were adjustable.
The log version had a ribbed plate to burn logs on.
The coal version had a grate that was raised to help air circulation, firebricks
and a riddler system that came through the right hand side of the stove for
riddling the ash.
Above the simmer plate at the top of the stove was the ornate cover.
( The nick name for this in the Smith & Wellstood factory was Boudica’s bra )

esse-dragon-stove-mk-2

Esse dragon stove MK 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Months later the Esse dragon stove MK 2
Was fitted with glass that was cut in half for some reason, maybe expansion problems
or to save money, but the early ones had 16 pieces of glass.
You can buy an 8 piece set.   “Buy it here”

Later the large skirt / hearth at the front became a much smaller one.
And the glass was changed to 8 pieces of glass.                                                                           I’m not sure but I think they stopped use “P” seals ?

 

Esse Dolphin stove was around about the time of the MK 2.
it had a cartouche at the top with a dolphin / fish looking thing.
With 8 mica windows, the same shape to the MK 2 ( because the doors were the same )
With a “P” seal around each door.  “Buy it here”
With 2 handles at the top of the doors that are the spring loaded catches.
The side loading door was machined to make it air tight, so no stove rope.
A large skirt / hearth at the front.
The hinges were separate castings that bolted on and were adjustable.
The log version had a ribbed plate to burn logs on.
The coal version had a grate that was raised to help air circulation, firebricks
and a riddler system that came through the right hand side of the stove for
riddling the ash.
Above the simmer plate at the top of the stove was an ornate flat pierced cover which was hinged.

esse-dolphin-stove

Esse Dolphin stove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later the Esse dolphin stove,
was fitted with glass that was cut in half for some reason, maybe expansion problems
or to save money, but the early ones had 16 pieces of glass.
You can buy an 8 piece set  “Buy it here”
Later the large skirt / hearth at the front became a much smaller one.
And the glass was changed to 8 pieces of glass.                                                                           I’m not sure but I think they stopped use “P” seals ?

I hope this has helped.

Fitting Esse Dragon Stove P Seals.

 

 

 

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