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Review of Jotul --- Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰

Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): | House Size (Sq feet): 1800
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid:
Location : Lackawaxen, PA 18435,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Woodies Fireplace Honesdale PA

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: We have the enamal green. Its a fireplace look with the flame warshing on the front glass. I think the rolling fire is a nicer look than an fireplace. You do need the stove cranking for this and when you run it cool the glass does get black but.... Our draft is great. I leave the side door open when I light it, but it lights well. The side load is nice, never a problem. I could't imagine opening the front after it has been running a few day's. Ash is up against the front. They say it runs with the front door off, we have the screen but never tried it, no reason to.

Dislikes: I have read the other reviews that say the ash pan handle does not fit, but I think mine does, maybe they fixed this. I pull the pan out cold, so I don't use the handle to hold the pan. I would be very careful useing the handle with hot coals as I could see the hot ash going all over the floor. The pan is not very big, so we fill it in two days. The air flow damper slide has gotten stickey at the closed end, very hard to move and get it where you want it. It was easy to get at by removing two hex bolts to a access cover in side the front door. I sprayed it with silicon lube and it moved well for a month, but it's getting bad again. We have not gotten near the burn times they claim but we are still learning. The dealer (subcontracted) the installation of the hearth and five ft. high stone on two walls. It was a mess, I had two rip it out and get my own guy, it looks great now. My advice, go see the work they do. Two apointments, three months and untold amount of phone calls they did install the stove and chimney, it looks good. I built whole house with less problems than getting the stove put.

Comments: This is my first stove. It is the third season of heating our 1800 sq ft cabin on the weekends. Its the only heat we use. The floor plan is open so the heat moves well and is not overpowering. The place is new R38 in the roof and R19 in the walls. We can over heat the house even when it's very cold outside. My wife wanted a fireplace, but now she is pleased we got the stove. We like the stove, great heat, nice looking fire, so far (three years) nothing wrong with it. We almost got the larger firelight, which I assume is a cat. The firelight reviews sound like there maybe some issues.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004