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Review of Jotul --- F-500 Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F-500 Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2005-12-06 13:30:22

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): 1400 | House Size (Sq feet): 2400
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: $1,900
Location : Mukwonago, WI 53149, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Alaskan Fireplace

Likes: Nice heat output and a great view of the fire.

Dislikes: Stove is a bit hard to light when cold due to the air restrictiveness of the unit. This cqn be overcome by leaving the ash door or side door open a bit but this is not the safest thing to do. Glass does get dirty.

Comments: An excellent stove if you realize that the limitations are inherant in the product. It's not a forced air gas furnace - it's a wood stove. My first floor is all open so heat there is great. A ceiling fan and blower on my heat circulating fireplace enables some heat (from this hearth mounted stove) to get upstairs to the bedrooms. Like any wood burning appliance you need to work with it to develop a good technique. Once you get it down, the stove is awesome and able to heat a large area. I've found good heat output from a full load at 5-6 hours with residual heat from coals for another 2-3. The coal bed is generally sufficient to start a new fire in the morning. Wood consumption is moderate - this is a pretty big stove and it holds quite a charge of wood. The other thing to note is that this baby likes to run HOT. On cold days, it's best to get it up to between 400 - 500 degrees. From then on it's easy to maintain a hot, even fire. Use plenty of newspaper to start a fire from scratch and add a few small pieces of soft wood like fir or cedar to the pile. From then on I usually burn seasoned ash and elm and have no problems.

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