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Review of Jotul --- F400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2006-02-11 21:11:23

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): 3000
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 1599
Location : , ,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Salters Stove & Fireplace

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Very attractive, easy to use, heats great.

Dislikes: Can't seem to get a very long burn time but could be my firewood. Some initial quality control issues that were easily resolved.

Comments: I love this stove - it is super easy to start and control the fire. We have a very open floorplan and it heats our entire 3000 sq ft house pretty well if I keep it cooking (~500 degrees). I can't seem to get a very long burn time even if I turn it down though - that could be due to my firewood - we are using an old elm tree that had been dead for a while so the wood is super-dry. It doesn't bother me because I am home all day to keep it loaded. Also, when we first installed the stove, there was a huge glob of furnace cement blocking the air lever - we had to open it up and chip the cement out. I think that should have been caught at the factory but it was easy enough to fix. Also, we had to have the dealer come out and adjust the ash pan door - it was very difficult to close. Since all that was taken care of, no problems - stove looks and works great, and the oil bill is WAY down!

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