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Review of Jotul --- F3CB -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F3CB -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2006-11-02 07:15:23

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): 120 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 2006 , Price Paid: $1679
Location : Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Bay Stoves (410)956-7101

Likes: Ivory enamel is gorgeous, worth the extra couple hundred $.
Easy to start a fire & heats up quickly.
Simple controls.
Great view of fire.
Puts out a lot of heat.
Fluffy loves to curl up next to it!


Dislikes: Will only take 18 inch wood if small diameter.
Does not come with a thermometer, which is CRITICAL to avoid exceeding the 600 degF upper limit.
Even if we stuff it to the gills and turn all the controls wa-ay down, won't last eight hours; but five hours is do-able.


Comments: We are used to an open fireplace and have never paid a lot of attention to the size of wood pieces we had delivered -- that has changed -- we are using the table saw in the basement and a manual hydraluic splitter to reduce the size of the wood we get. Ash pan can go about two days before it starts to starve the fire & MUST be emptied. Emptying it while stove is running is a bit unsettling for us first-timers - embers fall through grate into the now tray-less ashtray area & must be swept into the empty ashtray, before it is inserted back into stove. Two trays might be nice -- could let one cool off, so as not to carry embers through the house to dump outside. Dumping into a can near the stove causes a plume of ash & dumping down the toilet eliminates the fear of spreading fire, but causes some bowl cleanup issues...

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