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Review of Jotul --- Oslo F-500 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
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Wood box a little small. Damper lever burns fingers. Side door ash catch not large enough. Opening front door to clean glass creates HUGE mess to clean up. REQUIRES VERY DRY WOOD. REQUIRES STRONG CHIMNEY DRAFT.
This is a follow up review. I thought I'd re-post since I am into my second year of burning the stove. The first wood burning season with this stove I had a very difficult time operating it efficently. I constantly had to keep one of the doors cracked until the temp guage hit 500 before it would maintain heat. At one point I even covered the grates and drilled more holes in the air valve cover. I was ready to sell the stove.
Over the summer I had to repair my chimney from long term water damage. So I decided to extend the chimney 2.5' and raise the thimble to a height of 4.5' off the floor. (My chimney is metal, the water damage was to the wood structure surrounding the pipe).
Also my split wood had dried all summer in a uncovered stack which the wind hits nicely.
These 2 factors have greatly increased the ease of burning and heat output of our stove. Now I can hear the stove drawing air in from underneath, in fact it took a while for me to figure out what the noise was because I hadnt heard it the previous year!
So in conclusion, I am 100% happier with the Oslo F-500. If you are thinking of buying this stove, here are my suggestions:
1. Your chimney should have a moderate to strong draft. Mine had to be 2' above the peak of the roof to generate enough draft.
2. Your inside stove pipe should travel verticle out of the stove at least 2' before elbowing into the thimble.
3. Split your wood and let it dry for at least 12 months, uncovered, stacked so the wind blows through it. If you live in a rainy area, cover the top of the wood stack only. Also rainy areas may require longer drying times.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004