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Review of Jotul --- F3 CB -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F3 CB -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2006-12-02 10:53:11

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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 900
Bought in 2006 , Price Paid: 1500
Location : CRESTED BUTTE, CO 81224, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Heath and Soul

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: 1. Easy to build and maintain a fire.
2. Good ash pan (this may have been redesigned because reviews of older models are not postive).
3. All night burn using hardwood (8 hours)!! 5 or 6 hours when buring ponderosa pine.
4. Large veiwing area.
5. Very attractive porcelian blue-black finish.


Dislikes: 1. VERY SMALL slider vents - in my opinion, very dangerous. Why are they so small??? When they get hot DO NOT TOUCH THEM, you must use a tool to use these vents once the stove heats up.
2. We visited friends who have a Nordic in flat black painted finish. They have a water pot on it for moisture. Any water that gets on the surface will rust it and their little stove was covered in rust. Since the top of that stove has a grate the rust had run down and looked bad and very hard to remove. After seeing this we decided on the porcelian finsih. Much nicer in my opinion.
3. Somewhat of a small fire box. You won't get an all night burn with this stove UNLESS you are burning hardwood.

Comments: We really struggled decided the right size stove that would heat our 900 sq ft house. We finally decided to go with the F3CB stove. We live in a very cold climate: 6 months of winter. Today is Dec. 1st and we already have had 4 days of below zero and last night it was -26!!! According to the specs, this stove is almost too big for our house. We were concerned that we would be forced out of the room where the stove is located when trying to heat the whole house. This has not been the case. The stove is in the living area (open floor plan kitchen/living area) close to the stairs leading to the upstairs bedroom and bath, also close to the downstairs back bedroom - so a good central location. The bedroom stays pleasant (not too hot) as well as the back room (office).
I should note that we have a VERY well insulated house. It is strawbale with a cold roof (16" deep rafters). Our overall U value of the house is 23.5 In our town of Crested Butte, CO your house must have a U value of 22 to qualify for a wood stove. Most new construction does not even come close to these numbers.

So...we have a well insulated house in a very cold climate and the stove is well located. We are very happy with our stove and would recommend it.

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