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Review of Jotul --- F600 Firelight -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F600 Firelight -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2008-04-02 23:55:54

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): 1000 | House Size (Sq feet): 3000
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 2400
Location : Buchanan, VA 24066, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Acme Stove Company

Likes: Tremendous heat producer - price includes optional blower kit which makes a big difference in moving heat. Very "pretty" stove. Cast iron really does hold heat longer than steel. Easy to operate.

Dislikes: Not a big fan of the double front doors - can be clumsy to open with detachable handle, and messy as significant ashes always drop out when opened. No problems with side door; use it exclusively for loading.

Comments: "Real" burn time is 4-6 hours of stovetop temps averaging 400 degrees. Will have 200-250 degree temps (and coals for restart) after 10-12 hours - still blowing warm air from blower, but not much radiant heat at that point. Not really seeing significant wood savings over my old pre-EPA steel stove of similar size, but much more heat output, so all things equal, a definite improvement and investment as supplemental propane usage has been cut in half.

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