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Review of Jotul --- Oslo F-500 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- Oslo F-500 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-02-02 14:28:26

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):
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid:
Location : Unity, ME 4988,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Rocky\'s Stove Shoppe -- Augusta

Likes: Heats well -- in fact heats the entire home which was a surprise for me, simple to use, nice design, love the ash pan

Dislikes: Only two negatives . . . and they\'re nit-picky . . . 1) the notorious sticking air lever which is/was a common problem with Oslos . . . supposedly there is a fix involving a new lever and 2) ash tends to build up in the lip of the front door which means opening the front door usually results in ash dropping on to the hearth requiring clean-up

Comments: I bought the Oslo after reading a lot of reviews and I have to say I have been very pleased with it. Originally I was thinking that the stove would be good for heating up just part of my house and that I would only use it on weekends and evenings . . . instead I have found that it heats up most of the house quite well (30 x 40 Cape) and we\'re pretty much running it 24/7.

I wanted a reliable stove . . . a stove that would give me years of service and would produce some meaningful heat. It\'s still too early to tell how this stove will do in the long run, but for now I\'ve had few issues other than the notorious sticking air lever. The air control lever also is hot to the touch, but I either use a glove or a small piece of slate to adjust the air flow. Cleaning the stove with the ash pan is a breeze . . . although ash does build up in the lip and fall on to the hearth when opening the front glass door.

There have been a few days when it has been -20F when I\'ve thought that perhaps I should have gone to the F600 . . . and occasionally I look longingly at the beautiful looking soapstone stoves . . . but overall I\'m very happy with the Oslo.

A word of advice to would-be buyers . . . realize that manufacturer\'s use of the words \"burn time\" is very subjective. To me \"burn time\" means the time when a stove is putting out meaningful heat (i.e. 300-600 degrees) to the time when it ends . . . to some folks \"burn time\" may be the time from when the fire is lit to when it is completely out. As a rule, I\'ve been getting meaningful heat for 3-4 1/2 hours . . . and I\'ve been able to light a fire from hot coals after 6-7 hours (although the heat output is very, very low).


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