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Review of Jotul --- C 550 Rockland -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- C 550 Rockland -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2009-03-10 16:30:58

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): 2500
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 3000
Location : Evergreen, CO 80437, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Inglenook Energy Center

Likes: Nice looking insert that fit well into a large existing fireplace. Large door and viewing area and accepts large logs. Fires light easily and quickly with no smoke and it generates coals quickly.

Dislikes: Expensive and it does not generate much heat, even with very hot fire and blowers on high, hard to heat the room it is in above 65F (impossible if it is cold outside). Door and lower surround scrape together, poor fit. Door handle knob comes loose constantly.

Comments: Overall I\'m disappointed with the heat output and burn time of this stove. For the money spent, I expected it to at least keep the room and first floor of my modest sized house warm without needing to supplement with my boiler. I have to burn all day just to get the room into the 60\'s if the outside temps are below 40F. Not sure if the poor heat output and door fit issue is the stove quality or poor installation (?).

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