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Review of Jotul --- F 400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F 400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2009-10-28 17:56:42

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): 1300
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 1900
Location : Burnsville, NC 28714,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - The Fire House Casual Living Ash

Likes: Warm heat, nice viewing of the fire, gets hot quick, and keeps our house at a comfortable temp. Burn time, heats 1600 sq feet.....and its a lot more attractive than its competitors, its simply beautiful!!

Dislikes: I get a puff of smoke when I open the door when first starting the fire, the glass door gets dirty and I have to clean it often. Pretty heavy little stove.

Comments: I had a difficult time trying to figure out what stove was right for me. I spent hours and I do mean hours researching stoves, reading reviews, and utilizing this website. My problem was installing this stove into a prefab. fireplace. We had a typical prefab fireplace in our home that was here when we bought our house. This year we decided to supplement our propane furnace with a small freestanding wood stove. I started looking at the Jotul nordic and the F 602 CB to install in the conor of our dining room. Our dining room and living room are both open to each other with 12 foot high valted ceilings and this was the area I was going to heat with wood. My wife and I decided why not just use the current chimney that our fireplace has and set the stove on the hearth. Anyway to make a long story short this project led to us rocking around our fireplace with some very nice dry stacked rock, placing 18\"x18\" spanish tile down for our stove to sit on(we took out the hearth) and we bought a new mantle from a local sawmill for $40 bucks. All in all this turned out to be a really big project, but now our jotul is in and we love it. Our stacked rock, spanish tile and the jotul really changed our living room for the better! We decided to go with a bigger stove, and just start heating with wood for here on out. We did have our propane tank filled this summer, and now we have it to supplement our new wood stove if we need it. The jotul keeps this house warm. When we first got it on day two the temp outside dropped to 26 degrees that night, inside the living and dining room it was 74 degrees (almost to warm). Our bedrooms were a comfortable 68 degrees. This stove will not burn for 8 hours, unless I\'m doing something wrong, but it will burn for about 6.5 hours. When I say 6.5 hrs, that means if I pack it with 3-4 18 inch logs around 10pm, by 5 am there are still some hot coals there to work with in the morning. Now, before I pack it, this stove has been burning a few hours and its got a hot fire in it. I just turn the damper down and pack it full. Our house will be at around 68-69 degree when morning comes. A few cons, I get a puff of smoke when the door is opened quickly, or if the I\'m just starting my fire and I\'m adding extra wood. Our glass door gets cloudy and dark sometimes and I have to clean it every other day or so. The ash pan has never been full, and this concerns me. I have a good ash bed, but very few ashes in my ash pan. In some reviews I read people were dumping ashes everyother day or so, not me. This stove burns everything, unlike our fireplace which would just burn the center of the wood and the ends of the wood would fall to the side of the fireplace and not but utilizied for heat....well this stove burns every bit of wood. Buy a stove a little bigger than what your home sq. footage is if you have vaulted ceilings. We love this jotul f 400 castine and would buy it again. We also stuggled with the flat black or to get one with enamel. We bougt the flat black and love it, I was afraid of chippig the enamel off on the others b/c you will ding it an time or two. I hope this review helps, this website and reviews have helped me greatly.

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