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

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Review of Jotul --- Jotul 400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-12-10 02:00:57

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): 2000
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 1900
Location : Yankee Springs, MI , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Cherry Valley Stove & Saw C

Likes: 1) The dealer. Excellent service and straightforward. Everything installed on time and to perfection, Jim threw in a Stihl safety helmet and faceguard with the stove.
2) Beautiful stove in blue/black enamel.
3) Easy to get going, and good burn times. Coals to relight wood after 10+ hours. Solid burns of 6 hours.
4) Firebox is large, holds 18\" splits easily. I can really cram it full before bed, get it going, and knock down the damper, not worrying about it.
5) A true light and forget stove. It does exactly what it is supposed to do.
6) Ashpan design is a plus. Especially to get the fire going by cracking it open (but only for a minute or two!)
7) I know I have a stove I can trust, with a 150 year reputation.

Dislikes: The only minor con was dirty glass when I was still in the \"learning curve\" of using this stove. Opening the ash pan door will get the fire blazing but I found this works almost too well, and really speeds up and enhanced the blackening of the glass. So now, I do this for only a minute, and have discovered that the best thing is to use the main door for enhanced draft at first, and the glass darkening problem is no more.

Comments: Only been using this stove for 6 weeks or so. It was \"Jotul Days\" at the dealer in September, so in addition to the government discount, the stove was also on sale. The coldest it\'s been is 15 degrees, but I am confident it will do well at zero. It was tough deciding between the Castine and the Oslo, I really liked that side door on the Oslo. But in the end, I was worried the Oslo would really blow us out of the house.
As far as house configuration, it is a log home, 950 sq ft main floor. Half of the main floor where the stove is would be the great room which is kitchen and family room with high vauted ceilings. This is open to the 475 sq ft loft above the other half of the main floor, and under the loft, the other half of the main floor, is a bedroom and bathroom. There are ceiling fans in the great room and loft, and we use a floor stand fan to put heat down the hall of the main toward the bad/bath. The basement is finished, heavily insulated with carpet and cold weather padding.
The great room is plenty warm, the loft warmer, and the bedroom stays nice and cool when the door is shut for sleeping. The basement stays pretty cool, but with the furnace fan going and a sweatshirt, it\'s not a problem.
We got the rear heat shield and double lined pipe that goes up 28\" to a 90 degree, into the wall, and another 90 up and out a 25\' exterior cinder block chimney covered in cultured stone designed with flue tile just for a woodstove. No draft problems, and almost zero smoke blow back. This stove just goes !
Hope my descriptions help with your purchase. Feel free to e-mail with any questions.

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