Review of Jotul --- F400 Castine -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
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): 275 | House Size (Sq feet): 2100
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 1350
Location : Montpelier, VA 23192, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -
Beautiful design and exceptional build quality. Pretty fire and very good heat output. Ease of operation and low maintanence.
Firebox a tad on the small side. Stove requires strong draft (not a bad thing, just be aware that performance is directly related to draft. You may need to extend chimney or resize the liner for optimal results). Prefers dry wood (again, not a bad thing - just plan accordingly).
Purchased stove from a local dealer that was going out of biz. Also had entire chimney lined with SS liner and insulation for best drafting. I had been wanting this model for a few years - my patience paid off. Stove is Majolica Brown enamel and is the centerpiece of our living room. Operation is simple and draft control is very precise. Heat output is quite good - stove likes to run at ~500*F. With the ceiling fan on, the room stays toasty warm (~75*F) and heat gets moving into other parts of the first floor. Second floor maintains ~65-70*F. Takes about 2 hours for stove to warm house to a steady-state. After that the furnace does not come on. Only problem has been keeping the heat coming overnight. Firebox is 1.6 ft3 and tapers towards the back. After experimenting with wood size and shape, I have found that a couple heavy oak splits on a bed of hot coals, then a nice round log on top and toward the back gives me good burn times for overnights and can easily re-fire in morning by just adding small splits. Best money I have spent.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004