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

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Review of Jotul --- F 500 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-03-30 22:13:26

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): 150 | House Size (Sq feet): 450
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 2000 EUR
Location : Viersen, NRW , D
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Heats well, when stuffed with logs. You really have to learn how to handle it. Looks really good. Absorbs huge logs up to 65 Centimeters.

Dislikes: Not easy to handle. It needs logs, at least 2 big ones per hour. Air inlet has an adjustment way of some 5 centimeters, but actually you can only adjust \"on\" or \"off\". Needs often air from ash door. Though we have a chimney of 10 meters which sucks very well. Ash comes out when You open the doors. The glass window gets black after 1 to 2 days of burning, even when you burn it very hot. It doesn´t matter me, but i report it because for many people it is an important fact.

Comments: We bougth the stove after long search and couldn´t find others which could fit optically to our 300 yrs old house. I checked this site and was positively impressed about the stove. To give back the help we found here i can´t avoid to damp down the positive impressions. This is specially astonishing, because we have also the Jotul F 602, which is the best stove i ever met. See my review. So finally the F 500 was a little or even a little more disappointing, compared to the marketing promises and the reviews on this site.

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