Review of Jotul --- Oslo 500 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
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): 900 | House Size (Sq feet): 1,800
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: 2,000
Location : Nottingham, NH 3290,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -
Very simple operation. There is only one lever to control the primary air which works very easily, left for less air and heat, right for more air and heat. There is no damper to fuss with, just open the door and put in wood. The stove is easy to start and with hardwood we still have enough coals to get it going in the morning after 10-12 hours. It is now almost March and the last time we used a piece of kindling was in November. We were considering the 600 Firelight to make sure we got an overnight burn but that stove would definitely have been overkill. Secondary burn design is simple and with firebrick and stainless steel tubes should be pretty durable (especially compared to the Vermont Casting everburn system our defunct previous stove had). We've had a few long pieces of firewood that I said to myself "no way that's going to fit" that I somehow find a way to stuff in there.
As others have stated, if you open the front door all the ashes fall out. We've been exclusively using the side door because of this and after a week or two were completely used to loading the stove this way and now do not find it inconvenient. I do find myself bumping the front glass on occasion when I load from the side which makes me fearful of breaking it, but so far so good.
This is our first season using this stove so I cannot comment on its longterm durability. Our house is 1,800 ft2 built in 2007 and the stove carries the house except for the coldest nights when the oil heat kicks on once or twice. At this point I'm a satisfied customer.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004