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

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Review of Jotul --- Oslo F-500 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2011-10-07 12:59:43

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): 1200
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid:
Location : , Orego ,
Purchased from: Select Store Type -

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Nice looking, good clearances, side door, pretty green enamel, large firebox

Dislikes: VERY picky about needing super dry wood, finicky on startup--need to leave door cracked for at least 15-20 mins to get fire going, needs at least 25' of chimney for good draft, ash spills on hearth/floor when you open front door, air control lever gets too hot to touch, very sluggish from cold startup--takes a long time (i.e. 45 mins+) to get stovetop over 500.

Comments: Lots of people like these--we didn't. Nicely crafted, but could use some design changes--i.e. cool handle on air control lever and no ash spilling out when you open the front door--pretty basic stuff. We've been burning for 20+ years and we cut our own wood years in advance, so it's not the wood or operator error that was the problem. We replaced the Oslo with a Quad Isle Royale--same house, same chimney, same wood, same operator--night and day difference in performance--the IR is great! I would NOT recommend an Oslo for a single story house, you just will not get enough draft to make this stove work well.

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