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

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Review of Jotul --- F 500 Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2011-11-26 19:14:39

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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1000
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: 1800
Location : Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Woodland Stoves & Fireplaces

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Beautiful cast iron workmanship, the center piece of our living room. Large viewing window with soaring cathedral like decorative arches in front of the glass is hands down the best feature of this stove. Large front door to set fire, side door to add wood. Durable, starting our 10th year, and still going strong. Simple air handling lever makes air control easy (does get hot though).


Dislikes: Loading from front does let out wisps of smoke, just use the side door. Side door handle became seriously jammed after 5 or 6 seasons, had to stop using the side door for a season. Not sure why this happened, but after a long and arduous process of getting the latch pin out of the door, seems to be working fine again with some expensive Permatex anti-seize lubricant (good to 1600F). Tiny lock pins that hold the handle to the latch pin are hard to find and need to be replaced every time the handle is removed (once in 10 yrs for us). Ash pan is tricky to empty when hot, we just plan on emptying when cool. Pan holds probably 20+ hours of oak burns before needing to be emptied, so this is not an issue for us (not our primary heat source), but could be for others.

Comments: We have a 17 foot metal chimney with all but the final 8 feet running in the house, it is a straight run except for two 45 degree bends near the stove. This setup drafts fine if temp is 40F or below. There is a nice soot box on this stove too, after chimney brushing, the soot can be easily vacuumed from the box. We just unscrew a single screw, and partially swivel the metal chimney out of the way enough to get a vacuum cleaner wand into the soot box. Really simple no muse no to fuss 5 minute process for us.

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