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

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Review of Jotul --- Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2012-09-05 15:47:24

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): 2100
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: 3,095
Location : Columbia Falls, MT 59912, US
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Open Hearth

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Ours is blue/black enamel with the optional milled cook plate. It's, in my opinion, one of the best looking stoves out there. We've got 18-20' of straight-shot chimney and draft does not seem to be an issue. The stove lights easily with the side door cracked. We've only had it installed for one heating season. We burned 3.5 cords up here in the NW corner of Montana and there was no creosote to speak of (

Dislikes: None that are the stove's fault. Shortish burn times stem from non-cat design (which I prefer) and softwood (which is what we've got here). I'd rather load it more often and watch a non-cat fire than watch a cat-stove (which would come in second place to watching a charcoal bbq). We don't use the front door, so ash spill-out is not an issue for us. Honestly, the side door is the best feature of the stove--no smoke, no ash, and N/S equivalent loading.

Comments: The stove is of robust construction. Nothing on it feels cheap or light-duty. Our sweep inadvertently broke the baffle when he was vacuuming out the flue. Jotul cements the back of this board down for shipping purposes so don't try to move it. I popped the top of the stove off and replaced the baffle with a new one (and did NOT cement it down--it's better if it can move when bumped). The door glass stays clean if you burn dry wood. This stove cranks out a lot of heat--too much for our house if we load it full.

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