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Review of Jotul --- F4 Castine -- burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F4 Castine -- burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2012-12-30 22:54:47

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Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): | House Size (Sq feet): 2500
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: 1700
Location : clinton corners, ny 12514, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Heavy duty. Looks nice. Ample size ash pan.

Dislikes: Poor air wash system. Glass breaks for no apparent reason. Very finicky stove.



Comments: Well I have to say that having owned several wood stoves in my life time this is one that I would not buy again.This is one of the most finicky stoves and most expensive that I have owned. I cannot keep the glass clean even with the 2yr seasoned and dry hardwood, This stove is difficult to start and likes to spill smoke. The ceramic glass is substandard and likes to crack for no apparent reason. When you nurse this stove for an hour or so you can use it with the screen in fireplace mode quite successfully. My $600. drolet that I run in the basement very much out performs this stove with much less TLC. I think this stove is way too overpriced for it's preformance.

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