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Review of Jotul --- 3CB -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- 3CB -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

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): 340 | House Size (Sq feet): 3500
Bought in 1998 , Price Paid: 1300?
Location : Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Baumgardner

Likes: The stove is very easy to operate and is very clean burning. I live in the city so it is important not to smoke out the neighbors. As long as I get the fire well established before reducing the intake air, I get a clear stack.

Dislikes: 1.The ash pan is too small; I must remember to empty it often because if it fills up it spills into the tray compartment when I remove the pan, and I have to carefully remove all the ashes in the compartment or else I'll never get the ash door shut.
2. The top plate cracked at the top knock out grooves after two seasons. Jotul gave me a new plate without any trouble, and the new one doesn't have the grooves so I hope it will last.
3. I ash pan door gasket is a source of trouble. If the seal is not very tight, excess air enters through the door and overfires the stove. It also interrupts the air flow over glass door and causes the glass too soot up.
4. I've never been able to get a burn to last more than 4 hours, and there are only a few coals left at that. It is not a very large stove, so one just can't get much wood into it, so I am not surprised.

Comments: My chimney draws like mad. I've got about 35 feet of flexible stainless liner inside a masonry fireplace flue. I'd have to really work at getting the stove to spill smoke into the room. Probably the reason why I can't get a long burn is because I have excessive draft (did my stove top crack ecause of this?)But nothing makes a stove easy to operate like a chimney with a good draft.
It is a beautiful stove, and even my wife finds it easy to use (she not being a pyromaniac like I am)

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