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Review of Jotul --- F 400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Jotul --- F 400 Castine -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1800
Bought in 2000 , Price Paid: $2300
Location : Brunswick, Maine , US
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Looks good. Heavy, if it were ever to get up to full heat,
it might actually do some good. Sturdily made. Might be nice with a regulated heat source like gas. Airtight.

Dislikes: Almost impossible to start here in Maine unless you have dry wood flown in from Arizona on a regular basis. Have to constantly fiddle with it; and the heavy handle is a pain, since you always have to open and close things. Too small of a smoke box, so the room always fills with smoke. Intake vents are too small to keep a fire going. Glass never stays clean, in spite of manufacturers claims.

Comments: Having had wood stoves for the past 20 years in both Montana and Oregon, I guess that I was expecting something that would be an improvement on the ones I've used that were made more locally at a fraction of the cost. Basically, I run it with the ash box door open to get enough air through it; and I don't even have a damper - it just doesn't draft. Plan on selling it this fall for something more functional. For the price, you should expect better performance and functionality, IMHO.

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