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  1. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    Unbelievably we are actually coming close to choosing a stove. The Jotul f500 is well up there - size, color (ivory), side loader, looks, well-reviewed....

    It does concern me though that I can't find any reference to a fan kit for the stove... This is intended as a whole house heater - can it be effective without fans on the stove?

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  2. summit

    summit Minister of Fire

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    they do make a fan kit for this stove, but you must also add the rear heatshield option to create a convection space to move the air... if the house is an open floor plan, you probably will not need it, but if is not so open, you will
  3. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    Thanks, they fail to mention this on their website, so I'll be in discussion with the dealer....
  4. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    As summit said, you may not need it. If you have good air circulation in the room/house, you may be fine without it. My F400 heats a decent amount of space with just a fan that sits in the corner of the room blowing air around. If this stove is tucked in side a fireplace, you may be better off with the fan.
  5. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I think this pretty much answers your question . . . when I went with the Oslo I asked the dealer about the fan and his advise was to try it first without the fan and see how well the heat moved in the home . . . he said the vast majority of his Oslo customers did not buy the fan option and did not come back to buy the fan. Depending on your house lay out there is a pretty good chance you will not need the fan . . . and if you do you can always buy it after trying it without the fan to save some money. I did however buy the optional rear heatshield . . . mainly for the peace of mind as reducing clearances wasn't a major issue for me. I think I do get some natural convection heating (a little, not a lot) just by having the rear heatshield.)
  6. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    Great advice, thanks. I will be placing the stove closer to a wall (non-combustible). I wonder if the fan requires space on the back or does it fit below?
  7. Wood Heat Stoves

    Wood Heat Stoves Minister of Fire

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    not enough to worry about. it will have room as long as you follow Jotuls clearances
  8. stoveguy13

    stoveguy13 Minister of Fire

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    i would not bother with the fan it cost a good bit and is not all that usefull the stove should do well with out it.
  9. summit

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    the fan actually has a bracket that mounts to the same bolts that hold the rear legs on the stove.. there is also another bracket that mounts on it for the controlss.. the fan kinda hangs out to the bottom rear of the stove, but the heatshield / fan combo do not add a huge amount of depth the the stove's setup.
  10. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    Excellent. Done deal in that case. Ivory.

    Now to look at stone veneers to redo front of chimney...

    Thanks all.
  11. FWWARDEN

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    Mine heats 2,000 sf, no fan, no problem. On really cold (below 0) days, I have a fan on the other side of the house pushing air towards the stove room. I think you'd find that much more effective.
  12. Wood Heat Stoves

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    fans that dont have good convection chambers to blow thru are not very effective.
    the space between a heatshield, and the back of a stove is not a good convection chamber..
    cast stoves rarely have effective fans, but dont really need them usually
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