?! Factory Soapstone Top Cover for Jotul F600 & F500? Can it be true?

Detector$ Posted By Detector$, Oct 25, 2008 at 4:51 AM

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  1. Detector$

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    According to Jotul's spare parts list for the F600 & F500 (on their own website) they have an optional soapstone top cover for the F600 & F500.
    Have any of you guys seen one? Any idea how much $$$

    see pos 36 on http://www.jotul.com/FileArchive/Technical Documentation/Wood Stoves/Jøtul F 600 Firelight CB/Spareparts_F_600_P26_070308.pdf

    or position 28 on http://www.jotul.com/FileArchive/Technical Documentation/Wood Stoves/Jøtul F 500 Oslo/Spareparts_F_500_P19_260607.pdf
     
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    I wonder if they are listed/tested/approved for use in the US?
     
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  4. Detector$

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    Thanks for posting the link...

    Me too (I'd like to see it) I wonder if the local shop can get any info or if any Jotul folks reading this could post pics..... can't find it on any of their US or international websites.
     
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    A friend of mine put soapstone on his cast iron stove after he bought a second stove (this one was a soapstone stove) and realized how well the new stove performed. He remarked that addition of soapstone to the top made a noticeable difference. Mainly that after the fire had died down the stove continued to radiate heat - not as well as the soapstone stove, but noticeably more than before. I think he just bought soapstone tiles.
     
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    Napoleon also sells a large soapstone top for their direct vent cast iron.

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    Cuts easy, very soft. Can cut it with an old hand wood saw if need be, but it's somewhat brittle. Diamond blade is overkill. Its heat absorption is insane. I watched someone apply a welding torch to a chunk for about 10 mins, and it was still too hot to touch 30 mins later.
     
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    I suspect they contract to a stone shop, which would use their wet diamond equipment they use for granite and marble. It would cut and profile soapstone in about 2 seconds. At home, a tile blade in a jigsaw and an orbital sander would make short work of it. I've cut it on a wood bandsaw, but it's dusty as hell.
     
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    Hmmmm . . . very intriguing. I wouldn't mind trying to fab up a piece for my stove . . . although it may make my plain Jane black stove look a bit "over-dressed."
     
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    think of it as a nice hat for your stove.
     
  12. Dill

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    Soapstone cuts really easy. You can cut it with woodworking tools. There is even a soapstone quarry in VT where you buy it by the pound. I replaced the lid piece on my antique soapstone stove, and I'm not a terribly handy indivdual. I've been thinking about replacing the side firebricks in the oakwood with stove if they ever crack.
     
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    So . . . uh . . . inquiring minds want to know (well I would like to know at least) do you have a name for this quarry or a business, website, etc? I'm interested.
     
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    I want one. I'm calling the Jotul dealer now.
     
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    Please let us know what you find out.
     
  16. Dill

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    It was 5 years ago. I'll ask my father what town it was in. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere I'm pretty sure. I'll post up when I find out. I think the 3 chunks I bought cost under 20 bucks.
     
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    I contacted my "local" dealer who said they were unable to get one in the U.S. . . . said something to the effect of the quality not being up to Jotul's standards.

    Seems to me however that there might be some demand for such a product.
     
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    That would be great Dill . . . I am very interested in following through with this.

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    Also, does anyone have any guesses as to what thickness the soapstone should be?

    Is there any potential negative issues with placing the soapstone on top?

    I'm thinking I might have to make a cut out area in one corner for the thermometer to continue to sit on top . . . would the soapstone affect the stovetop thermometer's reading in any way.

    Inquiring minds want to know. :)
     
  19. polaris

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    I talked with the local dealer. He said he has not ordered one and was not sure they were available but would find out and get back to me. If I don't here from him by mid afternoon I'll give him another ring. I'm not holding my breath though. I contacted a local stone company who said they would sell me a 3x4 piece for $120.00. I'll probably go that route and cut and polish/sand it myself.
     
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