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Jotul 118 Question

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Knight63, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Knight63

    Knight63 New Member

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    Hello everybody, will a Jotul 118 heat an average 1800 sq ft area? We are currently using a newer Englander stove rated at 1800 sq ft and it heats the space fine, but I hate loading the wood in the wide way. Also is the Jotul 118 capable of having coals left in the morning to start the fire back up? Any other stove recommendations are appreciated. I'm basically looking for something that will heat 1800 sq ft and a stove that you can load wood in the long way. Thanks

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    It sounds like you have the Englander 13NC, is this correct? Are you talking about the original F118 or the new F118CB?

    There may be better choices than either of these stoves for 1800 sq ft. You can still have the desired long way (north/south) loading in a conventional square firebox steel stove. The Napoleon 1450 or the Pacific Energy True North TN19 or Super 27 can do the trick for you. The Super 27 is great for long burn times. Another stove to consider would be the Enviro Kodiak 1700 (or the fancier Boston).
  3. Knight63

    Knight63 New Member

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    Yes, that looks like our stove. It will probably be the original F118, but its whatever comes up on craigslist first. Thanks a lot for all of your suggestions!
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    If the house is reasonably well insulated and sealed, the F118 will heat it. However, in colder weather, you'll be stoking it about every 4-6 hrs. The stoves suggested above will provide longer burn times. If you replace the Englander look for a stove with at least 2 cu ft or more capacity. The increased capacity is what will provide longer burn times, especially in full winter. You need the extra capacity to replace btus that are rapidly being lost from the house envelope during the cold weather.

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