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Jotul 121 Elg - 2 Questions

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by kavita, Oct 5, 2009.

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  1. kavita

    kavita New Member

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    greetings all,

    we heat our home with a Jotul 121. as far as we know, it has always been vented out the back (at least for the past 10 years).

    we'd like to vent it out the top, if we can ever figure out two things:

    1) how to unfasten the bolts securing the top plate ... they are not budging after all these years in place

    2) how to remove the top baffle to better access the top plate - ? does it come out in two pieces? we are stumped, and it seems locked in place.

    does anyone have experience with these aspects of this wonderful stove?

    much appreciate any input you can offer,

    kavita

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  2. meathead

    meathead Feeling the Heat

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    No experience with the 121 sorry - but for stuck bolts try soaking them in PB Blaster or WD 40 or similar. If that doesn't work, just hit them with a small torch for a bit to heat them up
  3. kavita

    kavita New Member

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    thanks for your reply - we've removed the top baffle, one bolt, and we're about to bring out the torch to heat up bolt #2 ... appreciate your assistance with that!
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  5. kavita

    kavita New Member

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    thanks so much for your specifics re: parts ...




    yes, that's what we discovered too - it fits quite nicely!




    we thought so too at first - but the 'smoke hole cover' from the top bolts precisely into the back flue vent - so it seems the part is interchangeable, even though the schematic indicates there are two separate parts with two separate part numbers.




    our local woodstove dealer contacted Jotul - Jotul FAX'd them a table listing the various gasket requirements for old-model Jotul stoves. on the Elg 121, there are several different sizes of gaskets required for various openings. complex stove, this one!




    can't recall right now if they were 11mm, but i do remember that they're metric bolts. went to an auto parts store and picked up a half-dozen from the metric bolt display - the display has openings to test the bolt size ... just brought in a bolt from the stove and tried the various openings 'till it went right in.

    thanks again, everyone - appreciate the input.
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    Good to know about the flue plate swap. I find the Elg, like most pre EPA stoves throws the heat better with a flue damper. Best of luck.
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