Jotul or Quadrafire?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by AlM, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. AlM

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    Hello,

    I posted here a month or so ago looking for a small woodstove for a small house with a small (old coal) fireplace. We have narrowed it down to the Jotul F3CB in blue black enamel or the Yosemite Quadrafire in matte black - here they run fairly close to the same price.

    Due to the mantle, both will take up pretty much the same amount of space (about 20 inches out from the mantle at the loading door) and we won't be able to use to use the side door of the Quadrafire also because the mantle which we do not want to shield.

    Does anyone have any input about either of the 2 stoves? Another option was the Jotul Nordic but we thought it might be too small (although it also has a smaller footprint, which is nice in the living room of 12 x 14 feet).

    Our house is 1200 square feet, 600 per level, with upstairs and downstairs zone heating. Wood stove will be on the main floor which we would love to hit 68-70 degrees. Very happy if upstairs hits 63+. (Living room is near staircase). Our main floor is 3 small fairly isolated rooms - maybe someday we will open it up some.

    And the house has moderate insulation (downstairs) - we are in Nova Scotia which is cold (maybe not for Canada)... this winter in particular was often around -15 but generally we are around -10 during the coldest month(s).

    Thanks all!
     

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  2. begreen

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    Both are good small stoves. The Yosemite has a bit of an edge with the larger firebox, but is hampered by not being able to use the side door. The F3CB is a nice small stove and a willing heater. The problem is that it has a small belly so the fire doesn't last too long in it. If the goal is for a good looking small stove for mostly nights and weekends then it should do the job ok. Other slightly larger front loading stoves you might consider are the Hearthstone Shelburne or the Hampton H200 (or H300?).
     
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    Both stoves are good units. The F3 is legendary as a solid little performer, but make no mistake, it IS little. The quad is a 1.5 cuft stove. You are probably looking at a ~4 hour burner. Keep your expectations in line with what the stoves were designed to do and you probably can't go wrong with either.
     
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    Thanks very much - appreciate all the advice.
     
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    The venerable F3 is a solid heater, been around many moons. Consider the F400 for the sq footage and extra burn time. I would check out the f45 Greenville too, but no enamel colors available. Like BG suggestion of the Shelburne too, nice heavy cast iron soapstone lined heater, a very serious contender to Jotul's F400 stoves....
     
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    I would think 1.5 cu.ft. firebox would be bare minimum for a Nova Scotia climate.
    My choice would be the 2.0 sq.' 3100 step top model.
    I had the early version/very similar to the 3100 for 15 years, never an issue. Lot's of heat for a small house.
     
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