Review of Jotul --- F500 Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 300 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 0000 , Price Paid: 2,200
Location : West Windsor, VT , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Ezersky's Hardware
So far the temperature has only been down to 20 degrees, but this stove heats the place no problem, I don't think it will have much problem when it's 0 either, I'll just need to fire it more than once a day. The floorplan of my house is somewhat open, so a fan on low blowing towards the room with the stove distributes the heat well, and it floats upstairs as well. The fit and finish on this stove is excellent. Ray at Ezerskys was great to deal with. I installed the metal chimney myself, he allowed me to pick his brain for the better part of an hour to make sure I was doing everything right. All the employees I dealt with were knowledgeable and quite helpful. Given the fuel prices this year, I doubted if the price was negotiable, and didn't bother to ask; but as I sit in front of the fire typing this, I can tell you it was worth the price.
I had already read on this site that the stove was built so tight that it was difficult to start without leaving either the ash pan door or the side door partially open. I start my fire with both cracked slightly. I close the side door in about five minutes, then the ash pan door in about ten. After that she's good to go. Jotul would do us all a favor if they built a starting air damper into the stove, however I don't view keeping the doors open a crack for starting as particularly problematic.
Over all I love this stove, as does my family. The fire view through the glass is great. We almost got the 600, but I now know it would have been too much.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004