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Review of Jotul --- Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2011-04-09 19:40:13

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): 800 | House Size (Sq feet): 1900
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 1900
Location : Salem, OR 97301, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Home Fire Stove

Likes: - Even heat
- Large length (24" logs)
- Large side-loading door (10.5in corner-to-corner) HUGE Rounds possible for overnight burns :)
- Large sq in ash trap largest in industry I believe
- Easy to control air input, 1 lever to control damper
- Attractive as a classy piece of furniture
- Easy to clean glass, re-burn keeps glass clean if burning hot
- Large surface to heat water on, cook, etc...
- Quality construction - second season and nothing has gone wrong
- Long overnight burns with quality seasoned hardwood up to 18 hours - e-mail me and I can send proof
- Ability to brag about low heating costs to your neighbors

Dislikes: -Front door blows ash onto the front ash trap when opened - best to load wood from the large side door. This is more of a minor inconvenience than a design flaw.
-Air input is at the lower-front area of the burn box. When a chunk of wood is in front of it, air can't get to the rest of the box. Takes some getting used to, but avoidable with proper firebuilding skills.
- Hard to clean the creosote out from when you sweep, you can't remove the top plate above the re-burn tubes. You have to slide it forward and dig out the creosote you scraped down with your chimney sweep out by hand. If you have large hands, good luck. Not impossible, just inconvenient.

Comments: Let me preface this review by saying that in general, I NEVER write reviews for anything. I DID research for a few days straight before purchasing this wonder stove and DO appreciate all of the reviews I read before I bought. Thank you Oslo users for posting your informative insight. I will do the same. I have nothing to gain from doing this, save for wanting my fellow wood-burners to have the best that you can get. I believe I've found it. For now.
I researched the benefits of cast iron vs. steel vs. soapstone vs. a combination of cast iron/soapstone. It all came down to what I needed in a stove. If you can commiserate with me, then get this stove. It needed to have:
-Large length capacity
-Large diameter side-loading capability
-Re-burn tubes
-Heat 1500-2000 sq. feet
-Keep glass clean
-Easy to maintain
-Easy to empty ash
All in all, this is the best stove you can buy, period. Having burnt wood all my life, I can say that you can't get a better stove for the money.
House = 2 stories
1st floor =1100 sq feet, open floor plan w/2 bedrooms
2nd floor = 800 sq feet, 2 bedrooms
From start to finish, takes 2 hours to get the first floor from around 50 degrees to 80 degrees. The second floor never gets above 75 degrees due to the 1908 construction and tiny stairs. 2 large picture windows are sitting in the living room and the stove is in one corner, opposite the stairs. In other words, the heat has to go 180 degrees and up narrow stairs and STILL the upstairs heats to 75+ degrees within a few hours. Amazing feat.
The stove is easy to start in the morning; once it goes, just turn down the damper and it burns for 8+ hours until my wife gets home from work first and stokes it.
The heat is even and doesn't feel like you need to open a window.
If you want to know more about this amazing stove from a person who only uses this stove to heat the house, please e-mail bmadiso AT wou DOT edu
Thanks for reading, and happy hunting.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004