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Review of Jotul --- c 550 Rockland -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2014-03-12 22:43:57

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): 700 | House Size (Sq feet): 1530
Bought in 2007 , Price Paid:
Location : , 49684, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: High quality
Large firebox
Large glass window
High quality blowers (two)
No smoke from chimney, except when starting up
Heats whole house in Northern Michigan winter.
Easy to clean firebox
Glass rarely needs cleaning, after first year.
No Creosote build up.

Dislikes: Blower noise when on high.
Auto is slow to start blowers.

Comments: Great Stove - Highly recommended.

To date, I have used this stove for 7 northern Michigan winters. I burn from 4 to 6 full cords of wood every winter, mostly poor quality soft wood, but well seasoned and dry. But the wood it’s free. This stove will easily heat my 1530 sqft ranch style home, which is well insulated, but has larger than normal glass windows. I usually run the stove about 12 hours a day. I work from my home so it is easy to do. I usually add a log or two every 3 or 4 hours, to keep the stove hot. I’ve never had any creosote issues. I don’t usually run the stove on low burn, mostly medium to medium-high burn, and occationally with the air control fully open to get the fire burning hot.

During a 3-day power outage due to a major snowstorm, the stove was our only source of heat. The stove kept the house a comfortable 70+ degrees. However, I did have to get up once or twice during the night to add wood. I used an inverter and 12v deep cycle batteries to run the blowers.

I read some reviews that mentioned smoke in the house from this stove. However, I have never had smoke in my house from this stove. And we never have a ‘smoke’ smell in the house.

I will admit the first winter I did have a problem keeping the glass clean, but I learned a few things that first year. Keep the fire hot. Don’t burn wet wood. Split your logs to 5 inches or less in diameter. And if you do get creosote on the glass, just get a hot fire going and burn it off. The soot will wipe right off.


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