Review of Jotul --- F500 Oslo -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry 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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 2,550
Bought in 2018 , Price Paid: $3,100
Location : Madison, WI 537, USA
Purchased from: Stove Dealer - Top Hat
o Left Side Load Door - I like to side load and my built-in wood storage is on the left - this was a must.
o Attractive - We got the Blue-Black Enamel and it looks fabulous. We see it every day of
the year since it's in the center of the house and we really like a good looking stove.
o Fire View - The large glass front allows for a great view of the fire.
o Extremely Heavy Duty - The castings are heavy and the stove looks like it will last forever.
o Takes up to a 24" split - We heat with wood, so I like to cut a long log and be able to get as much wood in the stove as possible.
o Door Latches - The side and front door have spring-loaded door latches. This keeps an even pressure on the gasket to prevent air leaks.
o Holds Coals - I often let the stove go out during warmer weather and overnight - I have good coals after 10 hours that I can re-start the fire on.
o Front Door Design - Ash falls out when you open the front door. I would say that this stove is un-usable as a front loader. I only have to deal with it when I clean the glass, so it's not a big problem for me.
Very pleased with the stove as you can see from my rankings and Pros vs Cons. A few comments that should be helpful.
I let the ash build up in the stove - that's what helps me to have good coals to work with. I tried keeping it cleaner in the beginning and I had very few coals when I did that.
Some say that the Olso is the fussiest stove when it comes to needing dry wood. I can't comment on that, but it does work best with dry wood of around 18% moisture or lower. That's not a problem for me - I cut and season my wood several years out. Burning well seasoned wood will give you the most heat for your efforts.
I start the stove using the "top down" method and have been pleased with how well it lights and how clean it keeps the glass.
I have not had any problem with wood against the glass. With a 22" to 24" spit, the manifolds on each side of the front door act as "andirons" and keep the wood back several inches from the glass.
Our house is 2,550 sq ft with an open floor plan and open to the second floor, so we have excellent heat circulation. It's tight and well insulated. This is my first full year heating with it 24x7 and I was able to keep the house at 70 degrees on a day when it was -25, so it will put out the heat when you need it.
The Primary Air Control gets very hot - I first though that was a major flaw in the stove, but then learned that you just tap it where you want it. You can do that without a glove and you won't get burned. Do Not grab it and move it!
That's about it. We are very pleased with the stove - it's always a relief after all of that shopping to find that you picked a stove that works for you.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004