Jotul 600 F side door handle question

Nick Mystic Posted By Nick Mystic, Mar 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

  1. Nick Mystic

    Nick Mystic
    Minister of Fire 2.

    Feb 12, 2013
    Western North Carolina
    I recently bought a Jotul 600 F stove and I noticed a quirk with the side door handle latching system. Here is a photo of what the door handle looks like when fully shut:


    After I close the door and latch it a few minutes later I will here a small noise and the handle is in this position:


    The door is shut fairly tight, but not locked down. When I push the handle shut I can feel increasing pressure up to the point shown in the second photo. The last few degrees pull the handle tight against the stove door and I can feel it come to a dead stop. However, it feels almost like it is on a hair trigger and the slightest touch will make it pop open that small amount shown above. I talked with another Jotul F 600 owner on this forum and he reports the same experience. I called the stove store where I bought my Jotul and asked him if he had any experience with this and he said he hadn't noticed that happening before. I asked him to check with his Jotul representative and see if he could find out how to remedy the problem. I haven't noticed it causing a problem with my fires and the door is still latched, so it's not likely to pop open all the way since gravity holds the handle from opening any further. I haven't been able to try the dollar bill test yet due to burning the stove 24/7 since installing it last Wednesday. Any other Jotul owners have this problem? If so, have you figured out how to remedy it?
  2. PapaDave

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Feb 23, 2008
    Northern MI - in the mitten
    You can still test the door. Use a piece of loose leaf paper instead of a dollar.
    You may be fine. It's easy enough to find out and only takes a few seconds.
  3. Laurent Cyr

    Laurent Cyr
    Burning Hunk 2.

    Dec 14, 2012
    Quebec, Canada
    Hi Nick! Like i told you earlier, I have the same issue, although mine doesn`t pop. It just slides back 1/4 to 1/2 inch, pretty much like in your photo.
    Funny, but the day you mentioned it to me, I smelt smoke in the basement. Damned if I could find the source of it, but I noticed that the latch was not tight. So I pushed it back in position. I didn`t smell any smoke for the rest of the evening. I thought perhaps my chimney needed cleaning, so the next day I climbed up on the roof, and did my first chimney cleaning. There was a little bit of popcorn at the top, but overall, the chimney was pretty clean. Anyway, since it isn`t a blockage of the chimney, I figure the latch is the culprit for the smoke (that and a poor fire).
    If anybody has a solution, we`d really like to hear it.
  4. webby3650

    Master of Fire 2.

    Sep 2, 2008
    It would take one "poor fire" to cause smoke to leak from a cracked door. It should have the opposite effect, an over-active fire. You must have something else going on, being a basement, I would guess a draft reversal? Caused by a furnace or dryer, etc.
    I have never heard of this problem with the 600, if it's common, I'm sure someone around here has found a fix for it.
  5. Butcher

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Nov 2, 2011
    N. central Ia.
    Check the bolt/screw that holds the piece of steel inside the stove that the latch catches on. Maybe it was not tightened down enough from the factory?

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