Please give me your real world experience with the Jotul F45 V2 Greenville

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From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
I have to buy a new stove because I cannot get parts to rebuild my WS Keystone. I am really confused by the various recommendations made to me, since different dealers are recommending stoves on opposite ends of the spectrum concerning size and btu output. After researching some on the btu output and recommended sq.ft., it seems that it makes even less sense to me. I think I have narrowed it down though. One of them being the Jotul F45 V2 Greenville.

Another member on here recommended I get some real world experience to help make my decision. That sounded like really good advice, so here I am.
Can you give me your experiences with the F45?
How do you think it will work for my house?


Here are my house specs...
I am also attaching our house floor plan in PDF format.
#1- I calculated the square footage for the first floor at a measured 682 sq. ft. and that includes the staircase. The ceiling height on the first floor is 7"10".
#2- I calculated the square footage of the second floor at a measured 497.5 sq. ft. and that includes closet spaces. The ceiling height on the second floor is 6'10".
#3- The total sq. ft. for both floors is 1,179.5 sq. ft.
#4- The home is constructed with 2X6 walls and I can only assume it is insulated accordingly.
#5- I live in Central Maine.
#6- Windows on first floor are older double pane.
#7- There is no heat source on the second floor.

Any feedback before I make a decision?

Thanks in advance!
Brad
 

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Todd

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
9,389
NW Wisconsin
Sounds like the F45 would be a good fit for you. I’m heating a 600sq ft log cabin with 200sq ft loft and high ceiling great room with the F45 and it has no problem heating the whole cabin even when below zero outside.

The stove is really user friendly, 1 air control, loads front to back with a nice roomy 2.3 cu ft fire box. Glass stays super clean, the cleanest I’ve ever seen out of a dozen or so stoves I’ve burned over the years.

For a non cat I’m really impressed with the controlled heat output and burn times. I usually load her up about 3/4 full with a mix of Aspen and better hardwoods and easily get an 8 hour burn or a 3 load per day schedule. With a full load of good hardwood like Oak or hard Maple I can get an easy 12 + hour burn.

the cast iron jacket allows nice close clearances and softens the heat somewhat over a full radiant type stove. One of the few stoves out there with a rear vent option which I needed for my corner install. It also has a nice cooking surface I utilize often.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,975
South Puget Sound, WA
This is getting redundant.
 

From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
My sincerest apologies. I thought it was good advice that I got from a member here to get real world experiences from owners. As a moderator, and if possible, please delete my previous posts asking for help and real world experiences. I'm not trying to wear everyone out here asking for help. I apologize.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,975
South Puget Sound, WA
As noted earlier, none of the stoves you are looking at would be a bad choice. The most important question soon will be, what is still available? High steel prices and shipping issues have impacted the stove market.
 

From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
As noted earlier, none of the stoves you are looking at would be a bad choice. The most important question soon will be, what is still available.
As of today, the Jotul, Blaze King, and Alderlea are available for pickup at the stove shops. Of course, the Woodstock would have to be ordered and I could pick it up mid-October. I guess that is why I am such a pain over this, I need to make a decision while the shops still have them. Otherwise, ordering can put me mid-October up to mid-January with some. I'll just have to make the decision and be done with it.
 

From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
Sounds like the F45 would be a good fit for you. I’m heating a 600sq ft log cabin with 200sq ft loft and high ceiling great room with the F45 and it has no problem heating the whole cabin even when below zero outside.

The stove is really user friendly, 1 air control, loads front to back with a nice roomy 2.3 cu ft fire box. Glass stays super clean, the cleanest I’ve ever seen out of a dozen or so stoves I’ve burned over the years.

For a non cat I’m really impressed with the controlled heat output and burn times. I usually load her up about 3/4 full with a mix of Aspen and better hardwoods and easily get an 8 hour burn or a 3 load per day schedule. With a full load of good hardwood like Oak or hard Maple I can get an easy 12 + hour burn.

the cast iron jacket allows nice close clearances and softens the heat somewhat over a full radiant type stove. One of the few stoves out there with a rear vent option which I needed for my corner install. It also has a nice cooking surface I utilize often.
Todd, thanks for the information! That is exactly what I was looking for! All of this helps as I wade through the info. trying to make a decision. Thanks for taking the time!
 

Todd

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
9,389
NW Wisconsin
How bad is the Keystone cracked combust or pan? Have you sent a pic to Woodstock? You may be able to get away with a temp furnace cement patch until Woodstock can get you the part? I don’t see them putting that stove out to pasture, it’s still very popular. I burned one for many years and it’s a great stove, also rebuilt one and it would be easy to replace that pan with Woodstock help.
 

From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
How bad is the Keystone cracked combust or pan? Have you sent a pic to Woodstock? You may be able to get away with a temp furnace cement patch until Woodstock can get you the part? I don’t see them putting that stove out to pasture, it’s still very popular. I burned one for many years and it’s a great stove, also rebuilt one and it would be easy to replace that pan with Woodstock help.
I just got an email late yesterday from Woodstock and they are getting some of the parts in stock. As a matter of fact, according to the email, it may only be a couple stones that I wanted to replace that are missing from my order. They are working on it and diving deeper into what is or is not available. And you are right, they are still taking orders so they are still building it. That would also seem to me that they have confidence they will have parts too! That was some good news for me! I just moved into this house, so if I can use the Keystone this year, I would have a good idea of what will be needed should I buy a new stove. But if the parts cannot be had by cold weather, I will probably go with one of the stoves on my list.... probably by availability.
Thanks again, you are always a help!
 

Todd

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
9,389
NW Wisconsin
That’s good news. I bet you’ll find the Keystone will handle your heating needs just fine. I heated 2000sq ft from a basement with mine and it did great about 90% of the time then I used a gas stove upstairs to supplement as needed.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Yes, the Keystone should handle it well. How bad are the stones you want to replace? Are they interior or exterior stones?
 

From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
Yes, the Keystone should handle it well. How bad are the stones you want to replace? Are they interior or exterior stones?
Four of the stones are external and cracked through, meaning when I disassembled the stove, the stones came out in pieces. The two internal stones are cracked, but not broken through. I was going to replace the two internals since it was apart and thought that would be the best time to do it.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
88,975
South Puget Sound, WA
Sounds like a good plan and savings then to be patient and work with Woodstock. Do you have alternative heat for the next month or two just in case?
 

From Away

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Jul 2, 2021
34
Central Maine
I do have a propane heater, a Rinnai. We moved into this house in March and the propane heater ran a lot! If I have to use it till this all settles out, it is what it is. Admittedly, i am just nervous that I am going to find myself leaning on the propane all winter. Propane deliveries come one time up here in the beginning of the month. Plus, that gets a little expensive, but so is a new stove.
 
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