Some observations on new Jotul F 600

Nick Mystic Posted By Nick Mystic, Mar 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

  1. Nick Mystic

    Nick Mystic
    Minister of Fire 2.

    Feb 12, 2013
    Western North Carolina
    As I sit here typing I'm completing my final 400 F break in burn on the new stove. I thought I'd share a few observations so far based on my three fires. My stove has the enamel finish, which as I understand it puts off far fewer smells than the standard black paint. During the 200 F and 300 F burns I noticed some odor, but not very much. However, with this morning's 400 F burn the smell is much more pronounced. I've had to crack a couple sliding glass doors and turn the kitchen exhaust fan on low to help clear the air.

    Controlling the stove temperature has been remarkably easy. I've been burning in stoves for over 25 years, so I guess I have a pretty good feel for how to feed a fire. I built each fire in a very controlled manner, slowly adding progressively larger pieces of wood to edge up toward each target temperature. By doing it this way my one hour burns took longer since I didn't reach my target temperatures for 45 - 60 minutes and then I held the stove there for an hour before letting it burn down.

    I've been leaving my air control wide open as the heat in the stove builds and then as I approached each target I dropped the air to 75% and then 50% and that seemed to stabilize the heat at each target. I had hoped to be able to burn the stove tonight while we have friends over for dinner and bridge, but I don't know if the stove will cool down enough to reach room temperature before they arrive at 5 p.m. Also, with the odor coming off the stove I don't think we want to smell it during dinner and cards.

    The mantel on my fireplace is a four inch thick piece of hardwood that is 9 1/2 inches wide and only 22 inches above my stove. My clearance is supposed to be 26" for an 11" wide mantel. After the stove sat on 400 F for awhile I shot the underside of the mantel with my infrared thermometer and got a reading of 150 F. I could place my hand on it without it being uncomfortably hot and leave it there indefinitely, so the three second rule seemed to show it wasn't a problem. Nonetheless, for peace of mind, I think I'll go ahead and install a heat shield under the section of mantel directly over the stove. I burned an insert that stuck out about ten inches under this same mantel for 12 years with on issues, but I never took any readings of the underside temperature beyond touching it with my hand.

    I think my wife and I are going to really enjoy our new stove. I'm amazed at how little wood it takes to get some real heat out of the stove. For the 400 F burn I only used a couple 3" logs running across the front and back of the stove and then fed two small splits once I got some decent coals built up.I suspect I'll be able to get some decent over night burns out of the Jotul F 600.

    raybonz, milleo and teutonicking like this.
  2. teutonicking

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Aug 18, 2011
    That's a beauty. I ended up getting a Progress Hybrid last year, but that stove was my second choice. Enjoy it!
  3. ailanthus

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Feb 17, 2012
    Shen Valley, VA
    That is a GREAT looking hearth/installation. I have the F400, but I'd love to have the F500/F600 if I had enough space. There was a guy on here a few years ago who had some pretty impressive results installing a squirrel-cage blower behind the stove in a setup similar to yours, although it's a little hard to see how far back in the opening your stove sits - might work well if you end up needing better heat circulation.
  4. flhpi

    Burning Hunk 2.

    Oct 13, 2009
    Southern Ohio
    That is one good looking stove. A local dealer had a 15% off sale a while back on Jotul stoves. I talked myself down from the ledge. Congrats on the nice looking heater.
  5. Ashful

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Mar 7, 2012
    Nice looking install! Do go ahead with the heat shield. If you're at 150F with the stove at only 400F, a typical fire at 600+ will likely put you above 200F, a temperature at which pyrolysis begins to occur. A few years of that, then one overfire to 800+ could put you in the danger zone.

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