Review: Jotul F 100 Nordic QT
Jotul F 100 Nordic QT
I am EXTREMELY UNHAPPY with my new F100 wood stove. I bought it without reading reviews because I had heard nothing but good things about this company-and now I wish I had bought ANYTHING other than this stove. I have heated with wood for 30 years and I have NEVER encountered a stove that is so temperamental. It does not draw worth a d**n. This makes it unbelievably difficult to get a good fire go ing, and very hard to keep it going - and almost every time I open the door -even if the damper if sully open - te smoke backs up. Yesterday I fed this thing a big pile of dry kindling to even get it started, and still had to wait several hours and keep messing with it before it warmed up enough to begin spinning the Ecofan on top. Even if I have the draft wide open and the door cracked it does not draw. Yesterday I had to actually burn with the door open in order to get any kind of good fire going. My Jotul dealer installed this and has no explanation of why it performs so poorly. He said he contacted Jotul and was told it was a problem with the user and poor-quality wood. Again-I have heated with wood for 30 years, in all kinds of weather, with wood wet and dry, green and cured, and never had a problem like this. I can only put it down to some weird design flaw. I've now looked at online reviews and it seems this is a VERY common complaint with this model. I am thinking about returning it and getting something that actually functions. I would love to box it up and ship it right back to Jotul and get my nearly $1,000 back- I view the purchase as a waste of money. I would love a reply, since my dealer told me that Jotul prefers to work through the dealer to iron out customer complaints-and he went to the company he was told "operator error." I would advise anyone looking for a small stove to avoid the f100. If you're going to get it, make sure you have a mountain of finely split BONE-DRY kindling and that you can sit in front of the stove and babysit it to get any kind of halfway decent performance. UNLIKE! Jotul, why don't you redesign this thing so it performs?