Review: Jotul F 100 Nordic QT
Jotul F 100 Nordic QT
This little gem of a stove cannot be beat for ease of use, burn efficiency, and economy. Every convenience imposes some compromise. With wood-burning stoves, it's ash-dust, a bit of smoke now and again, and getting the right size wood to feed the stove. That's true of all stoves, but this Jotul F 100 QT performs so well that the inconveniences are very tolerable. Opening the door slowly will all but eliminate the smoke problem. Using some small pieces of kindling on either side to support a piece of dry oak or other dense wood - so that the draft can work beneath it - makes firing the stove up a piece of cake. Every stove requires a bed of hot embers to burn well, and that takes about an hour to create in the F100, but once it's going, all that's needed to keep it going is to feed it cured wood. If a piece of wood burns in contact with the glass, it will deposit a brownish tar-like film - but that can be burned off with a hot fire; the glass washing pattern not only keeps it clean, it will clean a "burnt" glass. If you're impatient, get a single-edge razor scraper and clean it that way. We have saved many dollars on fuel oil costs with this little beauty.