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Jotul F500 Oslo

Review: Jotul F500 Oslo

Bookmark and Share Reviewed March 11, 2018 by Confused ron

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Efficiency: Rating: 1 Star - Very poor

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Jotul F500 Oslo
Basically this stove sucks. Growing up with coal and wood stoves, heating with various cheap to moderate priced stoves for 40 years, I decided to get a high priced efficiency stove. Man was it ever a high priced mistake. Regardless of how big of a fire is burning, it goes through as much wood as my first cheap Franklin stove in the mid 70’s. Yet it doesn’t heat as well. At no time has our living room got hot. Just warm. We though with the fans we could heat a couple of rooms with this stove. But we haven’t been able to so far. The air vent set up is a joke. The only way to get a blazing fire is with a door open. Which they say is a no no. But after a lot of fussing and cussing, you can get a fire started, and burn wood, lots of it. But you never really get that warm. A $100 55 gallon drum kit would heat much better. The glass has discolored so bad it might as well come with a solid cast iron door. My wife was hoping to watch the fire, but that can’t happen. All the stoves that I have even used could chase you out of a room. This one, not going to do that. At no time have I ever had a fire in it that I couldn’t lay my hand on top of the stove. Yes, it was warm enough to be uncomfortable, but never hot enough to burn me. So no heating water or cooking on it. To sum it up, I would only recommend this to some one who had never used a wood stove and has enough money to burn both wood and the furnace at the same time to stay warm.

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Reviewed and rated by Overpopulation on September 16, 2016

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Reviewed and rated by windynightpat on December 26, 2015

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Reviewed and rated by Paul Lavallée on March 15, 2014

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Reviewed and rated by dat guy on February 14, 2014

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Reviewed and rated by norm on January 10, 2014

I experienced the out of control burn, but it is an easy fix. Disassemble the vent control by removing the 2 bolts inside the front door and the cover. Remove the sliding door. You will find the...

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Reviewed and rated by Serge Vivier on December 08, 2013

I live in Canada and I have owned many different wood stove for over 40 years. We have had this stove for 5 years in our 1800 Sq feet cape cod and we burn 3 cords of hard wood and 1 cord of soft...

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Reviewed and rated by Loriandmarcus on November 21, 2013

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Reviewed and rated by tdaristide on November 04, 2013

Takes awhile to get it going and have to open bottom door to create enough air to get fire going. Internal draft mechanism is not enough and I have a good drafting chimney and flu. Burns nice...

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Reviewed and rated by marcin on September 26, 2013

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Reviewed and rated by MARK on September 26, 2013

Great gear! Very hot for all winter!

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Reviewed and rated by delta on September 26, 2013

very good!

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Reviewed and rated by windynightpat on May 28, 2013

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Reviewed and rated by Living Rural on February 09, 2013

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Reviewed and rated by boogaloo007 on February 02, 2013

i thought i was doing something wrong but this stove is hard to get long burn times but we love it and it does heat our 1800 sq ft home.

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Reviewed and rated by jimmycriket on February 02, 2013
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Reviewed and rated by blazer55 on February 01, 2013
nice stove but short burn times. I could get 8hr burns with my old vermont castings. I’m using lots of kindling and burning more wood.
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Reviewed and rated by GW on January 08, 2013

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Reviewed and rated by CG on November 10, 2012

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Reviewed and rated by tt3210@gmail.com on December 24, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by medbill411@gmail.com on December 17, 2011

Installed this stove about 4 years ago now I think and we LOVE it! It burns 24/7 and heads our colonial style home (2200 sq ft) nicely. Right now I am stilling here...

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Reviewed and rated by Keystonedig@gmail.com on December 13, 2011

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