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Review of Jotul F 100

Lovely little wood burner - but I wish I'd got a larger one

Mike Vessey 3 years ago

I ordered the Jotul F100 wood and I was delivered the US version, which has only a single top air vent (no bottom vent). Its not a problem. Just means I leave the door open a crack for 10 minutes when lighting.

Overall I love it. It's seriously heavy and really looks the part. It doesn't kick out quite as much heat as I'd expected. We have a large living room, single glazed, single brick walls and uninsulated. It never gets really hot with this.

It does still get really warm, but several people told me it would get so hot I'd have to open the lounge door. That's never happened.

I love the view of the fire. The glass can blur up and get dirty when lighting, but once it is up to temperature it cleans itself beautifully.

Lighting it is easy-peasy. A little kindling and 5 mins with the stove door open. Then I close the door and leave top vent fully open. I have a high chimney so great draft, so I expect I would find all stoves easy to light.

Positives: Cast iron. Great looks. Very well made. Glass keeps itself clean. Easy to light.

Negatives: No bottom vent (minor thing). More expensive than some.

Stove expert replied: You say you have a great draft, this may be taking the heat of the the firebox quickly and thus preventing the stove from providing the expected heat. Have you control over the rate of burn? Does the stove behave differently in different weather conditions? Might be worth investigating this further in case the flue draw exceeds what is recommended by the manufacturer.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 4.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4)