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Review of Jotul F 100

Wonder if I really have a Jotul

Teresa Cannon 2 months ago

I have a Jotul F100. I was advised it would heat the small room I have it in and the heat would travel to other rooms. But the heat extends just a metre or so from the stove.

Soon after I bought it the baffle fell. I managed to replace it but could see that the baffle was not wide enough to sit neatly on the gutters. So it kept falling down and I had to call the company three times (three times they responded) before the problem was solved.

The air vent doesn''t work, never has. The fire burns very quickly, not like past wood fires which I could leave overnight and stock up the next morning. The Jotul uses stacks of fuel.

The last time someone came to fix the baffle he asked me how I liked the stove. I told him my problems. He said he''d had exactly the same problems so he got rid of his Jotul for a much better product. I love the look of the Jotul but if it doesn''t perform well, looks are a poor substitute. Having taken so long to research a good product and having been convinced I''d made the right choice, I''m very disappointed. It was very expensive. I could have purchased something much cheaper that would have worked much better.

Stove expert replied: If the stove is working hard and not producing much heat, then the flue draught may be greater than what is recommended by the manufacturer. This can be tested, and should it prove to be in excess of this, either a stabiliser or flue damper can be fitted to give the user more control. The heat may be being drawn up the flue before it has time to heat the stove, this could also be the cause of the baffle plate problem as an overdrawing stove can cause distortion to components.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Firebox size 2 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 4.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.1)