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Review of Jotul F 100

Not up to scratch!

Ivan Stockley 2 years ago

We inherited this stove when we moved here. It's a poor thing compared with the 3 wood burners in our previous house (a Jotul, a Morso and a Charnwood). It's hard to light and draws poorly. You have to leave the door open a bit to get it going, and even warm the chimney using burning newspaper first. It just doesn't seem to want to go, and even when fully alight it doesn't give off the heat of our Morso Squirrel, even with the draught fully open. It struggles to heat our room. I note that some other users have experienced just the same as us. It even blows back sometimes and fills the house with smoke - a new experience for us. Based on my experience, I would not recommend this wood burner to anyone, and indeed it is my intention to replace it in the near future. It's a disappointment because my previous Jotul was a winner.I

Stove expert replied: It sounds very much as if there is a poor draw on this flue system and this should be investigated by a professional to check that adequate air etc is available to allow combustion to occur. If this is found to be the case then the stove is not at fault. Getting smoke back into the room also indicates a poor draw, not enough air, wrong cowl etc. A full investigation of this installation is recommended as Jotul stoves normally work well producing a good heat.

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 1 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of use 1 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 1 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 2 flames (avg 4.3)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 4.3)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 4.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 4)