Jotul F 500 stove

Overall Rating:

4.5 flames

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Jotul F 500 stove

The Jotul F 500 stove is available in matt black & coloured enamel finishes.

The front glass is big & curved on the top


is covered with delicate lattice work.

It is a wide model - and the F500 will therefore take logs 550mm long.

There is an optional external air supply for this model.

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 5 flames
Quality of finish 5 flames
Value for money 4.5 flames
Ease of use 4.5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 4.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 4 flames
Controllability 4.5 flames
Handle operation 4 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 4.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 4.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • pretty looking

    7 years ago

    We purchased this Jotul , model F500 in May. it is our only source of heat, replacing our pellet stove. When fire on smart it is OK, when on on, it stinks to high heaven. In this very cold weather
    we must keep it on on. smart isn't heating enough. We ran stove on high as I was told by installers this would to get rid of the smell , it didn't work. Don't know what else to do , SMELL IS NOT GOING AWAY !!! Need HELP

    Stove expert replied: Is there enough air in the room for this size stove? Refer to pages 23 - 25 of the manual for fuel type and how to operate the stove effectively. Go back to the supplier for further assistance if the stove fails to work as expected, they may be able to assist you further as they should know the products well.

    Overall rating:

    3 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Time Waster

    Tony Quance 12 years ago

    I have never wasted as much time as I do now, sitting, gazing at the flames through the viewing window of my Jotul 500. What greater pleasure can there be on a freezing Canadian night? Bought
    last September, our Jotul is alight 24/7 starting early November. It is only recently we had to resort to the home's electric baseboard heaters while we waited for the sweep to clean out a creosote build-up. We are still getting used to our Jotul, and now place large logs on in the late evening with the damper slightly turned down. There are plenty of embers available in the morning to get the stove hot for the day. The baseboards cannot compete. The side door easily allows the large firebox to accommodate 22" logs, and in Canada we have a large variety of good hard woods to choose from. Very pleased with my Jotul, and I can recommend it to anyone. We need to exercise great care using metal tools though, as the enamel surface (ours is green) can chip very easily.

    Stove expert replied: The advice regarding the enamel will apply to any stove, so extra care should be made if you have an enamel model.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

More reviews for Jotul F 500 stove

  • Old friend

    Andy Simpson 11 years ago

    We have had this stove for almost five years now in our roomy French farmhouse. It runs all the time during the colder months and is our main form of heating, the back up electric radiators
    hardly ever switched on.Burning well seasoned 500mm oak logs put on the stove via the side door which is a great feature, this is truly a prince among wood stoves. The secondary burn tubes give the flame an almost "Northern Lights" quality dancing behind the door glass. The glass stays clean generally even overnight but needs very well seasoned wood to do this. It easy to light from the night before with the embers just needing reviving in the morning. Normally the stove is still warm due to the fact it is cast iron and very heavy. Lighting from cold is simple too. It has an ash can underneath which is superflous as it is easy to clean through the front door.Two small criticisms. Anything dropping down the flue is collected at the bottom of the flue entry rather than falling into the stove. This area is accessed by lifting out the top plate. French flues tend not to be insulated so the "crisps" or dried up creosote falling down can build up and in a worst case scenario could cause a fire in this section of the stove. Ask me how I know! Not difficult to deal with but time consuming and a potential problem if you don't know about it. Also access to the flue for brushing from the stove end is tricky due to the fact the throat plate cannot be removed and has to be re-positioned and then it is a bit of a fiddle to get the brush in from the front of the stove.That said these are minor irritations and the stove is excellent overall in every way, gives out phenomenal heat and I would have no hesitation in buying another one.It is always a pleasure lighting it up for the first time in the Autumn, just like welcoming an old friend back!We run a Jotul 602N in another part of the house, that is good too, and it's nickname of "little giant" is understandable when you fire it up!

    Stove expert replied: It is good practise to haev an alternative access for sweeping in a flue system rather than relying on sweeping through a stove, this may overcome the issue of residues at the base of the flue.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Wonerful

    James 12 years ago

    We installed the stove 4 years ago and it is wonderful - elegant and very very good at keeping us warm. Easy to light and clean (enamel finish) stays in overnight with no problem at all. Excellent
    quality but you do waste a lot of time gazing at the flames, as previous reviews have pointed out.Glass goes blacken overnight but is easy to clean with damp kitchen roll.we could not live without our Jotul

    Stove expert replied: Not a great deal to be said on such a glowing report of this stove.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Jotul F500

    Jan 13 years ago

    This stove is in a north facing cold room, and it has transformed the room into a cosy living area. We also have another stove in our living room, so sometimes the draw on both chimneys can
    cause a back/down draught to occur. Excellent stove and quality.

    Stove expert replied: It might be a good idea to fit room ventilation to both the rooms with stoves. To see if it solves the problem just open a window in each room and see if that does the trick.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • JOTUL F500

    CARON 15 years ago

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Jotul F500

    Bernard Horsfield 15 years ago

    This has served us well for over 6 years (since we moved in) initial tar problems have been cured by burning with a greater air setting. The Jotul is a very robust stove and withstands any slight
    misuse by inexperienced users.

    Stove expert replied: As this reviewer found out slow burning is not the most efficient way to run your stove and can lead to tar formation in the stove and chimney.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames