Review of Jotul F3 stove

Generally good

Michael Connolly 7 years ago

Had mine about 12 years, with few problems. I modified the ash tray, (which being four-sided, was virtually impossible to return once removed) taking out the back wall, to give in effect a high sided shovel.

Found it strange that a 'multi-fuel' (as it was advertised at the time) should provide no bottom vent, to supply air under the coal. Also, the coal at each side just goes out for want of air, which is only supplied in the centre. I see now they advertise it for 'wood only' which makes more sense.

Otherwise, all it has needed is 3 or 4 new door ropes over the years. Used most nights in the winter.

I would not buy another, but only because technology has moved on.

By the way, do I need to check the upper baffles for blockages etc, and if so, are there any instructions out there?

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 4.1)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.2)
How well does the airwash work 2 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 3.6)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.9)