Jotul F500 Oslo Wood Stove Review
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Jotul F500 Oslo Wood Stove Review

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Jotul F500 Oslo Wood Stove Review

Editor's Review

Jotul Wood Stove Review
9.75
10 Design
10 Warranty & Support
9 Stove Efficiency
10 Our Top Choice

Corporate History

Jotul was founded by Oluf Onsom as a cast iron stove company near Oslo, Norway, in 1853. Today Jotul products are sold in 43 countries on six continents. Its main production facilities are located in Norway and Denmark.

Jotul stoves have been imported in the U.S. since the 1970’s, and Jotul North America was founded in Maine in 1980. Jotul North America employs approximately 75 people and sells approximately 17,000 wood and gas stoves and inserts in North America annually. All Jotul wood and gas stoves sold in North America today are manufactured in Gorham, Maine.

Product Lines

Jotul’s large line of wood stoves includes the F370, which features a modern design and is approved for use with wood bio-fuels. Wood stoves range in heating capacity from the F602, designed to heat up to 800 square feet, to the F600, which can heat up to 2,500 square feet.

The Jotul GF370 gas stove has won several design awards, including the Norwegian Award for Design Excellence. Gas stoves range in heating capacity from the GF200, designed to heat up to 800 square feet, to the GF500 DV and the GF600, both of which can heat up to 2,000 square feet.

Jotul F500 Oslo REVIEW

Specifications:

  • Heats up to 2000 sq ft
  • Up to 8 hour burn time
  • Up to 24in log length
  • EPA 3.2 Grams per hour
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • Weight: 375 lbs
  • Features Jøtul’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Incorporates Jøtul’s non-catalytic clean burn technology
  • Front and left side-loading door – the industry’s largest

 

Jotul F500 Oslo “The Good” –

  • Most people that purchase this stove do so for the side loading feature. Which I would agree is a great feature. When you are putting the wood in from the side it is a lot less messy. And that last piece of wood does not keep trying to roll out as you are trying to close the door. The side door is definitely a plus in my opinion.
  • The style of this stove is pretty cool. It is made in Norway and definitely has that Norwegian flare. If you like the look it is pretty unique in the cast iron stove world.
  • Ash drawer is a plus. Some customers complain that it is not really big enough which I understand, but it sure does help get a fire going quick if you leave it cracked. Just don’t leave it cracked for too long or it will warp the bottom ash grate.

Jotul F500 Oslo “The Bad” –

  • I hear a lot of complaints about this stove is hard to get started. While it is possible that can be attributed to people using poor quality wood. In my experience this stove requires quite a tall chimney to work well. Page 5 of the manual states that a minimum 15′ vertical chimney is required to prevent “inadequate draft”. A 15′ chimney does not just happen in most installations. A lot of manufactured homes with shallow pitched roofs only end up with 10′ from the stove collar to the cap. Some stoves are more sensitive to the height of the chimney than others, but this Jotul F500 is pretty sensitive. Some manufacturers don’t put a required minimum, and if they do 12′ is pretty typical. 15′ may not be a problem in your application but it is something to be aware of.
  • Gaskets – Most customers that have this stove complain about the burn times they get. Now these burn times are very subjective based on wood, temperature, how far they shut the stove down. Also what means it is still burning just barely enough coals so you don’t have to light a match or still putting out good heat and the house be warm. I don’t have personal experience with the burn times so I am not going to comment on that. But I do recommend to my customers to replace the side door, front door and ash drawer gaskets every single year. And I always hear of improved performance and burn times. Gaskets are relatively inexpensive.
  • Cost – This stove is the most expensive of the three that I would consider comparable. The Hearthstone Shelburn and the Vermont Castings Encore.

Overall, I think the Jotul F500 Oslo is a good stove. But I think most people put too much value on the side door and end up paying a premium for it. The Hearthstone Manchester has a nice side door and you are getting a little larger stove and firebox for less money. If you like the look and the price is worth it to you then go for it Just make sure that your chimney is at least 15′ tall otherwise you will probably have issues.

Link to the manufacturer’s site for more info on the OSLO click here.

2 Comments

  • Adam Burk says:

    I love this stove is well constructed, all heavy cast Iron! Firebrick lined on 4 sides is a huge plus. Large glass door with great view. You can fit an 18″ log front to back with no problem, or 21″ sideways. I get a full 8 hours at over 300 degree temps with a full load of oak we heat our 1000SQF church with it no problems. It has a secondary burn which works fairly well. The stove produces excellent radiant heat. Would recommend this stove to anyone!

  • Alana says:

    Keeps our 1800-square foot, 100-year old farm house warm throughout coastal Rhode Island winters. Easily keeps the inside temperature 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit over outside temperature. Even when it gets down into the low teens and single numbers. I just feed it more often and can get 60 degrees over outside. Great purchase and very happy with this stove.

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