Jotul Wood Stoves Reviews and Buying Guide 2020

This Jotul Wood Stove review will look at all of the brand’s wood burning cast iron models. Each model’s specifications, features, and prices are provided.

Jotul Wood Stove Review

The Jotul company was founded in Norway in 1853 and Jotul North America (NA) was begun in 1980. North American operations are headquartered in Gorham, Maine. All Jotul wood stoves sold in the U.S. are now manufactured here rather than imported from Norway. Jotul NA is considered one of the dominant, high end, wood burning stove manufacturers in the North American market. But does the user experience match the reputation? It’s a mixed bag, and we’ll tell you why.

All Jotul stoves are constructed with the stated goal of quality craftsmanship and materials, maximum efficiency and use of technology which provides clean burn operation. According to Jotul, their cast iron stoves are the most durable stoves available today. But we’ve yet to find a manufacturer that says its stoves aren’t durable.

Let’s look at what makes these stoves so popular and whether they are worth the price.

Jotul Advantages

Here are things to like about Jotul wood burning stove models.

Quality Craftsmanship and Materials

Jotul stoves are made of quality cast iron, and the work is done by expert craftsmen. Most Jotul stove owners are impressed with the durability of their stoves, and reviews bear this out. The stoves are meant to last a lifetime, but as with any stove, it depends on how heavily it is used. Cast iron is very sturdy and should not warp or deform with high heat and long burning times.

Environmentally Sound

Jotul uses proprietary technology, discussed below, to create stoves with very clean burning and high efficiency, designed to get the most from the fuel. All of its wood burning stoves are 2020 EPA Certified, which means that the Environmental Protection Agency has tested the product and found that it meets EPA clean air standards, creates less smoke, and uses less wood to create the same amount of heat as those with a poor burn. Of course, the quality and condition of the fuel always plays a role.

Free Standing or Used in an Existing Fireplace

The Jotul stoves are made to be free-standing but many are available with a kit that allows you to install it into an existing fireplace. Note: The fireplace should meet code requirements to ensure safety. That’s not something Jotul is liable for, of course.

Unique Features on Some Jotul Wood Stove Models

The following technology is available on both the Oslo F500 V3 and the Oslo CF F500 V3 models.

Jotul Fusion Technology

The brand’s Jotul Fusion ™ Technology provides the industry’s lowest first hour emissions output for a wood stove. Air shed emissions spike during the startup of a wood burning stove and Jotul Fusion addresses this issue. Hearth & Home magazine honored Jotul in 2019 with a Vesta Award for technological innovation.

Vesta Award

Jotul Fusion Technology is the combination of a unique Jotul High Flow ™ Combustor operating along with a secondary combustion baffle and automated secondary air control. This results in a stove that does not require a bypass and has only a single air control lever making it easy to operate and allowing the stove to operate in clean burn mode 100% of the time.

The absence of a bypass damper allows the stove to require lower clearances to combustibles, such as floors and walls.

Jotul High Flow Combustor

The Jotul High Flow ™ Combustor design and structure allows for expansion and contraction of the stove material throughout heating cycles to prevent distortion. The combustor is made from an alloy that has a very high melting temperature and is backed by Jotul’s 20 year combustor warranty protecting against manufacturing defects and materials.

The High Flow ™ combustor creates minimal flow resistance eliminating back-puffing and draft sensitivity that is common with traditional catalytic stoves.

Jotul Wood Burning Stove Reviews and Guide

Here is a more detailed review of each model. They will guide you in your buying decision based on the features, size, efficiency and your budget. It starts with an overview chart.

ModelMaterialBTU CapacityBurn TimeLog SizeMax. HeatingTechnologyHeat EfficiencyMSRP
Greenville F45V2Cast Iron58,600Up to 9 hrs.18"1,800 sq ftJotul TurbulatorUp to 73%$2,100
Oslo F500 V3Cast Iron70,000Up to 10 hrs.24"2,300 sq ftFusion, High FlowUp to 85%$3,200
Oslo CF F300 V3Cast Iron70,000Up to 10 hrs.24"2,300 sq ftFusion, High FlowUp to 85%$3,200
Carrabassett F55 V2Cast Iron/Steel84,311Up to 10 hrs.18"2,600 sq ftUp to 73%$3,000
Jotul F602 V2Cast Iron49,576Up to 5 hrs.16"800 sq ftJotul TurbulatorUp to 75%$1,100

Jotul Greenville F45V2

Jotul Greenville F45V2

This is a handsome stove with classic appearance.

  • Cast Iron construction
  • Efficiency LHV 76.55% HHV 71% (These acronyms stand for Low Heat Value and High Heat Value)
  • Estimated Retail Price: $2,100

Details: Matte black, this is Jotul’s bestselling medium size wood stove, and is 2020 EPA Certified. The Greenville utilizes Jotul Turbulator ™ non-catalytic clean burn technology creating high efficiency and low emissions.

Available Accessories: Flame retardant stove gloves, magnetic stove top thermometer, outside air kit (required for mobile home installations), blower kit, and short leg kit allowing for installation into an existing fireplace with an opening as low as 26.25”.

Jotul Oslo F500 V3 and Oslo CF F500 V3

Jotul Oslo F500 V3

Both models are 2020 EPA Certified.

  • Cast Iron construction
  • Efficiency LHV 84.7% HHV 78.4%       
  • Estimated Retail Price: $3,200

Details: This stove is a 2019 two time Vesta Award winner for Best in Show - Design and Innovation and for Design and Innovation in Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts.

This stove is available in black, blue-black, and brown and features Jotul Fusion and the High Flow Combustor technologies, discussed previously in this article, that allows the stove to operate without the need for a bypass therefore providing a 100% clean burn. The stove has both a front and a side door for convenient loading.

The only difference between these two models is that the Oslo F500 V3 has a decorative arch detail on the front door giving it a more traditional appearance and the Oslo CF F500 V3 has a door without the detail providing a clear view of the fire. Also, the Oslo CF is not available in the blue-black color choice.

Available Accessories: Flame retardant stove gloves, magnetic stove top thermometer, outside air kit (required for mobile home installations), blower kit, short leg kit allowing for installation into an existing fireplace with an opening as low as 26.25”, rear heat shield, side door lock kit, leg leveler kit and universal gasket kit.

Here is a video on lighting the Oslo stoves

Carrabassett F55 V2

Carrabassett F55 V2

A large window for fire viewing plus a lifetime warranty on the baffle and combustion system make this an appealing option.

  • Cast Iron and Steel construction
  • Efficiency: LHV 73.13% HHV 67.97%
  • Estimated Retail Price: $3,000

Details: The Carrabassett is Jotul’s new, large, front loading, wood stove and features a fully lined firebrick firebox. This stove is Jotul’s value priced model yet still provides the high quality product they are known for. The Carrabassett is large enough to be used as a primary heat source and is available in black.

Available Accessories: Flame retardant stove gloves, magnetic stove top thermometer, outside air kit (required for mobile home installations), blower kit, universal gasket kit, and short leg kit allowing for installation into an existing fireplace with an opening as low as 26.25”.

Jotul F 602 V2

Jotul F 602 V2

Where space is tight, consider this compact Jotul wood burning stove that’s barely a foot wide.

  • Cast Iron construction
  • Efficiency LHV 75.14% HHV 70%
  • Estimated Retail Price: $ 1,100

Details: This bestselling small wood burning stove has earned the nickname “Little Giant” due to its small size yet its ability to achieve over 49,000 BTUs and burn for up to 5 hours. The stove utilizes the Jotul Turbulator non-catalytic technology. Available in black and 2020 EPA Certified. Following is a video showing this stove in use.

Jotul Wood Stove Warranty

Jotul provides a Limited Lifetime warranty on baffle and air manifold components from manufacturers defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the product, a Limited 5 Year warranty on cast iron and steel components, a Limited 2 Year Warranty on the enamel finish, and a 1 Year Warranty on electrical components. The complete warranty is available on the website at:

http://us.jotul.aws.lyon.sqli.com/sites/usa/files/2019-05/Warranty_statement_wood-1.pdf

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