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Jotul F 400 Castine

Review: Jotul F 400 Castine

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Jotul F 400 Castine
We've had ours for three winters now, and it is used constantly from about October to March, everyday. It heats our living room, but our house is big and four finished floors. The rest of the house stays cold and we use a gas boiler to keep the house around 65 degrees. The living room is over 100 near the woodstove, which feels great in the winter. It drops to 75 or so just 15 feet away, so everyone tends to hang out right next to the woodstove. I wouldn't want my whole house to be 100 anyway. We only open the door when the coals are red but the flame is gone, otherwise there is a puff of smoke that is annoying, and a source of contention between my husband and me. He is learning to only open the door to reload when the wood is glowing coals, not still burning. We keep it going continuously, day and night, and it still has coals at 6:00 AM after being loaded up with three big pieces of wood at around 11:00 PM. We run ours over 600 degrees all the time with no problems. If the wood is down to glowing coals you can open the door wide and no smoke will come out. Sometimes I do this just to feel the intense heat and enjoy the bright coals. It would be impossible to put a screen on this woodstove and burn a fire from start to finish. I broke the glass once by pushing logs with the door. We are now aware that you cannot push logs with the door of this stove! My husband is now getting into the habit of stacking the logs in a way that they tend to fall against the glass every time, so I'm waiting for the glass to break again soon, as he cannot break a habit until something terrible happens that would force him to stop. We'll probably be up in the middle of the night trying to get the fire out as the house fills with smoke, but I digress... I think he would like a bigger woodstove. The Castine is medium size, but smallish. The 3CB or whatever is TINY. We had one at first but we had to send it back, it was just too small, and it was installed incorrectly. We installed this one ourselves, with an insulated steel pipe going ALL the way up the chimney, which is critical for a stove like this one, but here we are with the pipe and our stove till smokes with the door is open when the fire is burning!

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by It'sColdUpHereInMaine on March 03, 2014

I love this stove, lights easy and been heating my entire top floor for three seasons. I have broken the glass (ceramic actually) once but that was my fault. Burns all night if you know how to...

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Reviewed and rated by broncomke on January 25, 2014

Installed this stove last year and have been very pleased with its performance. I see a lot of poor reviews on here but am thinking these people just didn’t do their homework when...

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Reviewed and rated by Alana on January 16, 2014

Hate this stove! I grew up with a Jotul and it was great. My husband got a cheap stove from Home Depot for downstairs we have had it for years, we wanted to get off oil so we bought a...

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Reviewed and rated by joe on January 08, 2014

I have had the Castine stove for 3 years now. I have a small ranch about 1500 square feet and it heats the whole house with ease. It is easy to clean and the large viewing door is a favorite of...

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Reviewed and rated by WB on November 04, 2013

I have owned this stove for almost 6 years. The stove puts off a lot of heat and we can heat the majority of our house with it. Last winter when the electricity was out we cooked Mac & Cheese...

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Reviewed and rated by Emainiac on October 24, 2013

I have had this stove for 8 years and overall am pleased with the performance. I had a Vermont Casting Vigilent previously and miss the damper lever which always allowed me to put in wood from...

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Reviewed and rated by Ross on October 04, 2013

I have heated with wood stoves for over 40 yrs. and have had 6 or 7 Jotul models. Each one is different and you need to learn how they work, it has been my experiance that most people simply vent...

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Reviewed and rated by BruceB on June 11, 2013

This is our second Jotal in 11 years, they replaced the first one due to the cream paint flaking off, the present one is 5 years old has paint flaking off as well, and the pre heater baffle has...

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Reviewed and rated by Stephen Wright on February 23, 2013

The fist two years this stove was great. Loved it. After a bed of coals is established, it consumes single pieces of 14” cord wood just fine. One piece per hour. Then, at night, I bank...

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Reviewed and rated by Woodswoman on January 23, 2013

I heated for years with a Vermont Castings Defiant woodstove. I replaced it beause I thought the stove he warped nd was drafting too much. (as it turned out it was overuse of gasket glue…...

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Reviewed and rated by squeezie on October 18, 2012

Excellent stove… Like most you must have absolutely dry, preferably aged 1+yr hardwood. Green wood will not burn. With a good chimney and good wood, my stove heats the entire downstairs...

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draft handle very stiff
Reviewed and rated by lyle hartzell on October 12, 2012

Has anyone who has this stove had a problem with the damper being extremely hard to open and close. I looked through the manual and got no help.

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Reviewed and rated by RangerTim on October 11, 2012

We’ve owned this stove for over ten years (the double door model). I grew up with wood stoves, mostly the stamped-steel, black Buck stove variety. Most reviews I have read here are from...

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Jotul F 400
Reviewed and rated by Dave on April 17, 2012

Anyone know how to fix a dropped door? The hinge pins are slack resulting in the door dropping about 3mm (1/8”). This causes the pivot lock on the far side of the handle to catch the burner...

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Reviewed and rated by Th King on January 26, 2012

Had this stove installed on 12-19-2012. This is an excellent stove and I have no complaints. This stove is easy to use, has a long burn time,( I get between 6-7 hours), and looks great. The...

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Reviewed and rated by happy f-400 unser on January 11, 2012

As with any woodstove there are factors to consider. Quality of wood, draft, and of course user habits. I think it is a tad unfair to blast a stove or any product for that matter with out...

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Reviewed and rated by Brian on December 25, 2011

Yotul has been around since 1853, and make great stoves. Being an owner of the castine I can say that this stove is perfect. Do your research before purchasing a woodstove. There is alot to...

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Reviewed and rated by dadams on November 28, 2011

Love it!! We have owned several stoves and this is by far the BEST!! If someone is having problems with this stove, they either have draft issues or they just do not know what they are doing....

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Reviewed and rated by hottr6 on November 26, 2011

It took a season to learn to “work” with this stove. I now never have any trouble lighting (there are always coals from the previous burn), glass stays clear once it is sealed tight,...

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Jotul F 400 Castine not bad but poor airwash. Not the best traditional Jotul stove
Reviewed and rated by Jotul fanatic on November 05, 2011

I have owned, used, supplied and installed every single Jotul traditional cast iron stove from the F100 to the F600. Some of my customers who have purchased the F400 have complained about the...

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Reviewed and rated by jad on October 08, 2011

I need to fix the draft adjustment (seems ‘off track’ — not connected to handle): On the schematic, it appears that the cover to the draft (#43) is held by two bolts (#31). ...

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Reviewed and rated by paul cavanaugh on September 20, 2011

Correct my last post: In reference to both doors; never open the ash drawer door, it will create a scarey big fire almost instantly. I mispoke when I mentioned both doors. (was thinking about my...

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Reviewed and rated by paul cavanaugh on September 20, 2011

This stove is perfectly fine. A lot of the reviews seem to be from folks who expect a stove to make up for other flaws in their house. In an insulated home that is reasonably airtight a 400-500...

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Reviewed and rated by Stoveguy on May 02, 2011

F400 is designed with one of, if not the biggest viewing area in the industry for that size stove. To gain this, there is very little to hold in the smoke, so do open the door slowly. They have...

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Reviewed and rated by Tailwinds on April 07, 2011

I should of read these comments 3 years ago. All the bad things said are true. 55,000 BTU output is a lie. Smokes every time the door is opened, no customer support,...

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Reviewed and rated by Dan on March 21, 2011

A very good Stove. My last stove was an ancient Vermont castings that was not up to the task due to age and size. I have a 2000 square foot cape with a walkout finished basement which is where...

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Reviewed and rated by Chinny on February 02, 2011

We have had the stove now for just over two months and with the exception of this week ( new batch of wood) I have been very satisfied with it. It starts easily with a fire starting brick and dry...

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Reviewed and rated by stovewhisperer on January 19, 2011

stove heats our entire house: 2300 square feet. this is possible in part becasue of all the sealing an reinsulating that we did on our 40 year old house. The first 3 weeks of owning the stove...

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Reviewed and rated by Bill G on January 12, 2011

We were a bit dismayed with some smoking during the first few days of use, afraid that we had made a purchase that we would regret. But within another couple of days, we were delighted with it. ...

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Reviewed and rated by robertomondo on December 29, 2010

Regretfully this stove has two serious design flaws. As mentioned in several comments, it smokes every time you open the door to add wood and it often burns out of control. I am extremely...

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Reviewed and rated by GrampaJohn on December 22, 2010

I’m in my third winter with my Castine. It’s in my office in the lower floor (basement) of my 2000 sq ft, 3-level house. We’re in Western Wisconsin, near Stillwater, MN, so it...

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Reviewed and rated by weld387 on October 10, 2010
This was a very expensive wood stove. The tax credit made it viable to own. My chimney guy recommended the Jotul brand. He wanted me to consider a insert. I wanted a wood stove. This was the largest...
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Reviewed and rated by kuvaszman on September 23, 2010

Bought my F400 in 2003. It worked pretty well until the past 2 years during which it developed puff back problems and occasional overfiring. Even with the damper open about 1/4, the secondary...

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Reviewed and rated by Jake on September 17, 2010

Overall very pleased with the F 400 only problem is with the Ivory enamel which is very poor and flaking off. has anyone else had this problem.

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Reviewed and rated by Jerry on September 01, 2010

I have a F400 and it is the best money I have ever spent. I have no problems getting an 8 hr burn out of it and it does not smoke up my house. From what I am reading in this blog the people that...

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Reviewed and rated by Marilyn on February 17, 2010

I am sorry I purchased this woodstove. I went for the name and the stove’s good looks. It smokes even with kiln dried wood. And it does “take off” to a scary degree at times. We...

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Reviewed and rated by xaraya on February 11, 2010

I now have the misfortune of living with a Jotul—the second in my life now, and am having the same experience as before. Impossible stove. Hard to light, takes off at random intervals,...

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Reviewed and rated by tonynelson on February 09, 2010

It’s pretty, but very temperamental. You need WELL seasoned wood or you’ll have a hard time keeping the burn going without the ash door being partly open. ...

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Reviewed and rated by Eddie on January 28, 2010

This is the second winter that I’ve had this stove. My previous home had a Vermont Casting Resolute. My comparisons:

Fire starting:
The Jotul is easier to start because I can...

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Reviewed and rated by Jay on January 18, 2010

I’ve got a lot of experience w/woodstoves in general & this one in particular; it’s outstanding. House is 1,500 sq ft, gas heat never comes on if outside temperature >30 F.

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Reviewed and rated by Mass Homeowner on January 12, 2010

I should have read the reviews before buying this stove. It is nearly impossible to get a fire started without constant attention. Smoke bellows out every time the door is open – whether...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by anthony montagna on December 23, 2009

I purchased the castine just before last years heating season. I also was getting smoked when opening the door while the fire was going.
This season its great, yes you do have to let the...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by Scott on December 18, 2009

My number one frustration is tryng to contact Jotul. Their website has no contact location that I can find, If I’m mistake please let me know. Nothing more painful than purchasing...

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Reviewed and rated by Scott on December 18, 2009

I have had this stove for two years as primary heat. Glass broke once for no apparent reason and you can not open door during any time no matter how hot without smoke filling the room. Not real...

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Reviewed and rated by ricesinice on November 04, 2009

It’s 1 in the morning and I should be in bed but, I bought a Jotul F400 stove recently, and it doesn’t seem to be working correctly. I loaded 3 good size logs in it about 3 hours ago,...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by JB on October 18, 2009

It is usually very difficult to start a fire with this stove and requires super dry wood (seasoned 3 or more years for woods higher on the btu scale) and/or lots of kindling to operate...

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Reviewed and rated by dartor@vermontel.net on March 10, 2009

Now that I’ve experienced a winter with this new stove, I still haven’t figured out how to solve the smoking problem. When I first start a fire or the outside draft is poor, my house...

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Reviewed and rated by VTBear on February 12, 2009

I have a love-hate relationship with this stove. When it works right it’s great, but at times it will overheat, no matter what I do. Even with the doors shut tight, the primary air intake...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by Bill B on January 13, 2009

I have to say that I’m very disappointed with the F400. Every time I open the door on the F400, smoke comes out into the room, no matter how slowly I open it. It sometimes “runs...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by Shane on January 10, 2009

This stove is outstanding. I stoke with pinion at 9pm, and there are plenty of coals to restart at 6am. After 13 hours, there are still coals and can be babied to relight with kindling. When...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by Glen NY on January 01, 2009

Try lighting a very high flame paper fire before atttempting to burn wood. I light the paper in several areas and let the flame get high. Close the doors and open the ash pan if necessary. You...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by Glen NY on January 01, 2009

Awesome stove! I have experienced some of the problems listed in this blog, but it just takes some getting used to. I have had all Vermont Castings (2-resolute and a vigilant) and I have to say I...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by TedMaxJr on December 11, 2008

Purchased 3 years ago. Firebox too small. Struggles to get temp in room (900 sf) to low 60’s when outside temp is in 30’s. All other factors seem ok, e.g. draft, seasoned wood,...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by shelley269 on December 10, 2008

Smokes out my house every time I start a fire. BAD BAD BAD. gets hot in about 30 minutes. Very nice to look at. Will...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by H2GURU on December 08, 2008

Super efficient stove that requires more operator exreience on the part of owners w/complaints as I experienced these as well. Its 10 degrees outside and my oil burner isn’t on yet (2000...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by dale on December 06, 2008

Very good stove. fire will not last more than 8 hours and the draft could be better when starting a fire. it appears that all new stove have a smaller firebox to allow for additional space for...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by j. mitchell on December 05, 2008

I am a little disappointed in my new Jotul 400. I can’t fit more than 3 pieces of wood in the box and there doesn’t seem to be enough of a draft to prevent smoke from coming ino the...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by aprilb on November 25, 2008

What a total waste of my tax rebate money. the glass has just broken for the second time, this gets a little expensive at 140.00 a piece. The coals fall out when you open the door, very little...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Reviewed and rated by lyonred on November 22, 2008

Nice heavy duty stove. Heats up my downstairs and half my upstairs to around 73 degrees. Right now, it’s about 30 degrees outside and I have the stove heating my whole house, without my...

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