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Jotul F 602 CB

General Review:

The Jotul 602 is one of the best selling wood stoves ever produced. There have been over a million of them made and sold worldwide. The design of this stove is intended to be decorative as the stove is offered in many different colors. The stove offers a lovely glass door and an intricate lion sculpted on the side plates, making this little stove a piece of art.

Although this is one of the smallest stoves on the market, it is still mighty. The saying that good things come in small packages applies to the strength and durability of the Jotul 602. When looking for a wood stove there is much to take into consideration; as with anything you purchase there are advantages and disadvantages to this stove model.

Key Features

  • Alcove is approved for both the United States and Canada.
  • The stove is operated by one easy air control.
  • It is the smallest cast iron stove available.
  • Comes with 5 year limited warranty.
  • Has a maximum heat output of 28,000 BTU/hr.
  • Has a heating capacity up to 800 sq. ft.
  • Max log length is up to 16".
  • Operates at over 75% efficiency.
  • Burn time is up to 5 hours.
  • Has rear and top flue outlets.
  • Accessories: Heat shield on the rear and fire plate.


This stove is desirable right now because of a $1500 tax rebate that is currently available from the United States government. To receive this rebate, it is important to buy your stove from an authorized seller. This rebate is offered due to the stoves eco-friendly design. This little stove is pretty mighty. It offers an answer to heating your home if you do not have a lot of space. The size of it alone makes it desirable for owners of smaller homes.

The quality cast iron construction gives this stove long-lasting durability. Some owners have reported over 10 years of use without any problems. The decorative door and intricate design are a great advantage, making this piece create a great ambiance in any room. The stove only offers heating for up to 800 square feet, which is great for a small living room and dining room area. Customers who have reviewed this stove say that it is really easy to light and gives off a lot of heat. It offers a simple, clean design that will fit into any room. It is also relatively light, which makes it easier to move than some of the other stoves currently available.


There are obviously a lot of advantages to this stove which can be seen by the sheer numbers that have been bought. Although there have been over a million of these made, this stove does have a few disadvantages. One of the many complaints about this stove is the fact that it has an extremely small firebox.

Another design defect is the fact that it does not have an ash pan. This makes cleaning it difficult, and ash tends to float into the room. There is no back interior heat shield which is also a problem. While the burn time is 5 hours this stove requires, filling quite often making it somewhat inconvenient. There is also the problem of actually loading the stove. Only very small logs will fit into it and the loading of the logs can be difficult.

Final Thoughts:

Overall most customers have been extremely happy with the Jotul 602. The stove seems to give off a lot of heat for its small size. This stove would be a great extra heat source for a small home. You may also consider this stove for a small area of your house to help lower your heating costs.

The beautiful and intricate design of the stove makes it very attractive for any room of your house. It operates on 75% efficiency, making it a low cost option for heating your home. When you add in the tax bonus, purchasing this stove is an excellent choice if there is a relatively small area of your home to heat. As with anything you buy you should consider all of your choices first. Depending on your home’s size it might be more beneficial to consider a larger wood burning stove.

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