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A Bit of Norwegian Advice for Burning Wood…

  • By interactive
  • 11 Oct, 2015

With over 150 years of experience in the wood stove industry, it is fair to say the Jøtul   knows a little something about burning wood.  Whether you are new to wood heating, or you area a seasoned veteran, consider the expert advice that Jøtul   offers on their website……

Installation     As with any vented hearth product, please rely on the expertise of a hearth professional for installation. All installations must be done in accordance with the owner’s manual and local building codes. For installation requirements not specifically addressed in the owner’s manual or by local codes, refer to NFPA 211.

Break -in fires     A series of three break-in fires are required. The first is to raise the surface temperature of the stove to 200 degrees. Another is to raise the surface temperature to 300 degrees. And yet another is to raise the surface temperature to 400 degrees. A stovetop thermometer is required for this procedure and the stove should be allowed to cool to room temperature between fires. Note: Use less wood. You can always add more. All current Jøtul wood-burning appliances are EPA certified and non-catalytic. EPA certified wood-burning appliances are not “airtight.” Therefore, exact temperatures may not be able to be maintained. These temperatures are ideal and should be used as a guide for proper appliance break-in.

Starting a fire     To start a fire, you need three things: heat, fuel, and air. The heat is provided by a match or lighter. For the fuel, you should use plenty of fire starter, such as crumpled newspaper and 1″ x 1″ dry kindling. Add wood starting with small splits, gradually building to larger pieces of wood as a coal bed builds. The force in the chimney called draft supplies the air. Opening the draft control fully will allow the maximum amount of primary air to be drawn into the appliance by the draft, which is supplied by the chimney. Note: Never open an ash pan door to start a fire. You will damage your stove. If additional start-up air is required, slightly open a load door during initial startup. Some chimney systems have little or no draft when static (no fire in the appliance). Even worse, some chimney systems have a reverse draft when static. Appliances vented into chimney systems with inadequate or reverse draft will be difficult to start and may emit smoke into the building. Good fire starting technique and a basic understanding of house pressurization and its effect on chimney systems is required when inadequate or reverse draft is present. Not all negative pressure situations are easily corrected. For information please visit, , a non-profit and very informative website.

Paint curing   On initial firings, the exterior of the stove will smoke. This is normal and will happen with greater intensity on a painted stove. It will subside after the first few fires. You may have to open a door or window near the stove.

Glass   The glass on your stove will become dirty on the first few fires. It will also become dirty if burning wet wood, under slow burn, and if adequate draft is not available. Your hearth retailer can provide you with glass cleaner that will not harm your stove glass.

Draft   Draft is a force that exists in a properly designed and functioning chimney system. It pulls air into the combustion chamber and expels smoke and combustion gases from the appliance. The ability for draft to exist depends on many factors: chimney location and height, elbows, horizontal runs, flue size, house construction, house pressurization as well as atmospheric and environmental conditions.

Wood   Wood is the fuel for your stove. Generally, dry hard wood that is properly sized will allow you to achieve desired burn times and heat output. Soft wood is less dense than hard wood and has fewer BTUs per volume. Wood that is cut too short will not fill the firebox. Green wood has high water content and water does not burn!

Accessories   Depending on your installation, certain accessories may be required such as a heat shield or an outside air kit. Jøtul North America ONLY requires the use of the outside air kit where required by local code and does NOT promote or recommend the use of a directly connected outside air source. All ducting must be non-combustible and clearances to combustible materials must be maintained. There are other accessories you may find indispensable such as a stovetop thermometer, hearth gloves, a tool set, a double bottom ash bucket, and a wood rack.

Maintenance   Yearly maintenance should be performed on your wood-burning system. Inspect and clean your chimney and connector pipe. Inspect door gasket for proper seal. Visually inspect the interior of the firebox. A certified hearth professional is qualified to perform these inspections.

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By interactive 01 Jun, 2016

Do NOT touch the glass or any metal part of your fireplace. These are heat producing appliances and you can be burned by them.

By interactive 01 Jun, 2016

The Maximum allowable surface temperature is 117° F OVER ambient (room) temperature. Thus, if a room is 70° – 80° the exposed combustible surfaces immediately surrounding the Fireplace can have a surface temperature as high as 187° F. – 197° F. (Too hot to touch) and still be safe.

By interactive 01 Jun, 2016

Yes, Call for a service technician to come out and take a look

NO – Then you need to break-in your fireplace

 During the initial burn and curing cycle of any fireplace, it is normal for the appliance and any accessory item installed on the Product to emit some amounts of smoke and odors.

The sources of the emitted smoke and odor are normal emission of paint curing chemical reaction at high temperatures, evaporation of manufacturing related oils or lubrication, small amounts of dextrin emitted from heated gaskets and insulation materials and small amounts (less than 0.5 grams) of polyester burning emissions from glass gasket adhesive film.

Smoke emission is to be expected for the first 2-1/2 hours of initial burn on high fire with fans turned off. Remove or disconnect any smoke alarms which may alarm during this period of initial burn. Prior to initial firing, it is required that the glass gasket to firebox face seal be thoroughly inspected to make certain glass gasket is seated properly and sealing properly. (This is done by our technicians during the finish on the fireplace )

It is recommended that during the first 2-1/2 hours of initial burn, that all windows in the room be opened to evacuate emitted smoke and odors. If anyone in the home has allergies or any is sensitive to smells or smoke that they not be in the home during the initial burn of the fireplace.

Following the initial burn, some slight odors may be present but will diminish with further use and will completely dissipate.

Any odors that are emitted from the appliance are of non-toxic origin.

By interactive 01 Jun, 2016
If you are not the original owner we recommend doing the “break-in” on your fireplace. Sometimes it can take multiple days or burns for the smell to completely go away. We recommend running the fireplace for 6 – 8 hours on high for 3 consecutive days. If you still have the smell, call to have a service technician come out and take a look.
By interactive 01 Jun, 2016
This information can be found in your owner’s manual. If you can’t find it give us a call and we would be happy to try and help you over the phone.
By interactive 01 Jun, 2016
IPI (Intermittent Pilot Ignition) – This is also sometimes referred to as “Electronic Ignition” Your pilot light is not on all the time. When you turn your fireplace on you may here a faint “tick, tick, tick” noise and then the pilot will light and then a few seconds later your fireplace burner will turn on.
CPI (Continuous Pilot Ignition) - Your pilot light (blue flame down by your logs or alternate media) will be on all of the time
If you live in a colder state like Minnesota the manufacturer recommended that even if you have and IPI (Intermittent Pilot Ignition) system that when the temperatures fall below 32 degrees that you switch your fireplace into the CPI (Continuous Pilot Ignition) for the colder months. Your fireplace will have easier time lighting.
By interactive 01 Jun, 2016
We do not service fireplaces that come from the Big Box Stores as our technicians are not familiar with these fireplaces and parts are not readily available from our distributors.
By interactive 01 Jun, 2016
Yes! We have full time service technicians that go through regular training so they are up-to-date on the most current information for all of the brands we carry.
By interactive 01 Jun, 2016
Typically not, but sometimes during the off-season (spring and summer) we may be able to accommodate this request.

Installing a product that was purchase elsewhere is often a challenge because we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the components, know if parts are missing and often the warranty must be filed with the original retail store as they have the relationship with the manufacturer. In addition, repeat visits are often required incurring additional costs for the home owner.

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