Wood Stove Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear Review

Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear Timeless Design

One of Jotul’s most popular and most imitated woodstove is back! It’s about Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear. Winner of the 2005 Vesta Design & Technology award, the Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear combines the simple elegance and utility of the original Jøtul 118, with modern solid fuel combustion technology. Incorporating Jøtul’s new Crossflow™ non-catalytic secondary combustion system and our legendary front-to-back “cigar burn,” this stove is the pinnacle of clean burn efficiency and maximum burn time.Holding strong to its Norwegian roots, the Jøtul F 118 CB Black Bear still features the decorative front plate that translates as follows: “I built me a flame late one night. When day is done, God will my flame never die.”

Jotul F 118 CB – one of the most popular wood stoves in the world. It perfectly combines elegant design with modern technologies implemented into it. The modern system of solid fuel combustion allows to increase burn time (up to eight hours) and the overall efficiency.

Jotul CrossFlow system is developed to make this good truly efficient – emissions are minimized, while heat output is maximized and reaches 60,000 BTU/hr. Heat capacity is also impressive – up to 1800 sq.ft. Flue outlet is multidirectional (from top, side or rear). There is a cook plate on the top of the stove, it is absolutely functional and ready for use after the heat gets certain temperature.

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Front-to-back “cigar burn” system designed to increase clean burn efficiency – burn time is maximized, while coal expenditures are minimized. Jotul F 118 CB is in stock in elegant matte black paint. The flue size with standard adapter is 6 inches. The height of the wood stove is around 31 inch, width – a bit over 14 inches and length – a bit smaller then 30 inches. Jotul F 118 CB will look good in both – old-fashioned and modern interiors.

Popular options include: screen for open door fire viewing, fresh air kit, and rear and side heat shields.

Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear Advantages

  • Featuring Jøtul’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Fully functional polished cookplate
  • Legendary Front-to-Back “cigar burn” promotes maximum burn time, minimum coals
  • Revolutionary Jøtul CrossFlow™ non-catalytic secondary combustion system assures minimum emissions and high efficiency

Wood Stove Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear

Jotul F 118 CB Black Bear Technical Spec

  • Emission:3.43 gram/hr
  • Heating capacity:Up to 2,000 SQFT
  • Approx weight:340 lbs
  • Log size:Up to 24 in
  • Flue Outlet:6 in
  • Efficiency:Over 75%
  • Flue exit options:Top, Rear and Sides


Max output:60,000 btu

Jotul F118 Accessories

Ash solution:No

Stove Colors 

BP – Black Paint

Other Jotul F118CB Specs

Measurements (HxWxD): 30.5 x 14 x 31.5 in

Source: official website: jotul.com

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  • catinhat 20.02.2016 at 04:45

    We have a Jotul parlor stove in the living room of our house, and I just love it. My family heated with wood most of my childhood, and this is one of the best stoves I’ve had/used. It holds a fire well, it’s easy for me to keep clean, maintain, etc.

    When it is bitter, bitter cold outside, we put a tower fan behind it, on low, to help move some of the heat out a bit. That helps a lot, and the fan is very, very quiet.

  • Joostick 19.02.2016 at 14:03

    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 shut down all the way and the damper on the chimney closed, it will still burn like a blast furnace. What doesn’t make sense is that at other times it is perfectly well behaved.

  • BobR 18.02.2016 at 04:36

    Good stove. As far as practical use of the stove goes, I never really noticed that
    much difference between warm and cold days, any difference is totally
    swamped out by the quality of the wood, that is, really dry vs just
    seasoned enough to burn, the species of the wood and how finely it is split.

  • John G 17.02.2016 at 12:41

    The original 118 was a wonderful stove from the 1970s that
    introduced most of us to the horizontal baffle front-to-back
    burn, which many new stoves use today. The question is, how
    well did Jotul do when they upgraded it with a glass door
    and EPA certification?

  • egreen 16.02.2016 at 15:05

    The F118 is a very respectable heater. It is easy to run and definitely puts out the heat. I haven’t changed out the flue port on one of these, but Jotul built them simple and to last. I would expect there to be a couple screws holding in the side plate that match the flange mount for the flue collar. I would also expect the door gasket needs to be replaced given its age.

  • Gulland 15.02.2016 at 16:21

    When the stove is cold, notice that the door glass is loose
    and that you can move it vertically about 1/4″. The airwash
    enters through a gap at the top of the glass, goes over the
    top edge and then is directed down across the inside of the
    glass by the small hood on the inside. This is a fixed
    amount of air and I suspect would be enough to produce a
    slow burn. I’m not necessarily advocating a particular
    strategy, I’m just saying that the fixed airwash does
    deliver a fair amount of air to the firebox.

  • texican65 12.02.2016 at 15:27

    I am considering a Jotul F118 CB Black Bear, the revamped version of the old standby 118 of long ago. After searching thru many reviews I see that there were issues with the secondary air system baffle warping or cracking, and not because of over firing or excessive heat. Faulty retaining pins for the baffle and just poor design seemed to be at fault, however, these reviews are all several years old and I’m curious if Jotul redesigned or modified these stoves in recent years to remedy this problem with the baffle? It’s a sharp looking stove, I’d sure like to hear from anybody familiar with these newer 118’s.

  • Swamp Yankee 11.02.2016 at 07:56

    I run one, a very old F118 with the short inner, non-UL side panels. This spring I was looking at stoves to replace and the new F118 Black Bear was on the list. In talking to the salesman at one of the largest Jotul dealers on the East Coast he addressed this very issue. 90% of the fractures and failures are customer error / stupidity. They try to shove too much wood or too large a piece in the firebox and beat the daylights out of the secondary burn tubes. This is considered customer abuse and is a non warranty issue, as it should be. It is not a problem that is exclusive to this model, or brand.

  • Sunfish 10.02.2016 at 07:41

    We bought a FS118 Jotul in 2008 and have been heating our house since with it. No problems what so ever, we love it! The baffle in ours is just fine, no warping or cracking. Actually in 35 years of heating with wood and 5-6 different stoves, the Jotul is by far the best stove we’ve used.

  • AngusMac 09.02.2016 at 07:09

    I had the older Jotul 118 and sold it when I sold my last house. I loved that stove.
    When I bought my new house, Jotul had just come out with the new 118 Black Bear, so I bought it, and I think it is marginally better, why;
    It is far stronger and heavier construction.
    It has clean burning secondary air.
    It will hold embers well into the middle of the next day, that is the reason we never had to re-light our 118 between October to April.
    If there is a criticism then I think it is not the easiest to light, not as easy as the 602.

    The fire box is large, if you sit 2 logs side by side the stove burns exceptionally well, and dont let the door size tell you that you cant get 2 large logs in, you can.

  • Classic class 04.01.2016 at 06:39

    The old classic; takes 18″ logs (less sawing) and is very contollable with just the draught adjuster (no damper). You just need to keep raking the fire forward for maximum heat output.

  • Joe Harbinger 27.12.2015 at 07:21

    Best stove I’ve ever used – and I’ve tried a lot of them! This beast will efficiently heat a medium to large home. High quality stove, good value for money.. and it will outlast you.. and your
    Stove expert replied: Not a lot to say – short and sweet – a great review!

  • John Buc 02.12.2015 at 20:17

    I have been burning wood my entire adult life. I have had many different stoves and those who say the Jotul 118 has an all night burn are hallucinating. If you load the 118 you will get approximately, (depending on the type of wood,) a 2.5 hour heat output, after that your are surviving on coals. Others are correct in saying there is a bed of coal the next morning. I do like this about the stove. If you depend on this stove for your main source of heat you better get up during the night and add fuel or put on the blankets, as I do. I do like the 118 but was sucked into the eight hour burn claims. How stupid was I? I should have known better from past practice.
    Cold in New York

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  • Angus 30.11.2015 at 20:20

    I ve had the Jotul f118 for 5 years now and wanted to review it again.
    This is still an excellent stove. The glass stays clean, it always has plenty coals in the morning, and unlike the previous reviewer, there is no hallucinating that the fire is still going the next morning, it doesn’t matter if it is coals or a fire the next morning, the fact is you can keep this stove going for months without re-kindling! We load it at night, and put a log on it when I get up, we load it in the morning, its still going when we come in at night.

    Pretty much does all out heating and is the most user friendly stove I’ve owned.It works best if you sit 2 logs side by side, so I split the logs quite narrow, about 15cm wide, but cut at approx 55cm long. I don’t think there is anything on the market of this quality, user friendliness and heat output for such a low price. Jotul always were (probably) the best!

    Stove expert replied: All stoves should be let out once a month to check that the airways remain clear!

  • Angus Robertson 25.11.2015 at 14:16

    Excellant stove, stick a log on in the morning and away it goes again for the rest of the day, we lit the fire in late October and it wasnt out until late March !! Easy to use, the ash needs emptied about once every 4 or 5 weeks of constant use !!
    The work involved in cutting the logs is greatly reduced, it takes logs twice the size of a normal stove, so its half the cutting, half the splitting and half the handling and stacking. High quality cast Iron, yet much cheaper to buy than some of the rubbish on the market !