Wood Stove Jotul F602 Review

Jotul F602 the best-selling wood stove in the world.

Jotul F602 Design

Over 1,000,000 of these fine stoves have been produced and sold throughout the world – making the Jøtul F 602 CB the best-selling woodstove ever produced. From the beautiful glass door to the sculpted charging lion on the side plates, this stove is truly a timeless work of art. In fact, you can own the best for the lowest price of any EPA approved cast iron woodstove!

The F602 Jotul wood stove is the smallest wood stove on today’s market. But, don’t let it’s small size fool you, this is one great little piece of heating equipment capable of heating 800 square feet of space until you feel toasty warm. None of this is too surprising as Jotul wood stoves are quite popular and they are considered to be high quality wood burning cast iron stoves. But, what is surprising is that out of all the much larger wood stoves on the market today that the F602 is not only the smallest stove but also the most popular wood stove ever sold. That’s right, there have been over 1 million Jotul wood stoves sold. But, just why is this stove so popular? There are lots of reasons for this stove’s popularity and here are just a few.

It’s Small Size

The F602’s small size is one of the things that make this stove so popular. It fits perfectly into that hunting cottage, apartment, or small cold room and provides warmth and charm to these small places. Too many times cottages lack central heating and most full size Jotul wood stoves take up so much room that there isn’t any space left for you to relax. But, the incredibly small size of this stove allows it to fit into those places that other types of heaters just can’t fit.

It’s Great Looks

While the F602’s small size makes it perfect for smaller area, it’s great looks and cool design makes it aesthetically pleasing. Most people love the charging lion on the side plate of the stove, and they really like the great glass door that actually allows them to watch the fire burn. This makes that hunting lodge not only toasty warm but, turns it into a romantic escape as well.

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Wood Stove Jotul F602

F602 Features

  • Cast iron
  • One easy air control lever operates the entire stove
  • Alcove approved for both the US and Canada
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on baffle and combustion system
  • Fully functional cookplate
  • Alcove is approved for both the United States and Canada.
  • Has a maximum heat output of 28,000 BTU/hr.
  • The stove is operated by one easy air control.
  • Has a heating capacity up to 800 sq. ft.
  • It is the smallest cast iron stove available.
  • Comes with 5 year limited warranty.
  • 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.

F602 Functions and Using

Functional Cook Plate

The functional cook plate on this stove actually helps you to save money. Making stews on soups right on top of your heating stove saves you from turning on that kitchen stove to prepare dinner. With this handy little stove you can have hot soup and tasty stews made right on top of your heating stove saving on their energy bill. The cook plate is also idea for keeping that tea kettle hot and making great pancakes!

5 Year Warranty And A Tax Credit Too!

In a day and age when most companies simply do not stand by their products it is nice to see a company that offers a 5 year warranty on it’s products. The warranty is just one of the things that make Jotul wood stoves so popular. This stove is also EPA approved and when you purchase it you also may qualify for a tax credit up to $1500, which makes this one of the most reasonably priced stoves on the market as well.

With its great looks, durability and money saving features this little stove, from Jotul wood stoves, proves once and for all great things really do come in small packages.

Popular options include: fresh air kit, rear heatshield, leg leveler kit, fire screen, stove top thermometer and stove gloves

Jotul F602 Pros and Cons


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.

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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.

Jotul F602 Technical Specs

  • Emission: 3.76 gram/hr
  • Heating capacity: up to 800 SQFT
  • Approx weight: 160 lbs
  • Log size: Up to 16 in
  • Flue Outlet: 6 in
  • Efficiency: Over 75%
  • Flue exit options: Top and Rear

Max output: 28,000 btu

Ash solution: No

BP – Black Paint

Measurements (HxWxD): 25.25 x 12.625 x 21.25 in

Source: official website: jotul.com

Jotul F602 User Manual

You can download user manual from official website by this link.

Where to Buy

You can find a lot of local stores at official website. Right now the price for Jotul F602 is around 600$.

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  • RovingRichard 10.09.2016 at 12:18

    I’ve had my Jotul F 602 for about 8 years. I generally burn seasoned Almond wood. I purchased the stove when my 1200 sq ft homes central electric heat failed and the time to replace it required getting an alternate heat source ASAP. Another consideration was my home and neighborhood is all electric and prone to power failures, natural gas is not available, and due to local fire regulations propane is not allowed. The stove sits in the former fireplace (not an ideal installation) with its own 16 foot flue, the original flue having been sealed. The stove easily heats my home. Loaded with almond wood the fire burns 4 – 6 hours, with soft woods the time is much shorter. The only down side is the lack of an ash box, however this is minor in my opinion.

  • ziggy 20.02.2016 at 04:25

    The Jotul is a nice option, but lacks a decent viewing window, and is not lined with firebrick, which helps to hold heat for longer periods of time.

  • Paul 19.02.2016 at 13:57

    Fantastic little stove ideal for our narrow chimney breast in a farm cottage. Very easy to light and takes full length logs with ease which is a big advantage. Instructions recommend leaving a bed of ash. Produces convected heat from the stove’s metal body rather than radiant heat from the front glass and so takes a while to warm up the room. Once there the room stays toasting. Can be banked up with large logs and left for several hours, though probably not overnight. Hot plate works a treat with a kettle. Only very minor niggle is that the handle knob on the door can loosen off but easy to tighten and overall we are delighted with the Jotul.

  • precaud 18.02.2016 at 04:04

    The main air feed of the 602CB is actually not the one you see at the bottom of the door; it’s a gap in the top of the door that feeds the airwash. That gap is determined by the thickness and placement of the door glass gasket. If that gasket compresses (which it will over time) or gets scooted out of place a little (which it will when you move the stove…), the primary air feed lessens in strength. The user then naturally compensates for this by opening up the startup air control on the door. Well, because that control directs most of it’s air toward the left side of the stove, that causes the stove to burn unevenly (mostly on the left side), less cleanly (more smoke out the chimney), and stops the air from penetrating to the back of the stove, leaving unburned, smouldering wood back there.
    This time I put a small piece of ceramic fiber over the gasket on each side to make sure the gap holds up better. I reinstalled the stove last night and it’s burning great again.

  • Neel 17.02.2016 at 11:47

    I could honestly say that this stove was the best purchase we have ever made and will last for years, in fact it will probably out live us! definately well worth the money! its very easy to use, kicks out the heat, very well cratfed, in fact I cannot fault it one bit. When we purchased the stove we did so with the solid door! last year we went back to firesonline and purchased the glass door! so now we have a choice or a spare. I would always recommend this stove.

  • Joanna 16.02.2016 at 14:47

    This little beauty also known as the ‘Little Giant’ definately stands up to its name, a small stove with a big heart! ideal for smaller spaces given its size but would still make a larger space warm and toasty. We love our Jotul, we bought it with some wedding money we were given, it is rarely not on and is most definately the heart of our home, recently we moved out of the smaller lounge where the stove is situated into a larger room within the house, I have been feeling very lost and saddened over these few months but was’nt sure why, it dawned on me that it was due to us not being in the lounge with the fire! we moved back in there the other day and happiness and karma are once agin restored

  • Jinkinson 15.02.2016 at 16:12

    A robust little stove that gives out plenty of heat. It burns six hours or more at night and is easy to relight from the ashes in the morning. Once fired up it will cook breakfast and boil a kettle with ease.

  • jwal10 12.02.2016 at 15:24

    This is what I have in the “big” cabin. I love it. Bigger than I need but I build small fires and let them go out. It heats up the cast iron and radiates it to other thermal mass. The cast iron holds heat a lot longer than the thinner steel stoves. Looks good, has the glass door to see the fire, small….James

  • catinhat 11.02.2016 at 07:50

    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.

  • Pelenaka 10.02.2016 at 07:52

    Installed this stove last Winter, it was a floor model.
    We choose a small stove for 2 reasons; the 1st is that the room is 12’x13′ and the hearth needed to be as small a footprint as possible, 2nd we have to be frugal with firewood. No way could we maintain a bigger firebox.
    Our goal was to heat the primary rooms and provide a source for cooking & laundry. I found a few other stoves that I liked but they didn’t have a totally flat cooking surface a must have.
    The Jotul heats our 1200 sq.ft. house for the majority of the Winter last year with the help of a ceiling fan.

  • John 09.02.2016 at 06:54

    I am from Czech Republic – Europe.
    I have new Jotul 602CB in the cottage.
    It was very good fire. We have during 2 hours 31,5 degree in living room with kitchen 40 m2 – that is 100m3.
    I am glad that this fireplace very small, simply regulation, hight quality, but little worst price – they are expencive.

    During night i didnt have any problem and in the morning I gave there 1 the wood and fire was made again – without new fire after 8 or 9 hours.
    It is sure that fire- door must to be close during all night.
    I am glad too that this fireplace has glas in the door that we can to see nice fire.

  • Fred 04.01.2016 at 06:15

    I installed one in my small log cabin in MT. Very easy to start and keep a fire going. Will keep a fire burning for about 3 hours, but coals glowing for up to 5 hrs. Best if you keep your logs to about 12 inches in length. The fire box is small.

  • Marisa 30.12.2015 at 04:59

    I live in a 650 sq.ft. cabin in central Alabama. I’ve used the Jotul F602 as my primary heat source for 5 years now. (In the coldest months, I add a small portable electric radiator in the bathroom.) For what it is, the JotulF602 is fantastic. It is perfect in the fall and spring, when I need a quick fire in the morning to take a chill off the house–or in the evenings when I come in from work. I love how quickly it heats up, and how easy it is to build a fire in the tiny firebox. I do have my firewood cut and split into pretty small pieces, and it’s hardwood seasoned for at least 8 months. I tend to burn it pretty hot most of the time, so the glass stays nice and clean. It isn’t very good for long burns, and if I want to keep a fire, I have to schedule my outings to make sure I’m home in time to stoke it

  • Jordo 27.12.2015 at 07:24

    Jotul F 602 CB
    For a small stove, I haven’t been able to beat this one and I’ve owned a lot of stoves. It uses a lot of wood, burns quick in my opinion for the heat I get out of it. Heats my pantry and kitchen, and I get some heat from it into the dining room. Overall, a great stove for us.

  • Marisa 11.12.2015 at 17:39

    I live in a 650 sq.ft. cabin in central Alabama. I’ve used the Jotul F602 as my primary heat source for 5 years now. (In the coldest months, I add a small portable electric radiator in the bathroom.) For what it is, the JotulF602 is fantastic. It is perfect in the fall and spring, when I need a quick fire in the morning to take a chill off the house–or in the evenings when I come in from work. I love how quickly it heats up, and how easy it is to build a fire in the tiny firebox. I do have my firewood cut and split into pretty small pieces, and it’s hardwood seasoned for at least 8 months. I tend to burn it pretty hot most of the time, so the glass stays nice and clean. It isn’t very good for long burns, and if I want to keep a fire, I have to schedule my outings to make sure I’m home in time to stoke it. I’ve discovered that, burning hot, it will take about an hour to burn each stick of firewood; that means I get up about every 3 hrs. at night to feed the fire. Perhaps I just need better insulation, but it is not quite big enough to heat my entire house during the coldest months. I wind up closing off all but my living room, where the stove is, and just living/sleeping in there when it’s coldest. I don’t fault the stove–it’s just that I need sm’thing a bit larger. Or else some central heating to help it out.

  • annafiglia 08.12.2015 at 19:40

    Unfortunately, as someone who has no easy access to chainsaw or splitter and must rely on commercial wood dealers, I have had a deal of trouble getting 16″ wood that is actually sixteen inches. Mostly because it is a front loader, anything over 16 1/8″ makes it impossible to close the door, which means the piece, sometimes already on fire due to poor measuring on my part, must be carried, smoldering through the house and out into the snow. I have had a neighbor who agreed to cut up the 1/3-1/2 cord that ends up outside but would prefer to find a custom wood cutter. The stove is exactly the right size for my house and heats it well.

  • Ak mamma 3 02.12.2015 at 20:15

    After much research we decided to go with the Jotul F 602 CB. This is our first winter with it and we couldn’t be happier. Granted we have had a mild winter so far, for Alaska anyway, but this stove is so efficient it heats our 950 square ft home no problem. We put up 9 cords of seasoned birch and with the efficiency of our wood stove we should have enough for next year too!!

  • RWagner 30.11.2015 at 20:23

    I purchased a CB stove in 1976 for our den. This is without a doubt the best looking wood burning stove I have seen. We also cut and split our own wood so we can cut it to any width we want. Ideally the split log should be around 14inches with a small diameter also the ash tray, an accessory is highly recommended, the Norwegians built a good one.

  • Dee 25.11.2015 at 14:14

    Jotul F 602 CB
    I live in western Pennsylvania USA and have had this stove for 2 years. I think it is outstanding for the size and efficiency. The only drawback is the size of the logs this little stove takes. 16 inch logs are the absolute MAX, you are much better at 12 inches, by far. In saying that; if you don’t cut wood yourself, you will more than likely have to cut all the wood you get in half. Most loggers cut 18 inch as a standard; so for me, all my logs get cut in half again once delivered and I have to stack all these little 9 inch pieces. Trying to get a delivery of 24 inch split logs is just as hard as trying to get 12 or 16 inch delivered. Other than the size of the logs that fit in this stove, it heats very well. My home is 1000 sq ft with a cathedral ceiling in 1/f of the home. This stove does just fine heating the house to 80-85 deg when on full burn. I never get a full 8 hrs burn time, even if I pack it up and turn it down before bed. Ill have embers in the morning to start another fire but not a burn time of 8 hrs. 6 hour burn is more like it for me. If your home is over 900 sq feet; I would consider the next stove up in size unless, you need something for a living room/dining room/ kitchen area… not a whole home. Hope this helps.