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Backwards installation quirk

Jotul small stove installA friend of mine asked me nicely while actually scratching his head why I decided to install the Jotul woodstove "backwards".

"Most folks start with the stove and then install the pipe on top of each other".

That does make a lot of sense, but jacking the stove into the pipe lets you slowly connect the pieces together, which require a bit of adjusting to get fully seated, and taking this process a centimeter at a time really decreases the grunt factor.

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I agree that the idea of jacking the stove into place is counter-intuitive, but as long as the base is solid (and not very high) and the stove is firmly planted on it, it shouldn't be anything but warm and cozy.
Comment by vester Sat Jan 29 18:21:31 2011
Adding a little height has turned out to be a good thing. It's nice to be able to just lean forward out of my chair to feed the stove rather than getting down on the floor.
Comment by anna Sun Jan 30 15:20:48 2011

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