Two women sitting in front of the wood stove Jøtul F 167

New warming wood stove in a 1950s home

In 2019, a family of three moved into an old log house property in rural Norway. A well-heated home is a must in a location where ice-cold winters are a fact of life, as the family was soon to find out. Before long, the project to upgrade their log house and fulfil their dream of enjoying solid fuel heating got underway.

Rustic and cosy log home in Svorkmo

Anita and her teenage son and daughter moved into their new home in Svorkmo, Norway in 2019. Built in 1950, the log house had been refurbished to various degrees over the years. As a keen gardener with a passion for garden projects, Anita was thrilled by the idyllic rural location of their new home.

Black house with white details with garden

Small town in rural Norway

Svorkmo is a small town outside Trondheim in Central Norway. The area is farmed and forested, and its rolling landscape holds great opportunities for outdoor recreation, not least in winter. This is a place where everyone knows everyone, young and old, with a small town center within walking distance of their home.

When Anita realised her dream of buying an older property, she saw its potential as their ideal home. With a good many DIY hours invested in home improvements using reclaimed and salvage materials, their dream home came true.

Map of Norway with a pin in Svorkmo

Cold winters with temperatures dipping to -35 C

In winter, this small Norwegian town really feels the big chill, with the temperature plummeting to -20 and even as low as -35 degrees C! With freezing temperatures like this, a home with good insulation, modern windows and alternative heating sources is crucial for heat retention.

This old log home only had electrical heating, which is very costly these days. With log walling in some parts of the house, inadequate insulation and an outdated and prohibited leca pipe, there was clearly much to be done. Several improvements such as under-floor insulation were done, but the ban against burning firewood in the existing installation was a taller challenge.

Did you know?
That having an alternative heating source like a wood-burning stove could prove crucial in case of a powercut in winter? Not least in a location like Svorkmo. A wood-burning stove always works, regardless of any power outage.

Wood stove in gray living room with timber walls and brown sofa

Warming help from a good friend

Anita’s good friend Carina was keen to help, so the family could withstand the winter freeze.

I’m fortunate to have a well-insulated home myself. I have underfloor heating and a modern wood stove from 2019 that performs well in the cold months. Everyone deserves that luxury, but for my friend Anita, it wasn’t going to be easily come by.

Carina

Following the fire safety ban on use of the pipe, with a notice informing them that the existing wood heater would have to be replaced, Carina had a brainwave. She mounted a crowdfunding campaign, using the social media to reach out to the community, asking for donations to her friend’s pipe and stove project.

This heart-warming campaign achieved a generous response, and Carina raised enough funds to launch the “Pipe & Stove Upgrade Project”.

Three girls sitting on a brown pouf in a gray living room in front of the Jøtul F 167 wood stove

More heat with a new clean-burning wood stove

A local retailer of modern stoves and fireplaces was contacted, and Anita received all the help she needed to pick out a woodstove to match her home. The existing stove was an outdated high-rise Jøtul 606, an iconic woodstove that had been immensely popular decades ago. Anita decided to go for a Jøtul F 167 wood-burning stove as a safe bet, since both Anita and Carina were already familiar with the Jøtul brand. The Jøtul F 167 is a clean-burning woodstove with modern combustion technology and far better heating performance than the vintage Jøtul 606. Anita will appreciate the big difference made by her new wood-burning stove, which also almost halves firewood consumption when used efficiently.

Old wood stove Jøtul 606 in an older log house
Before-picture of the older wood-burning stove Jøtul 606
The Jøtul F 167 wood-burning stove in black with glass on three sides in a gray living room with timber walls.
After-image of new clean-burning wood stove Jøtul F 167

Wood burning tips and stove pipe upgrades to optimize space heating

When Jøtul dropped by to see the results, they also provided some good tips for building and maintaining a fire in a woodstove so that Anita can maximise its heating capacity.

Girl putting wood in the Jøtul F 167 wood stove

By building and maintaining a fire correctly, you’ll enjoy far more heat and more eco-friendly combustion than from an old woodstove. The pipe – a whopping 12 metres in length – was also given an overhaul and is now approved for wood burning – and provides excellent draught for the woodstove. Since the pipe is the ‘engine’ that powers the woodstove, it has a crucial job to do when it comes to maintaining the fire.

Keen to learn how to build and maintain a wood fire for best results? We show you how in our step-by-step video tutorial!

Firewood aplenty

In Svorkmo’s highly forested location, there’s plentiful access to firewood. In many cases, forest and land owners use the social media to advertise that an area is due to be cleared, and that the timber is there for the taking. Anita and her son then turn up to fetch the timber they need and chop the firewood themselves. When Jøtul came by, we reminded the family of the importance of air-drying the firewood well in advance of the heating season, and showed them various tricks for checking that the wood is dry enough.

Tip!
A wood stove is no better than the firewood fed into it.

Girl carrying wood into her house for the Jøtul F 167 wood stove

Looking ahead to cold winter nights in a warm and cosy home

Anita is thrilled to bits by her new wood-burning stove, enthusing over the pleasure of the great view of the flames from several sides.

I love sitting in front of the woodstove as I dream up new home and garden projects.

Anita

- We usually get the fire going in the morning and when we’re back from school and work. Both kids have learnt to light the fire, so we’re ready for the autumn and winter months, enthuses this delighted mother-of-two.

Jøtul F 167 black wood stove in a gray living room with a young girl sitting next to it

Looking to install a Jøtul F 167?

Our expert retailers will be pleased to assist you with your woodstove project! As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we recycle old wood-burning stoves and conduct research into clean burn technology, so that you can enjoy the comfort and cosiness that your fireplace brings with a clear conscience.