How to Clean a Jotul F500

Updated June 29, 2018

The Jotul model F500 stove is a freestanding, cast iron wood-burning heater. The ash pan can be removed from underneath the stove front to dispose of ashes without having to waiting until the stove is cool and shovelling the ashes out. Routine glass cleaning maintains the stove and prevents soot and carbon deposits on the viewing glass. Cleaning the chimney prevents build-up of combustible materials that can cause a fire inside.

Turn the ash door lock counterclockwise on the front bottom of the stove. Pull the door down and remove the ash pan. Lift the door to close it and lock it by turning the knob clockwise.

Set a metal container outside on a non-combustible surface like bricks or concrete. Carry the ash pan outside. Lean the pan over the container and pour the ashes in it.

Replace the ash pan by unlocking the door, pushing the pan inside, closing the door and locking the knob in a clockwise direction.

Turn the front door handle counterclockwise to open the latch. Pull the door open to the right side of the stove.

Spray glass cleaner on paper towels and wipe the inside of the glass to remove soot and debris. Repeat this process until the inside of the glass is clean.

Repeat the cleaning process on the exterior of the glass.

Open the front door. Insert a screwdriver in one screw in the top inside of the chimney flue. Turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen and remove it. Repeat this procedure for removing the second screw. Pull the chimney collar off of the stove.

Insert a chimney brush into the bottom of the chimney. Scrub up and down to remove all soot from the chimney.

Replace the chimney flue in the top of the stove and turn the screws clockwise to secure it.


Place newspaper underneath the chimney while cleaning it to catch falling soot. Use a chimney brush that is slightly larger than the chimney opening so it touches on all sides at the same time. This decreases the cleaning time compared with using a small brush on all sides. Wear heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands from heat.


Never place ashes in a plastic or wood container, as hot embers can melt or ignite those materials. Let the stove cool completely before cleaning the glass or the chimney. Clean the chimney twice a year to prevent soot build-up, according to Jotul.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal ash container
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Screwdriver
  • Chimney brush
  • Heavy-duty gloves
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