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Review of Vermont Castings --- Dutchwest EX -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Dutchwest EX -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰

Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 1000 | House Size (Sq feet): 2750
Bought in 1996 , Price Paid: 1150
Location : St. Leonard, MD , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Tri-County Hearth & Patio

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Will heat the entire house. Burns very little wood. Nice antique look.

Dislikes: Backpuffing. There is alot more maintenance involved with a catalytic stove. This stove have fiberglass gaskets everywhere as well as cemented joints. They begin to leak with age.

Comments: For the first 5 years the stove worked flawlessly. Now I am to the point where I believe the stove needs to be completetly disassembled and resealed.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004