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Review of Vermont Castings --- winter warm fireplace system -- Fireplace burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- winter warm fireplace system -- Fireplace 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): | House Size (Sq feet):
Bought in 1996 , Price Paid: 2244
Location : Montpelier, VT 5601, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Chimney Sweep II

Likes: This is very nice looking unit.

Dislikes: The quality of the casting is poor parts warped and broke. We replaced the catalyst twice. Airtight properties deteriorated within 4 years. The initial repair was one quarter the cost of the stove. It now needs to be rebuilt which will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of half the initial purchase price.

Comments: This stove is a great idea that was poorly executed by a manufacturer that does not seem too concerned with quality control. I'm replacing it but not with another from this maker. I would not recommend this product to anyone who plans to use it other than for decorative purposes.

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