Review of Vermont Castings --- Consolidated Dutchwest - Large -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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:
Location : Alfred, NY 14802, usa
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -
We have a large open house with cathedral ceilings. When this stove is loaded it can really crank out the heat. I was drawn to the stove not only for its BTU rating but also for it's design - its a beautiful stove and I have enjoyed that aspect of the stove.
Backpuffing of smoke into the house. Vermont Castings was not very helpful. The dealer suggested a higher chimney which we did and it still backpuffs. At this point I am really sick of living with the smoke. It's unpredictable and can be quite intense.
I am ready for a new stove. When I was first looking at this stove I went to a dealer who said "I have stopped selling it - it backpuffs and I think its a design flaw" At the time I thought it was just him being cranky - but after a number of years now I have to agree.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004