Review of Vermont Castings --- Defiant Encore -- Freestanding Stove burning Select Fuel Type
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): 1100 | House Size (Sq feet): 3200
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: $1700.
Location : , NV ,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Do not remember
Rather nice looking unit. If it is one of the few units that was properly assembled by the manufacturer, was installed in optimal setting, and used only with the greatest care, it may work resonably well for a year or so.
Warps and cracks in metal internals. Gaskets fall out after the inevetible warpage takes place. So called "routine" maintanence ,as per owners booklet, include visual checks and cleaning operations that require major disasembly and dismantleing of the stove. The stove is a throw away after 1 or maybe, two years. Not a good investment to my thinking.
If you already have one, as I do, Take the thing apart regularly (if you feel able) and repair all the things wrong with it that you find. Constant checks of gaskets and inspect for warped parts. Use it very carefully and as little as possible. Good luck to us all.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004