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Review of Vermont Castings --- Encore -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Encore -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2006-11-15 22:20:08

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): 1900
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 2700
Location : Fairbanks, Ak 99701, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Thw Woodway

Likes: Stove looks good.
Small, convenient size for rated BTU output.
Good reputation.

Dislikes: Looks aren't everything.
Ratings don't mean squat if they don't pan out.
Majestic "ain't" Vermont Castings.

Comments: Discovered this site while trying to make my VC work as advertised. Stove needed ALL new gaskets in order to seal and not "run away". Gaskets on it when new were crushed, twisted, crooked and held on with next to nothing. After first "disaster" of a fire the gaskets stuck to the stove, not the door. Ash door a major headache since it has way too much "slop" on the hinge. You must left up on the door as you close it or you'll miss the gasket and crush it along one side causing much excitment when you touch off a fire. Heat output isn't anywhere near the claimed level. The 20 year old Blaze Princess that it replaced is twice the stove, regardless of age. No more of these for me. I'm back to square steel with corners.............

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