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

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Aspen -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2007-10-26 14:30:23

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 2005 , Price Paid:
Location : Milford, CT 6460, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Black Swan

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Throws off a good amount of heat. Looks good.

Dislikes: Gasket under top firebrick fell into stove the first year used. Excessive creosote and only about a two hour burn time with decent heat output. Overfires easily. Only two years old now and had to replace the top of the stove and the grate. Top of stove was cracked on the inside of the top and the grate is eroded and it has a crack. Must be an air leak causing this. Rebuilding stove and it is only two years old! Very poor workmanship because of the sloppy application of stove cement in the seams. The rebuild is limited to removing & recementing the front of the stove, and replacing the door and top gasket. I feel like I have to remove the top of the stove every year to properly clean it. Hopefully after doing this it will not overfire.

Comments: I would not recommend this model for anyone to purchase. In another year or two I am planning on buying a different stove after I research the ratings. Wish I had found this website before I purchased it.

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