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Review of Dutchwest --- extra large Catalytic -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Dutchwest --- extra large Catalytic -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2008-09-21 01:23:27

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): 2100
Bought in 1996 , Price Paid:
Location : La Grande, OR 97850, u
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer - vermont castings

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: 1) Large fire box
2)cleaning burning going up the stack.
3)clean window.
4) puts out the heat as advertised.
5)ash clean out is easy and holds 4-7 days worth.
6)Takes 24" wood

Dislikes: 1)Back drafts (lots)
2)Replacement parts very slow (can not order direct)
3)The stove leaks often enough that I have to take it completely apart every year and re-cement the joints or it is like living in a bar

Comments: This stove has been a pain for me. I have grown up burning wood and have had a few stoves. This thing from the day I brought it home from the factory has back drafted into the house and not during odd climate conditions. It is like a insolent child. you better not turn your back on it or it will get you. I have changed or replaced the stove pipe completely 3 times to give it a straight shot and a length that maxs the draft. I am now looking to replace several cast pieces (the sides and back) because they have cracked and I can see flames. I do use the stove everyday of the heating season and expecting the stove to sooner or later rot out not disintegrate.

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