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Review of Vermont Castings --- Winter Warm - Small Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Winter Warm - Small Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2009-09-13 12:56:55

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): 600 | House Size (Sq feet): 1351
Bought in 2006 , Price Paid: $1500
Location : Plymouth, MN , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Firespaces

Likes: Very efficient, Burn times as long/longer than promised, Large glass, pretty blue fires, nice ash pan, glass stays clean, automatic temperature control - nice even heat, attractive stove

Dislikes: Fans are noisy, squeaky door handle, takes longer to heat up than non-cat stove, cannot burn open

Comments: Have operated for three winters and love this stove. Key to efficient catalytic operation is to keep the stove well loaded - don\'t let it burn out. This reduces wood consumption and keeps glass clean. Very dry wood is important, especially when burning oak. Wet wood causes creosote build-up. Closing damper prematurely also causes creosote. Have read all the reviews on this site and believe most issues are caused by poor draft or operation. Elm, maple, ash and box elder burn nicely in this stove. Oak must be very dry. Combination of other wood and oak works very well. Dry oak has provided over night burns beyond 6 hours promised. If draft is low with dampler closed, check catalyst and vacuum or use pipe-cleaner to clean. First catalyst didn\'t work well and showed damage after two years. Vermont Castings did not honor warranty. Purchased new cat on internet (Condar) for $110. After one year (4.5 cords) it is like new. We did not plan to heat our 1350 sq foot house (main floor) with this but we do. Furnace doesn\'t run unless we go out of town. We saw -27 a number of times last winter. Stove is small so takes a while to heat up house if we let it get cool. If we keep it filled, our house stays about 75. Have Quadrafire Isle Royale in finished basement. Only fire that up to warm basement or when it is reaaly cold and we want to warm up house quickly after we get home late from work.

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