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Review of Vermont Castings --- Encore 2550 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Encore 2550 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-11-30 21:30:15

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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1600
Bought in 2006 , Price Paid: $1500
Location : Traverse City, MI 49684, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Fergusons

Likes: Extremely efficient. No smoke or creosote. 8 hour burns. Great heat output. Glass stays clean. Looks great.

Dislikes: Can\'t burn to hot, you\'ll burn out the Catalyst. Can\'t put in wet wood, you\'ll crack the catalyst. Refractory is delicate. Can\'t burn dry wood - it\'ll run to hot (and burn out the Cat).

Comments: I struggled with this stove, going thru several catalysts. I finally installed a inlet & outlet catalyst thermometer from Condar, and found I was running it way too hot. Since monitoring the temp, I have learned not to overheat the stove (which is very easy to do) and it runs excellent! The Cat thermometers are a must to run this stove - unless it is over sized for your house (then, you probably won\'t overheat it).

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