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Review of Vermont Castings --- defiant encore catalytic -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- defiant encore catalytic -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-02-10 14:47:20

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): 500 | House Size (Sq feet): 1900
Bought in 2002 , Price Paid: 300 (used)
Location : Jefferson Twp., PA , USA
Purchased from: Select Store Type - private sale

Likes: Stove provides a lot of heat and pretty long burn time (6-7hrs w/ oak). As drawer is very convienent-can empty while stove is burning. Unit is very attractive. Top load feature is nice.

Dislikes: Stove puts out alot of creosote, even w/ catalytic. some Some internal parts warped, broke. Too many gaskets to replace. Catalytic expensive to replace every 3 years. It is more cost effective in the long run to buy a new stove with the current tax credit than to repair this one.

Comments: I bought the stove used (1992-1993 model). Got my money\'s worth out of it. Going with a Regency F2400M.

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