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Review of Vermont Castings --- Encore Non-catalytic 1450 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Encore Non-catalytic 1450 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-09-06 13:18:54

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): 900 | House Size (Sq feet): 1,800
Bought in 2007 , Price Paid: 1,850
Location : Nottingham, NH 3290,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Aesthetics, slick working ash pan with cover and handle, heats our whole 1,800 sq ft house well.

Dislikes: Ever Burn system (fountain assembly) deterioration, finicky operation, handles fall off, noisy damper when opening and closing, too many parts and gaskets.

Comments: We bought this stove new in 2007 and used it for three seasons from October to April burning every day and night. Apparently the stove is not designed for such use as the secondary burn system (Ever Burn) completely deterioated. This is a composite passageway where unburned gases are mixed with fresh air resulting in a secondary burn, more heat, and less emissions. The material has the consistency of styrofoam and the strength. The other manufacturers we are considering for our new stove (Jotul, regency, etc...) have secondary burn baffles made of firebrick and steel, much more reassuring. With our Vermont Castings we started having excessive flue gas temps (600-700 deg) and the back right side of the stove would glow orange. Upon dissassembly, the Ever Burn fountain assembly fell apart in my hands and there was nothing to restrict gas flow on the right side of the stove, hence the high heat flue gas. I had thought of repairing the stove until I saw how it was put together, now we are replacing it. It absolutely scares me that the stove relies on that flimsy piece and I\'m afraid of what would happen if it catostrophically failed blocking the exit of flue gases or leading to an overfire condition. Perhaps if you only use the stove occasionally as a secondary heat source it will last much longer but as a primary source, two years was it. I hope this helps someone avoid the frustrations we are going through.

P.S. we bought the stove in 12/2007 right before Vermont Castings went bankrupt and were bought out. This means our lifetime warranty on the stove has come to the end of its life.

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