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Review of Vermont Castings --- ENCORE -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- ENCORE -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

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): 6000
Bought in 1994 , Price Paid: 1,600.00
Location : OLD WESTBURY, NY 11568, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - WESTBURY FIREPLACE

Likes: I HAVE 2 IDENTICAL STOVES AND THEY HANDLE THE HEATING LOAD OF THE ENTIRE HOUSE FOR MOST OF THE WINTER. I KEEP THE STOVES AND CHIMINY'S WELL MAINTAINED AND HAVE NEVER HAD ANY DOWN TIME IN 6 HEATING SEASONS. I FELL THE STOVES ARE WELL MADE AND RELIABLE.

Dislikes: IT COSTS ABOUT $350.00 PER STOVE / CHIMNEY PER YEAR ($700.00 FOR BOTH STOVES AND CHIMINY'S) FOR CLEANING AND MAINTAINING THE STOVES AND CHIMNEY'S.

Comments: THE $700.00 YEARLY MAINTANENCE COST PLUS $1000.00 FIREWOOD COST OFFSET ABOUT $3500.00 - $4000.00 IN NATURAL GAS COSTS. I FEEL THE EXTRA EFFORT TO RUN THE STOVES ALL WINTER IS OFFSET BY THE COST SAVINGS. THAT LEAVES ALL THE INTANGABLE BENEFITS OF HAVING THE STOVES AS A BIG PLUS.

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