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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 - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 1996 , Price Paid: 1800
Location : Kimberton, PA 19442, US
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - The Stove Shop

Likes: Attractive. Large glass. Swing out ash pan is neat. Nice,even heat output. Top loading feature is awesome - holds more and bigger logs. Catalyst is easy to remove and clean once a year. Griddle top is perfect for emergency cooking surface.

Dislikes: Enamel finish is prone to chipping. Glass doesn't stay as clean as I had hoped. Tends to overheat my 400 sq ft family room unless it's less than 25F outside.

Comments: Have owned other models and like this one the best. Pleased with the way it looks and performs. Next purchase will be gas stove when I'm fed up with the mess of wood.

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