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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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 2100
Bought in 2000 , Price Paid: 1576.00
Location : Hull, MA 2045, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - FirePlace and Patio

Likes: no smoke out of chmney when converter is engaged, and no smell of wood burning fire either...good for the enviroment. easy to load with top loading- no stoopping down or throwing wood in sideways. Place it in with no bending. seems to not aggrevate my allergies as I thought it may- but maybe it will with time? Nice in room that it is in- I just love the 80 degree temps!

Dislikes: Doesnt heat as muchh of the house as I thought it would- really just the room its in and the rooms up the stairs...Would buy bigger one next time. Or maybe I just need grates and/or fan. BUt it doesnt heat the house as high as I would have thought. Live in NOrtheast, and it brings the room its in to about 77-81 degrees, leaves kitchen on same floor at 60, and floor above it at 68-70, and floor above that at 62-68 depending on what it starts at and how long we burn. Ash pan fills up quickly, and have to dump it and make mess every week. Maybe its normal- but I still dont like it. Im lazier now- it gets nice and cozy and I fall asleep in front of the fire a lot now- not getting as much studying/reading done!

Comments: If considering to buy- Id shoose the Defiant next time around- overkill seems to be the way to go. I baught a stove rates to 2000 sq ft ( depending on what site ou look at ). My house is 2100 feet, but it doesnt really do that much beyond 1500 ft effectively.

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