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Review of Vermont Castings --- Dutchwest 2461 (large) -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Dutchwest 2461 (large) -- 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): 675 | House Size (Sq feet): 1800
Bought in 2000 , Price Paid: 999
Location : Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - Ace Hardware

Likes: unbelievable efficiency, huge firebox, side or front loading, very attractive stove, great price, simple but effective controls

Dislikes: doesn't come with a stove thermometer (the manual tells you to go buy one to stick on the door); while advertised as having a "raised griddle for stovetop cooking", the griddle has the catalyst thermometer smack in the middle of it, preventing anything from being cooked- it's crazy; glass was very dirty after just one burn- it's almost useless

Comments: After a month of homework, I went to the store to buy a Quadrafire that was on sale. I came home with a Dutchwest. The Dutchwest has a 50% larger firebox, is 12% more efficient with 1/2 the emissions, was far more attractive, and was cheaper. As I cut my own wood, I much prefer being able to cut to 22" length rather than the 17" the Quadrafire could take. After burning an air-tight for years, the 9 hour burn time of this stove is a dream. One wheelbarrow full of wood lasts two days!

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