Review of Vermont Castings --- Dutchwest -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 1999 , Price Paid: $1000
Location : rather not, MA , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Fireplace VIllage
I have never used wood before - my husband gave me some rough pointers and turned me loose. This stove is WONDERFUL. Catalytic, which worried me at first, but I almost never have visible smoke coming out my chimney. Amazingly clean burning once the catalyst is hot. Very user friendly, damper, catalyst air control and air wahs all are simple to understand and operate. Ash tray makes clean-up easy.
Although rated for a nine hour burn time, I have not gotten more than five out of it, stuffed. Not quite sure what magic wand they used to get nine hours - we let it go out overnight so the oil furnace can heat the basement. If it were our only source of heat we'd never get a good night's sleep. My husband even tried, and he's the experienced one.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004