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

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Aspen -- 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): 1,000 | House Size (Sq feet): 1,000
Bought in 2000 , Price Paid: $645.00
Location : Pine Grove Furnace, PA , USA
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer - discountfireplaces.com

Likes: The Aspen has an automatic damper control that works great. The Aspen has an ash pan that makes cleaning a breeze. The Aspen generates alot of heat very fast from a cold start up, very little lag time.

Dislikes: The fire box is very small on the Aspen. The Aspen is rated to be able to handle a 16" log. I have found that 14" logs are the best length for the Aspen. Log lengths longer than 14" tend to put the end of the log to close to the glass door and interfear with the self cleaning of the glass.

Comments: I am very happy with the Aspen so far. The Aspen is a small compact stove that has very good performance for its size. I installed the stove myself partway into an existing stone hearth. The area that is heated is a total of 1,000 sq. ft. This is a well insulated four year old cabin with two bedrooms a bath and a great room with a cathedral cealing. I keep The baseboard electric heat set at 50 deg. so the cabin is never less than that temp. at stove start up. I have found that it takes about four hours for the Aspen to bring the cabin temp. up to 70 deg.

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