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Review of Vermont Castings --- Intrepid II -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Intrepid II -- 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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 100
Bought in 1999 , Price Paid: 1200
Location : Woodburn, IA 50275, USA
Purchased from: HVAC Contractor -

Likes: Provides plenty of heat for my needs. Convenient top-loading. Easy to install. Have cooked meals using cast iron on stove surface with no problems.

Dislikes: Catalytic converter makes this stove less user-friendly. Very noisy rattling at back of stove at certain temperatures. Non-porcelain finish makes it very difficult to clean off accumalated dust which then burns off and smells bad. Ashpan must be emptied at least daily sometimes twice a day. Not designed for primary heat source of house with such short burn times. The handle for engaging catalyst must be retightened every 3-4 days if used every day. Manufacturers web-site is terrible for getting any information as of 10/05/01. For customer support you use to be able to contact Vermont Castings directly but now you must contact dealer which in many cases is not a good thing.

Comments: Although this is a nice stove for occasional usage I have decided my next stove will not have a catalyst. Every time you load the stove you must flip a handle to disengage the catalyst. If you forget to do this the stove will pour fumes/smoke into the room when you open the top or front doors to put wood in. There are non-catalytic stoves out there as efficient as this one. Have fit logs larger then the 16" by placing them in diagonally. Feel this stove is made more for part-time use then primary heat source. A larger ashpan would have made a big improvement in the functionality of this stove.

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