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Review of Vermont Castings --- Winter Warm small -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Vermont Castings --- Winter Warm small -- Fireplace Inserted 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): 300 | House Size (Sq feet):
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: $1250.
Location : Danville, NH 3819, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Fireplace Center

Likes: The stove looks good, that's about it.

Dislikes: Poor quality of construction. When I first tried to fire up the stove it would die as soon as I shut the door. The dealer tried to tell me that the out side temperature was to high for the stove to get a good draft and that I should wait till the outside temperature cooled a bit. At this time the temp was 40 deg F. So I waited for the temp to drop to the 20's. Guess what, same thing the fire just died (big surprise). What I found was the linkage to the primary air control was to long and was not opening the flap to allow air into the stove. There is no way this stove would pass anything that even resembled a QC inspection. OK, so I fixed the linkage and got the stove to work the way it was designed to. What a joke, on a 40 deg night it barley heats my 300' living room. Originally I was looking at the large Winter Warm but the dealer said it would blast meet out of a 300' room. Based on what I've seen from the small this would not have been an issue. Unfortunately for me the winters in NH are a lot colder than 40 deg, so this stove is going to be more of a decoration than a heat source. Another issue is the fans. When the fans are on there is a wicked vibration from the surround panel that I'm still trying to fix.

Comments: If your looking for a wood insert, do yourself a favor and skip over Vermont Castings. With installation, materials and the stove I'm into this thing for almost $2K. If you live in a house that's about the size of a refrigerator box and south of the Mason Dixon (way south) you may be OK.

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