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Q&A Re: New Purchase - Regency vs VC Winterwarm

Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, Oct 5, 2001.

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  1. QandA

    QandA New Member Staff Member

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    Question:

    We're looking into purchasing an insert, and at present have a choice between a Regency Medium and the Large Vermont Castings Winterwarm.

    I'd like some input on the two stoves if anyone has experience with the two. Also, it looks like it would cost us $1000 more to do a full re-line of our chimney vs. a partial on the Vermont Castings. Do we really need to do the full? Our chimney is on an outside wall - but 1/2 is in the garage, and only about 12 feet is exposed - and then only about 4 feet of that on all 4 sides.

    What issues should we consider here? We like the looks of the Winterwarm, but are concerned about it being a cat stove vs the non-cat Regency.



    Answer:

    These are two vastly different stoves...let me compare them to a Minivan and a Mercedes.

    The Regency will server you well in everyday use (like a minivan) and probably costs less. Since it costs less and is non-cat (less parts), it will require less service. Being a non-cat also means it will heat up quicker from a cold start.

    The WinterWarm is the Mercedes....nice looking, unique, more costly, require premium gas and more time in the shop....but people turn their heads to see it!

    The WinterWarm will take a lot longer to produce heat from a cold start...but will probably burn longer because of the catalytic converter.

    The lining question? Hard to tell. There are a lot of factors that affect draft. Is your existing draft excellent? The WinterWarm may need more draft than the Regency since it has the cat and a more convoluted way of bring the air into the fire.

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