Review of Vermont Castings --- encore -- 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): 1400
Bought in 1998 , Price Paid:
Location : Canadensis, Pa 18325,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Stoves & Stuff
The unit provides a good source of heat. We are able to keep all the rooms comfortable without any other heat source.
The vermont casting stove is a maintenance nightmare. The replacement parts of gaskets and seals are very expensive. Access to clean the unit is difficult. A new catalitic converter costs in excess of $160.00, which the dealer convently failed to mention. The limited warranty of 6 years is insufficent for such an expense. They just about last that long.
I cannot recommend a vermont casting stove/fireplace. The expense and maintenance offsets the benifits . If I replace this , I'm sure it will be a different manufacturer and a different store.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004