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Review of Vermont Castings --- Defiant 1975 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2017-01-09 15:26:23

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): 550 | House Size (Sq feet): 2600
Bought in 2016 , Price Paid: $3159
Location : Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer - Dreifuss Fireplace

Likes: beautiful to look at, large clear unobstructed front window, top load feature is very convenient heats space really well, long burn time, top griddle gets hot enough to boil water in a covered pot (could cook on stove in the event of a power outage)

Dislikes: catalytic stove requires learning curve for best burn routine, pin holding damper handle onto shaft keeps coming loose causing the handle to fall off when the stove is in use (hassle to replace when stove is hot), prone to backpuffing if air supply is restricted too much or too fast when burning in catalytic mode

Comments: we installed this stove with six inch pipe because that is what our old stove used, six inch is considered acceptable, but eight inch would be better, when our exterior insulated pipe needs to be replaced we will install eight inch pipe
since this is a new stove, cannot comment on routine maintenance or durability of parts

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