Review of Vermont Castings --- Aspen C3 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
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): 800 | House Size (Sq feet): 1700
Bought in 2019 , Price Paid: 1169
Location : bethel, vermont 05032, USA
Purchased from: Stove Dealer - Home Comfort Warehouse
Easy startup/use, price, build quality
firebox size, lack of control
Thought I should add a review as this stove has been redesigned for 2020 and when searching myself find quite a mix bag of opinions. They did a great job addressing the air inlet issues with the former design and the fit and finish on the stove is great, two things that were major complaints a few years ago. The stove is straight piped 30 ft out an existing chimney and after a quick paper burn to heat the flue draws excellent and starts right up with seasoned wood.
The automatic damping system on the stove is excellent at keeping the stove in "the sweet spot"... you really can't overload the stove. That being said it is also the one disadvantage of the stove, you don't have the option to back the stove down to slow burn overnight or when away from the home.
We use the stove as our primary heat when home at night and on the weekend(really 4 days a week since my wife and I run opposite schedules). If you are looking for a small stove to offset your primary heating costs it fits the bill perfectly, if you need a stove for 24/7 heat with no backup I would probably suggest something with a larger firebox and manual air control.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004