Should I repair or replace my Vermont Castings Encore 1450?

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WoodstoveJoe

New Member
Nov 4, 2021
3
Vermont
We moved into a new-to-us house in June and at this point we've had maybe a dozen fires in the wood stove that came with the house. It's a Vermont Castings Encore 1450 (non-catalytic). The more familiar I've gotten with the stove, the more I'm realizing it has some issues. It's been many years since I've lived in a home with a wood stove, so it's taken me a bit to get more comfortable using it and figure out all the various parts and components. Well, yesterday, while closing the damper, the handle jammed and I wasn't able to close the damper. Today, with the stove cool, I was able to examine more closely and realized the damper had shifted out of place. I was able to get it back in position, but it forced me to notice how warped the damper housing is. And how cracked the refactory is. So, now I'm wondering if I should bother trying to fix this stove (it looks like I can get replacement parts) or if it's not worth the hassle and money and I should invest in a new one. I know there are some similar threads out there on this, but I figured I'd see if anyone has any thoughts on my particular situation. Thanks!

Warped damper housing:
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Cracks:
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WoodstoveJoe

New Member
Nov 4, 2021
3
Vermont
From 2013:
Ah, thanks! Someone with the exact stove and same problem. Appreciate you pointing me to it.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
91,355
South Puget Sound, WA
That's going to need a complete rebuild. Fixing it properly is going to be expensive and there may be delays in getting parts. If the goal is to heat soon then I would replace it. Even working properly, this was not VC's shining moment.
 

WoodstoveJoe

New Member
Nov 4, 2021
3
Vermont
That's going to need a complete rebuild. Fixing it properly is going to be expensive and there may be delays in getting parts. If the goal is to heat soon then I would replace it. Even working properly, this was not VC's shining moment.
Thanks for the advice. As it is currently, it's not unsafe to use, right? It's just not going to perform well? I'll replace, but in the meantime, I might continue to use it to heat the house as best it can.
 

Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
3,500
Ottawa, ON
Thanks for the advice. As it is currently, it's not unsafe to use, right? It's just not going to perform well? I'll replace, but in the meantime, I might continue to use it to heat the house as best it can.
This stove was not safe to use new. From my experience
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,811
Northern NH
Prop it up in the backyard and use it for outdoor fires.
 

JamesGuido

Member
Jan 5, 2021
82
Raymond, Wisconsin
it truly is a shame what has happened to the name Vermont Castings.
when we bought our first stove in '90, VC, i was told, was the top of the line in wood burning... We loved our encore defiant!
but we wore it out. tough to get replacement parts and service was not there...
when time to replace it, naturally we looked at VC...
everyone told us to look away from them.
and after seeing (and hearing about) the lesser quality compared to BK, Jøtul, and others, our decision was tougher than expected.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,811
Northern NH
As long as there are no holes open to the outside, you can run it but at best its a smoke dragon with low efficiency.
 

Mattocks

New Member
Apr 22, 2021
2
Vermont
I have an Encore 1450 that I also inherited with a home purchase. I rebuilt it last summer. Did you decide to repair or replace your stove?