Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Review

Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Wood Stove Review. I think of this stove as a legend in the industry. It has been made into at least 5 – 6 different models over the years. Gone by the name defiant encore then just encore. It has been made before the EPA standards. Then into a catalytic stove, then into a non-catalytic stove, and now into both in one unit. As far as I know it is the only wood stove that has been EPA approved to burn either with a catalyst installed or without and still pass EPA emissions testing. This I see as a huge benefit to you as the consumer.

Vermont Castings Encore 2040

Vermont Castings Encore 2040

 Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Stats:

  • Up to 1800 Sq. Ft. Heating Capacity
  • Up to 12 hour burn time
  • 22″ Log Size
  • EPA Emissions – 1.2 grams per hour (catalytic mode), 1.5 grams per hour (non-catalytic mode)
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • 471 lbs
  • More Specs Here

Vermont Castings Encore 2040 “The Bad” –

  • Honestly it is hard to find something bad to say about this stove other than the price. It is more expensive than most of its equivalent sized competitor in the cast iron world. However I think you are getting a great value and what you pay for.
  • The owners manual is a little confusing as Vermont Castings is somewhat known for. I would make sure you have someone or your dealer that is knowledgeable with the product to help walk you through any questions that you have with installation.

Vermont Castings Encore 2040 “The Good” –

  • The top loader is an amazing feature. I would buy this stove simply because of that feature. There are a couple other manufacturers that make stoves with top loaders in the industry. And none of them work as well as this unit. When installed and burned properly you will get almost no smoke into your home when you open up the top of the stove to drop the wood in. This makes it extremely convenient to load and operate

    Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Top Loader

    Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Top Loader

  • The non-catalytic and catalytic modes in the same unit is also an excellent feature. It is the only unit I am aware of in the industry that has this option. It gives you the ability to use the catalyst when you have dry good wood to get higher efficiencies and longer burn times. (Both benefits of a catalytic stove.) But it also lets you pull the catalyst out, (which takes less than 30 seconds with just your hands.) if your wood is a little wet and not performing well with the catalyst installed

    Vermont Castings Encore 2040 with back plate off to show where catalytic converter sits.

    Vermont Castings Encore 2040 with back plate off to show where catalytic converter sits.

  • Check out my Vermont Castings Article for more about the manufacturer.
  • It has a huge firebox for this size class of wood stove. Rated for 1800 square feet, but it will take a 22″ piece of wood. That is awesome

    Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Firebox

    Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Firebox

  • It has a 6″ flue, the old Encores used an 8″ oval to round adapter off the top which made the chimney cost a lot more. This is a lot more economical to install. Don’t worry though if you have an old one you are replacing you can get a replacement flue collar for about $99 that will match up to exactly what yours is now.

Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Back of Stove

Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Back of Stove

Overall I would give this stove one of the highest ratings in the cast iron category. It is packed with features. It is not the cheapest stove out there but I think if you don’t mind paying a little more for quality and some excellent features this may be the perfect stove for you. Highlights are the top loader, cat vs. non-cat convertible and large firebox.

Vermont Castings Encore Retail pricing is:

  •  Classic Black Unit is $2934
  • Enamel (Biscuit, Majolica Brown, Ebony Black) – $3412
  • Bordeaux Enamel – $3527
  • Warming Shelf Classic Black – $126 Each
  • Warming Shelf Enamel – $150 – (Bordeaux) $224

** UPDATE ** The Stove Guy is launching his online store. Click here to save some money on the Encore!

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s website.

If you own or have owned a Vermont Castings Encore then I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have for our other readers!! Even if it is an older model, let us know what you thought of it.

Yours Truly,

The Stove Guy

Regency F2400 Wood Stove Review

I have burned the Regency F2400 in my store. I am very familiar with its pros, cons, and quirks. Although I do have my opinion which I will share toward the end, I will present the facts to you first so you can try to decide for yourself.

 

Regency F2400 Wood Stove

Regency F2400 Wood Stove


Regency F2400 Wood Stove Stats:

  • Heating Capacity – Up to 2200 Sq. Feet
  • Non-Catalytic Combustion
  • Burn Time – Up to 8 hours
  • Log Size – Up to 18″
  • EPA emissions – 3.44 grams per hour
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • More Specs Here

Regency F2400 “The Bad” –

  • In my experience their warranty and customer service is terrible. I would not buy a Regency or Hampton product unless it was purchased through a great company. One that has a great customer service track record in your town. Because most likely if there is a problem you will be relying on your dealer to take care of it rather than the manufacturer.
  • The firebox is fairly small for this size group of stove. Not a deal breaker for me, but not a plus

    Regency F2400 Firebox

    Regency F2400 Firebox

  •  The air wash system does not work very well. I am kind of a fire bug myself. I love to watch the fire burn. It just makes me feel warmer just to see the glow and the flames dancing. The regency F2400 gets a sort of white haze on the glass after the first few fires, even if you are burning a hot one.
  • There are a lot of washers, bolts and pieces in the door latch that are exposed to the fire, not my favorite design for the long term. Make sure you take a close look at this when you go see it in person

    Regency F2400 Door Latch Review

    Regency F2400 Door Latch Review

     

    Regency F2400 Door Frame

    Regency F2400 Door Frame

  • The biggest negative to the regency F2400 is how they nickel and dime you to death with the accessories. When you go shopping ask them if it comes with an ash pan, fan kit, or outside air kit. These items are standard with some manufacturers and Regency charges ridiculous amounts for them.

Regency F2400 “The Good” –

  • The stove is fairly heavy compared to the average.
  • The steel top is made of 5/16″ plate steel which is about as thick as they get.
  • Some time has been spent on the details, such as welded tabs to hold the fire bricks in place.
  • Regency is a big name, has been around a long time. There is stability in the name

    Regency F2400 Reburn Tubes

    Regency F2400 Reburn Tubes

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Overall I would say the Regency F2400 is not a bad stove. I do think that there are other stoves in this class that are a better value. And the bottom line is that I probably would not want to put one in my own home. Not for safety reasons, but just because of the features and costs that I think I can find in other similar stoves.

Regency F2400 Retail Pricing:

  •  Base Model Unit: (Black Door and Pedestal) $1874
  • Upgrade to Black door with nickel trim, +$213
  • Ash Drawer option, +$146
  • 2 Speed Blower, +$359
  • Outside Air Kit, +$78

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.

If you own or have owned a Regency F2400 Wood stove then I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have for our other readers. Please let us know if you think I am accurate in my assessment or you think anything is missing.

Your Truly,

The Stove Guy

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Wood Stove Review

I have burned, sold and used the Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim for many years. I am very familiar with this model, it benefits and its drawbacks. My goal here is to present both sides to you as best as possible so that you can make an educated decision if you would like to own one in your home.

Resolute Acclaim Wood Stove

Resolute Acclaim Wood Stove

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Stats:

  • Heating Capacity – Up to 1600 Sq. Feet
  • Non-Catalytic Combustion
  • Burn Time – Up to 9 hours
  • Log Size – Up to 16″
  • EPA emissions – 3.4 grams per hour
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • 425 lbs.
  • More Specs Here

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim “The Bad” –

  • Fairly small firebox for this size group of stove. However the top loader definitely makes up for this in my book.

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Firebox

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Firebox

  • Door handle and latches are small and lots of parts and pieces which is a drawback in my book.

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Door Latch

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Door Latch

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Door Latch

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Door Latch

  • Heat shield is sold separately, which is practically a must unless you have a solid brick wall behind it. Heat shield  retails for about $85.00
  • “Vermont Castings parts” is one of the biggest google searches in the hearth industry. One reason is because the have been around forever, but another reason is that they have a lot of little parts and pieces that need to be replaced over the years. I tend to prefer a simpler, less parts and pieces design when possible. Parts are generally available which is a plus.

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Logo

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Logo

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim “The Good” –

  • Top loading feature!! – With the stove burning, you can engage the flue bypass lever and open the top of the stove without smoke spilling back into the room. This is the absolute best feature about this stove in my book. It makes it to where you don’t have to bend way down and try to fill the wood in the front while it is trying to roll out. Very convenient. In my opinion Vermont Castings are the only ones that actually do a top loader well. The other manufacturers that offer it have not got the kinks out.

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Top Loader

Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Top Loader

  •  Vermont Castings brand has been around forever, as I talked about in my Vermont Castings Article.
  • The andirons in the front of the firebox prevent the wood from leaning on the glass which helps keep the glass clean.
  • I would say the glass stays fairly clean when burning properly. About industry average.
Overall I would say it is a good wood stove to own. I would consider owning one myself. Main highlights are the looks, design, and the top loader.
Retail pricing is:
  • $2372 for a matte black, cast iron.
  • Around $2950 for the enamel colors. (Biscuit, Majolica Brown is Pictured, Ebony Black, Bordeaux Red)
  • Warming shelves $126 – $227 per side.

** UPDATE ** The Stove Guy is launching his online store. Click here to save some money on the Resolute Acclaim!

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.
If you own or have owned a Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim then I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have for our other readers!!
Yours Truly,
     The Stove Guy