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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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 $2942
- Enamel (Biscuit, Majolica Brown, Ebony Black) – $3542
- Bordeaux Enamel – $3662
- Warming Shelf Classic Black – $126 Each
- Warming Shelf Enamel – $149 – (Bordeaux) $223
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.
The Stove Guy