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

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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

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54 thoughts on “Vermont Castings Encore 2040 Review

  1. I have a 14 year old Encore 2550. I have some warped interior parts and I’m trying to decide wether to invest in replacement parts or a new stove.
    This is the first place I’ve read about removing the catalyst and still run the stove. Can I do this permanently? And just simply not replace the catalyst? Thanks.

    • Rob,

      Thanks for the question. I think it will help others clarify what I am talking about also. The feature of being able to remove the catalyst and continue to burn the stove efficiently is ONLY in the Encore 2040 (2n1) model. Your 2550 does not have this feature and would not be a good idea to burn it that way. It can result in overfiring and a huge loss in efficiency.

      In your case I would recommend getting a bid from your local Vermont Castings dealer to repair your stove and then compare that with the price of a new one. There are some great new features that would be worth spending some more money. I would suggest thought that if it was less than $500 or so I would just fix yours up. But that is a personal decision with your finances and desires.

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions.

      Yours Truly,
      The Stove Guy

  2. Yes, my ” encore” is over 20 years old . I love and have used mine every year. It is getting as tired as I am. I do like the new options. Which stove do you recomend for creasote reduction, if possible.

    • I would absolutely recommend another Encore. 20 years is a good life. A lot of people complain about having to replace parts on these Vermont Castings, but if you look most of them are 20+ years old. Most of the other stoves that compete won’t even last that long let alone have parts available. I would go take a look at the new Encore model and decide for yourself.

  3. I am in the market for a stove and I am not sure if I should go with the Encore or the dutch west 2462 what do you suggest ?
    Thanks

  4. Hello Stove Guy,
    I am looking to buy either an Encore or an Intrepid II. I have a small two story home with about 900 sq. feet upstairs and 300 ft. downstairs. It would not be my primary heating source, but I would like it to still be able to heat the whole house in winters that can get down to the high 20’s F. I would be using the fan on my forced air system to recirculate warm air from upstairs to heat the downstairs.
    My question is this. I know that the Encore is rated up to 1800 sq. ft., but the Vermont Castings rep said that it can just be run at a lower temp with the temp control on the side, and that it wouldn’t overheat my upstairs. He also stated that the encore burns more efficiently at lower temps, which seems opposite than other stoves. I am interested in your thoughts about this, because I really do like the larger front viewing area and log size capacity of the Encore
    Thanks a ton.

    • The Encore will burn at a lower temp efficiently with in catalytic mode. That is the difference. Most stoves today are non-catalytic because people don’t like the cost of replacing a catalytic converter every two to three years. I think as long as you understand that cost going in they definitely can be a good fit. Larger viewing area, larger piece of wood, and longer burn times than a non-catalytic stove that would fit your home. But don’t plan on burning the Encore in non-cat mode you will have a black glass, clogged chimney and chimney fire in no time.

      Hope that helps

      The Stove Guy

  5. We have chosen Vermont Casting Wood burning stoves in the last three of our homes. The first two, we chose the Defiant which we loved. In the present home, which is much smaller, we chose the 2040 Encore. We have only used it one winter. So far, it seems to heat more than sufficiently, but it also appears to work differently than the previous two Vermont models. We can’t seem to control the fire using dry wood with the air intake turned down as low as it will go, and the catalyst engaged, the fire burns really hot. We checked all seals and they don’t seem to be worn, of course, it is a new stove. Also, when the fire is burning warm, you almost have to have a pry bar to disengage the catalyst. We are somewhat disappointed. We feel like we bought a ‘Friday night’ stove before a 3-day weekend. Any suggestions?

    • Well as far as burning hot, that is generally the nature of these new fangled EPA certified wood stoves. Part of the EPA test is with the stove shut down on the way. So sometimes the damper has to be adjusted to not go quite so low to get better emissions results. This is true in varying degrees across the board. You just don’t have as much control as you used to.

      There is an adjustment on that bypass plate sounds like that needs to be loosened up a little bit.

      How old were the other 2 Vermont Castings that you owned?

      The Stove Guy

  6. I own a Defiant Encore and have used it for over 20 years. It’s been a great stove. I don’t like replacing the catalytic because it’s a bit pricey and doesn’t last too long (one or two seasons and it’s cracked). I like my current stove, but the damper arm is temperamental, and I’m concerned that it may not function through the next season (may not open/close properly). Repair people are impossible to find (dealerships don’t really help you, they tell you to contact a chimney sweep to solve your problems) so I’m considering a replacement for old reliable. What about a Jotul F 500 Oslo versus the VC 2 in 1 Encore? They both seem like great stoves, are there pros and cons to each that you could shed some light on. Your expertise and insight is much appreciated.

    • Both are great stoves. The Jotul has a very unique beautiful look. You would not be going wrong with either stove, I think quality is very similar. I lean towards the Vermont Castings because of the top loading ability, that in itself spoils you. I also like the flexibility of the 2n1, as a catalyst will give you longer burn times, it is nice to be able to choose.

      The Stove Guy

  7. Hi Stove Guy –

    We recently bought a house that has a Defiant Encore (1986, don’t know the exact model so if you can suggest a way to figure that out, I’d appreciate it – still trying to grok this thing).

    I can’t move the damper knob. I read the manual four times and sat in front of the thing for an hour tonight getting ash on my hands trying but no luck. Is there a trick to it?

  8. I have a 10 year old Encore 2550. It seemed to work great until the last couple years. We have been getting smoke from around the top griddle. I replace the gasket on the griddle every year with the proper gasket. I even bought a new griddle thinking the old one became warped because of a too hot of a fire. Just last year I took the whole thing apart and replaced all the gaskets and put back together with new cement. Wow that us a task. It burned great for about 3 weeks, now smokes occasionally from around the griddle. Could a bent or damaged or warped catalytic combusted cause this? The first ceramic like one was replaced. This may be the 2nd one and it is metal. The chimney pipe is clean. Or is there another reason this could be happening after all these years?
    If it did not smoke on the top I would be extremely happy with this stove.
    As long as you don’t mind replacing the gaskets and catalytic converter and parts are not cheap. Thanks

  9. Also would it be ok to use the powder Rutland Creosote Remover in the Vermont castings Encore 2550? Could this damage the stove?

  10. purchased encore 2 in 1 stove 3 years ago and we live in fl and yes it does get cold. we love the efficiency and durability of it the heating is incredible what I would like to knowis, is it normal to see a little bit of smoke out of the stove pipe when it is in catalytic mode normaliiy we run it on non cat mode and at about 5 or 600 degrees and no smoke at all out the pipe when I put it into cat mode I see alittle bit coming out could that be do to some of the wood that has not totally burned while I got the stove up to temp

    • Are you positive your Encore is a 2N1 model? There is no feature to turn the catalytic on or off! Perhaps you are confusing the function of the damper with the operation of the catalytic. Once your Encore get up to 450 or higher, you should normally close the damper. Just closing the damper does NOT mean that the catalytic combustion process will be engaged!! To engage the catalytic process the temperature must be low enough to generate wood gasses that will be burned in the cat process. You also must have wood that is not very dry – say all the wood is 15% or lower. Read your manual – it even suggests adding some wetter wood when all the other combusting wood is very dry.

  11. I have a VC Encore purchased new 13 years ago. We use it to heat our home every year . How can I tell if my stove has a catalytic converter and how would I know if it needs to be replaced? Is this a job I should tackle myself or should I have a professional do it ? I have heard the cat needs to replaced every 2 or 3 years. Is this true ? Any help would be appreciated. If it helps identify what model I have, my stove has a very ornate ceramic back plate inside the firebox. Thank you for any help you can give me.

  12. I have an Encore that is about 6 years old, and just this month I can only get about 1/2-2/3 the heat out of the stove. Any ideas. Can the damper gasket/adjustmen lead to this?I have never adjusted it. I have seasoned/dry wood. the stove is a NC Encore. Thanks for any info or comments .

  13. Are you sure it is smoke you are seeing? It may be water vapor from the more complete combustion produced by the catalyst. Water vapor from a chimney will quickly disapeer as it is absorbed into the atmosphere, while smoke can be seen much longer as it drifts with the air currents.

  14. Hi Stove Guy,
    Thanks for the review. I’m considering the Encore. You say you shouldn’t burn the Encore in non-cat mode as you’d get, “black glass, clogged chimney and chimney fire in no time.” Why do you say this? Is this if you’re only burning junk wood? I’ve talked to at least 4 different people, 2 of them chimney/stove install professionals (not dealers trying to sell me something) and they’ve said the Encore is fine in non-cat mode. The dealers also said the same thing and I’ve told them I’m open to a non-cat stove too, so not sure what their incentive would be to make me a very unhappy customer. Any clarification /explanation very much appreciated.
    Signed,
    Confused

    • Peter,

      You have to read the person I was responding too. He has a 900 Sq Foot House. There is no way he is going to get his stove up to 450 degrees to burn properly in non-cat mode without baking himself out of his house. That is what a catalyst is for, it will burn efficiently starting around 250.

      Non-cat stoves are wonderful if you size them properly to your home.

      Hope that helps,

      The Stove Guy

  15. Hi. I just came across your site and I hope you can help me with my encore non catalyst stove. I have about an eight foot single wall pipe going into a 30 foot clay pipe and brick chimney. My stove is in the basement. It takes a little effort to create a draft but once I get it going the only way I can keep the stove from running too hot is to partially block the air intake at the bottom of the stove. Even with the stove in the wood saving mode and the air intake lever completely closed the intake at the bottom of the stove has the suction of a vacuum cleaner. You can hear the rush of air and the metal chimney temp can easily climb to over 700 degrees. I have to cover the intake with foil with a few holes punched in it too keep the stove pipe in the 400 degree range. No where in the book does it suggest having to control the stove by blocking the air intake. I am actually thinking of making a damper to fit the air intake. I should also mention that I do not have a damper on the 6 inch stove pipe but it is my belief that Vermont castings does not recommend one. I would appreciate any advice you can give me.
    Thanks, Bob

    • Bob,

      You need a flue damper. They don’t recommend one in general, but your length of chimney is not average. Because of the amount of chimney you have, it is drafting too hard on the stove. You need a flue damper in that single wall pipe and it should fix all your overdrafting issues.

      Your Truly,
      The Stove Guy

  16. I bought a lightly used defiant encore stove about a year and a half ago from a dealer. It has 2 drying racks. I paid $900 for it and now realized that I almost stole it. Compared to a simple box stove this is a finely tooled machine. I love it. Three questions: how to avoid creosote buildup? Can I clean the catalytic converter? How do I know when to clean or replace the converter? Thanks.

    • Answers:
      how to avoid creosote buildup? Burn good wood and a hot fire with a good catalyst
      Can I clean the catalytic converter? You can take it out and blow it out with an air compressor. Just make sure there are not any big holes burnt in it. If there are you should replace it.
      How do I know when to clean or replace the converter? Answered above. When it gets really dirty then has a really hot fire it will burn dime or quarter size holes in the catalyst. This is time to replace.

      – The Stove Guy

  17. We are very interested in the Encore hybrid, but have been steered away by several stove dealers due to issues with catalytic parts and service issues. Both have recommended the Lopi stoves and we are considering the Endeavor, but we’ve seen reviews that say it doesn’t burn as hot and as long as the specs say. We much prefer the looks and design of the Encore. Which would you recommend?

  18. I have a Vermont Castings Defiant Encore, Model # 0028. I have been using it for about 25 years now, and have done maintenance myself because of the cost to pay to have it done. Last winter we started having a problem with the damper handle. It seems to not want move . I try to push it down and it moves a little but not enough to open the damper. Im wondering if something is wore , and how to replace it. I’m trying to fix it before this winter starts. I’ve had to lift up the top and quickly push the damper open with my poker. Right now I have the inside taken off so I can see it work. It seems fine in that area. It must be something down along the bottom of the damper, where it rolls back and forth to open and close. Do you have an idea about this > Thanks !

  19. Hello Stove Guy,
    I am getting ready to replace and relocate my old Fisher stove and am considering Vermont Castings Encore 2n1. I want to move the new stove to the corner of the room (14 x 20) and take the stack straight up through the 8′ 4″ ceiling and out the roof (another foot or so). My existing stove is connected through the wall into an outside masonry chimney that is located to the left of center of the room – an inconvenient & odd placement hence my relocation wish. Here’s the potential problem … according to the installation & operating manual “… any chimney used with a Encore should extend at least 16′ above the flue collar of the stove” for proper draft & good performance. Allowing for the height of the stove, ceiling & roof, it would seem I need a stack over 8′ high on my roof!! How critical is this?
    I would appreciate your advise.

    PS. The roof is unobstructed by trees but does sit @ 7200′ elevation if this needs to be considered.

  20. I have come across a used Encore with catalytic converter. It is 12 years old and needs the glass gaskets replaced. It has burned about 4 cords of wood and has been in storage the past few years. At what price point would this be a good buy vs. getting a new one from a dealer? We would like a stove in our house going into this coming cold winter.

  21. i bought encore stove last year worked great. We just started getting cold here and started using heater . The third fire I started I went to adjust the air control from opened to closed it would only travel half way. It hits that point and is springy like its up against something. Of course this limits my control tremendously. I have tried to find how to work on this problem over the internet no luck. Could you help.

    Thanks Dale

  22. I have an encore 2040 cat stove since feb 2011 and still on the same combustor, I live in fl so 3 or 4 days the most on burning in the fall months my question is the combustor has a few of the honey comb squares broken off no big deal I use it mostly in non cat mode should the element be replaced , I put it into cat mode a few nites ago when it got down to 39 degrees looked at the flu cap outside no smoke coming out at all my guess is it is still working well what do you think I have a relpacemrnt not opened yet?

  23. I have an encore Model 2550. installed 2001. After first 5 years (burn about 2.5 cords a winter), I replaced the catalytic combustor at a hefty price. Used it for 4 years and then I was re-gasketting my stove (also about 4 years ago), I looked at the catalytic combustor and there were some broken fins in the ceramic lattice egg crate, but it was mostly (90%) intact. I was curious to see what kind of changes in performance would occur if I just left the cat combustor out… I decided to try a fire without the combustor in place. … anything drastic and I would diassemble and re-install the combustor… I took the combustor and the metal collar it sits in out. Finished my gasketting and used the stove for 4 years without a catalytic combustor. Believe me, I had been reluctant to do it, but I said to myself, hell, for years and years they never had such a thing as a combustor for wood stoves, (and I think I paid like 180 bucks for the thing) … does it really make a difference? Burned fine. I have an 8 inch stainless steel flu liner. Honestly (and I am being absolutely objective) there was virtually no difference in the amount of smoke coming out of the chimney ( i barely have anything more than vapor either was, combustor in or out)…. I have my chimney cleaned once a year, and there was not even any difference in the amount of ash brushed out of the entire length of the liner.

    In my first re-gasketting, when I had installed that new combustor, after stove got up to temperature, I stood out in the back yard and looked at the smoke coming out of the chimney while a friend moved from straight up the flue to combustor mode: absolutely, (seriously) virtually no difference… none that I could perceive. SO I continued for 4 seasons burning without a combustor in place.

    I had been concerned about smoke (live in suburbs) Does the combustor really cut down on visible smoke and the smell?… honestly, the stove burned identically to the way it had burned with the catalytic combustor in place.

    Now, I am re-gasketting my stove again and after taking off the lower fireback (to put gasketting rope on it), I am looking at this refractory assembly and wondering what is it? what does it do? How important is a refractory assembly (at 220 bucks) ? Believe me, I have already convinced myself that the combustor is a big pile of hooey… I do burn well-seasoned, very dry wood and I have not seen any difference… could you please explain reasons for re-installing a combustor, and could you explain to me what the refractory assembly really does. Please give me your opinion as to whether I should replace it (believe me, it is skeletal at this point in time…
    . Thanks for any comment you can make.

  24. I had an Encore several years ago and am considering one for my new house. I recall they wanted an 8 in flue to run in “fireplace” mode, not that I did that much. I don’t see that requirement mentioned in the current literature. Another site says a 15-20 ft. minimum chimney height is required for the 6 inch flue. I only have about 15 ft. Does this stove require a lot of draft? Would an 8 inch flue be better for my installation?

  25. I have a question about the 2550 Encore catalyst model. I currently have an Efel from the 80’s but the cast iron has a small crack in it so need to replace. On CL
    I found a brand new, never used VC Encore 2550 with warming trays and screen (which I don’t need to have) for $2800. Evidently this person used to work for VC before the Co was sold and he was able to buy at a good price but never found a place in his home where it fit in. So this stove is 15+ years old already but new. I think he’s asking too much. I live in CA and use my stove as only heat source only from Dec to Feb. Should I be leary and can there be issues with a stove sitting for 15+ years? He says this was made before VC was sold so it’s a better product. Thank you.

  26. We have a VC Defiant Encore safety tested in 1986 (no model #…model just says “Defiant Encore” Design # 0028, serial # 8415). It was given to us by a friend. It is almost 30 years old…but in pretty good shape. Would you see any problems using it? We talked to a local dealer who told us to throw it away, it’s useless and we can’t get parts. Then the dealer across town said there is no reason not to use it and we could get parts. We notice all vermont casting web pages are “not found” at this time and heard they were in the process of being bought out. I’d love to make it work, but want to be safe and know we can get parts. If you have a suggestion of where to turn, I’d love to hear it. We live in IL..south of Chicago. Thanks!

  27. Just fired up my Vermont Castings Defiant Encore for this year’s heating season. We live in Northern lower Michigan. Chiminy was cleaned a week ago. Problem is … With the left side flue control in the forward position (using catalyst ) we are getting perodic large puffs of smoke coming out the top wood feed. Any suggestions. Thanks Kim

  28. I am confused looking for my first woodstove looked at soapstone heritage, fireview by wodstock, dutch west, vc encore or defiant. All have bad comments and I want one that lasts one that radiates heat and one where the catalyst is either removable or not in one at all. My dad had an old timberline he bought in the late 70s. It heated our home and it is still going. I want something that will last. I almost bought a wonderlux by us stove but after I read all the bad with only a three star rating I said no. My home is 1800 Sq ft and I have a fireplace . My last is cast iron vs steel cause again the lopi is rated high but a lot of bad reviews and a video showing a guy putting his hand near it do no heat. Suggestions please will soapstone crack. I do experience power outages and I use my fireplace to cook at times. I know about rust rings on steel or cast iron. Any help would be grateful. I am not crazy over cats

  29. My Encore is 8 years old and used full time in the New England Winters with good dry oak.
    This fall it has developed a problem of smoking in the damped mode. The loca; guy says I need to replace “The Fountain”. Big job I guess. Questions is there some place that is possibly plugged thus preventing good draw in the damped mode. This stove has the 8″ oval to round stack. Thanks

  30. Thinking about picking up a Vermont casting 1076 stove. The cat is no good can I take it out and still use the stove in my garage?

  31. Hello,
    I have a 1965 square-foot colonial home. My local fireplace store has either a defiant stove on sale or the encore. I was thinking of going with the encore because the defiant would be too big for the house. I would be using the ceiling fan a box fan to distribute heat. I can get either one for 50% off from the store please advise as to what you think I l should get. Thanks!

  32. Hi, I have a 2550 encore that was bought. Its dated 1999 from the manual . The refactory at the flue collar has a small section missing . I’m comparing this stove with the 2 and 1 2040 that has the same foot print, only the internals are different mostly the lower fire back … 1. can I modify my fire back to run 2 and 1 ? … 2. Can I use the 2040 internals to work in the 2550 it can be used as a 2 and 1….

  33. We have a 2 year old Encore, First season ran great, but started getting creosote blockage in stove pipe in section that goes through wall to metalbestos pipe. Our chimney guys cleaned in spring and added 3″ section of chimney pipe. We have not used cat mode as yet. We have used a couple of times recently and stove is running too hot, so we stopped. All of our procedures remain the same. With damper open, and full air light stove. Slowly add wood til get to 500-600 degrees, then close the damper and regulate air with handle on right. Temp will not drop. Seems like its getting too much air. Last night it got to 650, I closed air all the way and it SLOWLY over a few hours dropped to 300. Last season stove ran 24 x 7, except when we wanted to give hearth a good cleaning. The removable ash pan makes like easy to dispose of ashes. So we are at a loss and any ideas are welcomed .

    • It is normal for the stove to stay in that optimal burn zone 450 – 650 degrees when completely shut down until it is running out of wood.

      Sounds like it is drafting properly now since your chimney has been extended and maybe it was not last year.

      ~ The Stove Guy

  34. I have a 2550.
    should the secondary air flap , pt no 1601490, close completely when the stove is cold? My one doesn’t but does not appear to be damaged in any way and the spring is not stopping it from closing.

  35. I have a brand new Encore Flex-Burn. After about 3 months of operation the removable piece to access the catalyst keeps falling out. It’s almost as if it has shrunk. Any Idea what can be going on? there is a gap all around the top when it is set in place and the little lip doesn’t really catch as it’s supposed to.

    thanks

  36. I bought an Encore 0028 30 years ago. About 10 years ago I rebuilt a lot of the stove and took the enamel finish down to bare metal. That was a job. Now I have to put in a a new firewall damper and backwall ($225). I remember what sold me on the Encore was the easy ash clean out and the top load. As I look back at other “expensive” purchases I’ve made this by for the best one. 30 years later and I can still by replacement parts. Tell me where you can find that anywhere else!

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