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.
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.
- Door handle and latches are small and lots of parts and pieces which is a drawback in my book.
- 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 “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 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.
- $2643 for a matte black, cast iron.
- Around $3050 for the enamel colors. (Biscuit, Majolica Brown is Pictured, Ebony Black, Bordeaux Red)
- Warming shelves $126 – $226 per side.