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:
  • $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.
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
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7 thoughts on “Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Wood Stove Review

  1. I have had a Resolute Acclaim for about 20 years. I love the top load feature! Nice big window, heats good and can be shut down to a comfortable temp., that is until the internal parts begin to warp. When they warp, they allow more air to leak in and the stove runs hot…causing it to warp even more. I have put many hundreds of dollars into my stove but am giving up on it now. I have had it into the blacksmith’s shop to be welded and am not going to spend the require money to replace all the damaged internal plates and shields, etc. for a third time. I am looking at a Jotul F 50 TL Rangeley for a replacement. It has similar features but fewer cast parts and a lifetime warranty on the firebox.

    • Jotul is not a bad stove, but they don’t have the top loading feature. I think you will be disappointed after using that awesome feature for the past 20 years. I would ask yourself if the new Resolute lasts another 20 years would that be a good value to me? If yes get the VC.

      As far as the warranty goes, in most states a limited lifetime warranty means about 7-8 years. And the warranty does not cover “normal wear and tear” so I would not bank on that too much. Don’t get me wrong I think Jotul makes a great stove but I just think you will be missing the top loader….

      The Stove Guy

  2. I’ve had an Acclaim for almost 8 years now and if we ever move, I’m taking it with me. It’s the off-white color. Sand, I think they were calling it back then. I bucked up for the warming shelves and I’m so glad I did. First of all, it’s a beautiful appliance. I’ll find my eye wandering over to it even on summer nights while we’re watching TV. It is nice to look at. It’s even prettier with an actual fire in it :P

    Our house is 1500 square feet and we’re in SE PA. As you can imagine it has no problem heating our entire house. Occasionally, the temps will dip down into the low 20′s and teens and I get to burn the stove as intended. It throws some serious heat.

    The top loading feature is the only way to go. It gives you a bird’s eye view of the firebox so you know right were to place the logs. Open the top….plunk….plunk….plunk…done! The top door is also a cooking griddle. I haven’t used it as such, but it’s nice to be able to put a humidifier on top without having to worry about bitching up the enamel.

    8 years and I haven’t even replaced the gaskets…although I think they’re about ready!

  3. We recently moved into a house and it has a Resolute Acclaim in the living room/dining room area (approx 400 square feet) and it has yet to heat the room to a comfortable level. We’re lucky to reach 66 degrees after it burns all day. The griddle will get up to 400 or sometimes even 500 degrees, but it doesn’t heat the room up.

    The temp on the smokestack never gets out of the creosote level . . . I don’t get it.

    Any ideas? I’m about ready to sell it and buy something else.

    Thanks.

    • You are not getting the fire hot enough. Your wood may not be dry enough.

      Try cutting the wood into smaller pieces and leave the door cracked longer when starting. You should get the griddle up to 500+ degrees, have a good coal bed established, then be able to load the stove up with medium sized pieces. If you are never getting the stove hot enough to close the bypass it will never burn efficiently enough to put out any heat.

      Hope that helps.

      The Stove Guy

  4. I have had a Resolute III for over 27 years. About 3 years ago I noticed the warping of the interior panels. I took the stove apart and found the inner sections were packed with ash. I suspect my lack of maintenance contributed to the damage. I am thinking about ordering the parts and trying to get another 10 or 20 years out of the stove. This time I will watch the ash build up and try not to let it overheat. I figure the $300 in parts is a lot cheaper than buying a new stove.

  5. Hi I have just got a resolute wood stove wondering if I sent you a pic could you please try and identify the model for me as I would like to try and locate a manual for it thanks

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