Jotul F602 CB Cast Iron Wood Stove Review

Jotul F602 CB Cast Iron Wood Stove Review

Jotul’s claim to fame with the 602 is that it is the most popular wood stove ever built. With over 1,000,000 stove produced. That may be true and it is a really big bang for the buck. The Jotul F602 is built to heat a small space.

Jotul F602 Wood Stove

Jotul F602 Wood Stove

Specifications:

  • Heats up to 800 Sq Ft (The Stove Guy thinks 600 Sq Ft is more realistic, depending on your climate)
  • Up to a 5 hour burn time
  • Up to 16″ length piece of wood (more like 14″ comfortably)
  • EPA Emissions – 3.4 Grams per hour
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • 0.82 Cubic Foot Firebox
  • More Specs

Jotul F602 “The Bad”

  • Jotul typical 15′ vertical chimney requirement. 15′ is sometimes hard to get in a single story house. Needs to be a little longer if you have to use any elbow offsets to get the equivalent draft. Side effects of not having a tall enough flue are, smoke spillage when you open the door, hard to get a fire started, dirty glass and not a lot of heat output. Talk to your dealer about this requirement before you purchase.
  • Short burn time. This is to be expected in this size of firebox, but because of all the EPA regulations the stove does not shut down all the way so that it will burn clean enough to pass the EPA testing. This results in a 4-5 hour burn time. Not unusual for a stove this size but something to be aware of.
  • Wood length – Manufacturer states up to 16″ wood length. This is a stretch. The reburn tubes hang down a little lower in the back and you can’t fit 16″ length in the top pieces. I would suggest cutting the wood to 14″ to not be having to fight to get it in. The Morso 2B and the Vermont Castings Aspen are both a little better in this respect.
  • No ash drawer, but this is a minor detail in my opinion.

Jotul F602 “The Good”

  • Extremely quality construction. Norwegian castings, fit and finish on all the units I have seen is excellent.
  • Price point is extremely good for what you get. Not a Chinese pot metal stove, this thing is the real deal, great quality, will last a lifetime.
  • A lot of people say how efficient it is, and it is true compared to an old technology stove, but compared to it’s current competitors there is really no difference.
  • Very attractive looking little stove. Very unique and enjoyable to use.

Overall, I think the Jotul F602 is a really nice stove. Be aware of the small firebox, so small firewood and short burn time. But for the price you are getting a really quality stove that will last a lifetime.

Competitors to the Jotul F602 are the Vermont Castings Aspen and the Morso 2B, check them out as well.

Yours Truly,
The Stove Guy

Disclaimer: All of the reviews on this site are just my personal opinion from my personal experience. Take them for what they are. If you want to know more about my experience read here. By posting these reviews I am not saying that I have the only correct opinion, only that I am sharing the facts of the item as I see it. I receive no compensation, product or benefit from any manufacturer for writing these reviews. I do get paid when visitors click on advertisements that I have on the site. Thanks for your time.

Jotul F500 Oslo Wood Stove Review

Jotul F500 Oslo Review

The Oslo is offered in two door designs. The clean window or the more ornate window that has the cast webbing. They also offer the stove in three colors. Painted black cast iron, Blue Black Enamel, and Brown Majolica Enamel. The enamel colors are an additional cost. It is comparable in size to the Vermont Castings Encore or HearthStone Shelburn. The Vermont Castings Defiant and the Hearthstone Manchester are both a little larger than the Jotul F500.

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Specifications:

  • Heats up to 2000 sq ft
  • Up to 8 hour burn time
  • Up to 24in log length
  • EPA 3.2 Grams per hour
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • Weight: 375 lbs

Jotul F500 Oslo “The Bad”

  • I hear a lot of complaints about this stove is hard to get started. While it is possible that can be attributed to people using poor quality wood. In my experience this stove requires quite a tall chimney to work well. Page 5 of the manual states that a minimum 15′ vertical chimney is required to prevent “inadequate draft”. A 15′ chimney does not just happen in most installations. A lot of manufactured homes with shallow pitched roofs only end up with 10′ from the stove collar to the cap. Some stoves are more sensitive to the height of the chimney than others, but this Jotul F500 is pretty sensitive. Some manufacturers don’t put a required minimum, and if they do 12′ is pretty typical. 15′ may not be a problem in your application but it is something to be aware of.
  • Gaskets – Most customers that have this stove complain about the burn times they get. Now these burn times are very subjective based on wood, temperature, how far they shut the stove down. Also what means it is still burning just barely enough coals so you don’t have to light a match or still putting out good heat and the house be warm. I don’t have personal experience with the burn times so I am not going to comment on that. But I do recommend to my customers to replace the side door, front door and ash drawer gaskets every single year. And I always hear of improved performance and burn times. Gaskets are relatively inexpensive.
  • Cost – This stove is the most expensive of the three that I would consider comparable. The Hearthstone Shelburn and the Vermont Castings Encore.

Jotul F500 Oslo “The Good” –

  • Most people that purchase this stove do so for the side loading feature. Which I would agree is a great feature. When you are putting the wood in from the side it is a lot less messy. And that last piece of wood does not keep trying to roll out as you are trying to close the door. The side door is definitely a plus in my opinion.
  • The style of this stove is pretty cool. It is made in Norway and definitely has that Norwegian flare. If you like the look it is pretty unique in the cast iron stove world.
  • Ash drawer is a plus. Some customers complain that it is not really big enough which I understand, but it sure does help get a fire going quick if you leave it cracked. Just don’t leave it cracked for too long or it will warp the bottom ash grate.

Overall, I think the Jotul F500 Oslo is a good stove. But I think most people put too much value on the side door and end up paying a premium for it. The Hearthstone Manchester has a nice side door and you are getting a little larger stove and firebox for less money. Or you could even get a Soapstone Hearthstone Heritage for the same or less money with side door. If you like the look and the price is worth it to you then go for it Just make sure that your chimney is at least 15′ tall otherwise you will probably have issues.

Link to the manufacturer’s site is here.

Yours Truly,
The Stove Guy

 

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Vermont Castings Wood Stoves Update

Vermont Castings Logo

Vermont Castings is one of the oldest and once was the most well known wood stove manufacturers in the United States. Over the last 15 years or so they have been bought out and sold it seems like dozens of times. The customer service has been horrible, the lead times on new parts has been ridiculous. Vermont Castings has really damaged their customer base and their brand. By all accounts, what was once the world’s largest manufacturer of cast iron wood stoves has lost ground to competitors and suffered quality issues.

But is all that changing?

Vermont Castings purchased by Hearth and Home Technologies

In 2015 Vermont Castings was purchased by Hearth and Home Technologies (HHT) HHT owns and operates big brands like, Heatilator, Heat ‘n Glo, Quadra-Fire, and Harman. One of the main goals in the Vermont Castings Acquisition was to get the VC cast iron foundry in Randolph, VT.

What does this mean for you?

I have been dealing with the new management for over a year now. I have seen the availability, timeliness, and follow through from VC improve dramatically. Parts lead times in the past five years were typically 6 weeks to 6 months. Now almost any part I order has a maximum 2 – 3 week lead time. This goes for a lot of the old items too. This has been a huge improvement. Their quality control has improved tremendously. I have a renewed confidence in promoting the Vermont Castings brand as a whole that they will be able to give my customers a positive user experience.

Pros of Vermont Castings

Cons of Vermont Castings

  • Higher end of the price range
  • Stoves are made up of a large number of small parts

Overall, you can decide. This is a company that has struggled for a lot of years. There seems to be a new excitement and resolve to return the brand to it’s premium status that it once had.

Yours Truly,
     The Stove Guy

 

Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Review

Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Review – The Hearthstone Heritage has been one of the best selling stoves in the Hearthstone soapstone lineup for a long time. It is their most popular model and has been as long as I have sold them. I have burned one quite often in my store as well as personally used it to heat my home for many years. I have a lot of knowledge of the ins and outs of this wonderful stove.

 

Hearthstone Heritage Matte Black Wood Stove

Hearthstone Heritage Matte Black Wood Stove

 Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Stats:

  • Up to 1900 Sq. Ft. heating capacity
  • Up to 8 hour burn time (can be longer with good hard wood)
  • Up to 12 hour heat life of stone
  • Up to 21″ log size, 19″ is comfortable
  • EPA Emissions – 2.77 Grams per hour
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • 475 lbs
  • More Specs Here 

Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Seafoam Enamel

Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Seafoam Enamel

 

Hearthstone Heritage “The Bad” –

There is honestly not a whole lot bad to say about this stove, I really love it, so don’t take these lines too seriously. I have to nit pick a few items just so I have some things to say on my “bad” list, but they are in no way deal breakers in my book.

  • In every non-catalytic wood stove made today there are reburn tubes in the top of the stove and some sort of insulation directly above those tubes. That insulation is there in order to keep heat in. In order to create secondary combustion. That insulating material has to be removed at the time of cleaning the chimney. This is done so that all the creosote that is swept down will fall right into the fire box and be able to be cleaned out easily. In the heritage this is not the easiest task. It involves removing three cotter pins. Then removing the board that is cemented in for shipping. In my experience you typically have to replace the board the first time you clean the chimney. This is less than a hundred dollar item and will usually last years after the first time.
  • The ash drawer design is not the best. The drawer itself is not very big, as well as the grate for the ashes to fall through is kind of small. There are differing schools of thought on whether ash drawers really help or not so I don’t weight this very heavily in my experience.

Hearthstone Heritage “The Good” –

  • Amazing properties of heating your home with soapstone. Another article to come.
  • This stove has very little man made material in it. The soapstone is quarried, cut, polished then assembled into the cast iron framework.
  • On the back of the stove the person in charge of assembly actually signs his name into the stone. Almost like a piece of art. All assembly is done in Vermont.
  • The side loading door is very handy. When you are trying to squeeze that last little piece of wood in and all the others are not trying to roll out on you, you will see the real value.
  • Bottom line is the stove burns extremely well, heats well, and is extremely efficient with wood.

Hearthstone Heritage Side Door

Hearthstone Heritage Side Door

Overall, if money was not my main concern the Hearthstone Heritage is absolutely the stove I would put in my house. I love the way the soapstone heats. I love the way this stove burns. The only time I would not recommend this stove to someone is if they want to be able to walk in the door to a cold house and fire up the stove to have it hot in 20 minutes. Such as at a cabin or vacation home. If the whole house is completely cold and you need to heat it up in a hurry then a steel stove would be a better fit for you, but for everyone else I would highly recommend it.

Hearthstone Heritage Retail Pricing:

  • Black Matte – $2849
  • Brown, Blue Black, Seafoam Enamel Colors – $

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.

f you own or have owned a Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove 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.

Your Truly,

The Stove Guy

Hearthstone Tribute Wood Stove Review

Hearthstone Tribute Wood Stove Review – The Hearthstone Tribute is the smallest in the Hearthstone lineup of soapstone wood stoves. I think it is a beautiful stove. It comes in a few different casting colors so you can suit your tastes. It is a little small for me to consider it as a heat source for your home unless it is like a 600 square foot completely open floor plan. I think this stove has a place in your living room because it is like having another piece of beautiful furniture.

Hearthstone Tribute Wood Stove - Brown Enamel

Hearthstone Tribute Wood Stove - Brown Enamel

Hearthstone Tribute Stats:

  • Up to 1000 Sq. Ft. Heating Capacity
  • Up to 5 hour burn time
  • 16″ Log Size (more like 14″ is realistic)
  • EPA Emissions – 2.9 grams per hour (Non-Catalytic)
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • 313 lbs
  • More Specs Here

Hearthstone Tribute Top

Hearthstone Tribute Top

Hearthstone Tribute “The Bad” –

  • It is a very small stove with short burn times. This is not necessarily a “bad”, but because of those two items I would not buy this stove in order to heat your house. I would recommend it to take the chill off the front room that it is in and have a beautiful piece of furniture when not in use.

    Hearthstone Tribute Firebox

    Hearthstone Tribute Firebox

  • The enamel is beautiful but can chip easily. Inspect it closely if you are getting a floor model so that you know what you are getting. And make sure you or whoever is delivering it is extremely careful when moving it. Do not scoot it on the ground, that is the most common way it gets chipped on the feet.
  • No ash drawer, but again if you are just using it once in a while to take the chill off and have a little fire this won’t be that big of a deal.

Hearthstone Tribute Latch

Hearthstone Tribute Latch

Hearthstone Tribute “The Good” –

  • The heating properties of soapstone are amazing. I promise to write a post just on soapstone wood stoves in the very near future. The soapstone banks up the heat and releases into the room a lot more evenly/comfortably than any other type of stove.
  • This stove has very little man made material in it. The soapstone is quarried, cut, polished then assembled into the cast iron framework.
  • On the back of the stove the person in charge of assembly actually signs his name into the stone. Almost like a piece of art. All assembly is done in Vermont.

Hearthstone Tribute Back

Hearthstone Tribute Back

Overall I think the Tribute is beautiful, but it is not something I would recommend to heat your home. Give you some nice ambiance and make the front room feel cozy, absolutely. So figure out why you want a wood stove and how you are going to use it before your purchase this little guy.

Hearthstone Tribute Retail Pricing:

  • Black Matte – $1799
  • Brown, Blue Black, Seafoam Enamel Colors – $2249

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.

f you own or have owned a Hearthstone Tribute Wood Stove 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.

Your Truly,

The Stove Guy

Hearthstone Shelburne Wood Stove Review

Hearthstone Shelburne Wood Stove Review – This is one of those stoves that I don’t think get’s quite enough attention in the hearth industry. I used one in my store as a display model  for a season and have sold quite a few of them. I think that it is a great value for the price it is and has quite a few great features. I owned a Hearthstone Craftsbury in my own home which was the smaller version of the Hearthstone Shelburne and absolutely loved it. It is manufactured in Spain which is a real plus because of the flood of Chinese castings onto the market. A lot of Canadian and American stove companies are using Chinese castings. Also just this year they revised the stove so that it comes with soapstone instead of the traditional firebrick, with a lot of benefits to that.

 Hearthstone Shelburne Wood Stove

Hearthstone Shelburne Wood Stove

Hearthstone Shelburne Stats:

  • Up to 1800 Sq. Ft. Heating Capacity
  • Up to 8 hour burn time
  • 20″ Log Size
  • EPA Emissions – 2 grams per hour (Non-Catalytic)
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • 400 lbs
  • More Specs Here

Hearthstone Shelburne “The Bad” –

  • I have to say the “burn times” that are quoted in the literature of wood stoves are basically an educated guess. There are so many variables such as, (elevation, type of wood, moisture content of wood, flue length and other installation factors, etc, etc.) But with all that being said in my experience the burn time of the shelburne is a little short for this class/size of wood stove.

Hearthstone Shelburne Brown Enamel

Hearthstone Shelburne Brown Enamel

  • The ash drawer mechanism is a little finicky. Sometimes it is a little rough out of the box. By that I mean that it can kind of get stuck and hard to open. I don’t think that this part of the stove meets the standard of engineering that the rest of the stove is. I would play with this in the store a little if you are shopping for one of these and see for yourself.
  • Most wood stoves call for a “non-combustible surface” to install on, also called the “hearth”. There are just a few stoves in the industry that call for a specific R value that the pad be rated for. The Shelburne calls for a pad with an R value of 0.8. That is not a crazy large number but the problem comes in when you have an existing hearth or want to build your own. If you have a picky building inspector it will be very hard for you to prove to them that your homemade or existing hearth pad meets that R value requirement. So that makes it a negative in my book

    Hearthstone Shelburne Side

    Hearthstone Shelburne Side

Hearthstone Shelburne “The Good” –

  • Spanish Castings, which means cast in Spain, not China. You never know how pure the cast iron will be when it comes out of China, which in turn means how well the casting will hold of to a wood fire over the years. Big plus in my book.
  • Glass stays very clean when you are burning an efficient fire.
  • Soapstone fire brick is very unique and I think adds a ton of value to this stove. The soapstone will help hold the fire longer, last longer, and help be more efficient in getting the heat out into the room. (The shelburne’s that I used did not have the soapstone firebrick so that may help the burn time, over what I experienced.)

Hearthstone Shelburne Back

Hearthstone Shelburne Back

Overall, I think the pricing of the Hearthstone Shelburne is very competitive. If I had the extra funds I would step up to the Vermont Castings Encore myself, but I would not hesitate to own a Shelburne if that is where my budget landed me either. I would lean to the Vermont Castings Encore for two main reasons the TOP LOADING feature, and the 2-n-1 catalytic modes. You can read my Vermont Castings Encore article for more details.

Hearthstone Shelburne Retail Pricing:

  • Matte Black Unit is $2099
  • Brown or Basil Enamel $2679
  • Blower Kit, $329
  • Rear Heat Shield, $125
  • Outside Air Kit, $164

Hearthstone Shelburne Firebox

Hearthstone Shelburne Firebox

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s website.

If you own or have owned a Hearthstone Shelburne Wood stove 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

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove Review

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove Review. This is Vermont Castings smallest wood stove. While it is made to heat one open room or cabin, I have customers that have used it to do a lot more, although not recommended. The Vermont Castings Aspen does not have the top loading feature that Vermont Castings is typically know for, but I still think it has it’s place when it may be the right stove for you. Read further to learn about what I think are the pros and cons of this little guy and then you be the judge.

 

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove

Vermont Castings Aspen Stats:

  • Up to 600 Sq. Ft. Heating Capacity
  • Up to 5 hour Burn Time
  • 16″ Log Size
  • 4.3 grams per hour (non-catalytic)
  • 6″ Flue Collar
  • 240 lbs
  • More Specs Here.

Vermont Castings Aspen “The Bad” –

  • It is small. With it’s 1 cubic foot firebox, you cannot fit much wood in there. Not necessarily bad for this stove but anytime that you are looking at stoves in this heating capacity they are not going to have a long burn time or fit a large piece of wood. You definitely are going to be worse off if you try to get a bigger stove and keep it choked down all the time.  Read my article on “How wood stoves work”and think about what would happen when the unburnt smoke hits the reburn tubes, and everything is choked down and not hot enough. It would not reburn! Then it would leave you with creosote in the chimney, dirty glass and an unsafe mess

    Vermont Castings Aspen Reburn Tubes

    Vermont Castings Aspen Reburn Tubes

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  • Handle latch design is not the best, it is kind of flimsy if you ask me, although I have seen them last for a long long time.
  • Small glass doesn’t really let you see a lot of the fire. This is because of another reason though that I will get to in “The Good” section.

Vermont Castings Aspen “The Good” –

  •  It is small, but as I kind of went off on the tangent earlier, sizing properly is one of the most important ways to heat your home safely, see item # 8 in my other article here.
  • Slide out ash pan is really nice and not really a standard feature when you are talking stoves this small.
  • So the small glass is because they designed to stove to load the wood front to back. Or North/South as some people call it. Not side to side. It makes it a ton easier to load and you don’t have to worry about the wood rolling out on fire when you are trying to get that last piece in. I always look for a wood stove that can load this way, OR from the top!
  • They designed a place on the top of the stove to be able to cook on. Not that you couldn’t cook on just about any wood stove it is nice to have a specific spot for it

    Vermont Castings Aspen Top

    Vermont Castings Aspen Top

  • Check out my Vermont Castings article for more information about the manufacturer.
  • Also for the size category I think a 16″ piece of wood is just slightly above average. A small plus for that one.

Overall I think this is a great little stove. Although I have a couple customers that heat their 1200 Sq. Ft. home with it, I would think this would fit better in a cabin, or if you wanted to supplement heat in one main living area, but not blast yourself out with a larger stove. It’s main competitor in the cast iron category is the Jotul 602 and you can find it here. I think the Vermont Castings Aspen is a little better quality, but neither are a bad choice. They are really similar in price and features. I think it comes down to looks between the two, they really do have two distinct styles about them.

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove Logo

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove

Vermont Castings Aspen Retail Pricing –

  • Matte Black Stove Body –

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s website.

If you own or have owned a Vermont Castings Aspen 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

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

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.

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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