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Old 02-04-2015, 07:23 AM
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My old Vermont castings resolute shit the bed this past weekend. The gaskets are shot I broke the door and it can no longer regulate and overfires if I stack it. It's a circa 80s stove and I rebuilt it a few years ago so it's time for a new one.
What kind of stoves do some of you have. I've been doing some research and can find no stove that seems to be top notch with out some draw backs.
My current stove limits me to 16 inch logs. Not really a big deal deal but a bit of a pia. I really like the top load feature and want to stay with that. The heat is sufficient for my size house. The Vermont castings encore is a bit bigger takes bigger logs is a top loader but it's 2600 bucks. 500 more than the resolute. It's also a 2 in 1 that can be run in cat mode. The resolute is non cat.
I've looked at jotul lopi and duch west. Not many good reviews on any of these so I'm thinkin the tht brain trust can steer me in the right direction. I burn about 3 cords a yr give or take.
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There was a thread not long ago about stoves I think. Started out as a "should I go fireplace or stove".
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I have a buck stove and I use it as my primary heat and love it... would never get any other type. The only thing I have ever needed to do is replace the door gasket.
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Never heard of buck. I'll check it out.
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Yeah man, great stoves, worth every penny in my opinion
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I bit the bullet and went with the VC Defiant with the cat.
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I have a buck stove and I use it as my primary heat and love it... would never get any other type. The only thing I have ever needed to do is replace the door gasket.
I installed one (medium) in my house in 1985...never had to do a thing to it...works great!!!
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I had a Lopi - I would recommend checking them out, very well-engineered stoves.
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VC, Yotel, Lopi, Vermont, etc. are all good stoves but its tough to be a Buck for the $$$. JMHO
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Buck Stoves are just name recognition. Not near the company they used to be.
Blaze King is the leader in technology. They are the only ones that already have the technology to meet the absurd regs coming out from EPA.
We are expecting one of BK's largest model, weighs 500 lbs, for testing.
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I'm trying to stay away from a cat stove as it's tuff sometimes to get the dry wood they require. I get wood from upstate but it's illegal to transport more than 50 miles. No such thing as seasoned wood on long island.
Thats why I like the VC encore as you can remove the cat.
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High Valley (Previously Xtec) makes some non-cat stoves. Just a thought.

http://www.highvalleystoves.com/woodstoves.php
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
High Valley (Previously Xtec) makes some non-cat stoves. Just a thought.

http://www.highvalleystoves.com/woodstoves.php
High Valley uses the best paint on theirs.
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High Valley uses the best paint on theirs.
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Originally Posted by freeporttuna View Post
I'm trying to stay away from a cat stove as it's tuff sometimes to get the dry wood they require. I get wood from upstate but it's illegal to transport more than 50 miles. No such thing as seasoned wood on long island.
Thats why I like the VC encore as you can remove the cat.
Any of the new EPA certified stoves require dry wood. Your best bet is to get on the 3 yr. plan, so you need 9 cords split and stacked. As with all fuel, water is your worst enemy. You'll get far better performance burnig dry wood under 20% moisture content.

Cat stoves have come a long way in the past few years. I have the Progress Hybrid by Woodstock Stove Co. 750 pounds of heating machine. Plus your wife will probably like the looks of their soapstone stoves. Their new stove just won an award as the most innovative stove last year. The only stove co. that comes close to the Woodstocks performance are the Blaze Kings, but they are ugly.....
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Go old school and find yourself an old Fisher Papa Bear. That's what I have. Works great. Huge stove. My only heat. Not wood efficient in the least, you just feed it more. Stove is close to 40 years old and has never needed anything except the door tape seal replaced every other year or so.
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I have a Haugh s244 little stove here in NC. Welded steel, been using it for 20yrs. Burns clean, heats pretty well for our mild winters. Still we get plenty of nights in the 20's, still warm in the house. Probably not good enough for NE. Saw essentially the same line is available from Century.
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I'm on LI too, go with a quadrafire, I have had a dozen stoves and the quadrafire was the best bar none
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I'm on LI too, go with a quadrafire, I have had a dozen stoves and the quadrafire was the best bar none
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I have a Haugh s244 little stove here in NC. Welded steel, been using it for 20yrs. Burns clean, heats pretty well for our mild winters. Still we get plenty of nights in the 20's, still warm in the house. Probably not good enough for NE. Saw essentially the same line is available from Century.
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