February 2009. Vermont Castings is one of the EPA-certified woodstove brands that earns the most recommendations in reviews. The DutchWest Everburner stoves are noncatalytic models that rival catalytic woodstoves for low emissions. The Everburner system carries a lifetime warranty, but owners say it's a bit tricky to learn to use correctly. This middle size, the DutchWest 2478, is rated for 800 to 1,400 square feet with a maximum output of 35,000 BTU. It's suitable even for people who work away from home, since it can hold a fire as long as 10 hours. It comes ready to burn outside air to minimize indoor pollution. The warranty is for three years on the cast iron, one year for other parts except for the Everburner system. If you need to heat a larger space, consider the Hearthstone Heritage (*est. $2,825), which carries a lifetime warranty.
We found objective information about the Vermont Castings noncatalytic DutchWest stoves at Hearth and Home, comparing its EPA-tested emissions with those of other stoves. For coverage of more factors, the owner-written reviews and forum discussions at Hearth.com and the Gordosoft Corporation provide plenty of detail. Buyer's guides at Dulley.com and OldHouseWeb.com are highly credible, but discuss the Vermont Castings DutchWest stoves without any evidence of actual use. The buyer's guide at FineHomebuilding.com is more up to date, but doesn't recommend specific brands. Nor does the interesting article at GreenYour.com, which covers the ecological aspects of heating with wood.
1. Hearth and Home Magazine
The Vermont Castings DutchWest earns one of the top spots in the Certified Stoves Hall of Fame because of its very low emissions.
Review: What Took So Long?, James E. Houck, Jan. 2006
Nearly 30 owners review various Vermont Castings stoves in the DutchWest series, but some review the catalytic version. Owners like the noncatalytic DutchWest, but note that you have to wait a while to adjust the damper so the system works correctly; you can't just load the stove and leave the house. There are also many discussions of this stove in the forum here.
Review: Stove Ratings, Contributors to Hearth.com
3. Gordosoft Corporation
This detailed anonymous review covers the Vermont Castings DutchWest 2479 – the next size up -- with a link to a review and 10-page forum discussion of this model, along with videos of the stove in action.
Review: Renewing an Old Flame, "TraderGordo", 2005-2008
The Vermont Castings DutchWest series is among the wood stoves recommended in this buyer's guide by household energy expert Jim Dulley, though he covers the catalytic version. The noncatalytic version has the same features he notes: "solid, durable cast iron," spark screen for viewing the fire, stovetop cooking option, automatic thermostat and optional warming shelves.
Review: Bulletin 777: Wood-Burning Stoves are Decorative, Efficient, Convenient to Use, Jim Dulley
5. Old House Web
This older article recommends an earlier Vermont Castings woodstove, the Defiant, but doesn't document any testing.
Review: Product Showcase: Chimneys and Stoves, Editors of OldHouseWeb.com, 2005
6. Fine Homebuilding
This excellent buyer's guide doesn't recommend specific brands, instead suggesting choosing any EPA-certified noncatalytic woodstove.
Review: Is Wood Heat the Answer?, Matthew Teague, Sept. 10, 2008
This buyer's guide recommends Vermont Castings as one of four brands of EPA-certified wood stoves, but recommends buying from an expert local dealer. The article includes encouraging statistics on how burning logs is a "green" way to heat a home.
Review: Buy an EPA-certified Woodstove, Editors of GreenYour.com, 2007