wrong time of year to seek info? here's the problems -
i have a free standing vermont castings defiant encore wood stove since 1993. i heat the house with it all fall, winter and late spring. it is THE heat souce for the house 98% of the time so it is used all the time. i use 4 cord per winter.
how long should this stove last before there are problems that are so expensive that it is basically the same cost to buy a new stove?
for the past 2 winters, i have had a problem with the linkage that operates the catalytic combustor door. the linkage is worn out or something is warped. so i decided to fix it cuz it's a major pain.
i am taking internal parts out in preparation for my chimney cleaning guy to fix the linkage. i removed the hood it looks slightly curved (warped?). i can't get the fireback out. i think it is warped but not sure, i have had it out 3 or 4 times in the past but it's been 2 or 3 years since the last time. the catalytic combustor is totally shot and has been for 5+ years.
so, the cost for a fireback i'd guess could be $400-600? the hood perhaps $150-200 i know the combustor is $150. if the woodstove store has to do all this work vs the chimney guy then with labor and pickup cost to get the stove i'm thinking this could be $800-1000!!!! for a couple hundred more i can buy a new stove of some model. i'm not a happy guy.
do wood stoves last only 10 or 15 years before they need major repairs or replacement? i thought this stove would last 40-50 years!
any opinions on good quality free standing wood stove to heat 1500 sq foot house?