Review: St. Croix Lancaster
St. Croix Lancaster
I've had this stove now for about 7 years, with 5 of them in active service. Over the last three years, it's been more and more cantankerous. At this point, there are days when it won't fully start, burns perfectly for an hour or so then suddenly shuts off, shuts off when you open the door (but sometimes not), or won't go beyond the lowest setting, but runs fine in that setting. I've cleaned it, fussed with it, changed pellets (I have the pellet pot in it), and even replaced the combustion fan. It's still a guessing game each day as to whether it will run well or not. St. Croix is no help. As noted by others, they tell you to call the dealer, but St. Croix isn't going to do anything. My dealer - who never did anything, not even when I repeatedly called for service - is now out of business. I finally got a guy out from a dealer about 30 miles away. You can imagine what that cost. He's the one who replaced the combustion fan, which helped a little but not really anymore. I have the St. Croix Auburn, too. That's about 5 years old and has been a really good stove. I do all the same maintenance on that one and it seems to be running without a problem. Don't know what it is with the Lancaster, but I sure don't recommend it.