Inherited a defiant encore (early 2000's, model 1450?) non-cat stove with my 300 year old home. The refractory unit in the rear has started to fall apart, and it appears the damper door is warped (either that, or the damper housing itself is warped). I'm located near Cape Cod, Mass. None of the stove stores in the area service the unit. Two local VC dealers have said they will sell me the parts (about $600 or so, depending on what exactly I need on the damper problem) I'm handy (can rebuild my own Harley engines) but have never worked on a stove. Would, to some extent, be afraid to... don't want to reassemble it incorrectly and either a) burn my house down, or b) kill myself w/ a CO leak somewhere. So, I guess the question is... how hard is it to replace the refractory (Yes, I have read through the threads on rebuilding it, but haven't found a thread yet that describes how to disassemble the stove to get to the point of repair. Are there any online guides which would step me through the process (like my Harley repair manuals ) Or, should I cut my losses on this stove, and take the $600 and invest in another stove? I did see a Quadrafire Isle Royale at one of the stove shops I visited today which I did like... The sales rep at the store (where they also sell VC units as well) actually recommended I try to find someone to repair the stove rather than buy a new stove, which was nice... I didn't get the "hard sell" to convince me to buy a new stove. But, I don't know what I'm doing... or getting into... so any guidance would be appreciated.