Not to disagree Fyre, but price is part of it. It makes sense that if you buy a quality stove it will certainly last better, and perform better. I also consider the longevity of getting parts, accessories etc. Being in the business of selling stoves, I have seen in person that some stoves just do not hold up as well as others. I maintain my suggestion that Big D buy the best stove he can. In my view, a PE or Enviro Kodiak offers the best value- performance/durability to dollars spent. None of it matters without good dry seasoned wood. Good luck..