... your poor, your rusted non-cats yearning to burn fire! :lol: So the 'bottom-line' question is this: Should I? Local-ish guy is selling this: Which as it turns out is an early non cat VC Intrepid. As it just so happens, I'm looking to put in a smallish stove. Looks are a big factor, but it has to be a good heater too. It'll be in the area there the fam spends most of the day (kitchen/dining and loft above same). About 500 sqft (plus the loft, where the heat will naturally end up) It will be used during the day, not the night, so super long burns aren't a concern. I really like the looks of it and have a soft spot for reclaiming old, but usable things (just ask my son and the 1978 Yamaha DT175 we're working on). I think it would be a great little stove for that area. What say ye? Would you? What price point would tempt you? Once it's de-rusted... would you go with basic black stove polish? Are there really any good 'high heat' color treatments for the DIYer? Anyone here 'color' their stove and would care to share pics?