After dozens of emails back and forth with Steve Slatter, owner of Vermont Elm Stoveworks, and being a former Cat Elm owner, I decided on getting a Cat Elm again. While Steve has offered parts for Cat Elm owners, he has basically gone down the path of secondary combustion via various air tubes in the firebox, and left off making Cats. In our communications I explained my thoughts and needs here at the house, and he offered to make me a Cat if that's what I wanted, but in the spirit of good ol' American ingenuity and entrepreneurial enterprise he offered a twist, a Cat with secondary tubes in the box and his steel baffle as well. He asked if he could fire it up and post the results on youtube. I said sure. The results are incredibly impressive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JdCQCtJyQo I've watched many different videos of stoves in action and have never seen secondary tubes throw off flames like this. They look like gas jets firing off. I always liked the Catalytic Elm. I consider the Elm a turn of the century looking stove on 21st century steroids. The 36" unit I had in Maine always served me more than well. The round barrel seems the perfect environment for an efficient burn cycle, and throw of heat for a radiant stove. I couldn't fit a 24" on my heart here, but after asking a bunch of questions settled on the 18" firebox, which has more cubic footage than my current stove, so it should perform well for what we need - fast heat, long clean burn. For those unfamiliar with Elms, a few links to check them out: http://www.vermontironstove.com/index.html http://benchman.smugmug.com/Business/Elm-Wood-Stoves-and-Slatter/8441935_7ZeEF#554797827_5ndCF http://benchman.smugmug.com/Machines/Elm-stove-and-foundry-patterns/9963269_DF8UZ#680549169_VvNzi He's got a bunch of vids on youtube, showing his stoves in action. I have to applaud Steve Slatter for his devotion, not only to customer service, but to pursuit of stove innovation, improvement and passion for his work. I hope he ends up being one of the major players in the stove manufacturing world. Although he may be just as happy to produce these stoves on the level he does. In either case, my hat's off to him.