Wow! This may be turning into the most emotional thread I have ever seen on this forum. I still burn a pre-EPA stove, primarily for efficiency. I would like to upgrade, but get concerned when I read the many threads questioning stove problems I have never experienced in 37 years of burning. On a bigger scale, my postion with an HVAC contractor puts me in homes on a daily basis. I can tell you, even in rather affluent Bucks, & Montgomery counties pre -EPA stoves still rule 10to 1, some of the applications still out there would amaze. A true testament to the effort put into the 70's energy crisis, there are some brilliant set ups out there, some still in daily use, some have been cold for 20+ years. I really think the OP was trying to ask a simple, not controversial question.