Shoulder season time: those quick, hot morning fires....and, time for the annual maintenance of the complex 13 year old VC Encore cat. It's ready for a new refractory assembly, maybe a new steel cat ( they don't quite do the job ), secondary air assembly, and the usual gaskets in and out. Some of the cast plates also need re-cementing. I don't look forward to broken bolts, grinding cast parts, and the usual sweating getting all the parts back together.....again. Comittment is normally a weekend; no beer, no drinks. So.....last November we toured the Woodstock plant on our annual trip to the Thetford Vermont Game Supper ( moose, raccoon, wild boar, alligator, etc...). Impressive operation ! Professional and no questions were too much for them. The comments here on the Hybrid Progress all sound positive. But, the Encore is a top loader, the spacing and shielding is just right for the Encore. The Progress is only left or right loading. It is also slightly larger (and heavier) than the Encore with a higher BTU rating. Comments ? Suggestions for a stove replacement ? Will do cat, not BK since she does not like the looks.