Did you take the paint off in spots or did it burn off already in just one winter? A couple months back I happened to be in Menards so I stopped and took a look at them. I was not impressed. Guessed they would have around a 5 year service life or so. Looks like I may be wrong. But hey, they are made for the DIY'er and obviously for those who like putting in furnaces every few years....lol At $1,100 a crack, you can put in 5 of them for a total of $5,500 and still not get the life out of them as you would one Kuuma. I've learned a long time ago you get what you pay for and in most situations trying to do things cheaply will only cost you more in the long run. Then there's the whole safety aspect of it as well; coming from that point of view, this is not cool.