I ran a VC Defiant 1A for a couple years and was happy with the output. Only issue was consumption rate of wood. Sold it after getting a new EPA stove, and for decent money. Well after experiencing a cold house during last years cold snaps, I vowed I would get another Defiant if I came across one. Took a year of browsing CL and Ebay, but finally got one yesterday. It is in at least as good of shape as the one I sold, and has the heat shield which my old one did not. Won't need it this year, but it will be ready to come to the plate when it hits those 20s come next year. Pics to follow.