Well. Man. Did you not read what I wrote? I was born and raised on wood heat. The fall before this last I upgraded to the summit, heats well and dropped my wood usage off substantially. That's why I upgraded, also picked a stove that I feel confident will cost me next to nothing for maintenance. Time will tell the tale I suppose of how that works out. My being a Canadian and the potential cost of replacement cats was definetly part of the decision, but the main part was wanting a stove with a lot of wheel horsepower as you put it. Obviously 8-10hr burn time and less wood usage, as well as still having incredible heat output is a giant step forward from a old smokey. For me I chose the right stove. I sure don't think it's for everyone though.If they can, then why is no one writing about it? You also seem to forget that manufacturers state a lot but its these forums that people like us find real results. Your also kinda using Wheel horsepower mentality, my car puts down 1000 horsepower so its more powerful then yours.
What do you think The reason for them upgrading from old smokey? Is it becasue it only burned for 2 -4 hrs, cant control it, come on man i don't know crap about stoves, but It only took me one year buring with a smoke demon in our new house we just bought(years ago) that i new it was a piece of crap. Yea it produced a lot of heat, but i had to refill the dam thing every 3-4 hrs. Even on low i couldnt get it to burn for more then 4-5hrs and it ashed like crazy so ihad to clean it every other day. O and it a hug firebox and i wrote all about in my beginning years on the forum.