That's a long and respectable run. How has the servicing been? Has the stove's combustion package been replaced?When I bought my first stove it was a VC Encore, non-cat. What did I know?! Over the past 18 years the stive and I have come to a gentlemen's agreement; it will do what I need it to do as long as I treat it the way it needs to be treated. Depending upon the moisture level of the wood (we only burn maple) I can get a 9-10 hour overnight burn. As said above its not load and forget, but it's look and history makes it a keeper.