Well, I took the perhaps unpopular plunge to go from a cat stove to a non-cat...and absolutely no regrets! Hopefully I can provide a bit of insight for anyone tire-kicking on a PE. I ended up getting the pre-2020 series D T5. We picked up a T5 to replace a fairly new and functional dutchwest 2461 a few months ago. Our installation location didn't really allow for enough chimney length for the dutchwest to run optimally in all conditions (15' straight up) despite proper wood and operator experience, and a couple of incidents with visiting family members puzzling over how to reload a cat stove, it was a done deal. Initial impressions: -very easy and intuitive learning curve - this would make a great first stove for someone to learn on! It's very easy to monitor stack temps and fire appearance and make needed adjustments. It responds quickly. -The heat output is much more gentle than I expected. It heats up much quicker than our cat stove, but is less radiant and more convective, and it is more effective at evenly heating our 1200 square foot bungalow. - burn time - this one surprised me, but with the larger fire box it makes sense though that it actually has a longer burn time for useful heat than our previous rig. The cat stove seemed to hold coals longer though, probably due to lower firebox airflow. That being said, the T5 is easier to get going and up to temp from a coal bed. - emissions - the t5 plume cleans up fast! I know that our VC technically was cleaner burning once up to temp and with the cat engaged, but I bet that if you factored in startup emissions, they would be pretty darn even. Everything the folks here on hearth.com have said about the quick clean starts was bang on. I can be up and cruising comfortably with the t5 in as little as 20 mins. - shoulder season burning is no problem. The t5 works well with a smaller load of 4-5 medium splits kept centered in the box. Clean plume. This is usually 12 hours worth of heat in milder weather. We are in central Alberta, Canada, so our shoulder seasons can be long. More wood, more heat, less wood, less heat. Easy. - design - I'm a total nerd on this one, I love fluid dynamics, and they really nailed it with this firebox. The airflow is well thought out, great secondaries, not fussy, easy breathing, no dead zones or hot spots, and a sweet vortex of turbulence front and center for clean burning and a great fireshow. Nailed it! Low maintenance design too. Super simple to clean the chimney, but watch out for the baffle gasket. Big gorgeous glass, decent castings, good paint and unlike some others, my trivets were dead level on arrival. The sides of the stove stay pretty cool which is nice for reducing burn risk for kids and pets and the clearance specs are really tight for installation Wood consumption - about the same...maybe slightly more than the previous cat stove, but we only had a few months to run it this year. I have yet to find any real complaints about this stove. The paint smell lingers a bit. I really didn't want to believe the PE hype, but it's a winner! The ashford 30 was a close runner up, but I'm very happy with our choice. Thanks to everyone here for the wisdom over the last few years!