I have an Defiant Encore Stove that I bought new in about 1991. It’s been a great stove but it’s falling apart bit by bit. It’s been heavily used for 30 years and I figure that I got my money’s worth out of it. I had thought that I’d just buy a new version of the same Vermont Castings stove. The current version of the Encore seems to be the same as my old Defiant Encore. It confused me that there is a Defiant and also an Encore since my stove uses both of those names. Now that I’ve started my research, it seems that Vermont Castings doesn’t have the same good reputation that they used to have. So now I’m wondering what stove to get. Are VC really that bad? I love the look of my stove. I also love the top load feature which seems to be a rarity on current wood stoves. Living in Washington state, Lopi seems to be a current favorite of some people around here. Any thoughts for me?