Well, today I ordered my new stove, sooner than originally planned. The crack in the top of my 20 year old Defiant 1910 is growing noticeably, and now I'm concerned I won't make it through the heating season. Expected delivery for it's replacement is the second half of February, so here's hoping we'll make it on the old one another month. The Woodstock Soapstone Progress Hybrid is the one that made it to the top of my list No doubt the BK Ashford has the longest burn time, but from what I've read it works best with the fan kit, and I prefer it be just radiant like my current stove. And also I don't have power at that location. I think the Progress has a superior ash removal system, and I prefer the side loading over front loading. Looks like the catalyst is impressively easy to service, and love the soapstone and overall styling. Feature wise, I like the VC Defiant Flexburn as well, but just can't get comfortable that it will be as durable, easily serviceable, and long lasting as the Progress. And the folks at Woodstock have been excellent at answering my many questions. I will let you know how the install goes. Meanwhile, I suspect the old stove will end up as scrap unless somebody has a better idea. It would require an investment of around $500-$600 to get it where it should be, and that's with a flat black top because I don't think enamel is available anymore. The refractory box is fragile, and any new user would probably want to start with a fresh catalyst, and those parts are all available. Otherwise, it's been a workhorse.