Hello All, I can't believe I found this great site. I love wood burning. I got my VC Defiant built in 1975 when I bought my 2500 sq ft brick rancher in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains back in 1998. I now think this is the best thing that came with the house. I have not had to turn my central heat on for 10 years. The Defiant keeps us warm and toasty. It is burning away right now with Black Walnut fueling this winters fires. I would never believed that a wood stove would be such a big part and enjoyment of my life. Simple pleasures really are the best. My father in law also has the same model VC Defiant he bought new back in 1974 and it is still going strong today. He has burned 24/7 since he installed it and has never had another source of heat in his 1800 sq ft brick rancher. My wife was raised with this wood stove so she feels right at home with ours and now I can't imagine life without it. If I ever move it's going with me. I operate my stove in the updraft mode and have never really experimented with the horizontal burn mode of this stove. Neither has my father in law. If anyone else out there has this old trooper and is educated on how to use the horizontal burn mode please let me know the best way to use this feature. Also if anyone wants to share other things they have learned about this stove that I may not know about please feel free to chip in. Steven Phipps President/Founder Blount County Humane Society www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org Dedicated to helping all God's Creatures! Please Spay or Neuter your pet.