Made in the USA..
Two of the easiest wood stoves to operate on the market today are the Vermont Castings Defiant and Encore models.
Top Load Design means longer burn times — Fills to nearly 100% of its capacity so you don’t have to load as often…and top loading means less bending to fit in the fuel in the firebox and less mess on the hearth to sweep up after refueling. Most Vermont Castings owners looking to replace their older non EPA compliant models (pre 1984) want to stay with top loading technology.
Made in the USA to be one of the greenest stoves in America, Defiant and Encore® FlexBurn™ is unlike any other wood stove on the market today. It adapts to your lifestyle, so you can choose to operate in catalytic or non-catalytic mode.
What does this mean? In general the catalytic mode is 6-7% more efficient than the E.P.A. non-cat method. If you prefer a more vibrant flame or simply do not wish to use the catalyst (comes standard with stove) remove the catalyst and the stove still is over 75% efficient and still qualifies for the $300.00 federal tax credit.