In 1975 Duncan Syme had an idea that could help his neighbors keep their homes warm in the face of rising energy costs. Murray Howell, the consummate businessman, knew the opportunity was ripe for a venture. So, in a drafty woodshed in rural Vermont they built the first Vermont Castings wood-burning stove, the aptly named and soon-to-be iconic Defiant.
Vermont Castings was founded on the belief that the stately beauty of cast iron could be combined with the simple utility of wood heat, to craft stoves of value and enduring beauty.
Among the vibrant hills and silver waters of the Green Mountain State is one constant: the promise of American craftsmanship. This is where day after day, year after year, the proud people of Vermont Castings craft each stove with hand and heart. No detail is too small, no element insignificant. This is true craftsmanship.