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. More than heat. Warmth.
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 quickly became a household name. The homegrown innovation, American-made appeal, and the promise of quality and craftsmanship above all else quickly established Vermont Castings as the wood stove brand.