So we're on the same page, I meant hold up physically and not be a negative factor after deterioration sets in due to the harsh environment inside a firebox. Everything works great while still new but after some time goes to crap. Must be made of durable goods to stand up to the test of time.
If a mfg'r could make his stove stand far above his compitetion's for reasonable added cost...mfg'r would jump.
Then the compitetion would follow, w/ copy cat versions.
And remember...the biggest part of the US modern day hand fed stove production is mfg'red by the Amish...they ain't Fancy.