Three models of the Austroflamm pellet stove are available in the USA and Canada, imported by Lucky Distributing, (contact details below). Most people know these stoves as 'Austroflamm', but that was a trade name for the North American market and has been dropped. Austroflamm stoves are made by Rika Metallwarengesellschaft, and RIKA is the name by which they are now known.RIKA pellet stoves are made in Austria, and have been in production since 1993. The company also make woodburning stoves and cookstoves, freestanding fireplaces and water heating units. Sometimes called 'The Mercedes of Pellet Stoves', these Rika stoves have motors that use ball bearings for extreme quietness of operation. They have a seven day programmable timer, and can also be controlled by text messaging from a mobile phone. Rika was founded more than 50 years ago in Micheldorf, Austria by Karl Riener and his family. From a small company, specializing in hand made wrought iron products, grew a large, well known company recognized today as Rika Metallwarengesellschaft.