@ Chris - The short version is that the Boilers are made in batches, and the last fabricator didn't produce as many satisfactory Boilers as were contracted for. So John A. and others elected to wait for the next batch rather than take a refund.
I've now hooked up with some really excellent shops and those who were waiting for the standard Backcountry Boiler will have it shipped to them next week. If you ordered a standard Backcountry Boiler today, it would ship out next week or the following. The anodized Boilers take a bit longer to manufacturer, so they'll be going out to those who have already ordered in a few weeks. That batch of anodized Boilers has now sold out and the next is beginning, so if you ordered an anodized Boiler today, it would take about 7-9 weeks.
I have to say, I'm not sure what's strange about a work trade program. I've had a handful of folks interested in it, and the first came in last week. He's looking forward to the stove, and I can sure use the help. He assembled about half of the FireFelts that will be going out next week and did quite a nice job.
If you'd like the know more about the whole Boiler story, you can find a lot in these forums (where I developed it) or on my blog at www.theboilewerks.com.
Edit: you know it's late when you misspell your own url. It's www.theboilerwerks.com. :)