Vermont castings vigilent

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont castings vigilent
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Post by Poustinek » Wed. Jan. 05, 2022 6:54 am

New assistance operating a vermont castings vigilent with bituminous

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Post by Hambden Bob » Wed. Jan. 05, 2022 7:18 am

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Post by carlherrnstein » Sat. Jan. 08, 2022 3:44 pm

I have one and ran it for a season an found a bit stoker to replace it (my wife had a hard time tending it).

There is a newer model that I had and an older one. Mine has the ashpan that sits in a tray on the ashdoor and swings out with the door. It also takes some firetools one is a slicer that fits between the grates an a handle for the shaker grate.

There is a restrictor plate in there I can't remember for sure but, I think I had to take it out.

Set the internal damper so the smoke goes out the pipe and leave it there. Start your wood fire, and add some orange to grapefruit sized pieces of coal once the wood is burning. Keep adding coal a little at a time.

Now the don'ts do not close the internal damper so the smoke spends more time in the stove unless the coal has burned to coke. You will starve the fire for air and it will burn very poorly and soot up the stove and chimney.

Do not completely cover the fire with fresh coal or it will poof.

Do not run it hard enough to make any part of it glow, it's easier than you might think.

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