Review of Vermont Castings --- 1977 Vigilant -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer =
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 504 | House Size (Sq feet): 1900
Bought in 2003 , Price Paid: $70
Location : Red House, WV 25168, USA
Purchased from: Select Store Type - Discovered in a yard sale
My open fireplace was costing me an extra $100 a month in electric bills. This cuts the bill instead of raising it, and burns 1/4 the wood. Easy to use. Don't have to constantly feed wood into it. I can get it up and running and in downdraft mode in 20 to 30 minutes. It can then be ignored for several hours.
My daughter complains occasionally she can't see the fire. This is the first year model with solid cast iron doors. This doesn't stop her from cozying up to it though!
When I found this stove at a yard sale for $100, I found out I knew the lady from high school, and they dropped the price to $70. I got it for extra heat in my basement, but found out it was way too much heat, even with a very small fire in it. After checking this website, I found out I was wasting incredible amounts of heat up the chimney in my open fireplace upstairs. Since I didn't have up to $2500 for a new insert, I decided to install the stove in the existing fireplace. The placement of the 10" oval pipe in the rear of the stove made the stove sit out on the raised hearth with a straight pipe up the flue of my 2 story interior chimney. Great draft, great heat, great money savings!
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004