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It's GREAT to be back! VC Dauntless Questions

Post in 'Vermont Castings & CDW Dutchwest older Models' started by govmule84, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. govmule84

    govmule84 Member

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    Hey y'all!

    It's great to be back. My wife and I had a cool house in Connecticut back in 2007-9. We had an older Vermont Castings catalytic stove which I wound up repairing all the time, and Google led me to this place, which was one of the best places to find. You guys helped me so much!

    So, we then moved to Philly. Natural gas for three years. Booooooring! And nowhere to split or stack solid fuel. We left this summer.

    Moved to a place out in the woods again, and now we have a Harman Advance and a Vermont Castings Dauntless 174. The Harman, oddly enough, is really easy - I thought it would be a learning curve, but it's cake! I'm not sold on pellets yet, but whatver.

    The Dauntless isn't giving me trouble, but I don't have a manual for it. I did figure out how to fold the doors back, but I can't find the damned flue control - or any other controls, except for the door tension latch adjustment.

    Can any of you guys give me a crash course in this thing? It heats great, considering how tiny the firebox is on it.

    Thanks!
    -L.

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I'm not sure there is a lot of control with this stove. From the look of it, it's essentially a Franklin fireplace with glass doors.
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    You have to pretty much use the doors to control the air - also, you could install a flue damper on the stove pipe if there is not already one there.

    I really like that stove - not a whole house heater or for 24/7, but a nice fireplace!

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