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Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by ssbn642blue, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. ssbn642blue

    ssbn642blue New Member

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    How high do you let the stove top get to before you damper down? Normally I wait till about 650 deg.

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  2. remkel

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    Right on the money for me. Depending on the wood, I have been known to go to 700. When the wife forgets the stove, Lord only knows how high it has gone.
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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    With good wood I switch to horizontal mode between 500°-650° and then I start closing down the air as needed.
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    How often are you having to clean the chimney?
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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Me? Once a year. I check on it periodically, though.
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    ssbn642blue New Member

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    I would like to publicly thank Remkel for sending me the rebuild sheets for the VC Vigilant. To any other owners, ( with his permission ) I can also be a resource for this info. Just PM me and I would be happy to send them to you.
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    Now thats funny.... I think.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That's what I thought. I am wondering if your stove is being pushed a little harder than Remkel's or BK's? Seems to be working well if it is. Or maybe their wood is less seasoned?
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    If anything BK pushes his further. My temps usually run between 500-650 and I will let it ease back down until 300-350 before I reload. I know BK likes to keep his at about 750 and he reloads at a higher temp. But his is a basement install and mine is about 15 feet from me. His pipe temps also seem a lot higher than mine. In horizontal mode my surface pipe temps are usually under 300° even when I am at 600°. I was concerned for a while, but the last cleaning I did showed very little creosote build up (for this stove, at least). Just some chunks sticking to the pipe screen.
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    Battenkiller supplied it to me- I say send it to the masses!
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    PM and send them to the webmaster to post in the wiki section with the other docs for this vintage VC.
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    Yeah, I agree BK pushes his a lot harder than I do- just have not been able to bring myself to that extreme. Mine is a basement install also, usually run between 550 and 600, flue temps around 280-320 exterior temp (single wall pipe).

    My wood could use some better seasoning, I find myself cleaning about once a year. Another challenge for me is I have an offset in my flue, and I only have clay pipe liner. I am considering purchasing a new stove (will miss the old girl) and installing a ss liner at that time.

    It is a bit intimidating as I have only run a Defiant and the Vigilant, both manufactured the same year (my father's Defiant and my Pepere's Vigilant). Love the old VC stoves- they are workhorses, but may have to make some changes.
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    I don't have an exact regimen. 650 to 700. Has been higher. I may let it get that hot in vertical mode with the front door open a wee bit. Then close the door to make sure it stabilizes. Then I'll switch to horizontal for a while, then close the primary (thermostat) air to half or so. I rarely close the primary all the way unless the stove top temp stays too hot for too long... except when I set it for bed time. If I have a really good established fire going I may close the primary all the way for overnight burn and leave the secondary about halfway open.

    I do close both air intakes all the way if we are leaving the house.
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    Yeah, right. :roll:

    Anyway, I've found that it's not the top temp that's important, it's the back temp. That can take quite a while to get up above 400º. Once that block that the thermostat stem is threaded into gets up around 400º (have to use the IR), when you close the bypass the secondary just erupts into life. Flue temps will stabilize at 500-600º with the air open all the way, and at about 400º with the air closed almost all the way. Stove will cruise at 650-700º for two hours with a half load of good, dense wood. I ignore the stove temp when reloading, flue temps below 250º are the signal for me to add more wood. I can see 500º+ stove top temps for a very long time with a good coal bed, but if I let the flue temps drop too far, that means the back is getting too cool (since all the gases have to go past that area while in downdraft mode). I like to reload at higher flue temps primarily because I've found that the secondary kicks off very rapidly after reloads if the back chamber doesn't get a chance to cool too far.

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