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VC Vigilant - Damper flops open

Post in 'Vermont Castings & CDW Dutchwest older Models' started by cmonSTART, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. cmonSTART

    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    My newly installed VC Vigilant shop stove has a slightly warped fireback, just enough for the damper to occasionally flop open (usually when the kids jump around or whatever.) Here is my solution.

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Interesting solution. I vaguely remember some sort of adjustment on the linkage on our Resolute. Can the bypass cam be adjusted to compensate or is it starting to show some wear or not an option on the Vigilant?
  3. defiant3

    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    Vig is gravity only, no adjustment. The fix is to replace the fireback, as the damper rides on it and as it heats up ,warped as it is, it pinches the damper and forces it open.

    Nice rig you got goin' ther though, might get ya' through the winter?
  4. cmonSTART

    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the info defiant. I thought that was the case.

    The stove isn't worth much more than the rig. I don't see myself replacing the fireback anytime soon as the stove was a freebie I got from a job this summer. Who knows. Maybe that will change. The stove is grown on me!

    This thing puts out an insane amount of heat when it gets going!
  5. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Ah, another Vigilant convert.....

    Like the rigging on the damper- perhaps you should submit the design to VC? :)
  6. spirilis

    spirilis Feeling the Heat

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    what was the big difference between the Vigilant and the Defiant (I, II, etc)? Smaller firebox, and it can be outfit to burn Coal?
  7. Kenster

    Kenster Minister of Fire

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    The only thing better than Vig is a free Vig. Should be great for the shop.
  8. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    My defiant was that way until I took it apart and cleaned the area around the baffle landing. May help you too.
  9. Battenkiller

    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

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    Seems a little creativity with an angle grinder to take away the interfering metal might be a good temp fix that would also allow a better fit around the damper.

    So, you love that heat from that little monster, eh? I already miss mine, but I'm finding that making the transition to pellets ain't so hard. With all that we have to do here after the big move, the idea of going to the basement once a day to grab a bag is very freeing to my time. Does the job very nicely as well, but I'm sure I'll miss standing by the Vig to bake after working outside later in the week when we are expected to get our first winter weather.

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