HI there, I have just recently obtained a Vermont castings Vigilant at no cost, and had a couple questions about the operation/maintenance of this stove. 1.) I can visually see that the griddle and door gaskets need to be replaced (chunks and pieces missing) so those are ordered and on their way. Would I benefit from running furnace cement along all the joints around the stove? 2) I couldn't help myself but start this old girl up the other night (before the new gaskets arrived) with temps below 20* and the oil furnace kicking on and the price of oil I could feel my money blowing out the window. After reading some forums and the owner’s manual for this stove I felt fairly confident in its operation. I had a nice small kindled fire going, good draft for 20 min, and had a nice bed of coals (over the 1.5" of play sand- thanks to some advice for another forum) running about 600*. Then I loaded the firebox with seasoned wood and left it in updraft mode for 15 min. No some out of the chimney. Then I switched to horizontal mode and opened the secondary air all the way, the smoke that was coming out of the chimney was quite substantial. I know that this is an old stove and from the pre-EPA era but is this much smoke normal? How do you know if secondary combustion is taking place? Would these new gaskets/sealing help? 3) In horizontal mode i find it very hard to regulate the temperature of the stove its either too hot 650*+ than I close the primary are little and is down to 400* and I barely moved the thermostat. Is there any way to test the thermostats of these stoves? 4) Lastly, I have a thermometer on the griddle of the stove and where the stove pipe exits though the wall. What would be opportune readings for both these gauges? Thanks, ANY other tips/ lessons learned about this stove would be very helpful!