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Post in 'Vermont Castings & CDW Dutchwest older Models' started by docdan, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. docdan

    docdan New Member

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    Hi, I just restored and installed a Vigilant 1C that was sitting in a dirt basemnt for 20 years. Last night I lit it for the first time. Upon reaching 450-500 degrees the stove exterior started to smoke and filled the house. The smoke was not a wood smell but more like a metal/hot burning smell. It seemed to be coming off at the rear around the baffles. Is this just the Williams polish or stove black burning off? Is this normal for the first burn after some 20 years of sitting? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Stoves will burn off the paint, when reaching high temps. Hard to believe a 20yo stove never reached 500 degrees, but I get its possible. Maybe they never had dry wood!
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes. probably just the polish. I try to open all the doors and windows and burn 'er pretty hot after a couple hours...to make sure most of it comes off the first time. But you can expect that smell.....especially if you polished or painted or oiled it.
  4. Fsappo

    Fsappo New Member

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    If you still see or smell something after 5 or 6 hours of burning hot, you may want to inspect it closer. Make sure the previous owners didnt put someone stupid on the stove.
  5. docdan

    docdan New Member

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    Thanks for the responses.
    I thought it was just the polish burning off and that's it. I will light it up when I am home on the weekend to be able to stay with it and observe(and to open the windows if it smokes again!).
    It seemed to burn well and as it should (according to the manual) having a 6" flue. :wow:

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