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Wait...I'm supposed to close something once the fire gets going...

Post in 'Vermont Castings & CDW Dutchwest older Models' started by Blackcat, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Blackcat

    Blackcat Member

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    Haven't been on here for at least a year or so. We have a VC Vigilant that's keeping us nice and warm. she did a good job of heating the house after Sandy last year.
    So I've been reading some posts regarding this stove and I see people saying that once the fire gets going to close the damper. Isn't that what lets the smoke etc out to the chimney? We don't have the manual (surprisingly since every single thing in this house was filed pretty neatly in a box) and the local fireman who does my cleanings/inspections was the one who showed me how to use it. I know the 2 air intakes ( though i just really discovered the smaller one for the back of the firebox in the past year).
    I've had this stove going for days on end, proudly but now I think I may not be doing something right.
    Thanks fellow burners;)

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  2. Grant Sanders

    Grant Sanders New Member

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    The Vigilant burns in two modes. With the damper in the horizontal position, the smoke goes from the fire, right up the stove pipe, like a regular fireplace. In the vertical position, once you reach a certain griddle temperature (550 to 700 degrees), the smoke is drawn down through the holes in the bottom rear of the stove through a secondary combustion chamber. This secondary burn will allow you to run with less smoke and more heat while burning less wood. (From what I have been able to glean from reading this forum.) There's a good discussion of it here: http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/vermont-castings-vigilant-smoke.100416/
  3. Blackcat

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    Well well...upon getting the manual from Kenster( thank you so much for that!), I now understand the workings of my stove. I just cleared the ash from yesterday and now see things in there I didn't know about-including the fact that there's a front piece I can remove for easy cleaning of said ash. And now I get the shutting of the damper when it's hot. It's a whole new ball game now! Can't wait for my next fire later today!
    This forum is so informative and helpful. Thanks for the input!
  4. Kenster

    Kenster Minister of Fire

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    So, Blackcat. How's it going now?
  5. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    You should get much longer burns now that you have all the information. Enjoy!
  6. rawlins02

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    Grant: check your definitions; you have "vertical" and "horizontal" modes confused.

    MR
  7. Blackcat

    Blackcat Member

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    Sorry- dropped out of sight for a bit. The stove works like a charm now that I fully understand how things work. The guy who cleaned our chimney when we first moved in showed me how to use it but of course didn't know the details of this stove. The top down starting method works like a charm! Every time I start a fire I always make the remark of how great this is!
    I thought I was going to be done with burning last week since it was getting nicer out ( NW NJ) but winter is still here I guess:)
    Thanks everyone!
    pen likes this.

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