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    Vermont Castings Explorer Questions

    Hi there. I just purchased an unused Vermont Castings Explorer fireplace insert. It’s been sitting in a garage and has some rust on it. Not sure if this cast iron insert was coated or painted. Any suggestions as to how I can deal with the light rust spots? Please see pictures. Thanks in advance.
  2. bikeshopguy345

    Did I buy the wrong stove?

    The situation: I live in North MS in a 1500sq.ft. ranch style home. We are on our first season with the Vermont Castings Aspen C3. We bought the stove with the intention of supplementing our 3ton heat pump central unit when the temps get below freezing. We really like the stove. It looks...
  3. M

    Vermont Castings Aspen C3 Misses the Mark

    Installed my brand new VC Aspen C3 last month and I’m not impressed. Let me start by saying the advertised burn time of 10 hours is false advertising. Packing the firebox full at night will get you 4–6 hours. I would love to know where they came up with 10 hours. Getting a fire started is...
  4. A

    Advise for wood burning insert

    Greetings, I am looking for a new wood burning insert for a masonry fireplace. Looking for some suggestions. I have a 3500 Sq. Ft. 2 story house and am looking for something that can keep the lower story warm as a secondary heat source. Planning to use it occasionally in Seattle, WA. I really...
  5. M

    Selkirk DSP and Vermont Castings Compatibility

    Hi, I’m trying to install my new Vermont Castings Aspen C3 wood stove. It’s replacing a stove, so I’d like to use the same stove pipe and chimney system I have in place already. Problem is, is it seems the stove is not compatible with any of the selkirk dsp components. The telescoping double...
  6. A

    VC Dauntless, problems with smoke

    Hello! New to this forum. We installed a new Vermont Castings Dauntless in November. We have been having an issue with smoke coming into our house when we are loading the stove and cannot figure it out. Any insight would be helpful! We had it professionally installed and the dealer has been to...
  7. D

    Vermont Castings Defiant question

    Hello! I'm looking to get into the wood stove life and have found a used Vermont Castings Defiant that I'm hoping to purchase. Looking for some guidance on if this looks like a stove in good condition, and worth investing in. *I saw the Vermont Castings sub thread but wasn't sure if this...
  8. S

    Broken piece attaching flue collar

    I bought an old VC Resolute. The bolts in the back to the flue collar and extension were corroded or cemented on. Could not apply any torque without stripping the head. I ended up having to drill out, but the screw forced the bit off a straight path. I tapped in new threads; due to the odd path...
  9. S

    DAMPER ISSUE- Rebuilding Vermont Castings 2190

    I bought this stove a month ago for $300. It had some surface rust, For sure needed door gaskets, But otherwise in really good shape. At first glance my guess was it was only used occasionally for supplemental heat. Nonetheless, I wanted to atleast check the refractory and catalyst. I ended up...
  10. E

    VC Defiant - Where is primary air intake?

    I recently bought a new VC Defiant wood stove. I previously had a white enamel Jotul Firelight 2... they are very similar stoves in terms of capacity and top-loading and looks. I read all the bad reviews on this site and others about VC but i loved that it was top-loading and looked so similar...
  11. E

    Any firsthand experience with new VC Intrepid Flexburn?

    Does anyone have the new VC Intrepid Flexburn? Looks like they discontinued the Intrepid II. The new model has a bottom swingout ashpan with pan/lid combo that can be lifted right off of the door for emptying. Also can be purchased with or without a cat....and designed for operating either way...
  12. H

    Bad installation

    Hello, Apologies if any of this sounds ignorant. I've never owned/used a wood stove before, but I love the idea as a supplemental heat source as well as backup in the event of prolonged power outage. My wife and I purchased a house back in March with a 1986 Defiant Encore installed in the...
  13. D

    Blower replacement in Vermont Castings Sequoia

    Greetings. I have a Vermont Castings Sequoia Catalytic fireplace that's about 8 years old. The blower sounds like a blender full of rocks, time to replace. My issue is the openings on the front that access the area under the firebox where the fan goes are 4" tall. The blower unit requires a 5"...
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    Old(er) Vermont Castings Defiant

    I've got an old VC Defiant and was wondering if someone could estimate its manufacturing year. The production plate around backside of it can't be deciphered except for the serial no. which is 01977 or 017393, it's very hard to read. Would appreciate any ideas on what year it was made and any...
  15. A

    Seeking Advice on Wood Insert

    Hello, I am looking to purchase a small insert (fireplace depth is only 17"). Considering VC Montpelier or possibly Regency CI1250. I would like to burn bio bricks or a split wood alternative. This is replacing a very old Surdiac Coal stove. Looking for advice... some questions include: advice...
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    Vermont Castings Resolute 1979

    Hey folks, been reading for a while trying to figure out a solution to a problem I have. I came across this stove via a friend who's auntie owns stables. she put up this stove on facebook ''free to someone who can collect''. I thought it looked nice, and despite having ZERO prior stove...
  17. G

    Defiant stove

    Hey experts . . . I have a stove I would like to sell but before I post it to my local craigslist I am wondering if anyone can educate me on what it may be worth. I am attaching some pictures. It has a couple legs that need to be bolted back on and it’s missing the 4th leg. Not sure what else I...
  18. A

    Vermont Castings Resolute III Door Issue

    I was almost finished rebuilding my Resolute III when disaster struck...I broke a hinge off the right side door! I was in luck because I found someone on this forum that I got a door from...AWESOME! But, when I went to put the door on I noticed that the frame around the glass was different...the...
  19. DIYstoveGUY

    Please look at your VC Montpelier and check something for me please!

    Can someone please look at both the door and stove hinge and see if they BOTH have spacers behind them? For some reason mine are not on the door side but the diagram shows that they should be there.... Thank you for looking in advance
  20. DIYstoveGUY

    HELP with VC Montpelier secondary burn issues

    So I'm new to the forum and a couple years deep into wood stove burning. This may be long winded so I do apologize but the more info I give you, the better you may be able to help me. I have a exterior fireplace (16ft) that I installed a vogelzang colonial insert a couple years ago. The thing...
  21. shaman

    Wood stoves and best burn times

    Hello y'all... This is my first post. I joined the forums on this site after lurking in the shadows for about 6 months. (nothing perverted mind you ;-p just trying to learn more by reading as much as I can) This is my first winter relying on wood as my primary and only source of heat. Last...
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    Vermont Castings Resolute III Rebuild

    Well...here we go! I bought an older VC Resolute III and upon my first fire...smoke leaked from everywhere! Rebuild time! This is my first attempt. I ordered a new gasket kit and new cement. Today I completely disassembled the stove & started removing the surface rust. This will be a tedious...
  23. M

    Bought an Old VC Defiant

    Hello I am new to the forum, but decided to join recently. This is my first wood stove so I am out of my element. That being said any advice is appreciated. I recently bought an old Vermont Castings Defiant that was casted in late 1970's. Very beautiful stove; solid nickel handles, intricate...
  24. W

    Wife needs wood insert recommendations

    Hello everyone, Having spent a somewhat chilly New Year's holiday at our cottage here in Ontario Canada, I'm now researching so that I have good facts to convince my Hubby to get a wood burning insert! Would you kindly share your recommendations with me, as the information is a bit...
  25. Z

    Help Me With A Wood Insert Choice

    Hi all, My family and I moved into a (flipped) historic house built in 1880 in Chester County, PA this past August. The house is ~2500 sq ft and three floors. Picture an Italianate style row home (tall and skinny) in Philly and that's our house, only ours is a single. It's our first time having...
  26. S

    Resolute II Griddle - in search of

    Does anyone have an old Resolute II top griddle or know where I can purchase one? I cannot locate one anywhere. I'm in the process of restoring a Vermont Castings Resolute II wood stove. I've built one stove from two fair/poor condition stoves. The stove in worse shape is a Resolute I. This...
  27. S

    VC Stardance Natural Vent LP to NG conversion

    Hi all, I have a Vermont Castings Stardance Natural Vent Gas Heater (model 3074) that I picked up on Craigslist and had been previously converted to LP according to the previous owner. I figured it would be easy to convert back to natural gas using a conversion kit, but my local stove shop said...
  28. P

    Defiant Encore 2140

    Hello All, I recently picked up a Vermont Castings Defiant Encore 2140. This thing is in serious need of some help. There are no cracked or broken panels but the damper is stuck/frozen, the primary air valve seems to be stuck/frozen-though the handle moves freely. Almost all bolts are...
  29. R

    Vigilant worth keeping?

    I've only posted a few times to Hearth over the years, but you all have been invaluable to me. Now a big question. I have an older VC Vigilant (1977 on the one-piece fireback) that has served me pretty well as the primary heat source through nine NH winters. It has always backpuffed...
  30. D

    Jotul 602cb replacement opinions

    Hello , Newcbdo that ...We have 1500 square open floor plan with cathedral ceilings. Generally fires are burned through out the day and loaded before bed . In morning the stove is dumped and started over . We have done this a number of years without issue. By the end of last winter we started...