2020/21 VC Owners thread

NewGuy132

New Member
Jan 22, 2021
9
MA
Glad to hear i'm not the only person to buy the Dauntless this year. how do you like it so far ? For me its been pretty good. I Def did not have the best seasoned wood that i should have, I have been working on it all winter though for next year. it throws a lot of heat when burning well. Sometimes the down draft system is a little bit of a pain to get going good.
I really wanted a Dauntless. Unfortunately my fireplace opening was about 2 inches too short for the chimney to clear. Unfortunately they don't have a short leg kit for the Dauntless. Ended up with the Intrepid Flexburn and spent the savings on the enamel finish.
 
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PatrickWR

New Member
Apr 14, 2021
2
Oregon
I'm liking it real well! It's been about 30 years since I last fussed with a wood stove so there has been a bit of a learning curve adjusting to this one. It's got a nice tall chimney, though, and it's been drafting well from the get-go. It's a great size for our space, and *very* handsome as a rustic decor appliance, which is of course a huge selling point for my spouse.

My buddy who heats exclusively with wood invited me to fill up my truck from his seasoned wood pile, so my supply is in good shape. We got in probably 8-10 burns before the weather warmed up here in Western Oregon. Now it's pretty well shut down for the season.
 

Rusty18

Member
Nov 3, 2018
35
Belpre oh
So is it normal for the refractory box to be held together with screws? Or has someone patched it back together?
I’m leaning towards it being factory since the cover was cemented in place (I think someone got heavy handed with the caulk gun when it was built!
Either way everything “under the hood” looks good, better than I was expecting anyways.
 

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Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
3,154
Ottawa, ON
So is it normal for the refractory box to be held together with screws? Or has someone patched it back together?
I’m leaning towards it being factory since the cover was cemented in place (I think someone got heavy handed with the caulk gun when it was built!
Either way everything “under the hood” looks good, better than I was expecting anyways.
Yes for the screws. I found that odd too. Your basic sheetrock screws. The cat in the pic looks good too.
 
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Humberwho

New Member
Feb 25, 2021
5
Oregon
Decided to go ahead and cure the paint the rest of the way today since it's somewhat cool out and I can open the house up. Really like how you can "supercharge" the fire when starting by leaving the right door cracked a bit. Glass is staying very clean esp considering the stove is catalytic and back in the old days last century that pretty much guaranteed caked on sooted up glass. Next is to start scouring CL for some free firewood!