- Dec 13, 2022
I just acquired a 1980 Vigilant wood stove with a 1 piece fireback and cast doors (no glass). It was removed 6 months ago and stored under a porch outside. It did encounter some moisture, but could have been worse. I couldn't find cracks on the fireback or bottom and the damper seemed to work with ease. It's missing the RH andiron, and is very crusty with creosote on the inside. My initial plan is to get it home, give it a good internal scrape down and clean it out. Then, I'll add sand to the bottom, and give it a good burn outside to test it. Both the stove and the stove pipe had heavy creosote inside, I'm thinking to the point to where it protected it. I'd like to get the forums advice if I'm taking the right steps. After the initial test burn, I'm pretty sure I'll do a full break down and re-seal as this seems like a great stove. We would use it for open fires in our existing fireplace that has a rusting firebox, but a flue in great shape. We would use it as a backup heat source for power outages. I am on the hunt for shorter legs and welcome any ideas outside the short spendy ones offered by VC. Thanks in advance.