Small hole in Vermont Castings Vigilant used wood stove

Groow

New Member
Sep 8, 2020
7
Henry86
Hi, all. I'm new here. I bought a used VC Vigilant wood stove in excellent condition. Just needed new gaskets (and also a door handle insert). However, there is a small hole in the lower left front of the stove. Not a crack, but a hole. I'm not sure what the purpose was but it appears to have been drilled. I wonder how to seal this hole. Any thoughts? I'm attaching photos.
 

Attachments

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,201
Downeast Maine
I hope you didn't pay much. I don't think you can repair that.
 

electrathon

Minister of Fire
Sep 17, 2015
565
Gresham, OR
If you don't want to weld it up, make a "washer" that is formed to the angles of the cast iron, both inside and out. Wrap some fibers from a rope gasket and tighten a bolt through the hole. The band aid will likely out last you.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,834
Northern NH
Would be interesting to hear the story behind the hole. Someone dry firing their rifle without checking the chamber of their rifle on the living room couch? ;)
 
  • Like
Reactions: Osage

Groow

New Member
Sep 8, 2020
7
Henry86
If you don't want to weld it up, make a "washer" that is formed to the angles of the cast iron, both inside and out. Wrap some fibers from a rope gasket and tighten a bolt through the hole. The band aid will likely out last you.
Thank you for the suggestion. You say make a washer formed to the angles of the cast iron. What do you mean?
 

Groow

New Member
Sep 8, 2020
7
Henry86
Hi, all. I'm new here. I bought a used VC Vigilant wood stove in excellent condition. Just needed new gaskets (and also a door handle insert). However, there is a small hole in the lower left front of the stove. Not a crack, but a hole. I'm not sure what the purpose was but it appears to have been drilled. I wonder how to seal this hole. Any thoughts? I'm attaching photos.
Would it be possible to just fill the hole with furnace cement?
 

Groow

New Member
Sep 8, 2020
7
Henry86
is that for the coal kit shaker handle?
Yes, we just figured that out! You are clever! It must have broken off. We are using it as a wood burning stove, not coal. I think we might be able to just put some kind of furnace cement in the hole maybe....
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
23,118
central pa
Yes, we just figured that out! You are clever! It must have broken off. We are using it as a wood burning stove, not coal. I think we might be able to just put some kind of furnace cement in the hole maybe....
Post a picture of the inside. If it is setup for coal it may not work well at all for wood.
 

electrathon

Minister of Fire
Sep 17, 2015
565
Gresham, OR
Thank you for the suggestion. You say make a washer formed to the angles of the cast iron. What do you mean?
Something like a fender washer, bent so that it nestles into the angles of the cast iron.
 

fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
2,954
Massachusetts
a hole that big on my defiant would make it uncontrollable and it would run away red hot. if that is for the coal grate put a new handle set up on it and sell it. if it were made for coal would or does it have a damper in it?
 

elmoleaf

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2007
432
Southeastern Massachusetts
mineral wool or gasket material plug saturated with furnace cement, esp at ends, might be viable.
 

Terri1

New Member
Dec 15, 2020
2
NY
Were you able to fix the hole. I am in the process of reverting Vigilant from coal back to wood and running into issue with the hold for the shaker handle. My hole is the round hole preloads by Vigilant. They used to sell brushing plug for the whole which they no longer do, so trying to figure out what to do to plug hole. I have everything else I need for conversion.
 

Groow

New Member
Sep 8, 2020
7
Henry86
Were you able to fix the hole. I am in the process of reverting Vigilant from coal back to wood and running into issue with the hold for the shaker handle. My hole is the round hole preloads by Vigilant. They used to sell brushing plug for the whole which they no longer do, so trying to figure out what to do to plug hole. I have everything else I need for conversion.
Hi, Terri. Yes. we wrapped new stove gasket around bolt, put stove sealer stuff on it, and secured it down tightly with a nut from the inside. It is working great.
Curious - what else do you have to do to convert it to wood from coal?
 

Terri1

New Member
Dec 15, 2020
2
NY
Hi, Terri. Yes. we wrapped new stove gasket around bolt, put stove sealer stuff on it, and secured it down tightly with a nut from the inside. It is working great.
Curious - what else do you have to do to convert it to wood from coal?
Thank you for letting me know what you did and it worked. My parents had it installed in the weekend place and converted to coal stove. I am now living there and want wood stove. I have primary air tube and ash fettle which was removed during conversion to coal. Stove is in good shape and I replaced gaskets. On griddle and doors. Need to replace window gaskets also. In spring I will have it resealed. Great little beast of a stove. Contractor wanted to put new EPA one in but I love this one and sentimental l.