What modern stove BTU output would match early 80s VC Vigilant?

mar13 Posted By mar13, Nov 9, 2018 at 4:21 PM

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  1. mar13

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    I've been using a VC Vigilant from the early 1980s (1977 casting) for 15 years and I'm now about to replace it with a modern stove. Our house & stove use was comfortable with the Vigilant, so I thought that'd be a good clue as to what size of stove to replace it with. In particular, the PE Summit (rated at 99,000 BTU max) and PE Super 27 ( rated at 72000 BTU max) are the current favorites.

    Any idea what the modern day BTU rating for the Vigilant would be? That'd help in my decision.

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    The Vigilant was rated with a max heat output of 50,000 BTU/hr.. Take new stove output ratings with a grain of salt. There are many ways to test a stove. Some companies provide conservative output ratings and others may list a rating that would require one to stoke the stove like a locomotive.
     
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