spiker wrote:Thanks for the suggestion. The problem for me is that my space (house/room/fireplace) is quit small and I want to be able to recess the stove a few inches into the fireplace, which has worked really well with my Jotul now. The max height is 29.5 in with that setup, and the Vigilant, even with short legs is around 31, and the pipe outlet runs at that max height, so even putting the stove in front of the brick will not allow the pipe to reach the flue. If anyone knows how I can safely fit even shorter legs I would be interested to know.
I do like the VC because we use the stove in our main living space and I want a good looking stove, both for my tastes and to get the wife to sign-off on the idea of coal. I welcome other suggestions for nice looking stoves.
I have the older style two door Resolute that you've been discussing. In fact I'd sell mine to you if you want, but I'm not selling it cheap...
Anyway, On the older Resolutes of this type, there were two ways to get them from Vermont, as wood stoves where you could buy a coal conversion kit, or as coal stoves where you could buy a wood conversion kit. Mine is the coal stove where you could buy the wood conversion kit if you wanted. The coal stove with wood conversion was a much more rare configuration. It was also more expensive because Vermont used a special high temperature casting alloy in their coal stoves that they did not use in their wood stoves. At least that's what the Vermont literature said, I've always wanted to check to see if that was really true, but never have.
There are two significant advantages; one, the stoves are harder to burn out, and two, the parts all fit better. One of the guys on this forum suggests to put a gasket in the front doors, but on my stove, those parts fit so tightly, I've never needed that at all. I'm sure on the wood stoves with the coal conversion kit, that would be needed.
I made shorter legs for my stove. They are adjustable from about 4" high to about 3" high. I wanted to put mine partly inside my fireplace and be able to adjust the legs to make the stove fit perfecty and level each leg. If you have any questions, drop me a line.