coalrunner wrote:thats great you didnt give up as it seems that you really enjoy your stove now.sometimes you just have to give it some time to find how it best works for you.
Pete69 wrote:How about some close up pictures of the modifications and how they were made.
spiker wrote:I have seen strong mesh available at Walmart in the camping section, to be used as an outdoor fire grate. It looks like the one in these videos. It is just a 20 x 30 inch sheet of the mesh, for $ 20. I have scouted it out to use in potential modifications. My numbers are approximate - from memory.
Another source of mesh is wire gutter shield meant to keep leaves out of the gutter, that is carried at all hardware stores for around $ 10. It is not as strong and would not have as long a life, depending on how close it is to the fire.
So far, my 6 in deep fire bed has worked fine, but I have just started to use this stove, and next winter when I need to run it hotter, I may find that I need a deeper bed. Then I might use a mesh extension to get a couple more inches height. I have a front loader, so I cannot close off the entire front.
stonyloam wrote:Adding that expanded mesh screen looks like a GREAT idea. Adding a couple of inches of mesh to the front of my Vig. 1.0 (insert) would go a long ways toward keeping stray coals from falling over the top of the front of the insert. I may have to fool around with that a bit myself.
cntbill wrote:Very nice video, your modifications are quite interesting and looks like it is much safer to use, and it seems that your daughter even likes tending the stove Makes me want to trade up my Vigilant and add your mods.
BobQ wrote:I like your mesh screen idea! I have the same stove and thought I would tell you how I do it. I do the initial start the same with wood, once I have a good fire going, I open the ash pan for draft and put a full bucket of coal in, in about five minutes I fill a second bucket and watch for blue flames, after about five minutes I see flames so I close the ash pan and wait a minutes or two and close the damper. I always keep the air control in the same place, to maintain about 600 deg F in cold weather. About twelve hours later I open the damper and the front doors, I then use the slicer and poke between each slot until I get a little red coal, close it up and shake it about five times, I then put a full bucket of coal in and open the ash pan, while open I empty it out back, by the time I come back, two or three minutes, I have blue flame, I close it up and wait a minute or two and closed the damper and off the work I go. I use nut size coal and have much better luck with it then the smaller pea size, the pea size needed much more attention. I know everyone has a different set up but I find mine very easy, and takes bout ten minutes to tend, I do think the nut size coal and the ability to get the clinkers out with the poker are the secret! I am off to find some mesh!