Hi, as previously said, I was supposed to compare the VigII with the Golden Bride.
But it's almost impossible to do so. Both stoves are in a very different situation: the VigII heat about 2,000 sq ft. and the Bride 160 sq ft. The vig is in a faux foyer having a heat remover draft that is sent to the basement and then the central air handler send the heat all over the house except in the Bride place.
The Bride is a base burner and the Vig has a system doing about the same.
Both have a good ash pan device, but the Bride is a little cleaner to operate. If compare to the Vig before the modifs, the Bride is miles ahead from the Vig.
The grate system is much more better in the Bride. No way to compare. I made lots of improvements on the Vigs' grates but the Bride still far ahead on that point.
Both are top load if the Bride gets the magazine in it. The Vig can't have a magazine in. But the Bride can be front loaded very easily.
The Bride radiates the heat from a lot of micas on 3 faces. Plus it gets the convection mode with the double heater port.
The Bride has a check damper not in the Vig.
The Vig has a thermostat air control, not the Bride, but both work fine for the air control.
The Vig doesn't need MPD while the Bride is made to have one.
The works done on the Bride were minor but on the Vig they were major.
For the look, the antique stoves are in the winners section, if the deco fits with them. But now many decos are often mixed together. The Vig is not an ugly stove.
OK, I stop: no more space.