The few mornings we had in the mid to upper 40's triggered me to get going and put the VC 2310 back together. Back on May 20 I detailed in this thread how I had to disassemble it all the way to parade rest to get it light enough to move from a basement to my Subaru to my front porch. Three days ago I got a friend to help me move it into the house and set it in place in the dining room.
I started putting it back together and discovered that there is only one way this puppy will go together.
If you try a sequence other than the "right" one you will have one piece that will not go in no matter which way you turn it, twist it, rotate it, finesse it, sweet talk it, and smack it. I do not recommend smacking cast iron because you will hurt your hand. Don't ask.....
The only way to really understand how your stove works, especially this one, is to tear it apart and put it back together again. The engineering that went into the VC 2310 is so straight forward it's just plain silly. To make it where you have back and side panels that interlock to form a top to bottom hot gas path along the sides and then bottom to top back gas passage to a top flue pipe outlet is one of those head slaps you give yourself then you say out loud..."now why didn't I think of this?" This is why such a small stove can crank out the 50K BTU's. This has got my tinkerness gene activated. Lord help us all now!!!
Looking forward to finishing this assembly up tomorrow and then putting the flue pipe to the chimney. I Gotta do a test burn just to make sure it works don't cha know.
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