Vermont Vigilant

vermont vigilant

PostBy: seabee570 On: Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:14 pm

Hi all...I am looking to purchase a stove for my small 2 room camp.Does the vigillant have a hopper and gravity feeds into the stove? can the vigillant burn wood also? Is there an automatic damper(thermostat on this stove?)thanks for input

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Re: vermont vigilant

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:42 am

Hi seabee. The hopper feed system was optional on the original wood burner design. The hopper was hard to keep sealed and draft loss was a common result. Fires were therefore hard to keep going. It was redisigned as a coal burner in the Vigilant II, model 2310. isn't sold as a wood burner as it does not meet the EPA particulate spec. It comes with a restrictor plate over the inside inlet hole to reduce air intake volume when burning bituminous. The outside inlet is regulated by a bimetalic coil controled metal flap. Works great. I've had wood fires in it with the restrictor plate inplace. With out it, wood fires quickly get too hot. I also bought a screen from Vermont Casting to use the stove as a wood burning fireplace with the twin doors opened/removed.

I heat a ~3,100 sq. ft. well insulated house burning anthracite. Opperating stovetop temp range is 400 -700 F. I can heat with it unless it gets really cold when I suplement with the central oil hot air unit. I don't think I've burned 20 gallos of #2 this year since I started the caol fire in November.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Casting Vigilant II 2310
Other Heating: #2 Oil Furnace