longislandsteve wrote:How well does your Vermont 2310 heat your house. How many sq.feet to your house.
I have 2200 sq. ft. but heat with two stoves. One up and one down in a raised ranch. Tending time for the mid size Franco Belge upstairs is under one minute twice per day not counting time to bring coal to stove and empty ash once per day. Great for the mild weather but needs the help of the larger stove downstairs in the coldest weather.
I think the Vigilant would have to be pushed too hard to heat 2000 sq. ft. Going beyond about 40 pounds of coal burned per day things start to get messy with overflowing ash pan and stove temps at maximum. Much better to have a larger stove. Michael Anthony likes his very much but is heating half the area. To put four tons of coal or more through one stove I would want either one of the best larger antiques or if a modern stove one with hopper and thermostat which makes tending a lot quicker and convenient. The DS stoves you are looking at have received high marks from users on this forum. Good strong effective shaker system and good size ash pan become very important.
The big stove becomes a pain in the ass trying to hold a small fire in spring and fall, though you could burn a quick wood fire some of the time and extend it a bit with some coal thrown on top. The antique stoves with suspended deep fire pot or a stoker stove are much better at this.