Vermont Castings coal stove

Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri May 30, 2008 8:13 pm

I remember someone here said they have a Vermont Castings coal stove. I have one, but have yet use it. I'm hoping to get better information than what's in the owners manual. In the instructions it says to get a good bed of hardwood coals then add a layer of coal. Get that going good, then add another layer and get it going good. Keep doing this until the stove is full, then you can bank it and leave it for however long, maybe 12 to 18 hours. Is that really how it's done? How long does the, add, get burning, add, get burning process take? Is there a better way, a faster way? Any instructions from actual users would sure be appreciated!

Thanks,

Fred
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri May 30, 2008 8:29 pm

Suggest you look at this thread. Some pretty good ideas! Good luck!

How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove
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Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: rberq On: Fri May 30, 2008 9:51 pm

Non match-lite charcoal -- the match-lite is too dirty and smelly. For kindling I bought a bundle of the cheapest cedar shingles I could find at Home Depot. Crumple some newspaper, stick a little down through the grates for lighting. Put some broken-up shingles on top of the paper, then a good layer of charcoal bricquets across the whole grate, not a skimpy layer. Light it from under the grate, draft wide open. Once the charcoal is flaming vigorously, I start shoveling in the coal an inch or two at a time with the ashpit door open for a good draft. As long as the yellow flames keep coming up through the coal, I keep adding more coal a few inches at a time, and the fire is going in no time. There's no need to wait for the charcoal to get to the glowing coals stage, in fact I find it works better not to wait.
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Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
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Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: rberq On: Fri May 30, 2008 9:54 pm

P.S. Of course you only do this once a year. It's a point of honor to use one match in the Fall, then keep the fire going until Spring.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri May 30, 2008 10:42 pm

Is one Bic lighter less manly?

Thanks for the tips!.... good reading in that thread too. I think this stove may end up with a friend. I bought it thinking of heating my garage with it, but, well.... he needs it more than I do. It's a bit large for my garage, maybe I can find a tiny one for that job. If my buddy ends up with it I'm sure I'll be there the first time it's fired up. I can just keep burning oil in the garage. It only uses 75 gallons a year. I'll have my coal boiler for the house.....once the factory get's it built.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri May 30, 2008 11:22 pm

You have the Vigilant that was designed to burn coal, the “best of the three”.
There are other threads on the Vigilant coal burners, search “vigilant coal”.
I have the middle model, no extra belly bump on the bottom. The ash pan is behind the glass doors. They are a pretty stove, however the function with coal is a bit of a PIA. Lots of air leak potential, not a steel plate design so warping is a possibility if you over fire it. I got mine priced right then fell into a deal with a Harman MK II and never ran the Vigilant, partly due to the problems I had read and heard about it. Mine will be fixed up and sold off. The Vigilant makes a great wood burner; I also have an original one owner wood burning version and the coal conversion kit for it. Ok, I confess I actually have six stoves; the Mark II, 2 Russo’s, a Petit Godin and the 2 Vigilant stoves. The Vigilant stoves are going to pay for the continuation of my “habit”.
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Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: nuthead On: Sat May 31, 2008 3:01 am

i have this stove it takes about 45 minutes to get going from a good hardwood fire and spread one grain scoop of cola at a time (to the top of the frt grate that in thefrt) at the fire burns well. it will burn 18hrs, but you have to shake it and add (good stove) also claen well every wk and clean those tin plates (take them out and clean and put them back use shop vac) on the sides and the back.
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Stove/Furnace Make: vc
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Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: ibizan On: Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:07 pm

Yes, if you wait until the temperature is around the freezing mark steadily then it's time to light up the Vigilante II coal stove. I have had great success keeping the fire going no problemo. Never had to clean out weekly as long as you shake it down at least 3-4 times a batch and de-ash. Max runtime I have had is 18 hours. That really was too long to go, I prefer not to let the bed get that low. Anyway, I ran both a coal and a wood stove at the same and I will never burn wood again ! Coal is the way to go if you want to come home to a cozy house after working for 10-12 hour days and not have to light the darn wood! :mad: I AM LOOKING TO STOCKPILE - got a quote from Penn Coal if anyine is interested....
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Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings
Stove/Furnace Model: Vigilante II

Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: nuthead On: Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:07 am

yes i have the same stove it can burn for 18hrs you should be able to down load the instr manuel from vc, i have been using mine for 4 yrs i just had to replace the frnt grate because of the high heat i use 2.25 tons/yr and it heats my house 1900 sq feet house was built in 96 cape style the hearth was built in when the was built,. i use about 350 gals of oil /yr .
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Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:09 am

Thanks for the good replies! I did sell it to a friend, but printed these posts for him. I'm sure he'll enjoy heating with it.

Penn coal? One thing members of the forum suggest is "never buy unknown coal". Penn coal is not a mine, they are a broker. I'm not saying you won't get good coal, but you just don't know.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Vermont Castings coal stove

PostBy: ScubaSteve On: Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:35 am

I can get my vigilant II from paper to full bed of coal burning in about 20 minutes.
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