Vigilant II + PRB Coal

Vigilant II + PRB Coal

PostBy: SAU On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:39 am

Fired up the Vigilant for the first time ever this morning with Wyoming, Powder River Basin bit. The coal is sifted, oiled, "stoker sized" 1" to about 2.5" and free to me. Sorry had to brag. Anyway, I screwed up and put too much coal on the charcoal so the fire smoldered a while before taking off, the smoke was an off white and the glass has yet to completely blacken but it is discolored in spots. Once the fire took off I nearly overfired and had to shut her down for a while. Once the volatiles burned off the flames are a blue orange and it seems to bee burning nice and clean. There is still paint cure hanging in the air but the basement has warmed up nice.

Now for the questions

On the Vigilant the pipe connector can be spun 180 degrees to allow for top or rear flue exit. there is a fiberglass gasket in there but I could see a gap of about 1/16 of an inch at a point where the adapter meets the stove. Do I need to resolve this?

The first section of flue has a similar gap where it meets the adapter because the seam distorts the cylindrical shape of the pipe as it enters the adapter.

If these are issues I should be concerned about what should I do to correct them?
SAU
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings/Nordic Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: VIGILANT II 2310/Erik Jr. HH

Re: Vigilant II + PRB Coal

PostBy: coalvet On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:18 pm

Congratulations on you free coal, as for the issues you described I would simply buy a small can of stove cement and work it into the gaps, wipe off any excess and let it cure before you light off your stove.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Model 404
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: NG Boiler

Re: Vigilant II + PRB Coal

PostBy: BobQ On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:32 pm

Congrats as well, I have the same stove and love it, it burns great! I use pea coal with great results. I would fill the gap for sure, either buy fixing the fit up, first, or stove cement if the fit can not be cured. My stove fits tight, so I would imagine yours should as well, just look closly and make sure it is together correctly, any questions feel free to ask!

Bob
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Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings
Stove/Furnace Model: Vigilant

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Re: Vigilant II + PRB Coal

PostBy: SAU On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:05 pm

Thanks for the advice fellas. I'll check the fit and finish as well as picking up a small tub of cement. The only reason I even noticed the defects was because I took a good look while the volatiles were burning off and could see flame or light through the gaps.
SAU
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings/Nordic Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: VIGILANT II 2310/Erik Jr. HH

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