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?