I have a first generation VC Vigilant and resolute as well, both with the coal kits. Both are humming alond at low, 200deg griddle temps and the wife just opened a window!
If you PM me with your email address , I'll email you the owners manuals and intallation specs in PDF form.
Only the current Vigilants use fire brick, they have shaker grates going from front to back. The older ones (vigilants with the coal kit) have three rocker grates that go from left to right.
If you look down this thread to last week, there's a discussion of the VC early style Vigilant.
When you have them tweeked and learn their odditied ( all stoves have them!) it runs trouble free and is quite forgiving because of the hopper feed system.