. I have a Vigilant and resolute from the early 80's running now, I used them till the late 80's and then put in a new heating system. After all that time I had to do something to cut the oil bill so I put them back in service this year.
Your's is a Vigilant???????????? I put barometric dampers in both this year and made up an extra pair of gaskets for the front door where they meet the lower grate. It burns way better than I remember from the old days
Here's a thread about the same problem. Vermont Castings Vigilant I down... :( for now... :)
See if this describes your situation.
If you need a pic of the added gaskets, I'll gladly post them.
I just did a bag count, and I've burned 40 bags already this year, Raining and 48* at the moment, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, do you have the slicer knife thing that came with it? I use that all the time, hardly ever shake the grates, just a few small bumps to settle it after a good slice down.
I'm burning Reading bagged coal, not the best reviews I've read here, but my stove likes it, makes a lot of ash tho compared with Lehigh Vally I used to get in bulk delivery back then,