[quote="Pete69"]...820 yrs and had no problems with leakage/air-tightness either.
I'd only consider taking it apart if you see problems. That's the advice I got from VC service people - who $ELL the service
- don't take it apart or call us unless you see problems. The quote was something like they're a very rugged stove and only suffer after repeated over firings. Note too that this was a call I initiated to someone who did NOT sell me the stove.
Didn't need to do anything to make it efficient. Last night the temperature was -11 and it was running at 700 all day and night. Stove pipe temp was ~ 170 - 180 without a baro. Coal usage is ~ 80Lb/day at full burn. Personally, once you learn to run this stove, I don't think you'll need a baro because of the thermostatically controlled air inlet. You have to become familiar with the drafting profile of your chimney and then adjust the inlet to open no more than 3/8 when recharging a mature fire. Keep opening it to 1/4-3/8 ths the stove top temp rises to ~ 600. Close the internal damper each time when you see the dance show begin. It will settle to cruising temp at 700 and sit there for hours. Depends on your draft. I get 10- 12 hours on pea with these conditions.
Good luck. The Vigilant will look good in your office if you can stand the heat