popoyap1 wrote:I am in the market for a stove to supplement heat here in knowlton new jersey.
i was looking at the vermont casting vigilant model , does any one know if it is a good coal stove and what the disadvantages of it.
or should i look into a wood stove too. thank you
I realize you specifically mention the VC Vigilant stove...and though I have no experience with that one, I did have a VC Defiant Encore stove for 23 years...and just sold it for $650. Not bad considering it served my wood burning needs for quite a long time, cost about $2000 and may have fetched a higher sale had I waited longer and not lowered my price.
Now...if you only plan on burning wood, then you're in the wrong forum. I still burn wood in a very efficient Regency stove, and will never give up wood. Then again, I have the best of both worlds, as I also have two flues for stoves and another just for a fireplace unless I want to install an insert. That being said, most coal stoves burn wood quite nicely...and in my case, I will if the weather is too warm for a coal fire. Not as concerned with long burns as I am for a quick warm up to the area, and when inclined can simply shovel in a light shovel of coal for a longer and controlled burn...which because the DS Circulator has a removable hopper could even burn a larger load of wood if one needs.
I'm sure that Hitzer and other stoves burn wood quite nicely...and now having both a wood and coal stove, would never consider having just one or the other. I truly enjoy my wood burning, open fires and wonderful wood burning aroma along with my beautiful blue flame, continuous heat of a coal fire.