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How to Troubleshoot a Vermont Castings Stove

Heather Topham Wood

Vermont Castings is a manufacturer of cast-iron stoves for residential homes. You can choose from gas, electric and wood styles if you want a Vermont Castings stove. If you have a simple problem with the Vermont Castings stove, try to fix it yourself. However, if you feel unsure about handling the stove on your own, contact the manufacturer for support.

  1. Check the igniter and pilot light of your gas Vermont Castings stove if it will not light. Make sure the gas line is securely connected and the valve is turned on. If the pilot light has gone out, turn the dial to "Pilot" and press the igniter button to relight it. If you have an electric stove, make sure the unit is plugged into a working outlet. You may need to change a household fuse or reset the circuit breaker.

  2. Test the door gaskets of the stove. To check the gaskets, take a piece of paper and close it in the door while the stove is turned off. If you can pull out the paper without tearing it, the gaskets need repair. Damaged door gaskets can cause the stove to experience air leaks. You may need to use a small amount of cement to make the repair. To do this, shimmy the loose gaskets and use a trowel to apply a thin layer of stone cement underneath. This should improve contact with the door.

  3. Clean the firebox of your Vermont Castings stove. A buildup of dirt and debris can cause smoking or a foul smell to emanate from the stove. Make sure you turn the stove to "Off" before cleaning. You can use a vacuum attachment to remove the dirt from the inside of the firebox.

  4. Look at the glass of the Vermont Castings stove. If it is broken or cracked, it can cause excessive heat to enter the room. Call Vermont Castings for a replacement piece of glass before resuming operation. On the glass, you will find an etched part number that you should reference when contacting the company. The glass part number will most likely begin with "S100" followed by a single or double-digit number. Also, have the model number for your stove handy, so that the company can send you the correct part.

  5. Clean the chimney regularly if you have a wood-burning Vermont Castings stove. Clean every other month in order to prevent chimney fires. While the stove is turned off, use a chimney-cleaning brush to get rid of any debris on the liner. Run the brush up and down the liner to loosen the buildup. Dump out the debris by accessing it through the clean-out door. Use a screwdriver to take apart the chimney connectors and use a stiff wire brush to clean these pieces. Reconnect the chimney connectors once you have finished.