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Resolute® Acclaim
Woodburning Stove
Model 2490CE
Installation and
Operating Manual
For use in Europe
Resolute Acclaim
Safety Notice: If this appliance is not properly installed, operated and maintained, a house fire may result.
To reduce the risk of fire, follow the installation instructions. Failure to
follow instructions may result in property damage, bodily injury or even
death. Contact local building officials about restrictions and installation
inspection requirements in your area.
Do Not Discard This Manual: Retain for Future Use
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Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Thank you for choosing a Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim.
Your stove is one of the finest available. It features high efficiency, non-catalytic performance, using space-age
refractory material and the precisely calibrated delivery of air to a concentrated charcoal bed to promote secondary
combustion in a controlled environment.
If treated properly and operated according to the guidelines in this manual it will provide years of safe, dependable,
and economical heating.
The Resolute Acclaim has been tested to current standards. The test standards are UL-1482 and UL-737 for the
United States and EN13240:2001 + A2:2004 for Europe. The Resolute Acclaim is listed for burning wood. Do not
burn other fuels.
The Resolute Acclaim is listed and approved for installation in mobile homes only in the United States and only with
use of Vermont Castings Mobile Home Installation Kit #3249.
The Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim is in compliance with the standards set forth by the Federal Environmental
Protection Agency, 40 CFR Part 60.532(b)(2), as stated on the permanent label attached to each stove.
In addition to directions on installation and operation, this manual includes directions on maintenance and assembly.
We recommend that you hire a professional solid fuel stove installer to install your stove, or to advise you on the
installation should you attempt to install it yourself.
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Table of Contents
Operation............................................... 11
Draft Management.................................16
Replacement Parts................................23
Warming Shelf
#0064 Classic Black
#1357 Suede Brown
#1351 Sand
#1385 Biscuit
#1354 Ebony
#1387 Chestnut Brown
#1355 Bordeaux
#1390 Vt. Classic Green
#1356 Midnight Blue
#1395 Brown Majolica
#0184 Rear Heat Shield
#0246 Bottom Heat Shield
#0133 Sparkscreen
#3255 Outside Air Adapter (for 3” ducting)
#3249 Mobile Home Kit - includes: Rear and Bottom Heat Shields, Outside Air Adapter, Ducting and Leg
#0574 Stove Surface Thermometer
#3421 Gasket Kit
#4360 Griddle Handle Kit
Short Legs
#0565 Classic Black
#0298 Vt. Classic Green
#0293 Brown Majolica
#2915 Bordeaux
#0295 Biscuit
#2916 Midnight Blue
#0296 Chestnut Brown
#0297 Ebony
Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Resolute Acclaim Model 2490CE
Nominal heat output............ 10.7 kW (36,500 BTU/hr)1
Minimum flue draught..................... 12 Pa (0.048” WG)
Mean flue gas temp............................. 431° C (807° F)
Efficiency (space heating)..................................... 74%
Area heated....................Up to 148 sq m (1600 sq. ft.)2
Fuel size/type................................ 410 mm (16”) wood
Flue mass gas flow.............................................7.2 g/s
CO emissions (@13%O2)............................... 700 ppm
Loading.................................................... Front and top
Chimney connector....................152 mm (6”) diameter
Chimney flue size..... Min. 152 mm (6”) or 203 mm (8”)
Flue exit position.......................Reversible, top or rear
Primary air.........................................................Manual
Secondary air..................................................... Preset
Ash handling system.................... Removable ash pan
Glass panel.........................High-temperature ceramic
Weight................................................192 kg (425 lbs.)
Width (leg-to-leg).....................................660 mm (26”)
Depth (leg-to-leg) ...................................480 mm (19”)
Height to top of flue collar:
w/Regular legs................. 699 mm (27¹⁄₂") top exit
...........................................635 mm (25") rear exit
w/Short legs..................... 648 mm (25¹⁄₂") top exit
...........................................584 mm (23") rear exit
1. This value can vary depending on how the stove is operated, the type and moisture content of the fuel used, as well
as the design, construction and climatic location of your
home. Figures shown are based on nominal fuel consumption
obtained under laboratory conditions and on average efficiencies.
324 mm
495 mm
584 mm
635 mm (25")
648 mm (2556O")
546 mm (2156O")
699 mm
635 mm
546 mm
(Reg. Legs)
495 mm
(Short Legs)
152 mm
483 mm (19")
660 mm (26")
Fig. 1 Resolute Acclaim dimensions.
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Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Before you begin an installation, review your plans to
see that:
• Your stove and chimney connector will be far
enough from combustible material to meet all
clearance requirements.
The floor protector is large enough and is constructed properly to meet all requirements.
You have all necessary permits from local authorities.
What Kind of Chimney to Use
Your Resolute Acclaim may be connected either to a
sound masonry chimney that meets local codes, to a
relined masonry chimney that meets local codes, or to
an approved prefabricated metal chimney. Whatever
kind you use, the chimney and chimney connector must
be in good condition and kept clean.
If you use an existing masonry chimney, it must be inspected to ensure safe condition before the stove is installed. Your local professional chimney sweep, building
inspector, or fire department official will be able to make
the inspection or to direct you to someone who can.
The flue and chimney design must meet requirement
J2, Part J of the building regulations 2000 (Combustion
Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems).
A prefabricated doube-wall
insulated chimney
Your local building official is the final authority for approving your installation as safe and determining that it
meets local and state codes.
The metal label permanently attached to the back of
every Vermont Castings stove indicates that it has
been tested to current standards, and gives the name
of the testing laboratory. Clearance and installation
information is also printed on the label. Local authorities
generally will accept the label as evidence that, when
the stove is installed according to the information on the
label and in this manual, the installation meets codes
and can be approved.
Codes vary in different countries, however. Before
starting the installation, review your plans with the local
building authority. Your local dealer can provide any additional information needed.
Important: Failure to follow these installation instructions may result in a
dangerous situation, including a chimney
or house fire. Follow all instructions
exactly and do not allow makeshift compromises to endanger property and personal safety.
All local regulations, including those referring to
national and European standards need to be complied with when installing this stove.
A tile-lined
Fig. 2 Standard chimney types.
Masonry Chimneys
An inspection of the
chimney must confirm that it has
chimney types
a lining. Do not use an unlined
chimney. The chimney
also should be examined for cracks, loose mortar,
other signs of deterioration, and blockage. Repair any
defects before the chimney is used with your stove.
Unused openings in an existing masonry chimney must
be sealed with masonry to the thickness of the chimney
wall, and the chimney liner should be repaired. Openings sealed with pie plates or wallpaper are a hazard
and should be sealed with mortar or refractory cement.
In the event of a chimney fire, flames and smoke may
be forced out of these unused thimbles.
The chimney should be thoroughly cleaned before use.
A newly-built masonry chimney must conform to the
standards of your local building code or, in the absence
of a local code, to a recognized national code. Masonry
chimneys must be lined, either with code-approved masonry or precast refractory tiles, stainless steel pipe, or
a code-approved, “poured-in-place” liner. The chimney’s clean-out door must seal tightly to help ensure a
good draft.
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Prefabricated Chimneys
These should be an internal diameter of 150 mm (6”)
and be of the twin wall insulated construction that has
been approved for solid fuel use (e.g. Rite Vent ICS of
ICID Lite Chimney Systems). Diameters over 200 mm
(8”) are not recommended due to the large cross-section causing excessive cooling of the flue gases.
Chimney Size
A Resolute Acclaim is approved for venting into a
masonry chimney with a flue size of 203 x 203 mm (8”
x 8”), and into a round flue size of 203 mm (8”) or 152
mm (6”).
It may be vented into larger chimneys as well. However, chimneys with liners larger than 203 x 305 mm
(8” x 12”) may experience rapid cooling of smoke and
reduction in draft, especially if they are located outside the home. These large chimneys may need to be
insulated or to have their flues relined for proper stove
Accessories to help make the connection between
stainless steel chimney liners and your Resolute Acclaim are available through your local dealer.
Chimney Connector Guidelines
A chimney connector is the double-wall or single-wall
pipe that connects the stove to the chimney. The chimney itself is a masonry or prefabricated structure that
encloses the flue. Chimney connectors are used only
to make the connection from the stove to the chimney.
They are for interior use only.
Connecting Flue Pipes
Connector pipes should meet the requirements of the
building regulations. This can be achieved by the use
connecting fluepipes included in the following categories:
a)Vitreous enamelled steel pipe complying with BS
6999: 1989 (1996);
b)Pipes made from stainless steel as descirbed in BS
EN 1008-1:1995 grades 1.4401, 1.4404, 1.4432 or
1.4436 with flue wall thickness of at least 1 mm;
c)Mild steel fluepipes complying with BS 1449: Part 1:
1991, with a flue wall thickness of at least 3 mm;
d)Cast iron fluepipes complying with BS 41: 1973
Flue Pipes with a spigot and socket joint should be
fitted with the socket facing upwards, to contain condensates and moisture within the flue. Joints should be
made gas tight using proprietary jointing accessories,
or, where appropriate, by packing joint with noncombustible rope and fire cement.
Double-wall connectors must be tested and listed for
use with solid-fuel burning appliances. Single-wall connectors should be made of 24 gauge or heavier steel,
and should be 6” (152 mm) in diameter. Do not use
galvanized chimney connector; it cannot withstand the
high temperatures that can be reached by smoke and
exhaust gases, and may release toxic fumes under high
If possible, do not pass the chimney connector through
a combustible wall or ceiling. If passage through a combustible wall is unavoidable, refer to the recommendations in the section following on Wall Pass-Throughs.
Do not pass the connector through an attic, a closet or
any similar concealed space. The whole chimney connector should be exposed and accessible for inspection
and cleaning.
Install the chimney connector not less than 584 mm
(23”) from the ceiling. Keep it as short and direct as
possible, with no more than two (2) 90° turns. If possible, use 45° elbows. Slope horizontal runs of connectors upward 20 mm per m (1/4” per foot) going from the
stove toward the chimney. The recommended maximum length of a horizontal run is 914 mm (3’), and the
total length of chimney connector should be no longer
than 2.5 m (8’).
In cathedral ceiling installations, extend the prefabricated chimney downward to within 2.5 m (8’) of the stove.
SAFETY NOTE: Always wear gloves and protective eyewear when drilling, cutting or
joining sections of chimney connector.
Double-wall Chimney Connectors
Information on assembling and installing double-wall
connectors is provided by the manufacturer of the
double-wall pipe. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
exactly as you assemble the connector and attach it to
the stove and chimney. Using chimneys and connectors
from the same manufacturer helps make the assembly
and installation straightforward.
NOTE: For installations using double-wall connectors, minimum clearances must conform to the
listed clearances in the clearance chart on Page 11.
Single-wall Chimney Connectors
• Beginning at the flue collar of the stove, assemble the
chimney connector. Insert the first crimped end into the
stove’s flue collar, and keep each crimped end pointing
toward the stove. Using the holes in the flue collar as
guides, drill 3 mm (1/8”) holes in the bottom of the first
section of chimney connector and secure it to the flue
collar with three (3) #10 x 1/2” sheet metal screws.
• Secure each joint between sections of chimney connector, including telescoping joints, with at least three
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(3) sheet metal screws.
The predrilled holes in
the top of each section of
chimney connector serve
as guides when you drill 3
mm (1/8”) holes in the bottom of the next section.
• Secure the chimney
connector to the chimney.
Instructions for various
installations follow.
• Be sure the installed
Fig. 3 The crimped end of
stove and chimney conthe connector points toward
nector are correct distancthe stove.ST242
es from nearby combusChimney connector
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tible material.
Note: Special slip pipes and thimble sleeves that form
telescoping joints between sections of chimney connector are available to simplify installations. They often
eliminate the need to cut individual connector sections.
Consult your local dealer about these special pieces.
Securing the Single-wall Connector
to a Prefabricated Chimney
Follow the installation instructions of the chimney
manufacturer exactly as you install the chimney. The
manufacturer of the chimney will supply the accessories to support the chimney, either from the roof of
the house, at the ceiling of the room where the stove is
installed, or from an exterior wall.
Special adapters are available from your local dealer
to make the connection between the prefabricated
chimney and the chimney connector. The top of such
adapters attach directly to the chimney or to the chimney’s ceiling support package, while the bottom of the
adapter is screwed to the chimney connector.
These adapters are designed so the top end will fit
outside the inner wall of the chimney, and the bottom
end will fit inside the first section of chimney connector.
When assembled in this way, any soot or creosote falling from the inner walls of the chimney will stay inside
the chimney connector.
Securing the Single-wall Connector
to a Masonry Chimney
Both freestanding masonry chimneys and fireplace
masonry chimneys may be used for installation of your
Resolute Acclaim.
Thimble Sleeve
sleeve end
flush with
flue tile
Fig. 4 The thimble, made of either cermaic or metal, must be
cemented securely in place.
Freestanding Installations
If the chimney connector must pass through a comST243
bustible wall to reach
chimney, follow the recomthinble the
mendations in the 12/13/99
Wall Pass-Through
section that
follows. The opening through the chimney wall to the
flue (the “breech”) must be lined with either a ceramic
or metal cylinder, called the “thimble”, which is securely
cemented in place. Most chimney breeches incorporate
thimbles, but the fit must be snug and the joint between
the thimble and the chimney wall must be cemented
firmly. (Fig. 5)
Flue Liner
Flue Liner
Slip Pipe
Flue Collar
Fig. 5 Chimney connection is a freestanding installation.
A special piece called ST492
the “thimble sleeve,” slightly
smaller in diameter than
connector and most
thimbles, will facilitatefreestanding
the removal of the chimney
connector system for inspection
and cleaning. Thimble
sleeves should be available from your local dealer.
To install a thimble sleeve, slide it into the breech until
it is flush with the inner flue wall. Do not extend it into
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the actual flue passage, as this could interfere with the
top exit to the rear exit position, follow the directions on
Page 9.
The thimble sleeve should protrude 25-51 mm (1-2”)
into the room. Use furnace cement and thin gasketing
to seal the sleeve in place in the thimble. Secure the
chimney connector to the outer end of the sleeve with
sheet metal screws.
Fireplace installations, whether connected to the flue
above or through the fireplace opening, have special
clearance requirements to adjacent trim and the mantel.
You’ll find the required safe clearances for Resolute Acclaim fireplace installations on Page 11.
Above A Fireplace
In this installation, the chimney connector rises from
the stove, turns ninety degrees, and goes back into
the fireplace chimney. (Fig. 6) The liner of the fireplace
chimney should extend at least to the point at which the
chimney connector enters the chimney. Follow all the
guidelines for installing a chimney connector into a freestanding masonry chimney, and pay special attention to
these additional points:
Floor protection requirements also apply to fireplace
installations. Floor protection is discussed on Page 8.
• If there is a combustible mantel or trim, check the
stove and chimney connector clearances. Use the
necessary combination of mantel, trim, and connector heat shields to provide the required clearances.
Double-check connector clearance from the ceiling.
The fireplace damper must be closed and sealed
to prevent room air from being drawn up the flue,
reducing the draft. However, it must be possible to
reopen the damper to inspect or clean the chimney.
Flexible Connector
Mantel Shield
Adpator Kit
Chimney Connector Shields
* Check these
Fig. 7 Chimney connector enters chimney through the fireplace opening.
Seal the
Fig. 6 Chimney connector enters chimney above the fireplace.
A Fireplace
If your fireplace opening
height is at least 584 mm (23”)*,
fplc over mantel
you may install a Resolute
12/99 Acclaim through the open-
ing using a “positive connection” kit available from your
local dealer. These kits provide a secure connection
between the stove flue collar and the chimney flue. (Fig.
8) If it is necessary to reverse the flue collar from the
Whenever possible,fireplace
design your installation so the conflex
nector does not pass
a combustible wall. If you
are considering a wall pass-through in your installation,
check with your building inspector before you begin.
Also check with the chimney connector manufacturer
for any specific requirements.
Accessories are available for use as wall passthroughs. If using one of these, make sure it has been
tested and listed for use as a wall pass-through.
Figure 8 shows one method of passing a connector through a wall. All combustible material in the
wall is cut away to provide the required 457 mm
(18”) clearance for the connector. The resulting
space must remain empty. A flush-mounted sheet
metal cover may be used on one side only. If covers must be used on both sides, each cover must
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Floor Protection for Fireplace Installation
18” (457 mm) clearance all around the
Do not assume that your fireplace hearth is completely
Many fireplace hearths do not satisfy the “completely
noncombustible” requirement because the brick or
concrete in front of the fireplace opening is supported
by heavy wood framing as in Figure 9. Because heat
passes readily through brick or concrete, it can easily
pass through to the wood. As a result, such fireplace
hearths can be a fire hazard and are considered a combustible floor.
For all fireplace installations, follow the floor protection
guidelines described above.
Keep in mind that many raised hearths will extend
less than the required clearance from the front of the
heater when it is installed. In such cases, sufficient
Fig. 8 An approved wall pass-through for Canada.
be mounted on noncombustible spacers at least 25
mm (1”) clear of theST494
wall. Your local dealer or your
steel can provide details of other
local building inspector
pass thru
approved methods wall
of passing
a chimney connector
through a combustible wall.
do not connect the RESOLUTE ACCLAIM to
any air distribution duct or system.
This appliance must be installed on to hearth that
meets the requirements of Part J of the Building Regulations 2000 (Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems). This can be achieved by ensuring that
the hearth is constructed and sized in accordance with
the guidelines included in section 2 of approved document ‘J’. The size and clearances of the hearth are as
The constructed
hearth should be constructed in accordance
with the recommendations in document
J, and should be of
minimum width 840
mm and minimum
depth 840 mm (if a
free standing hearth
b) above) or a minimum projection of 150
mm from the jamb (if
a recessed hearth a)
Wood framing
requires protection
from radiant heat
Fig. 9 Supporting timbers under fireplace hearth are considered to be combustible
Costructional Hearth
Dimensions as below
At least 150 mm
or to a suitable
heat resistant wall
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Hearth Surface
Free of Combustible Material
At least
150 mm
Perimeter should be
clearly marked e.g.
edge of superimposed
At least
300 mm
a) Fireplace recess
Perimeter should be
clearly marked e.g.
edge of superimposed
b) Free standing
Fig. 10 Noncombustible hearth surface dimensions.
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floor protection as described above must be added in
front of the hearth to satisfy the minimum floor protector
requirement from the front of the stove: 410 mm (16”)
from the front.
Hearth rugs do not satisfy the requirements for floor
protection as they are not fire proof.
Fireplace installations also have special clearance
requirements to the side walls, side decorative trim, and
fireplace mantel. Refer to the information on fireplace
and mantel trim shields in this section.
Keep the Stove a Safe Distance From
Surrounding Materials
Both a stove and its chimney connector radiate heat in
all directions when operating. A safe installation requires that adequate clearance be maintained between
the stove and nearby combustible materials to ensure
that such materials do not overheat.
Clearance is the distance between either your stove or
chimney connector, and nearby walls, floors, the ceiling,
and any other fixed combustible surface. Keep furnishings and other combustible materials away from the
stove as well. In general, a distance of 1220 mm (48”)
must be maintained between the stove and moveable
combustible items such as drying clothes, furniture,
newspapers, firewood, etc. Keeping those clearance
areas empty assures that nearby surfaces and objects
will not overheat.
As with any solid fuel heating stove, extremely high
surface temperatures can occur, particularly in the
event of uncontrolled operation, e.g. if the doors
are inadvertently left open. It is crucial that sufficient clearances are allowed to any combustible
surfaces, e.g. wooden mantels or lintels, and to
timber framed (studded) walls even if they are faced
with noncombustible board. Detailed information
on fireplace and hearth construction is provided
in section 2 of Document J, all installations must
comply with these requirements or with the relevant
National or local building standards.
Clearances to timber framed (studded) walls are included below. There are no specific minimum clearances to solid noncombustible surfaces (e.g. the sides and
rear of Inglenook fire openings constructed from solid
masonry) other than to allow safe access to the controls
of the stove. For this reason minimum side clearances
of 125 mm, and a minimum rear clearance of 50 mm
are recommended.
Summary of Clearances
Minimum recommended side clearances to noncombustible surfaces 125 mm (5”).
Minimum recommended rear clearance to noncombustible surfaces 50 mm (2”).
NOTE: The minimum thickness of solid noncombustible
materials is specified in section 2 of Document ‘J’, in
relation to the clearance of the appliance from the surface. As a general rule, the thickness of solid noncombustible material forming the recess of a fireplace is a
minimum of 200 mm.
Minimum rear clearance from combustible walls
(e.g. timber framed or studded walls) 670 mm
(26C\,”) measured from the rear edge of the stove
top. (Fig. 11, B)
Minimum side clearance from combustible walls
470 mm (18Z\x”) measured from the side edge of the
stove top. (Fig. 11, A)
Minimum distance from stove to movable combustible materials (e.g. furniture, drying clothes, etc.)
1220 mm (48”).
Fig. 11 Minimum clearances.
Connecting Flue Pipe - Clearances
Single wall connecting
fluepipes can reach extremely
high temperatures; therefore,
from the conDefiantclearances
necting fluepipe (chimney
comply with
the requirements of Part J of Building Regulations 2000
(Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems).
This can be achieved
by following the recommendations of Approved Document ‘J’. These are as shown in
Figure 12.
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at least
at least 3 x D
at least
1.5 x D
3 lea
x st
at least
1.5 x D
at least
1.5 x D
at least
1.5 x D
Plan Without
at least 1.5
With Shield
Air space of at least 12 mm
between noncombustible shield
and combustible material
Plan With
Fig. 12 Connecting fluepipe clearances.
Reversing the Flue Collar
Your Resolute Acclaim is shipped with the flue collar in
the top exit position. Depending on your requirements,
you may wish to reverse the flue collar and extension34
plate to the rear exit position. The only tool necessaryFLUEPIPECLEARANCES
a 11 mm (7/16”) wrench.
To reverse the flue collar position:
1. Remove the four (4) fasteners that hold the collar
and extension plate. The fasteners are accessible
by reaching through the flue collar of the stove.
2. Remove the flue collar and extension plate.
3. Examine the exposed gasket; contact your Vermont
Castings Authorized Dealer if the gasket needs to be
4. Position the extension plate and flue collar in the
appropriate orientation, making sure the gasket
remains in place. The notched edge of the extension
plate should be next to the griddle.
5. Secure the extension plate and flue collar with the
fasteners removed in the first step. Run the bolts in
only finger-tight. Adjust the fit of the extension plate
and/or flue collar if necessary. Tighten all four (4)
fasteners, but do not overtighten them. Test the action of the griddle; make any needed adjustments by
loosening the hardware, repositioning the flue collar
and extension plate, retesting the griddle action, and
retightening the hardware.
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You will need the following tools to assemble the Acclaim:
• 9/16” open end wrench • safety glasses & gloves
• flat head screwdriver
• power drill w/ 3 mm (1/8”) bit
• stub handle phillips screwdriver
Unpack the Stove
1. Remove the shipping straps and plastic wrap.
2.Inspect the stove and contents for shipping damage
or missing parts. Immediately notify your dealer of
any damage. Do not install this stove if any damage
is evident or any parts are missing.
Hardware Bag contents:
• Stove Legs, 4
• 3/8-16 x 1¹⁄₄” hex head Leg Bolts with washers, 4
• Owner's Registration Card
• Touch-up Paint (Porcelain enamel stoves)
as a reminder of the correct “open” and “closed” positions.
The damper handle is located on the right side of the
stove and controls air flow within the stove. (Fig. 14)
The damper is open when the handle is toward the rear
of the stove, and the combustion gases exit directly out
the flue collar. When the handle is pulled forward and
locked, the damper is closed, secondary combustion
occurs, and the stove operates most efficiently.
The damper must be fully open or fully closed. There
are no intermediate positions for the damper handle.
Flue Collar
Top Load Door/Griddle
Damper Handle
(not shown)
Griddle Handle
Install Stove Legs
Glass Panel
Remove and discard the four large slot-head screws
from the stove bottom. Install the stove legs using the
hex head bolts from the parts bag. (Fig. 13) Use 3/8”
washers with all four legs. Tighten the bolts firmly.
CAUTION: Overtightening can strip tapped threads.
Front Door
Primary Air Control
Front Door Handle
Fig. 14 The Resolute Acclaim controls are conveniently
located and easy to use.
Leg Leveller
Leg Bolt and
Ways to Add Logs
a Choice of Fire Views
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Fig. 13 Attach stove legs and leg levellers.
Attach legs
Two Controls Operate the Stove
The primary air control lever, located beneath the
ashlip, regulates how much heat the stove produces by
controlling the amount of air received by the fire. The
more air supplied, the hotter the fire. (Fig. 14)
With a travel range of about 152 mm (6”), the air control is closed when the lever is fully left. Maximum heat
is produced when the lever is fully right. It may also be
set anywhere between a “start-up” position and the high
and low extremes to achieve a desired heat output. A
directional arrow cast into the Acclaim’s ash lip serves
Convenient top-loading of wood through the Acclaim’s
stovetop griddle supplements traditonal fireplace-style
loading through the front door.
The griddle simply lifts to open.
The front door employs a rotating cam and a door latch
tab to secure it. The handle points down when the door
is closed.
To open the front door, pull on the handle to release the
cam. To close it, push the door until the latch engages.
Double-check the latch by pushing lightly on the handle.
When the latch is properly secured, the door will remain
For clear fire viewing, the front door features a large,
self-cleaning glass panel. The front door may be
opened (or even removed) and the optional spark
screen clipped in place for open-fire viewing as well.
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Removable Andirons For Greater
Front-Loading Convenience
The andirons slip into pockets cast into the front of
the bottom grate and can be removed when loading
through the front door. (Most Acclaim owners, however,
prefer the convenience of “smokeless” top loading.)
Important: The andirons must be in place during
operation. (Fig. 15) They not only help keep the glass
door panel clear for fireviewing, but they assure proper
placement of the fuel load for efficient clean-burning
Secondary Air
Ash Pan
Bottom Crates
Fig. 15 A look inside the firebox of the Resolute Acclaim.
Wood should be stored under cover to maintain dryness. Even for short-term storage, keep wood a safe
distance from the heater and keep it out of the areas
around the heater used for refueling and ash removal.
Use the Air Control Settings
That Work Best for You
No single control setting will fit every situation. Each
operation will differ depending on the quality of the fuel,
the amount of heat desired, and how long you wish the
fire to burn.
Control settings also depend on your particular installation’s “draft,” or the force that moves air through the
stove and up through the chimney. Draft is affected
by such things as the length, type, and location of the
chimney, local geography, nearby obstructions, and
other factors.
Too much draft may cause excessive temperatures in
the stove. On the other hand, too little draft can cause
backpuffing into the room and/or insufficient heat.
Two Rules
For Success
How do you know if your draft is excessively high or
low? Symptoms of too much draft include an uncontrollable burn or a part of the stove or chimney connector
glowing red. Inadequate draft is indicated by smoke
leaking into the room through the stove or chimney connector joints.
Burn Only High-Quality Fuel
In some newer homes that are well-insulated and
weather-tight, poor draft may result from insufficient air
in the house. In such cases it may be necessary to duct
combustion air to the stove directly from outside. In fact,
in some areas, outside combustion air is required for
stove installations in all new construction.
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Burning wood is said to be
more of an art than a sci1/01
ence. You’ll easily master
the art if you start by using
good, dry fuel, and understand how the stove’s air supply system operates.
This heater is designed to burn natural wood only; do
not burn fuels other than those for which this heater
was designed.
Higher efficiencies and lower emissions generally result
when burning air-dried, seasoned woods as compared
to softwoods or freshly cut hardwoods. Avoid burning
“green” wood that has not been properly seasoned.
Also, do not use construction materials or trash as fuel;
the chemicals, coatings and hardware that may be
present can cause damage to the refractory material.
The best hardwood fuels include oak, maple, beech,
ash, and hickory that has been split, stacked, and airdried outside under cover for at least one year. Avoid
burning cordwood that is over 2 years old as such fuel
can contribute to short burn times, backpuffing and
For areas that do not have a supply of hardwood, some
of the better softwoods that are commonly burned
include tamarack, yellow pine, white pine, Eastern red
cedar, fir, and redwood. They too should be properly
dried. The length of the wood should be 406 mm (16”).
Use of wood shorter than 406 mm (16”) may result in
decreased burn times.
Your Resolute Acclaim is designed to easily incorporate
outside combustion air with a Vermont Castings Outside Air Duct Adapter #3255 available from your local
When first using the stove, keep track of the air control
settings. You will quickly find that a specific setting will
give you a fixed amount of heat. It may take a week or
two to determine the amount of heat and the length of
burn you should expect from various settings.
Most installations do not require a large amount of combustion air, especisally if adequate draft is available. Do
not for any reason attempt to increase the firing rate of
your heater by altering the air control adjustment range
outlined in these directions.
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Use the following air control settings as a starting point
to determine the best settings for your needs.
Primary Air Settings
Air Setting
Air Control Position
Fully Left
Approximately 25 mm (1”) to the right of CLOSED.
Approximately 76 mm (3”) to the right of CLOSED, where the lever hits the stop.
Fully Right
Move handle down and to
the right for start-up position
Fig. 16 Variable settings for the primary air control between
the open and closed positionsST613
provide a range of heat output.
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How to Build and Sustain
Wood Fire
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You can load wood into your
either the top or front loading door. Front-loading is
useful for kindling a new fire, but we recommend top
loading as the most convenient way of regularly adding
several logs at a time.
Starting and Maintaining A Wood Fire
A new stove needs to be “broken in.” Since cast iron
plates expand and contract in response to temperature
change, let them adjust gradually to heating and cooling. To properly break in your stove, follow Steps 1-3
below only for your first three or four fires. After that,
you may go on to Step 4 and normal operation of the
The stove paint and cement will emit a slight odor during the first few fires. We suggest that you provide extra
ventilation near the stove by partially opening a door or
window when the odor is present.
This stove is designed to operate efficiently with
the fire doors (front doors and griddle) closed. The
firebox and ash doors should be kept closed at al
times except when refueling.
1. Open the stove damper, and open the primary air
control fully to the Start-up position.
2. Lay some crumpled newspapers in the stove. Place
six or eight pieces of dry kindling split to a finger-width
size on the paper, and on the kindling lay two or three
larger sticks of split dry wood approximately 25-51 mm
Do not use chemicals or fluids to start the fire.
Do not burn garbage or flammable fluids such as
gasoline, naptha or engine oil. Also, never use gasoline-type lantern fuel, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid,
or similar liquids to start or “freshen up” a fire in this
heater. Keep all such liquids well away from the heater
while it is in use.
3.Light the newspaper and close the door. The fire
soon will be well-established and you may gradually
build it up by adding a few sticks at a time of a progressively larger size.
For your initial three or four break-in fires, let the fire
burn brightly for a short time, then let it die out.
NOTE: Some chimneys need to be “primed,” or
warmed up, before they will draw sufficiently to start
a fire. To correct this situation, roll a couple of pieces
of newspaper, place them on top of the kindling and
toward the back of the stove, light them, and close the
doors. This should get the smoke moving in the right
Once the draft is established, open the front door and
light the rest of the fuel from the bottom. Do not light the
main bed of fuel until the chimney begins drawing, and
repeat the procedure as often as necessary if the initial
attempt is unsuccessful.
4. Once the fire is burning steadily, continue adding
fuel until a thick ember bed has been established on
the grate. The bed must be about 102 mm (4”) deep
at the back of the grate and about 25 mm (1”) deep at
the front, and should cover the throat opening into the
secondary combustion chamber that is located in the
center of the lower fireback.
If your wood is well-seasoned, the damper may be
closed when the griddle temperature reaches 260° C
(500° f). Depending on the type of wood being burned
and its moisture content, it may take several hours to
establish and then maintain the ember base that is
required for high-efficiency operation.
5.Once the ember bed is formed, prepare the stove
for high-efficiency operation. Load it with fuel, first with
smaller splits of wood and then larger ones.
Close the damper and set the primary air control lever
to the “HIGH” position. Operate the stove for 15 - 20
minutes at this maximum air setting to guarantee the
new load of fuel has fully ignited. Once the fuel is burning steadily, you may adjust the primary air supply to
provide the desired heat output.
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• Close the damper, and set the primary air lever for
the desired heat output.
NOTE: If the remaining charcoal bed is relatively thick
and if your fuel is well seasoned, it is possible to add
fresh fuel (smaller pieces first), close the door and
damper, and reset the primary air within 5 minutes.
Damper Control
Fig. 17 With the damper closed, secondary combustion takes
place and the Acclaim operates most efficiently.
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to the stove. If an exterior
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chimney connector glows, you
are overfiring.
Reloading and Reviving a Wood Fire
Reload your stove while it is still hot and there are
plenty of embers to re-kindle the fire quickly. Include
some smaller pieces of wood in the new load of fuel to
help the stove regain high temperatures quickly.
Follow this procedure when you reload your stove:
A Surface Thermometer is a
Guide to Performance
Until you are familiar with how your stove works, monitor the griddle surface temperature frequently. Use
these temperature ranges as general indicators of heat
Low to medium 177-260° C (350-500° F)
Medium 260-318° C (500-600° F)
318-399° C (600-750° F)
Continuous operation at griddle temperatures higher
than 399° C (750° F) may damage the cast iron parts or
the porcelain enamel finish of your Resolute Acclaim.
A surface thermometer can also tell you when to adjust
the controls and when to refuel the stove. (Fig. 18)
During start-up and after re-loading, for example, a
thermometer reading of at least 260° C (500° F) signals
the stove is hot enough to close the damper and shift
into the high-efficiency mode.
Readings lower than 177° C (350° F) announce the
stove needs loading or it is time to increase the air supply for a higher burn rate.
NOTE: Door handles can be hot. A glove has been
included with your stove. We recommend using this
glove whenever operating door or damper controls and
especially when operating the top griddle.
At the other exteme, a temperature over 399° C (750° F)
is a warning to slow the burn rate.
• Open the damper and move the primary air lever to
Stovetop Thermometer
the “HIGH” position.
• Open the front door and check the ash level on the
grates and in the ash pan. Clear excess ash from
the grates, particularly at the rear area. Level the
ember bed. Empty the ash pan if necessary.
Replace the ash pan and close the front door.
Load wood, smaller pieces first, and close the loading door.
NOTE: If the ember bed has burned down to the extent
the fire cannot be revived easily, it may be necessary to
set the air control to the “Start-up” position until the fire
has been re-established.
• Allow the stove to regain its “thermal momentum”
before closing the damper. This may take 15 - 20
minutes, and will be confirmed by a temperature on
the griddle of at least 260° C (500° F).
Fig. 18 A thermometer gives temperature readings that help
you to operate your stove safely and effectively.
on griddle
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Clear the Ash Frequently
The slanted grate is designed to shape the charcoal
bed to promote high temperatures near the entrance to
the secondary combustion chamber. The grates must
be kept free of heavy ash accumulation. Clear ash
manually every six to eight hours of operation or before
you reload.
To clear the ash, “hoe” the ash and charcoal forward
with a stove shovel or similar fireplace tool so they drop
through the grate. CAUTION: Do not put any tool up
into the secondary combustion chamber or you will risk
damaging the refractory package.
Remove and Store Ash Safely
Ash may contain hot coals and must be treated with
extreme care. It should be removed frequently and
placed outdoors in a metal container with a tight-fitting
lid. The closed container of ash should be placed on a
noncombustible floor or on the ground, well away from
all combustible materials, pending final disposal. If the
ash is disposed of by burial in soil or otherwise locally
dispersed, it should be retained in the closed container
until all cinders have thoroughly cooled. Wood ash may
be used as a garden fertilizer.
CAUTION: Never use a vacuum cleaner to
remove ash from the stove; always remove and dispose of the ashes properly.
Check the ash pan before reloading the stove. If the
ash is close to the top, empty the pan. Before replacing
the ash pan, clear away any ash that has spilled over
the sides and back of the pan.
When burning wood, empty the ash drawer regularly,
typically every one to three days. The frequency will
vary depending on how hot you run your stove: the hotter the fire, the more wood you burn, and the faster ash
will accumulate.
The ash pan is located in the ash drop chamber with a
handle attached to the front and one to the rear. Always
use stove gloves when handling the ash pan. Keep it
level, and carry it outside for disposal. Empty the ash
into your ash disposal container. When you are finished, slide the pan back into the stove.
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Draft Management
A stove is part of a system, which includes the chimney,
the operator, the fuel, and the home. The other parts of
the system will affect how well the stove works. When
there is a good match between all the parts, the system
works well.
Wood stove operation depends on natural (unforced)
draft. Natural draft occurs when the smoke is hotter
(and therefore lighter) than the outdoor air at the top of
the chimney. The bigger the temperature difference, the
stronger the draft. As the smoke rises from the chimney
it provides suction or ‘draw’ that pulls air into the stove
for combustion. A slow, lazy fire with the stove’s air inlet
fully open indicates a weak draft. A brisk fire, supported
only by air entering the stove through the normal inlet,
indicates a good draft. The stove’s air inlet is passive;
it regulates how much air can enter the stove, but it
doesn’t move air into it.
Depending on the features of your installation - steel or
masonry chimney, inside or outside the house, matched
to the stove’s outlet or oversized - your system may
warm up quickly, or it may take a while to warm up and
operate well. With an ‘airtight’ stove, one which restricts
the amount of air getting into the firebox, the chimney
must keep the smoke warm all the way to the outdoors.
Some chimneys do this better than others. Here’s a list
of features and their effects.
Masonry Chimney
Masonry is a traditional material for chimneys, but it
can perform poorly when it serves an ‘airtight’ stove.
Masonry is a very effective ‘heat sink’ - it absorbs a lot
of heat. It can cool the smoke enough to diminish draft.
The bigger the chimney, the longer it takes to warm up.
It’s often very difficult to warm up an outdoor masonry
chimney, especially an oversized one, and keep it warm
enough to maintain adequate draft.
Steel Chimney
Most factory-made steel chimneys have a layer of insulation around the inner flue. This insulation keeps the
smoke warm. The insulation is less dense than masonry, so the inner steel liner warms up more quickly than a
masonry chimney. Steel doesn’t have the good looks of
masonry, but it performs much better.
Indoor/Outdoor Location
Because the chimney must keep the smoke warm, it’s
best to locate it inside the house. This uses the house
as insulation for the flue and allows a little heat release
into the home. An indoor chimney won’t lose its heat to
the outdoors, so it takes less heat from the stove to get
it warm and keep it warm.
Flue sizing
The inside size of a chimney for an ‘airtight’ stove
should match the size of the stove’s flue outlet. When
a chimney serves an airtight, more is not better; in fact,
it can be a disadvantage. Hot gases cool off through
expansion; if we vent a stove with a 152 mm (6”) flue
collar [181 sq cm (28 sq. in. area)] into a 254 x 254 mm
(10 x 10”) flue, the gases expand to over three times
their original size. This cools the gases, which weakens draft strength. If an oversized flue is also outside
the house, the heat it absorbs gets transferred to the
outdoor air and the flue usually stays cool.
It’s common for a masonry flue, especially one built for
a fireplace, to be oversized for an airtight stove. It can
take quite a while to warm up such a flue, and the results can be disappointing. The best solution to an oversized flue is an insulated steel chimney liner, the same
diameter as the stove or insert’s flue outlet; the liner
keeps the smoke at its original volume, and the result is
a stronger draft. An uninsulated liner is a second choice
- the liner keeps the smoke restricted to its original size,
but the smoke still must warm up the air around the
liner. This makes the warm-up process take longer.
Pipe & Chimney Layout
Every turn the smoke must take in its travel from the
stove to the chimney top will slow it down. The ideal
pipe and chimney layout is straight up from the stove,
to a completely straight chimney. If you’re starting
from scratch, use this layout if possible. If the stovepipe must elbow to enter a chimney, locate the thimble
about midway between the stove top and the ceiling.
This achieves several goals: it lets the smoke speed up
before it must turn, it leaves some pipe in the room for
heat transfer, and it gives you long-term flexibility for
installing a taller stove without relocating the thimble.
There should be no more than eight feet of single-wall
stove pipe between the stove and a chimney; longer
runs can cool the smoke enough to cause draft and
creosote problems. Use double-wall stove pipe for long
Single Venting
Each ‘airtight’ stove requires its own flue. If an airtight
stove is vented to a flue that also serves an open fireplace, or a leakier stove, it’s easier for the chimney draft
to pull air in through those channels than it is to pull air
through the airtight, and performance suffers. Imagine
a vacuum cleaner with a hole in the hose to see the effect here. In some cases the other appliance can even
cause a negative draft through the airtight, and result in
a dangerous draft reversal.
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Creosote is a by-product of slow wood-burning. It’s an
organic tar that can condense in the flue if it’s dense in
the smoke, and slow-moving, and cools off to less than
290°F. Condensed creosote is volatile, and can generate chimney fires if it gets hot enough. All the features
that affect chimney draft also affect creosote condensation - so use whatever combination of installation
features and operational steps that will encourage good
draft and minimize creosote production.
Because letting the smoke cool off and slow down is
one of the keys to creosote production, it makes sense
to line a chimney to match the stove’s outlet size, for
safety reasons as well as performance. Consult a qualified installer and check local and national codes for
recommended chimney sizing.
Even the best stove installation will not perform well
with poor fuel. The best fuel is hardwood that has airdried 12-18 months. Softwood burns, but not as long as
hardwood. Fairly ‘green’ wood has a good amount of
moisture in it; it will burn, but some of the heat potential
is used to drive the remaining moisture off the wood.
This reduces the amount that reaches your home and
can contribute to a creosote problem. There are moisture meters available for firewood; you can also judge
your wood by its appearance and weight. If you get it
green, lift a piece and get a sense of its weight; it can
lose a third or more of its weight as it dries. Also look at
the ends of a log; as it dries it shrinks and often cracks.
The more weathered and cracked a piece is, the drier
it is.
Dry wood burns readily with a good chimney draft. But
with modern stoves, especially catalytic ones, the wood
can be too dry. While extra-dry wood has little creosote
in it, the remainder can ‘gas out’ from the wood quickly
and densely enough to overload the catalytic burner.
If you hear a rumbling or roaring noise, like a propane
torch, from the stove, that is a sign that the catalyst is
seriously overfiring. The catalyst is a platinum film on a
ceramic base; the metal can get to higher temperatures
than the ceramic can take, and overfiring the catalyst
can break it. Dry wood can also burn out faster than
you want. If your dry wood burns out too quickly or
overloads the catalyst you can mix in greener wood to
slow the fire down.
Back-puffing results when the fire produces volatile
gases faster than the chimney draft pulls them out of
the firebox. The gases back up in the firebox till they’re
dense enough and hot enough to ignite. If your stove
back-puffs, you should open up the damper to let the
smoke rise to the flue more quickly, let more air into
the firebox, and avoid big loads of firewood. Run your
stove with enough primary air so that you always see
lively, dancing flames in the firebox; a lazy, smoky fire is
inefficient and can contribute to creosote buildup in the
Draft Testing
An easy way to test your chimney draft is to close the
stove’s damper, wait a few minutes to let the airflow
stabilize, then see whether you can vary the strength of
the fire by swinging the air control open and closed. Results are not always instant; you may need to wait a few
minutes for a change in the air control setting to have
an effect on the fire. If there’s no change, then the draft
isn’t strong enough yet to let you close the damper, and
you’ll need to open it for a while longer and manage the
fire with the air inlet until the draft strengthens. If you
keep track of your burning habits and relate them to
their effects on the stove’s operation, you’ll be rewarded
with good performance and a safe system.
Negative Pressure
Good draft also depends on a supply of air to the stove;
a chimney can’t pull in more air than is available to it.
Sluggish draft results when a house is tight enough to
prevent the ready flow of air to the stove, or by competition between the stove and other equipment that sends
indoor air outside - especially power-driven equipment
like range hoods, clothes dryers, etc. If the chimney
draws well with all other equipment turned off (or
sealed, in the case of fireplaces and/or other stoves),
then you simply need to be careful with timing the use
of the other equipment. If you need to crack a nearby
window or door to enable the chimney to draw well,
that’s a sign that you should install an outside-air intake
to bring combustion air directly to the stove. Vermont
Castings dealers carry adapters to attach to the stove
to connect an air duct for outdoor combustion air.
In many cases, local or national codes require the
installation of permanently open air vents, particularly
with larger appliances (i.e. above 5 kW). Refer to these
codes to determine specific requirements for your
Wood-burning is an art rather than a science. Once the
stove and chimney system are in place, the stove user
can only vary technique, mostly your timing, to achieve
good results. If you keep track of your burning habits
and relate them to their effects on the stove’s operation,
you’ll be rewarded with good performance and a safe
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Below you will find important information on general
care, inspection and maintenance of your Vermont
Castings stove. Should it become necessary, use only
replacement parts recommended by your authorized
Keep Your Stove Looking New and
Working Its Best
Let the fire in the stove go out and allow the stove to
cool completely before beginning any mainteneance
Care of the Cast Iron Surface
An occasional dusting with a dry rag will keep the
painted cast iron of your Resolute Acclaim looking new.
A damp cloth may be used as well, but only when the
stove is cool. Make sure no water remains on the stove
If the paint needs retouching, allow the stove to cool
completely. Wire-brush areas needing to be painted.
Remove non-painted components such as air controls
or cover them with masking tape. Touch up the stove
with high temperature stove paint available from your
local dealer. Apply the paint sparingly. Two light coats
are better than one heavy one.
Care of the Porcelain Enamel Surface
Use a dry rag or a soft brush. Do not use water or other
liquids. Fingerprints usually can be buffed off with a dry,
soft rag. If marks remain, allow the stove to cool completely, then buff with a damp, soft rag. Dry completely
before starting a fire so that water drops or wet streaks
will not leave marks. Never use abrasives or harsh
chemical cleaners on the porcelain enamel finish.
To remove stains or spills from porcelain enamel, first
make sure that the stove is completely cool. Use only
a kitchen appliance cleaner or polish recommended for
enamel surfaces. Apply sparingly with a soft rag and
buff away all traces of the cleaner.
Cleaning the Glass
Most of the carbon deposits on the glass will burn off
regularly during hot fires. If you wish to clean the glass
more thoroughly, follow this procedure:
• Let the stove and glass cool completely.
• Wash the glass with warm water, and a soft paper
towel or rag.
Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Never use abrasives, ashes, or harsh chemicals to
clean your Resolute Acclaim glass.
For stubborn deposits, use a ceramic glass cleaner
available from your Vermont Castings’ Authorized
Dealer. Do not allow the cleaner to touch brass ornaments or porcelain finish.
Clean the Exhaust Channels
The firebricks and sealing plates should be removed
and the exhaust area on either side of the secondary
combustion package should be vacuumed carefully at
least once a year, or after every 60 days of sustained
burning. Follow these steps:
• Remove the ashpan, the griddle and the andirons.
• Remove the left and right side firebrick by lifting
them approximately 13 mm (1/2”) and swinging the
front edge in toward the firebox center. Inserting a
flat screwdriver blade underneath the brick and lifting will make the removal easier.
Warning: Handle firebrick with care. Protruding steel reinforcement wires could cause injury.
Rough handling could break firebricks.
• Remove the two rear firebricks by leaning them forward, removing the retainer clip and lifting them out
through the griddle opening.
Rear Firebricks
Left Sealing
Retainer Clip
Right Firebrick
Fig. 19 Remove left and right sealing plates.
• Remove both grate sections.
• Remove the sealing plates by removing the 11 mm
(7/16”) hex head bolts
and pulling the plate forward.
• Vacuum debris from both sides of the exposed
refractory combustion package, being careful not to
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impact the fragile refractory
• Check the gasket which the sealing plates seal
against. Replace if necessary following the directions for gasket replacement that follow.
Replace the grate sections.
Replace the sealing plates, rear firebricks, retainer
clip and the side firebricks in that order.
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Repair Air Leaks to Prevent Overheating
and Excessive Fuel Consumption
Adjust the Door
The door gasket will compress after use. To restore a
tight seal, adjust the tension on the latch:
Although it is unlikely that adjusting it will be necessary,
the height of the Resolute Acclaim’s front load door is
adjustable. The lower door hinge pin has a shoulder
that lifts or lowers the door as you screw the pin up or
• Remove the Allen head button screw that attaches
Repair Missing Cement in Seams
Adjust the Door Latch
the door latch tab to the stove front. (Fig. 20)
• Remove one of the washers that separates the tab
from the front (save it for future use.)
• Replace the remaining washers and the door latch
• Remove another washer if necessary.
• Test the seal by closing the door on a slip of paper
and attempting to pull the paper free. If the paper is
freed without tearing, the gasket isn’t snug enough
at that spot.
If the paper indicates a low spot in a specific area, try
“adjusting” the gasket in that area. Pack more cement
or a smaller diameter gasket into the channel beneath
the gasket so that the main gasket is raised and makes
contact with the door frame. This procedure should
solve the problem. If it doesn’t, replace the gasket following these steps:
• Wearing safety goggles and a dust mask, remove
the original gasket by grasping an end and pulling
Use a wire brush or the tip of a screwdriver to clean
the channel of any remaining cement or bits of gasket.
Apply a thin bead of stove cement in the newlycleaned groove.
Pack the gasket into the groove. Wait until you are a
couple inches from the end before you cut it.
Test the gasket by closing the door on a slip of paper
such as described above. Adjust the gasket in any
areas where an inadequate seal is evident.
The cement in the stove seams may deteriorate over
time and fall out in places. Just as with the stove doors,
it is necessary to keep the seam seals in good condition. Spot-fix with furnace cement (available from your
local dealer) any areas where the cement seal is visibly
deteriorated. Allow 24 hours for the new cement to dry.
Adjust the Damper as Needed
The tension of the Resolute Acclaim’s torsion bar is adjustable to compensate for compression of the gasket
that seals the damper to the damper frame. To adjust
the damper:
• Loosen the lock nut on the set screw in the center of
the damper. (Fig. 21)
Turn the set screw approximately one half-turn
Re-tighten the lock nut and test the damper mechanism.
Lock Nut
Set Screw
Fig. 21 When the damper’s gasket becomes compressed
after prolonged use, the damper should be adjusted to regain
a tight seal.
Door Latch
Avoid Damaging
the Glass
Damper adjustment
Allen Head
Do not abuse the glass1/01
in the front door by slamming
the door shut or by striking the glass with a piece of
wood, and never operate your stove if it has damaged
or broken glass. If you need to replace the glass, use
only glass provided by MHSC.
Fig. 20 The front door seal can be adjusted simply by adding
or removing washers.
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Replace Broken Glass Immediately
Do not operate the Resolute Acclaim if the glass is
damaged. Use the following procedure for glass replacement. NOTE: Replace glass with MHSC replacement glass only, available from your local dealer.
• Open the door and carefully remove the glass by
removing the two (2) clips (one per side) that hold
the glass panel against the gasket in the arched
door opening. Each clip is held in place with two (2)
Phillips truss-head machine screws. (Fig. 22)
• Examine the gasket that seals the glass to the door
Resolute Acclaim Gaskets on Moving Parts
Gasket Size...
...And The Parts It Seals
The glass to the load door frame
5/16” wire mesh The griddle to the stove top
The arch and bottom edge of the inner front stove panel to the front load door
The front of the grate to the front load door
Should you need to change a replaceable gasket, wait
until the fire is out and the stove has cooled. Be sure to
follow the standard safety procedure for working with
dusty materials: wear safety goggles and a dust mask.
The procedure for replacing gaskets is the same,
regardless of the gasket location. Four easy steps are
1. Remove the existing gasket by grasping an end and
pulling firmly. (Fig. 23)
2. Use a wire brush or the tip of a screwdriver to clean
the channel of any remaining cement or bits of gasket. Use a cold chisel for stubborn deposits.
Retainer Clip
3/16” Gasket
Fig. 22 Glass replacement.
frame. Replace if necessary with gasket obtained
from your local Vermont Castings’ Authorized Dealer.
The glass used in your Resolute Acclaim is specially
coated on one side with aST625
heat reflecting material.
Examine the replacementRes
panel, and notice
the markings along the edge.
Glass replace
Center the replacement glass
panel djt
in the arched
door opening, with the marked side of the glass
panel facing the gasket. There should be a gap to allow for expansion and contraction between the edge
of the glass panel and the cast iron.
Replace the two retainer clips and fasten with the
previously removed screws. Tighten the screws
slowly and evenly; do not overtighten.
How to Replace Gaskets
The Resolute Acclaim uses rope-type fiberglass gaskets to make a tight seal between some parts. With
use, particularly on those parts that move, gaskets can
become brittle and compressed and can begin to lose
their effectiveness. These will need periodic replacement.
Fig. 23 Remove gasket, then clean channel with wire brush.
3. Apply a thin 3 mm (1/8”)
unbroken bead of stove ceRemove
ment to the newly-cleaned
4. Starting at one end, pack
djt gasket into the
groove. Where the two ends of the gasket meet,
ensure a good joint before trimming any excess. Do
not overlap or leave ragged edges. (Fig. 24)
Other gaskets form seals between non-moving parts,
but these are not subject to the same wear and deterioration as gaskets on moving parts. It is unlikely that
you will ever need to replace these gaskets unless the
involved parts are disassembled and then put back
together. In any event, this is a job that should be done
only by qualified service personnel.
All of the gaskets used are made of fiberglass. The
three sizes of replaceable gasket are listed below,
along with their application.
ve G ent
Sto Cem
Fig. 24 Lay a bead of gasket cement then press gasket in
11/30/00 djt
Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Gaskets on Resolute Acclaim
Stationary Parts
5/16” Wire Mesh Gasket
Between the flue collar and flue collar extension and the stove’s top and back:
5/16” The seal between the upper fireback
corners and the lower fireback:
5/16” The seal between the underside of the top plate and the upper edge of the upper fireback
The damper plate to the reverse side of upper fireback
5/16” The seal between the sealing plates and the vertical ribs of the stove back
NOTE: When replacing this last gasket after removing
the upper fireback, place two (2) cap screws into the
upper fireback mounting holes before you cement the
channels and replace the gasket. The new gasket will
run inside the cap screws. Remove the screws after the
gasket cement dries.
Replacing the Door Gaskets
• Lift off the door as described previously. Lay it face
down on a padded surface.
Follow steps 1-4 on gasket replacement as described previously.
Replacing the Griddle Gasket
• To replace either the damper or the griddle gasket,
follow Steps 1-4 on replacing gaskets described
Stove front to door:
1/2” gasket
Grate to stove
front: 1/2” gasket
Glass to door frame:
3/16” gasket
Fig. 25 Two different gasekt sizes are used to seal the front
Res Acclaim
door gasket
10/1/02 djt
5/16” Fiberglass Gasket
Fig. 26 A 5/16” wire mesh gasket seals the griddle to the
stove top. The flue collar is sealed with a 5/16” fiberglass
griddle gasket
Replace Broken Firebricks
If a firebrick breaks, replace only with Vermont Castings’ custom firebricks, available from your local dealer.
MHSC custom firebricks contain metal reinforcements
that maintain the brick’s integrity if it cracks. A brick that
is cracked but still intact does not need to be replaced.
A Clean Chimney System ss Safer
and Works Better
Learn to Recognize Creosote and Soot
When you first begin using the stove, check daily for
creosote — a substance that can look like either thick
tar or black, crisp flakes. Experience will show how
often you need to clean to be safe. The frequency
may even vary during the year. In the colder months
when the hottest fires producing the least creosote are
burned, you may need to clean less frequently. During the warmer months when creosote is more likely to
result from cooler-burning fires and weaker draft, more
frequent cleaning may be necessary.
At the very least, inspect the chimney and chimney
connector twice monthly. Clean if necessary. Let the
stove cool to check if a buildup of creosote or soot has
occurred. If a significant layer of creosote has accumulated— 3 mm (1/8”) or more—it should be removed to
reduce the risk of a chimney fire. Failure to keep the
chimney and connector system clean can result in a
serious chimney fire.
The conditions for a chimney fire develop like this:
When wood is burned slowly, it produces tar and other
organic vapors, which combine with expelled moisture
to form creosote. The creosote vapors condense in the
relatively cool chimney flue of a slow-burning fire. As a
result, creosote residue accumulates on the flue lining.
Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
When ignited, this creosote makes an extremely hot fire
within the flue system which can damage the chimney
and overheat adjacent combustible material.
To reduce the amount of creosote that may form, remember to provide adequate air for combustion and to
strive for small, intense fires rather than large, smoldering ones.
You can never be too safe. Contact your local fire
authority for information on what to do in the event of
a chimney fire, and have a clearly understood plan on
how to handle one.
Inspect the Chimney Connector and
Chimney Twice Monthly and
Clean as Required
Let the stove cool completely before you inspect the
chimney. Then, use a strong light, and sight up through
the flue collar into the chimney flue. If it is not possible
to inspect the flue system this way, the stove must be
disconnected to provide adequate viewing.
Clean the chimney using a specially designed chimney cleaning brush, the same size and shape as the
flue liner, attached to flexible fiberglass rods designed
for this purpose. Run the brush up and down the liner
so that any deposits fall to the bottom of the chimney
where they can be removed through the clean-out door.
The chimney connector should be cleaned by disconnecting the sections, taking them outside, and removing any deposits with a stiff wire brush. Reinstall the
connector sections after cleaning, being sure to secure
the individual sections with three sheet metal screws
per section.
If you are unable to inspect and/or clean the chimney
system yourself, contact your local dealer or hire a
qualified chimney sweep in your area to do the job.
• Check leg bolts and heat shield screws; tighten if
Yearly Spring Cleaning:
• Check gasketing for wear, and replace if necessary.
• Vacuum exhaust area on either side of secondary
combustion package.
• Remove ashes from the ash pan and replace with a
moisture absorbing material (such as kitty litter) to
keep the interior of the stove dry.
• Clean the dust from the inner sides of bottom, rear
or pipe heat shields if your stove is equipped with
them. Clean surfaces are better heat reflectors than
dirty surfaces.
• Touch up the black paint.
Chimney Connector:
Two Weeks:
• Inspect the chimney connector and chimney. Clean
if necessary.
Two Months:
• Inspect the chimney and chimney connector. Pay
particular attention to the horizontal runs of chimney
connector, and the elbows. Clean the system if necessary.
Yearly Spring Cleaning:
• Disassemble the chimney connector and take it
Resolute Acclaim
Maintenance Schedule
The stove and chimney system should be inspected
and maintained by a qualified engineer and include the
Vacuum exhaust area on either side of secondary
combustion package.
outdoors for inspection and cleaning. Replace weak
sections of connector.
Inspect the chimney for signs of deterioration. Repairs to a masonry chimney should be made by a
professional mason. Replace damaged sections of
prefabricated chimney. Your local dealer or a chimney sweep can help determine when replacement is
Thoroughly clean the chimney.
• Ashes should be removed before they reach the top
of the ash pan. Check at least once a day.
• Keep the area around the stove clear of any combustible material.
Two Months:
• Check door handle to be sure it is working properly.
Gasketing becomes compressed after a period of
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Resolute Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Model 2490CE
Item DescriptionPart Number0893 Item DescriptionPart Number
Resolute Acclaim 2490 See Chart Pg. 24
1. Flue Collar
See Chart Pg. 24
parts 10. Flue Cover
8/02 2. Back
3. Damper Rod
12. Griddle
4. Spacer
5. Washer - 3/8”
6. Damper Ramp
14. Griddle Handle Stub
7. Damper Tab
15. Griddle Knob
8. Damper
16. Bushing
9. Upper Fireback
Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Resolute Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Model 2490CE (continued)
Item DescriptionPart Number
Item DescriptionPart Number
Griddle Handle Screw
Combustion Package
Sealing Plates (2)
Arch Brick Retainer
Left Arch Brick
Right Arch Brick
Rear Grate
Front Grate
Pit Plate
Andiron (2)
Tie Rod (4)
Left End
Ash Pan
Left Inner Side
Left Side Firebrick
Right Side Firebrick
Left Shoulder Plate
Leg (4)
Package Support Plate
Right Shoulder Plate
See Chart Pg. 24
See Chart Pg. 24
See Chart Pg. 24
Air Valve
Air Valve Shaft
Air Valve Handle / Door Handle
Right Inner Side
Right End
Damper Handle Stub w/ Set Screw
Damper Handle
Damper Handle Screw
Air Manifold
Glass Retainer (2)
Door Hook
Door Handle Shaft
Latch Retainer
Compression Spring
Upper Door Pin
Pin, Hinge Bottom
Nut, Hex 5/16-18
See Chart Pg. 24
See Chart Pg. 24
See Chart Pg. 24
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Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Resolute® Acclaim Woodburning Stove
Limited 3 Year Warranty
Exclusions & Limitations
MHSC warrants that this woodburning stove will be free of defects in
material and workmanship for a period of three years from the date you
receive it, except that the catalyst, thermostat assembly, handles, glass
door panels, cement, and gasketing shall be warranted as described
MHSC will repair or replace, at its option, any part found to be defective
upon inspection by a Vermont Castings, Authorized Dealer. The customer must return the defective part or the stove, with shipping prepaid,
to the Authorized Dealer or pay for any Authorized Dealer in-home
travel fees or service charges for in-home repair work. It is the dealer’s
option whether the repair work will be done in the customer’s home or
in the dealer’s shop. If, upon inspection, the damage is found to be the
fault of the manufacturer, repairs will be authorized at no charge to the
customer for parts and/or labor.
Any woodburning stove or part thereof that is repaired or replaced during the limited warranty period will be warranted under the terms of the
limited warranty for a period not to exceed the remaining term of the
original limited warranty or six (6) months, whichever is longer.
1. This warranty is transferable; however, proof of original retail purchase is required.
2. This warranty does not cover misuse of the stove. Misuse includes
overfiring which will result if the stove is used in such a manner as
to cause one or more of the plates to glow red. Overfiring can be
identified later by warped plates and areas where the paint pigment
has burned off. Overfiring in enamel fireplaces is identified by bubbling, cracking, chipping and discoloration of the porcelain enamel
finish. MHSC offers no warranty on chipping of enamel surfaces.
Inspect your woodburning stove prior to accepting it for any damage
to the enamel.
3. This warranty does not cover misuse of the stove as described
in the Owner’s Guide, nor does it cover an stove which has been
modified unless authorized by a MHSC representative in writing.
This warranty does not cover damage to the stove caused by burning salt saturated wood, chemically treated wood, or any fuel not
recommended in the Owner’s Guide.
4. This warranty does not cover a stove repaired by someone other
than a Vermont Castings Authorized Dealer.
5. Damage to the unit while in transit is not covered by this warranty
but is subject to a claim against the common carrier. Contact
Vermont CastingsAuthorized Dealer from whom you purchased
your stove or MHSC if the purchase was direct. (Do not operate the
stove as this may negate the ability to process the claim with the
6. Claims are not valid where the installation does not conform to local
building and fire codes or, in their absence, to the recommendations
in our Owner’s Guide.
7. The salt air environment of coastal areas, or a high-humidity environment, can be corrosive to the porcelain enamel finish. These
conditions can cause rusting of the cast iron beneath the porcelain
enamel finish, which will cause the porcelain enamel finish to flake
off. This warranty does not cover damage caused by a salt air or
high-humidity environment.
8. MHSC shall have no obligation to enhance or update any unit once
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitations of incidential and
consequential damages or limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This warranty gives
you specific rights and you may have other rights which vary from state
to state.
Limited 1 Year Warranty
The following parts of the woodburning stove are warranted to be free
of defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from
the date you receive it: The thermostat assembly, handles, glass door
panels, cement, and gasketing. Any of these items found to be defective will be repaired or replaced at no charge, upon the return of the part
with postage prepaid to a Vermont Castings Authorized Dealer.
Any part repaired or replaced during the limited warranty period will
be warranted under the terms of the limited warranty for a period not
to exceed the remaining term of the original limited warranty or six (6)
months, whichever is longer.
Limited Catalyst Warranty
The catalyst will be warranted for a six year period as follows: If the
original catalyst or a replacement catalyst proves defective or ceases to
maintain 70% of its particulate emission reduction activity (as measured
by an approved testing procedure) within 24 months from the date the
stove is received, the catalyst itself will be replaced free.
From 25 - 72 months a pro-rated credit will be allowed against a replacement catalyst and the cost of labor necessary for its installation at
the time of replacement.
For stove purchases made after June 30, 1990, a third year
(25 - 36 months) of no charge replacement will be made when combustor failure is due to thermal degradation of the substrate (crumbling of
ceramic material). The customer must pay for any in-home travel fees,
service charges, or transportation costs for returning the stove to the
Authorized Dealer.
Amount of Time
Credit Towards
Since Purchase
Replacement Cost
0 - 24 months
25 - 36 months
50 %
37 - 48 months
49 - 60 months
61 - 72 months
Any replacement catalyst will be warranted under the terms of the
catalyst warranty for the remaining term of the original warranty. The
purchaser must provide the following information in order to receive a
replacement catalyst under the terms of this limited warranty:
1. Name, address and telephone number.
2. Proof of original purchase date.
3. Date of failure of catalyst.
4. Any relevant information or circumstances regarding determination of failure.
5. In addition, the owner must return the failed catalyst.
How to Obtain Service
If a defect is noted within the warranty period, the customer should
contact a Vermont Castings Authorized Dealer or MHSC if the purchase
was direct with the following information:
1. Name, address, and telephone number of the purchaser.
2. Date of purchase.
3. Serial number from the label on the back.
4. Nature of the defect or damage.
5. Any relevant information or circumstances, e.g., installation,
mode of operation when defect was noted.
A warranty claim will then start in process. MHSC reserves the right to
withhold final approval of a warranty claim pending a visual inspection
of the defect by authorized representatives.
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