Bottom Heat Shield
For the Deﬁant* (Models
Resolute, Intrepid and
Please read these instructions completely before
you begin the installation.
*NOTE: Deﬁant and Vigilant Owners - These instruc-
tions are for stoves purchased after March 1, 1980.
Contact your Vermont Castings' Authorized Dealer to
obtain the correct instructions and hardware for stoves
purchased before March 1, 1980.
Bottom heat shields must be used unless the stove is
to be situated on a completely noncombustible hearth,
such as unpainted concrete over earth.
Clean all heat shields as needed (or at least annually)
so they will continue to reﬂect heat adequately. In ad-
dition, check all leg bolts annually to be sure they are
secure. For complete information on ﬂoor protection,
refer to the installation section of your Owner's Manual.
Tool needed: Open end wrench, 9/16"
All Stoves: Bottom heat shield (1), C-brackets (4), 1/4-
20 x 1/2" wing screws (4)
Deﬁant / Vigilant: Bottom heat shields (2), C-brackets
(4), 1/4-20 x 2" threaded studs (4), 3/8" spacers (4), hex
nuts (4), wing nuts (4)
Resolute / Intrepid / Intrepid II: Bottom heat shields
(1), C-brackets (4), 1/4-20 x 1/2" wing screws (4)
**Not applicable to Deﬁant Model 1910, which has glass pan-
els in its front doors. Deﬁant Models 0019 and 0027 do not
have glass panels.
2005095 8/08 Rev. 13
1. Remove all accessories from inside the stove; lift off
the griddle, load door and front doors.
Deﬁants and Vigilants shipped from the factory have a
wooden wedge inside the stove to hold the damper
closed during shipment. Leave this wedge in place
until after the legs are installed.
2. With assistance, remove the stove from the pallet
and place it close to its installed location. If your
stove has a porcelain enamel ﬁnish, use a piece of
cardboard or a drop cloth to cushion the ash lip and
3. If the stove is already installed, disconnect the chim-
4. Tilt the stove into a secure reclining position. It will
require at least two people to tilt the stove and a
third to steady it from the front.
For the Deﬁant, Vigilant and Resolute, tilt the stove
forward over the ash lip until the top plate rests on
For the Intrepid and Intrepid II, tilt the stove back to rest
on the pallet or wooden blocks.
One-half inch screws were installed in the leg bolt holes
to stabilize the stove during shipment. Remove and
discard them. The appropriate leg bolts are packed
with the stove legs.
Attach the Legs
Attach the legs to the stove loosely using one washer
per leg. They will be tightened ﬁrmly later in the instal-
For all stoves except the Vigilant, use the silver-colored
3/8" x 1" leg bolts. For Vigilants, use the silver-colored
3/8" x 1¹⁄₄" bolts.
Fig. 1 Rotate the two fornt C-brackets so that they slide over
the leg bolts between the washer (or handle holder) and the
Bottom heat shield
Bottom Heat Shield