By Richard Dunworth from Ludlow, Vermont on September 17, 2012
I have the 12" arm piece/control but the clip part featured in the depiction above is broken inside my fireplace. I can see where it was bolted onto the inside of the firebox.
Does this other part come with this arm? Can I order this other part that the poker arm slides through?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 18, 2012
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the damper catch is indeed part of this assembly and will come with the damper arm. The only part not included is the mounting tabs for the top of the damper arm, as these tabs are usually part of the damper plate and welded into position.
By David from Lexington, Mass. on January 12, 2013
We currently have a rotary damper control with a worm gear. The worm gear itself measures about 5" long (pls see attached photo). Is it possible to replace our rotary control with this Vestal Poker-style control? Would I need to do any drilling or other modifications to the damper plates themselves?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2013
Answer:It is certainly possible to replace the rotary style of damper control with a poker model. The snout of the poker style control attaches to the same pin that the control arm of the rotary style does now. As such, no modification will need to be made. However, the catch for the poker may not line up with the same holes that exist for the rotary control, so a new hole may need to be drilled in the damper throat for the catch to be mounted.
By Patrick from Simsbury, CT on November 14, 2015
Does this Vestal poker-style damper control come with the pin also?
By eFireplaceStore on November 16, 2015
Answer:This does not include the attachment pin, however a high carbon steel or stainless steel roll pin is all you will need to make the connection.
By Bruce from Jacksonville, AL on February 2, 2014
Do you think the Vestal #15-003 will work to replace my broken cast iron damper control or do you have a more suitable replacement part?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 3, 2014
Answer:Your current poker matches the design, length, and operates in the same manner as the Vestal model. As such, the Vestal poker should indeed be a suitable replacement.
By Robert on October 17, 2011
I have one 42" and one 36" damper plates that I removed over the week-end. Both had the rotary style, not the poker, damper control and both plates are rusted through (only 20 years old--didn't have chimney caps!!).
I need to know if I can purchase new plates with the poker controllers and retro fit them into the existing throat style dampers?
Your web site was a life saver. I had no ideas where to start.
By Customer Service on October 17, 2011
By Andre from Ottawa, ONT on November 24, 2015
How can I free the falp door from a Vestal Poker-style damper (rotary type) in order to gain greater access to the chimney box without removing the whole damper box?
By Will M. on November 24, 2015
Answer:The Vestal damper plates are removed by simply lifting up as there is no hinge.
By Bill from Atlanta, GA on February 27, 2017
My problem is that the screw and nut holding the fixture to the fixed damper and through which the catch arm fits became detached. The nut is corroded on the end of the screw, which will require bolt cutters to get it off. My question is why did this happen as the fireplace is only 5 years old? We had some leaking which was solved by placing a metal cap over the entire chimney top. Also, into what am I attaching the new nut to, so I can secure it with a new screw? What I hope I don't find out is that the hole or slot (or whatever) where this attaches has not rusted out and when attachment is not possible without a more significant repair. Please, share suggestions.
By Will M. on February 28, 2017
Answer:It is highly likely that the water that was present caused the moving damper parts to rust, with the smaller parts corroding to a point where they very easily broke after minimal use. The solution would be to remove the damper plate (it should not be held in place and should just lift up for removal) to make sure the plate is intact. If this is intact, you should be able to replace the control assembly.
By Dinu from Boston on November 4, 2012
In the existing installed damper, I have a hole where I believe the control's bolt would go to hold the control in place. However, there is no nut on the other side and there is no way to get to the other side to place one. How will this work?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 5, 2012
Answer:The hole should be drilled and threaded to receive a bolt and would not require the use of a nut to hold the bolt in position. Are you able to inspect the hole close enough to tell if it is threaded? If it is not, it may need to be tapped to allow the use of the bolt, or a self tapping bolt must be used.