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 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.
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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.