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Whats the difference between catalytic and non-catalytic wood stoves?

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Starting in 1985, all EPA rated wood stoves were required to have a secondary burn system to make them more efficient. In the earlier years this was most commonly done with a catalyst. Catalytic combustors come in various sizes and shapes. They start working when you flip the bypass door handle on the unit. The gases and smoke (that would normally go up the flue and contribute to creosote in your chimney and air pollution) are burned by the catalyst. This creates additional heat, making the unit more efficient as well as clean-burning. These days the more popular way to achieve a secondary burn is to use a non-catalytic system, which usually has a stainless steel tube covered with little holes. These holes mix air with the gas and smoke, producing the desired secondary burn. This system lasts many years, and may never need replacing (unlike a catalytic combustor). more
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Starting in 1985, all EPA rated wood stoves were required to have a secondary burn system to make them more efficient. In the earlier years this was most commonly done with a catalyst. Catalytic combustors come in various sizes and shapes. They start working when you flip the bypass door handle on the unit. The gases and smoke (that would normally go up the flue and contribute to creosote in your chimney and air pollution) are burned by the catalyst. This creates additional heat, making the unit more efficient as well as clean-burning. These days the more popular way to achieve a secondary burn is to use a non-catalytic system, which usually has a stainless steel tube covered with little holes. These holes mix air with the gas and smoke, producing the desired secondary burn. This system lasts many years, and may never need replacing (unlike a catalytic combustor). Why not order my fireplace or stove online where its cheaper? Shipping: Dont forget to factor in shipping costs. ( ... more
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