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Operation Tips

With proper care, a new catalyst will give years of fuel savings, lowered emissions, and increased heating. By following some simple guidelines, you can ensure yourself maximum catalyst performance and longevity.

Burn only natural, dry wood.

Burn only natural, dry wood

Burning any materials other than natural, dry wood can shorten the catalyst's life or render it inoperative.

Avoid the use of

  • treated, painted, and laminated wood
  • high salt content wood
  • wet and unseason wood
  • garbage or petroleum based fire starters

Keep the catalyst within safe operating temperatures remember:

  • catalysts can begin to work at 500°F (260°C)
  • catalysts best operating temperatures are between 600° and 1500°F (316°-816°C)
  • Monitor catalytic temperatures with a Condar Catalytic Thermometer
  • Surface thermometers should not be used to monitor temperatures( inaccurate, lower readings which will vary widely with placement)

Remove and inspect the catalyst regularly

View or Print our free Catalytic Combustor Care Guide (PDF). It'll tell you how to care for a catalyst and how to recognize signs of catalyst failure.

Steps to engaging the catalyst

  1. Leave the bypass damper in the open position until the flue gasses reach 500°F (260°C)
  2. Close the damper and continue to observe the temperature for a few minutes to be sure the temperature remains at or above 500°F (260°C)
  3. Recheck the temperature when loading the stove. It may be necessary to reopen the bypass damper depending on how much the temperature decreases

Replace your catalyst when you notice a significant loss in heating efficiency

See our page for more information about when you need to replace a catalyst.

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