Advantages of STEELCAT™ Catalysts
- A more durable honeycomb that will not crack or
crumble, even at the highest operating temperatures.
- Less build-up of wood ash within the honeycomb cells. Sharp steel edges actually "cut" ash as it goes up the flue which creates better air
flow and requires less maintenance.
- Lower "light-off" temperature. You can engage your draft bypass at 400°F (204°C) vs. 500°F (260°C) with a ceramic honeycomb.
- Steel heats up faster than ceramic so it recovers more usable heat from wood smoke.
STEELCAT™ Catalyst FAQ
Q. Does the steel heat up faster for greater efficiency? Can I disengage my bypass sooner?
A. Yes, the steel catalyst "lights-off" earlier, you can engage your draft bypass at 400°F (204°C) which is 100°F (38°C) sooner than a ceramic catalyst can be engaged.
Q. Should I clean this steel catalyst annually, like ceramic catalysts?
A. Yes. Clean it each summer the same way. Be sure to avoid scraping the steel with any hard or abrasive object which strip
off the brown catalyst and reveal the shiny steel underneath.
Q. Why are the STEELCAT™ cells smaller than the ceramic honeycomb cells?
A. Because the steel cell walls can be thinner than ceramic walls, your performance is better. More catalyst is exposed to
smoke coming up your chimney which means more heat is generated.
Q. What if I accidentally deform some steel cell walls, say during cleaning?
A. That isn't a problem.
Q. Do STEELCAT™ catalysts last longer than ceramic catalysts?
A. No. Like with ceramic catalysts, the catalyst metals eventually wears out. After several years you'll notice gradually
decreased heat from your woodstove, increasing chimney creosote, and dark smoke from your chimney.
What Our Customers Are Saying:
"I have to tell you, my new STEELCAT™ catalyst has already paid for itself. I had another brand catalyst in my Consolidated Dutchwest for several
years, and didn't realize how much better my stove could perform until installing a STEELCAT™ ."
-Leonard Graves; Sugar Grove, West Virginia
"STEELCAT™ is giving me longer and cleaner burns with either spruce or birch, and my Dovre stove has never worked better, even when it was new in ’92."
-Tim Prithcett; Ancorage, Alaska
"Very nice product, my woodburner is performing like it's new again. Thanks!"
-Brian Hren; Cincinnati, Ohio
"After installing a new STEELCAT™ Catalyst in my Encore, I've noticed that my stove stabilizes at a lower temperature, so it's no longer necessary
to make the room too hot. Now I'm getting longer burn times, and using less wood!" -Brendan Smith; Santa Rosa, California