- 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.
- More durable honeycomb that will not crack or crumble.
- Less build-up of wood ash within honeycomb cells. Sharp steel edges actually "cut" ash as it goes up the flue which creates better air flow and requires less maintenance.
SteelCat™ Catalyst FAQ
Q. Why does my steel catalyst look used?
A. Good question. We wrap our catalysts in stainless steel and then dip them into our platinum/palladium mixture which can cause inconsistencies in their coloration. They can have lighter and darker regions that can make them appear 'used'. No matter how yours appears it is new.
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. 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. 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 wood stove, increasing chimney creosote, and dark smoke from your chimney.