Over time, the money invested to maintain or replace the catalyst will pay off in improved performance, more heat from less wood, and less creosote build-up.
- Efficiency: Your catalyst converts smoke into additional heat. If you operate a catalytic wood stove without its catalyst, you cheat yourself out of warmth you would otherwise be getting.
- Longer Burn Time: Engaging your catalyst allows fuel to burn longer in slow-burn mode. This means heating longer with one load of wood.
- Safety: Catalysts help prevent build-up of hazardous creosote in flues and chimneys. Removing your catalyst risks chimney fires that can damage property and people.
- Voiding Manufacturers’ Warranties: Catalytic stoves are designed to operate at high temperatures with the catalyst engaged. If you remove the catalyst, you have an uncontrolled fire that may damage your stove, or render it inoperable. Due to this risk, operating your stove without a catalyst voids the manufacturers’ warranty.
- Losing Insurance Coverage: Operating wood stoves in any manner warned against in manufacturers’ manuals, including without the catalyst, may cause insurance companies to reject claims for damage or injury.
- Reducing Air Pollution: If you operate your catalytic wood stove without its catalyst, polluting smoke is released into the environment instead of being converted into heat and harmless water vapor.
- It’s the Law: Federal law requires that EPA-certified catalytic wood stoves be operated with catalysts to reduce air pollution over the entire life of the stove.