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Maintenance of woodstove with catalytic combustor?
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Leo    Posted 04-05-2004 at 18:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone have experience with, say, a soapstone stove
with catalytic combustor. I wonder how often they have
to be cleaned burning soft woods?

Jesse    Posted 04-08-2006 at 10:57:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've had a soapstone stove w/catalytic combustor for 4 years, it's a great system and the catalytic combustor does its job, as I have almost no creosote build up in my chimney. Some things need to be taken into account example:
- Is your chimney a straight shot through the roof?
- Height of your chimney
- How many elbows in your stack?
Elimination or minimizing these things will improve the catalytic combustors performance.
Soft woods on the other hand is a problem, unless
the soft woods have been seasoned for a few seasons, even then I wouldn't make it a practice to burn only soft woods. I clean my chimney twice a year, but my chimney is straight up through the roof and is 13 feet to the top from the stove. Hope this helps.

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