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Catalytic And Non-Catalytic Woodburning Stoves


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When I first started visiting wood stove stores, I was surprised to see many wood stoves labeled as “catalytic.” Wasn’t that the kind of device my car has in it, a catalytic converter? And here standing before me was a row of catalytic wood stoves?

Well, as I thought about it for a few moments, I realized that I should not have been surprised after all, because the same technology was being employed for the same purpose, just in a wood stove rather than an automobile. The purpose of the catalytic converter in a car is to convert noxious byproducts of combustion into less noxious ones by means of a chemical reaction, reducing the amount of harmful exhaust. In the catalytic converter a ceramic honeycomb-like core is coated with a precious metal catalyst, usually platinum, palladium, or rhodium.


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Airtight Wood Burning Stoves


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One of the most critical characteristics of good wood stoves is their ability to be airtight. That is, they should be constructed so that air flow into the stove may be reliably controlled from a minimum of zero air flow (or close to it) on up. The importance of airtightness is that by controlling the flow of air (and, thus, oxygen) into the stove, one can control the rate of combustion. By limiting the rate of combustion, fuel (firewood) is used more efficiently, with more of it being converted into light and heat.


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