cat vs noncat
I've had my Consolidated Dutchwest Federal Airtight for about 32 years now and I am very pleased with it. This is the medium size FA264 model that uses a catalytic combustor. I was wondering that if I had to replace this stove should I get a noncat model? I replace my combustor about every 3 or 4 years. I pay about $120.00 for them which I don't consider too bad when I consider the money I'm saving by burning wood, so that to me is not really an issue. The stove itself has been relatively low maintenace. I had to replace the shaker grates and the combustor baffle once. About 10 years ago I totally disassembled the stove to re-cement all of the joints.
Are noncat stoves cleaner? do they put out more heat? Can you maintain a fire in a noncat as long as in a cat stove? I've read in several places that you can have parts of the stove related to the recycling section go bad every 2 or 3 years.