cat vs noncat

bikesr2tiredFebruary 12, 2010

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.

Thanks, Jim

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You certainly got your money's worth with your Dutchwest.

Cats use about 10% less wood than a noncat with the same amount of heat output however the view of a noncat fire is superior to that of a noncat.

I had my Jotul Castine for 5 seasons and the only replacement I had to make so far was the glass (my fault) but certain manufacturers who use cheaper materials the burn tubes have to be replaced on the schedule you have mentioned.

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