I have a Consolidated Dutchwest wood burning stove that I have been using since 1988. This stove utilizes a catalytic combustor with a ceramic honeycomb substrate that I replace every 3 years or so. Recently I noticed that a new style combustor is available that utilizes a steel substrate rather than ceramic and the claim is that the firing temperature is 400 deg. rather than 500 deg. for the ceramic. They also claim that they last longer as well. Another claim is that because the substrate is denser, there will be more contact with the flue gasses, thus reducing creosote build up in the chimney.
Does anyone have any experience with this type combustor?
Thanks for your help.