A leading catalytic stove manufacturer quoted as follows: If the consumer wants:
1. an efficient stove (burns less wood / BTU),
2. a stove that costs less to operate (burns less wood / BTU),
3. a stove that pollutes significantly less at low and medium burn rates,
4. a stove that will easily go 10 to 12 hours on a load of wood without reloading and while not polluting. Then a catalytic stove is a smart choice.
One complaint might be that a replacement catalyst can cost the consumer more than $200 in the larger stove models. (4 cu. ft. firebox) Several stove manufactures have stated that a catalyst will save 5 cords of wood per heating season. With that in mind, consider the number of cords you burn each season and the cost of a cord of firewood (you pick a cost) - say $200, $350. Naturally the cost per cord depends on where you live and the type of wood you burn. Now do some math and look at the savings. Exactly how expensive is something that saves you more than $1,000 per season. And for those who get their firewood free, what was the cost and time required to cut it, load it, move it, store it, dry it and etc.
Point is CATALYST SAVE TIME & MONEY. Also remember, the catalyst in a new EPA certified wood burning stove carries an EPA approved 6 year prorated warranty from the date of purchase of the appliance. The first three years are free replacements should the catalyst go bad. After the first 6 years, starting from the date the appliance was purchased, a FIRECAT replacement catalyst can be purchased (if needed) with another special prorated warranty.
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