However, the combustor does not have to glow to be working. As less smoke is present to burn, the combustor temperature drops and the glow will cease. Therefore, it is suggested that this is not a method of determining whether or whether not the combustor is working.
-The best method is the use of thermo couplings and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
This method will read the inlet and exhaust temperatures of the combustor.
-A more simple method is to visually observe the exhaust coming out of the chimney. When the by-pass is in the closed position and the catalytic combustor is in good operating condition, there should be no dark smoke coming out of the chimney.
-If the catalytic combustor is not working properly, the stove’s operator will notice an increase in fuel usage.
-The stove’s operator will also notice an increase build-up of creosote in the system.