Why A Catalytic Combustor & How Does It Work?

What Is A Catalytic Combustor & How Does It Work?-Fast Replacement Glass answers your questions!A catalytic combustor is a device with a ceramic honeycomb design that can be wheel, oval, or rectangular in shape. It is usually coated with palladium or another noble metal to withstand the harsh environment of heating applications. It causes smoke to be burned instead of escaping via the flue or stovepipe unused. 

Catalytic Combustors - All you're questions answered.When wood burns, it gives off combustion gases. In order for the gases to burn off, the heat generated from the fire must be 1000 degrees F or hotter. When the gases are not burned, they pass through the catalytic combustor and interact with the palladium or noble metal coating on the honeycomb device. The metal acts as a catalyst, causing the gases to burn at lower temperatures (500 degrees F).

A catalytic combustor can affect the way a stove operates:

  • Overall efficiency is increased by 10%.
  • Creosote production is reduced 20-90%.
  • Air pollution is decreased by up to 75%.



Last updated on June 30th 2019.

I am designing a stove and would like assistance on how to apply one of your catalytic combusters into my design. My main question is in regards to your depiction on your website-should I put my re-burn jets above or below the location of the catalytic combuster? My guess is above but I would like to discuss with someone.

Asked by Melanie Romero | 03-17-2021, 04:56 PM | 1 answer(s)

If you design a stove make sure that your unit will be EPA approved and tested to meet all the necessary codes required for a wood stove.

Answered by FDO Support Team | 03-22-2021, 11:29 AM
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