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help with dutchwest 2462 catalytic

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Nutmeg Warrior, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    Hey all, I am new to burning and recently acquired a Dutchwest 2462 "extra large" catalytic stove. This is a stove that I bought from a craigslister that had never installed it. It sat in his basement for over ten years. So it is essentially new old stock.

    Anyway, it is now in my basement and connected to an 8" liner that rises 25' through a masonry chimney. Flu collar is set up for rear exit. Everything looks good. After a few break-in fires I burned several medium to full loads of good, dry cord wood.

    Now I have a few questions and concerns. I have noticed that the baffle will sometimes glow. This isn't just the reflection from the combustor - I can see that the cast piece is definitely glowing red. Is this a problem? Nothing on the outside of the stove glows. Side door temp, measured with an IR gun, will be in the 400-500 degree range when that is happening. Stove top temp is 500-600 range.. however I have noticed that there are also very isolated "hot spots" on the top where temps sometimes hit 700+. There is sometimes a pretty big temperature differential between these hot spots and the rest of the stove top. A few times I have noticed that there will be a 700 degree spot and a few inches next to it will be 400. Basically the stove top is all over the place. Any ideas? Manual says I should be worried about any glowing pieces but the baffle seems to glow even when the fire seems controlled.

    Thank you. I've learned a lot lurking on these boards the past few weeks.

    -NW

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  2. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    Welcome!

    I'm not familiar with that stove, but I'm sure others will be around soon who are. However if that baffle is near the cat then I wouldn't be too surprised about it being hot enough to glow and thus I won't be too surprised if it is a non-issue.
  3. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    Thank you Slow1. Hopefully you're right about it not being a concern!
  4. Hardrockmaple

    Hardrockmaple Feeling the Heat

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    Welcome.

    I've heated my house with a DW 2460 for 16 years now so I'll try to help.

    First, do you have a cat temp probe? This is what I run my stove by exclusively. I recommend you get one for your stove if you do not have one, keep your probe temp inside the the 500-1400 degree marks and you should be fine.
    Second, my baffle glows regularly, have yet to have an issue with it. Face it, this is where all the heat goes when damper is closed.

    I do have an IR gun and will at times take a few temps on various places on the stove, they are all over the place as you describe.

    Go with the cat temp probe and follow the manual directions and you should have many years of burning ahead with that stove.
  5. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    Yes, I do have a cat probe and the temps are in the range you specify. Thank you for the response. It's encouraging to hear that someone has had good luck with this stove for so long.

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