That was a good thread. It had pretty pictures!Pan out! pun! Since you boil in a pan!
I was amazed at the rejuvenation provided by the vinegar bath. I posted a whole thread somewhere. The dang cat works like a champ now and yes, I was burning over the weekend. Will it last another 10,000 hours? I don't know.
Just ordered another sooteater rod to replace the one that I kinked and broke while getting too greedy trying to sweep the princess through the door. Turns out you really need to keep one hand on the rod to hold it near the bottom of the loading door and prevent too tight of a rod radius.
Something isn't adding up for me, are you actually having an issue with your cat? How many years did you get from your combustor burning 4 cord per year? In the same paragraph which the hour rating on the cat was explained, it was also mentioned many cats can and do out perform the 10-12k hours. There are a lot over variables that effect the life of the cat.So I'm new to this. What is the actual expected/realised life span of the catalytic combustors? Here I've been thinking I would actually get 10 years... I should have known better. Lets assume a sirocco 30, burning 4 cords soft wood a year?
What are the best sources for quality replacements or is it a blaze king dealer only item.
It would be cheating for you AND ME because we willfully and knowingly burned unseasoned wood in our BK's and posted about it on the inter webIt feels like cheating to me, and I'm not willing to interact with the dealer again, so bang goes my free cat.
(I would still probably do it if the dealer got billed.... they owe me. )
Not that I am telling anyone else not to use their warranty!
Well my cat has passed 10k hours burning nothing BUT unseasoned wood, and it's still going.It would be cheating for you AND ME because we willfully and knowingly burned unseasoned wood in our BK's and posted about it on the inter web
So, after 10,000 hours of burning, you still haven't managed to acquire some seasoned wood? You'd be doing yourself a big favor to get ahead a little bit on your wood supply.Well my cat has passed 10k hours burning nothing BUT unseasoned wood, and it's still going.
Another myth for the mythbucket.
I imagine that burning wet wood does lead to more mineral deposits on the surface because of the water vapor passing through the cat- which is probably why a vinegar bath is the recommended way to resuscitate them. (My stove room humidifier also needs to be disassembed and vinegared a couple times a year or its water channels get plugged.)
August will make 2 years in the ne house, so my oldest woodpile is (at most) about 22 months old. It's mostly red oak, so this winter should be my first with mostly-below-25% wood.So, after 10,000 hours of burning, you still haven't managed to acquire some seasoned wood? You'd be doing yourself a big favor to get ahead a little bit on your wood supply.
Your firewood will season more quickly if you use those translucent corrugated fiberglass roofing panels to control rain. They come in 26" wide x 8' and 12' lengths and two different weights. If you live in snow country, get the heavier panels (still very light). The big advantage is they channel rainwater to the end of your pile instead of dripping off the sides like plywood or tarps. They also encourage good airflow (unlike plastic tarps). Sunlight shinning through the panels creates a bit of a greenhouse effect and causes air movement on calm days. The 26" width provides perfect overhang on both sides for my 16"-18" wide firewood.August will make 2 years in the ne house, so my oldest woodpile is (at most) about 22 months old. It's mostly red oak, so this winter should be my first with mostly-below-25% wood.
Saw a good increase the second year too (drier wood, plus I pulled out the expensive dealer install and added flue insulation, a blockoff plate, and insulated the masonry fireplace.)Good, hopefully you'll see a big increase in performance this winter.
If the cat has been abused to that extent, you would probably be happier with a new one anyway.From what I read in a manual, you have to remove the cat combuster 1st..
I hope that is not the only way, cause this ceramic cat will likely fall apart if I try to remove it..
The CAT has a few thermal cracks, otherwise it looks like new...If the cat has been abused to that extent, you would probably be happier with a new one anyway.
I'd be concerned with the condition of the bypass retainers then... make sure the bypass opens and closes completely (and replace the gasket, which you were doing anyway).The CAT has a few thermal cracks, otherwise it looks like new...
I think the original owner of this stove had no idea how a CAT stove works, or how to operate one...
I think the stove was run in full bypass most of it's life.