On a hot reload, meaning cat is active, I just run 5 minutes in bypass and close it. On a cold reload, meaning cat is inactive, I wait until wood is completely engulfed and mostly charred.Good info, thanks! Curious, do you let thew new reload burn in for awhile with the bypass open and therm on high just to burn off any possible moisture, etc. before closing the bypass? I do believe this is what the instructions say. Therefore, I do this not because I don't have an active cat, but more because the instructions tell me to. Thoughts?
keep in mind that the example imposter above was a nearly dead-cold reload, I’m actually surprised the wood even lit, there were so few coals left in the stove. Look at my cat temp, just barely a tick above room temperature. If I close the bypass on a freshly started cold load like this, it will definitely have an effect on how the fire progresses from first flame to active cat. I must be misunderstanding your argument, if there is any.I disagree that putting the cat in will knock the flames down. If you flip the cat in and there is an immediate change in your firebox, you have a plugged cat.
As stated previously, on a hot reload I just give it five minutes and close the bypass, I don’t wait for full char.