Minister of Fire
- Dec 28, 2006
Mine fell apart after about 6 cords. My two previous cats did not fall apart and lasted 2 years and 10,000 hours. My door seal appears to be tight, I do a lot of hot reloads but the bypass is always in the correct position and I wait a few minutes before engaging and disengaging. I think I had a severe case of flame impingement.
I would expect your hot reloads to be a more likely problem than flame impingement due to your description of the damage and since this is a BK that is designed to prevent flame impingement damage.
Dry pine can be a volatile fuel. Since it doesn't coal much you can really blow some BTU through this stove in a hurry. The pitch load can also add to that. The cat really has lots of fuel to munch in a hurry so it's a tougher life than a guy burning hardwoods.