I think there are some good nuggets of advice here, could you clarify a couple things for us:
So what do you normally do? Do you reload with cat hotter than 350? Or do you wait and let it come down more?So I stay away from doing it like. I dont like doing it tats was cor a couple reasons the most important is.. alot of smoke is getting into the stovepipe.
If the catalyst is like 350 the stove is still pretty warm so it shouldn't take long to get it back up to temperature.. I normally will reestablish draft, SST and then re-engage the cat.
- How do you re-establish draft?
- Do you throw a couple sticks in and let if warm up with cat bypassed? Or do you load it up and burn in bypass?
- How do you know when draft is reestablished?
- Are you looking for a flue temp?
- How are you measuring flue temp? Magnetic? How far above the stove top?
- SST? Not sure what that stand for...
Sometimes I do rake the.coals to the back to help things along. Once I get close to the draft I need, Ill move things around in the box, add wood and close the bypass to ensure it kicks off quickly.
- How do you know when you have the draft you need?
- When you move things around in the box what are you trying to do there?
- I will try to keep fresh wood away from the bottom back corner, right at the secondary inlet. I suspect active flames there will get sucked up into the cat and stress the refractory. So I try to keep it out of that area.