High Valley 2500 wood burning stove has me worried...

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MDM

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Nov 1, 2019
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OKC, OK
Hello, I am hoping someone on here can help me with some experience / advice on a catalytic wood insert. I have this High Valley model 2500 insert that I acquired with a home purchase. I have no history on it and have not burned in it yet. FYI, I have no experience with a catalytic wood stove but I get the concept and am/was eager to fire this stove up this winter. I have unbolted and pulled out the steel catalyst housing from the top of the stove to check the catalyst's. What I found has now worried me... I noticed immediately that were cracks in the cast iron at the corners of the rectangle outlet holes in the top of the stove where the catalyst's exhaust. I know that they burn at a high temperature so I do not know if it is normal for the cast iron to crack right there. The catalyst housing that bolts in covers most of the length of the cracks. Is this a sign that the stove is ruined and should not be used?:eek: The combustors themselves look old, well spent, and have cracks/pieces falling out. They were going to be replaced along with all the door, windows, and ash pan gaskets. I am going to pull the stove out for better inspection now.:( The stove itself does not appear to be over heated at all. It looks very good paint is not burnt or white but I can tell it has not been repainted. Also, there is an 8 inch stainless liner up my chimney to the top outside. It doesn't appear to be insulated and has little buildup in it. The pipe is flush with the clay tile and the topper is a standard black clay topper that looks good.

Thanks in advance,
Mike in OKC!
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
24,435
central pa
Hello, I am hoping someone on here can help me with some experience / advice on a catalytic wood insert. I have this High Valley model 2500 insert that I acquired with a home purchase. I have no history on it and have not burned in it yet. FYI, I have no experience with a catalytic wood stove but I get the concept and am/was eager to fire this stove up this winter. I have unbolted and pulled out the steel catalyst housing from the top of the stove to check the catalyst's. What I found has now worried me... I noticed immediately that were cracks in the cast iron at the corners of the rectangle outlet holes in the top of the stove where the catalyst's exhaust. I know that they burn at a high temperature so I do not know if it is normal for the cast iron to crack right there. The catalyst housing that bolts in covers most of the length of the cracks. Is this a sign that the stove is ruined and should not be used?:eek: The combustors themselves look old, well spent, and have cracks/pieces falling out. They were going to be replaced along with all the door, windows, and ash pan gaskets. I am going to pull the stove out for better inspection now.:( The stove itself does not appear to be over heated at all. It looks very good paint is not burnt or white but I can tell it has not been repainted. Also, there is an 8 inch stainless liner up my chimney to the top outside. It doesn't appear to be insulated and has little buildup in it. The pipe is flush with the clay tile and the topper is a standard black clay topper that looks good.

Thanks in advance,
Mike in OKC!
Have the whole system cleaned and inspected by a pro sweep.
 
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