If the cat is (well) within the active zone, I reload (of course with the bypass open), close the main door, let it go for a minute or so to get the cool room air out of the firebox (while the new load is already burning well - it's dry and the air is fully open), and then immediately close the bypass.Newcomer here trying to learn. I thought you want to keep the bypass open as little as possible when cat is in the active zone. Is it damaging to the cat to run the stove with the bypass open (in which case I'd be much quicker to open and close the bypass during hot reload)? Or it's just for efficiency sake?
It sounds like a balance between two opposite needs:
- Keep the cat closed whenever the cat is in active temp zone (for efficiency? to avoid damage?)
- Open the bypass for a few minutes before and after hot reloads
but I might be misunderstanding something
It is *not* damaging to the cat to run with the bypass open. It might be damaging to the stove (mostly bypass area) to do so too long, as it gets hotter that way than when burning with the bypass closed.