Travis Industires FPX 36 Elite Catalytic Combuster Replacement

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kubota

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Nov 6, 2010
20
Southeastern Oklahoma
Hello all!

Would anyone happen to know where I could acquire a service manual for my fireplace? I have a Travis Industires FPX 36 Elite I purhased and had installed in my home in 2000. Specifically, I believe that the "Catalytic Combuster" may require replacement and I would like to see if that is something I may be able to replace myself. I consulted my owner's manual recently, looking for some explanation for the low heat output from my fireplace, and I believe that a faulty or worn out catalytic combuster may be the culprit.

Thank you ahead of time to any respondents.
 

Backwoods Savage

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2007
27,812
Michigan
Kubota, after 10 years it probably does need replacing and you should be able to do that yourself. Hopefully someone with that stove will chime in here. If not, start studying the stove and see if you can figure it out.

You might also look here: cats
 

summit

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2008
1,900
central maine
it slides in and out on the damper mech... pretty accessable take a look.
 

kubota

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Nov 6, 2010
20
Southeastern Oklahoma
I looked around a little bit in there, and from what I am able to see I am going to assume that the metal screen on the front face of the catalyst enclosure is supposed to be removable, followed by, what I assume, are the honeycomb catalysts themselves??

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kubota

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Nov 6, 2010
20
Southeastern Oklahoma
Or is that honeycomb-like facing the actual catalyst? I have the stove burning right now or I would attempt to wrangle with it. Upon inspection of this picture, I may have figured it out... Correct me if I am wrong. That piece of 1/2" flat plate supported by the two 90* bent pieces on each side should slide out of the front of the stove, and the catalyst assemblies should be accessible...?
 

Got Wood

Minister of Fire
Oct 22, 2008
926
Dutchess Cty, NY
Your FPX 36 looks like my 44.... removing the cat is really easy. It is all 1 piece, like a rectangular box - about 4-5" deep. It slides out (towards front). You may have to tip it up a bit as your pulling it out. I take it out a couple times/year to clean it. After 10 yrs it probably should be replaced but you may want to try cleaning it as a short term attempt (brush and/or vacuum).

this web site has some good info

http://www.woodstovecombustors.com/maintenance.html
 

scojen

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Jul 21, 2010
71
Southern Maryland
Got Wood said:
Your FPX 36 looks like my 44.... removing the cat is really easy. It is all 1 piece, like a rectangular box - about 4-5" deep. It slides out (towards front). You may have to tip it up a bit as your pulling it out. I take it out a couple times/year to clean it. After 10 yrs it probably should be replaced but you may want to try cleaning it as a short term attempt (brush and/or vacuum).

this web site has some good info

http://www.woodstovecombustors.com/maintenance.html
Got Wood,

Is there a gasket around the Cat. If so, do you normally replace it when you take it out to clean?
 

FPX Dude

Feeling the Heat
Oct 4, 2007
332
Sacramento, CA
It slides forward, then kinda at an angle, just wiggle it around til you figure it out. Looks like it may need a good cleaning/vacuum/blowing and may come back to life for awhile. There is a gasket around it which looks like some kind of asbestos material (or ???) with metallic particles in it, and also some other kind of insulation on the sides. My gasket basically fell apart first time I took it out and I did not replace it, but it really didn't seem to make a difference since the air gap around the cat was minimal. Until mine looks like it's crumbling or cracking or I feel like it's not working, then I'll replace everything, but otherwise just simple maint seems to do the trick.
 
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