Q&A Use of Damper (bypass) in Sequoia Stove

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Nov 27, 2012

My husband and I were recently given a Consolidated Dutchwest Sequoia wood stove. It was made in the United States and fits nicely in our living room. However, we feel we are not getting the proper amount of heat from it since we are not quite sure how to use the damper. Also, the top can open up but we don't know the purpose of this - please help!


The "damper" you speak of is a catalytic bypass. When open, the smoke goes directly up the chimney. This position is for loading, starting and for very warm days. Once you get the fire going well, this damper should be shut...this allows the smoke to go through the catalytic converter, which creates additional heat from the smoke.

There are some articles on catalytic stoves at https://www.hearth.com/what/specific.html
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