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Choose a Catalytic Wood Stove and Save Money in the Long Run

Oct 4, 2008- Wise Heat

With the high price of heating oil and electricity in many places, a lot of people are considering buying a wood stove. A good bet is to go with an EPA Phase II catalytic stove.

With the high price of heating oil and electricity in many places, a lot of people are considering buying a wood stove. A good bet is to go with an EPA Phase II catalytic stove.

These stoves, no matter what manufacturer you go with, are required to deliver 72% or better efficiency. The EPA tests the stoves it approves to ensure that 72% of the energy in wood, released from burning, is deliverable into the surrounding area.

Not only are approved catalytic stoves highly efficient, they can also reduce emissions by up to 90% and they will greatly decrease creosote build-up, a common problem with non-catalytic wood stoves. Catalytic stoves produce longer burn times per load and can also save up to 1/3 what it costs to burn with less efficient stoves. If used correctly, a catalytic stove can save you up to one less cord of wood out of every three you burn.

Why are we still talking about catalytic stoves?
Comment posted by bcrem on January 10, 2009
I thought these were old news, with modern stoves getting the same or better efficiency without needing a combustor?
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