Sometimes you just need a change. Sometimes changing the furniture around can make a big difference, or maybe even just rearranging the pictures on your walls. Painting your walls can add a bright, clean look to any room. Maybe you need new flooring, whether that’s carpet, tile, or wood. Or maybe you just need a new heat source. One thing to look into is a wood stove. If you are giving this some serious consideration, you’ll need to look into the difference between catalytic or non-catalytic wood burning stove. You’ll find there are pros and cons to each, and the best thing that you can do is to read up on both so that you’ll get the stove that best fits your needs.

Differences Between Catalytic and Non-Catalytic Wood Stoves

Catalytic vs Non-Catalytic Wood Stoves - Chicago IL - Jiminy ChimneyIf you’re going for the most efficient burn, you’ll want to take a close look at a catalytic wood stove. A catalyst is a honeycombed shaped plastic device coated with metal. As the metal heats up, it also heats up the smoke and ashes going over the device, creating more excessive byproduct. This creates more heat with less creosote buildup and less smoke to the outside. This creates a longer, more even burn from your fire, and put together, all of this means higher efficiency.

As for a non-catalytic wood stoves, these don’t have a catalyst. They do, however, have other characteristics that help with complete combustion. First, it insulates the firebox. In addition, a larger baffle creates a long, hot gas flow path. The preheated combustion air also enters through small holes above the fuel in the firebox.

Both catalytic and non-catalytic stoves do have some issues, however. Non-catalytic stoves have some internal parts, including the baffle, that deteriorates over time and eventually needs replacing because of the high heat produced. As for the catalytic stove, the catalyst itself requires some cleaning and care, and it can also wear out over time and need to be replaced.

Why a Wood Stove

You may wonder why a wood stove might be the way to go when considering a heating source. Wood stoves have improved in both efficiency and safety over the years, and they are much better when it comes to smoke release as well. They also produce less ash and require less firewood to get a good, hot burn.

Wood stoves heat through radiant heat, meaning that it radiates through the walls and the top of the woodstove. The heat then warms around this area and gets carried through the house by the home’s natural air flow. Sometimes, electric or convection-powered fans aid this heating process.

At Jiminy Chimney Maintenance & Repair, we can help you pick the woodburning stove that will work best in your home. Give us a call today so we can get your new wood stove up and running quickly!