NON-CATALYTIC WOOD STOVES | Region 10 | US EPA

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NON-CATALYTIC WOOD STOVES


Installation, Operation, and Maintenance


Installing Your Non-catalytic Wood Stove:

Improper installation of your wood stove can result in a house fire and cause greater pollution. If a stove isn't installed properly, it can also affect the draft of the stove (i.e., ability to draw combustion air and expel exhaust). Proper draft is critical to reducing pollution and maintaining high efficiency. Before having your stove installed, be sure to check with local authorities regarding building codes and permits, and notify your fire insurance company. The following tips discuss the importance of proper installation.

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Operating Your Non-catalytic Wood Stove:

Follow the procedures below to operate your stove for maximum efficiency and minimum pollution. What makes a new non-catalytic wood stove burn efficiently and cleanly is "secondary combustion"-a feature that differentiates the new stoves from the older models. In new non-catalytic wood stoves, the usual combustion process in augmented by a second area of combustion that burns off the smoke before it exits through the flue. In some stoves, the fire of secondary combustion is visible near the air inlets in the secondary combustion zone (it looks like a little jet of flame coming out of the inlets), and is called "light-off."

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What You Should NOT Do:
Maintaining Your Non-catalytic Wood Stove:

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