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  • Ceramic Honeycomb Catalytic Combustor (CC-251) for VERMONT CASTINGS wood stoves (Models Intrepid and Small Winter Warm Insert). Measures 2.5" wide by 6.6" long by 2" thick. PRIOR TO ORDERING CONSIDER THE STEELCAT (CS-251) UPGRADE - A worthwhile extra expenditure for better performance. Made in the USA by Condar, "The Combustor Experts".
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Ceramic Honeycomb Catalytic Combustor (CC-251) for VERMONT CASTINGS wood stoves (Models Intrepid and Small Winter Warm Insert). Measures 2.5" wide by 6.6" long by 2" thick. PRIOR TO ORDERING CONSIDER THE STEELCAT (CS-251) UPGRADE - A worthwhile extra expenditure for better performance. Made in the USA by Condar, "The Combustor Experts".

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  • Made in the USA by Condar, the "Combustor Experts."
  • 5-year pro-rated warranty (Claims are handled quickly by Condar's tech service department 8am-5pm Eastern Time.)
  • Steel upgrade available (Condar product code CS-251) - a worthwhile extra expenditure for better performance.
  • CatGard gasket included at no extra charge
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For VERMONT CASTINGS Intrepid and Small Winter Warm Insert woodstoves. This combustor's metal "can" has the correct wrapping flange (see photos), like on your original catalytic combustor, to hold the ceramic securely in your Vermont Castings stove. This catalytic combustor is a ceramic honeycomb coated with platinum and palladium, elements engineered to maximize the catalytic reaction. Strategically placed in the smoke path inside a wood stove, the catalytic combustor literally causes smoke to burn as fuel, creating more heat from less wood. That means a wood stove can be burned slowly, transforming most energy stored in a log to the room as heat, instead of to the outside air as pollution. Condar recommends our Digital Catalytic Monitor (for the small Winter Warm Insert) or a catalytic probe thermometer (1 3/4" probe for the Intrepid) to ensure the proper operating temperatures for your combustor. Both are available from Amazon. Measures 2.5" wide by 6.6" long by 2" thick. A note about gaskets: Combustors may, or may not, require a gasket to ensure a good fit inside the stove. This depends on the particular stove design. If you see a gap around the edge of your combustor, that doesn't mean it's necessary to fill it with gasket. Your combustor installation doesn't have to be airtight to achieve optimal operation. Nevertheless, Condar includes (at no extra charge) enough CatGard gasket to adequately wrap around your combustor, regardless if its needed or not.

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0017YYTSM
  • Item model number: CC-251
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,660 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darian P. Paganelli on January 16, 2013
We bought a Condar replacement catalytic combustor in 2005 for our Vermont Castings Intrepid II wood stove. Previously we did not have good luck with a new replacement catalytic combustor (more on this later). Our stove was built in 1983, it was the first model catalytic Intrepid II built. The life of the catalytic combustor depends on how much air the stove gets during catalytic operation. If it has air leaks from seams, the combustor only lives a couple of years, not six as advertised. I got tired of taking the stove to the barn and chinking it with stove cement to seal it up. After it ran a while, the stove cement fell out anyway. Operating the stove this way shortened the life of the combustor and the stove burned more wood due to the increased air fed to the fire. Lately I decided to chink up the seams on the stove body with aluminum foil. .. This did not last very long and required a lot of maintenance. Improved chinking made from length of stainless steel wire wrapped in steel wool and this all wrapped loosely with aluminum foil has proved to be a durable and lasting stove seam sealant. The old 1983 Intrepid II runs a steady temperature (550 to 600 degrees surface temperature, has no leaks and runs longer than it did when it was new (better seal). Stove cement is useless as far as I am concerned. It crumbles after a while from heat and the stove body flexes as it heats and cools, which destroys the cement seal. The method I describe for chinking the seam does not fail. I finally had to change the combustor because it did not work well anymore after 8 years. The new one performs beautifully. Try this trick, you do not have to move the stove, nor do you have to cure the seal, or smell the stink of the stove cement drying when the stove is first lit.Read more ›
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By J. Mol on April 30, 2015
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Condor has been the name in Cats for a while and this one is no exception. A new twist is that they also send a gasket to go around the cat to give it a tighter fit.
They are well made and can be cleaned at the end of the season.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alphonse Greybeard on November 23, 2013
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These catalytic devices are used on some wood stoves and inserts, to control smoke emissions and gain additional heat from the wood burned. Like most catalytic devices, they have a finite life -- depending upon how much wood one burns - but 3 to 5 years seems the norm. This unit was the third in my Winterwarm Small fireplace insert, made by Vermont Castings. Like others, it consists of a ceramic core plated with a micron thickness of platinum (the catalyst) and it must be heated to 500 degrees or so prior to being switched into the flue gas stream by means of a stove damper - at which point the amount of visible smoke leaving your chimney should decrease. The unit is not hard to replace and seemed to fit the space properly. I have no reason to believe it won't last the typical 4 years in my application - but Condar does provide some guidance on replacement intervals, which are packed with the combustor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Frenett on January 3, 2013
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I am happy we replace this part it seems to have increased the functioning of the insert. A worthwhile investment
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tinkerbell on August 21, 2011
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received product in great time.This is for a wood burning stove Have installed in stove but its to hot to start a fire in stove.
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