Applied Ceramics has always had a focus on product development and research with a high percentage of sales each year going to new product development.
To further this, the company employs a strong contingent of Materials Science engineers partnered with multiple PhD and Masters degree standard ceramic engineers and scientists allowing us to deliver innovative products to market.
A catalyst is a substance that increases or speeds up a chemical reaction. In the case of Wood Burning Stoves that is to change the carbon monoxide to H2O and CO2. These new catalysts are designed for wood burning only and NOT for multifuel stoves so never burn coal on a catalytic wood stove. They require approximately 240 0 C to become active. They are made up of three components.
A Substrate - A physical material and structure of the catalyst often made of either ceramic or metal.
The Washcoat - Increases the surface of the catalyst, it is a powder suspension of metal oxides which is spread and dried on the substrate.
The Active Metals - The surface is coated in active metals such as Rhodium (RH), Platinum (PM) and Palladium (PD).
Catalytic stoves rely on a catalyst to help burn smoke before it leaves the woodburing stove or fireplace. The catalyst in a wood-burning appliance is a coated ceramic honeycomb-shaped device through which the exhaust gas is routed. The catalytic coating lowers the ignition temperature of the combustion gases as they pass through it.
This allows catalytic appliances to burn cleanly at low heat output settings. Because the catalyst restricts gas flow through the appliance, catalytic stoves always include a bypass damper into the flue. The damper is opened when fuel is loaded and is closed when you get a hot fire. This forces the gases through the catalyst for an extended, cleaner burn.