Amazon customers are chiming in about the quality of our barbecue smoker grill thermometers! Now available in 3 dial colors (Black, Silver, or Glow) and two different stem lengths (2.5" or 4") to perfectly compliment your grill. Made in the USA and all mounting hardware is included. Check out the product page for our thermometers here for more technical details: Midwest Hearth BBQ Thermometers
Dirty combustor? Learn HOW and WHEN to clean the catalyst for your wood stove.
First the good news - Generally, a properly used catalytic combustor requires little to no maintenance. Why is this? The extremely high operating temperatures of the catalyst essentially cleans itself.
That said, a few operating conditions can lead to a dirty combustor. Most often this is caused by burning materials that produce a lot of char and fly ash. Closing the bypass too soon can also lead to buildup on the combustor from a lowered operating temperature. Pro-Tip: Make sure your firebox temperature is above 500°F (260°C) before closing the bypass damper.
Softwoods like Fir, Spruce and Pine are less expensive than hardwoods, are easier to ignite, and burn rapidly with a hot flame. However, softwoods will produce more creosote than hardwoods.
If you are a serious wood burner using a catalytic wood burning stove, hardwoods are your best choice. Hardwoods such as Oak and Birch provide a longer lasting fire, a shorter flame, and produce less creosote.
* After the first burning, the catalytic combustor should have a light gray powdery appearance.
How to Clean a Combustor that is Masked with Fly-Ash
How to Clean a Combustor that is Masked with Soot or Creosote
If the combustor becomes masked with soot or creosote, it may be possible to burn the accumulation off by opening the bypass and building a hot fire.
We strongly recommend to check and clean the combustor before each burning season and inspect all flues for creosote build-up. Remember: cleaning the flue helps prevent chimney flue fires!
If you just received your new Midwest Hearth 1-rpm replacement auger motor (or are considering getting one), some of you may need to reverse its rotational direction. We're here to help!
Okay, now that we have identified the parts, it's time to start!
Below are the directions in writing. Below that will be a video showing how the process is done.
Why a video? Because it's 1000x more informative! Please read the instructions, then view the video watching yours truly reverse the rotation of the Midwest Hearth auger motor.
• Hold auger motor in your hand with motor side facing you.
• Remove 2 black screws holding the bearing cap.
• Remove bearing cap.
• Remove the 2 silver bolts holding the black magnet in place.
• Remove black magnet, flip it over, and place back onto motor. (Do not flip the shaft, only the black magnet)
• Reinstall silver bolt(s) on magnet.
• Reinstall bearing cap. Reinstall last two silver screws.
• IF MAGNET OR BRACKET IS NOT SEATED PROPERLY OR OVERTIGHTENED THE MOTOR MAY NOT SPIN
For a limited time you can purchase the Midwest Hearth Professional Smoker Thermometer for $39.95 and free shipping. This includes the stainless steel mounting hardware too! If you have been waiting to upgrade your smoker's thermometer, now is the time. Choose from Black Dial, Silver Dial, or Glow-In-the-Dark Dial.
Vermont Castings Defiant Encore Catalytic Combustor - Now Available with a Metal Catalyst or in Original Ceramic
Midwest Hearth replacement combustors for your Vermont Castings Encore or Defiant wood stove are a high-quality choice for your catalytic wood burning stove.
Replacing your old combustor will help you improve your stove's efficiency, saving you money and producing less pollution.
Now available in the new metal combustor! These steel catalysts are impervious to crumbling and come up to operating temperature faster than their ceramic counterparts.
Compatible Stove Models:
• Defiant 1910, 1945
• Defiant Encore 0028, 2140, 2170, 2190
• Encore 2550 (0002550 / 51 / 52 / 53 / 54 / 55 / 56 / 57 / 58 00030050)
• Resolute Acclaim Model 0041
• Large Winterwarm 1280, 2100
* This size NOT for the new 2-IN-1 Flexburn Defiant and Encore. Those use a 1" thick combustor.
This combustor replaces the original OEM part # 30001152
Midwest Hearth Temperature Gauge for Barbecue Pits, Smokers, and Cookers is Now Available in a NEW Color!
You asked for it, and we listened! Our popular BBQ Smoker Thermometer is now available with a black dial! The temperature gauge still features our vibrant full-color cooking zones, real glass face, and is super-accurate for professional quality grilling.
New Magnetic Stove Top and Stove Pipe Thermometers are Now Available from Midwest Hearth! Made in USA
Using a stove temperature meter is important to increase the burning efficiency of your wood stove. Homeowners with wood burning appliances have always demanded an accurate and easy-to-read thermometer to quickly determine the proper burn temp of their stove. To this end, Midwest Hearth has manufactured a beautiful new magnetic thermometer. Featuring a glossy porcelain enamel finish, it is sure to compliment your prized wood appliance. 3 colorful zones are indicated on the dial to provide a fast reading of optimum burn temps, and the outer dial displays an accurate temperature reading in degrees fahrenheit. The thermometer is available in 2 models. One calibrated for use on the stove top, and the other for use on single-wall chimney pipe. Magnetic attachment makes installation easy! Best of all, these thermometers are made right here in the USA from high-quality materials.
Our professional thermometer for kamado style charcoal barbecue grills was a hit this summer! With it's huge easy-to-read dial and colorful "cook zones", it's no wonder it has been a best-seller. It is currently "Amazon's Choice for Big Green Egg Thermometer...". If you are looking to replace or upgrade your kamado-style grill's temperature gauge, then look no further! Order the best professional quality thermometer on the market! Made in the USA.
Midwest Hearth is happy to announce a new addition to our line of fire glass. The new cube glass measures 1/2" square, a smooth finish, and is available in 5 hot colors!
Great for use with:
☑ Natural gas fire pits
☑ Propane fire pits
☑ Tabletop fire pits
☑ Linear fire pits and burners
☑ Outdoor gas fireplaces
☑ Indoor Fireplaces and gas log sets designed to use glass
☑ Electric fireplaces with glass trays
Congratulations to William from Wisconsin for building a truly epic bbq smoker! William will be headed out to Southern Georgia this summer to cook in the GBA and obviously takes his grilling seriously! Since accurately measuring temperature is paramount to smoking, this professional smoker uses no less than three Midwest Hearth Smoker Thermometers. Scroll down to see more pictures of this fantastic build.