Catalytic heater

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A catalytic heater is a type of heater which relies on catalyzed chemical reactions to break down molecules and produce heat.[1]

Catalytic heaters can be used wherever heat is required, producing heat at a lower, controlled rate than unconstrained combustion. Examples of smaller and larger heaters are soldering irons, hand warmers (such as the Jon-E or Zippo) and space-heating appliances. Small-scale catalytic heaters are typically propane (LP), butane, naphtha (lighter fluid, Coleman camping fuel or "white gas" in the USA) or alcohol fueled.


  1. ^ "Gas Catalytic Heater Operation". Article. Heraeus-Vulcan. Retrieved 2015-01-31.