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Buck Stove Model 74ZC Non-Catalytic Wood-Burning Stove 74ZC

SKU FP ZC74
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Original price $4,108.00
Original price $4,108.00 - Original price $4,342.00
Original price $4,108.00
Current price $3,708.00
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Current price $3,708.00

Model 74ZC (Non-Catalytic)

 The 74ZC is an ideal choice for zone heating or small homes, with a heating range of 1500 - 2,600 square feet, with an astonishing  13,300-52,400 BTUs per hour.  

MODEL 74ZC

Specifications and Features:

STOVE DIMENSIONS (FRONT): 38" W x 34" H

FRAMING DIMENSIONS: 37-1/2" W x 34-3/4" H x 24-3/4" D

(From Finished Wall)

(Measurement from the back of the cabinet to the beginning of flue pipe 7")

HEAT CAPACITY: 1,500 - 2,600 Sq. Feet

EPA Tested Output BTU/H: 13,300-52,400

EMISSIONS G/H: 1.8 CUBIC FEET 

FIREBOX VOLUME: 2.6 FIREWOOD 

LENGTH: 16"(front to back)22" (side to side)

COLOR OPTIONS: Gold, Pewter & Black

ASH PAN: NO

BLOWER: YES

FLUE SIZE: 6" 

EFFICIENCY: Up to 73% 

OPTIONAL PEDESTAL: N/A 

PREFAB APPROVED: NO

MOBILE HOME APPROVED: YES**

STOVE WEIGHT: 629 Lbs 

HEARTH PAD SIZE: N/A*

*Hearth pad size listed is the minimum size required for vertical vent installation

**Requires optional outside air pedestal and/or outside air kit for mobile home installations 

MODEL 74ZC MANUAL & NON CBI REPORT

Model 74 Non CBI Report (pdf)Download

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have a catalytic combustor in my wood stove. Can I clean it & how often does this need to be done?

After the first burning, the combustor should have a light gray powder-like appearance. Should the combustor's cells become masked with fly-ash, use a paintbrush or soft-bristle brush and dust the combustor gently. Never use anything abrasive to clean the combustor. A vacuum cleaner may be used, but never use high-pressured air to blow the cells free of any build-up. Any cell blockage can be removed with the use of a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. Should the combustor become masked with soot or creosote, it is possible to burn the accumulation off by opening the by-pass and building a hot fire. Once the hot fire is created, close the by-pass halfway and burn for 30-60 minutes with the bypass in this position. Applied Ceramics suggests checking and cleaning the combustor before each burning season begins, if necessary.

How do I know if my catalytic combustor needs to be replaced?

The catalytic combustor has a six-year life expectancy when used according to the stove owner’s manual. Although, some combustors have operated with efficiency for as high as ten years, the combustor’s life is based on the stove operator, maintenance, fuels used, and the stove manufacturer’s design.

I need a piece of glass for my double door stove and I don’t know what model it is.

The double door glass kit fits the Models 26000 Old Buck (Little),  27000 Old Buck (Regular), and 28000 Old Buck (Big) and consists of the following: 2 pieces of 6 ½” x 9” glass and 2 gaskets for the glass.

My glass has a black film on it. How can I clean it?

You can clean your glass by using an oven cleaner and paper towels or razor blade. You can also make a solution of vinegar and water.

I would like to replace the gasket around my door. What do I need?

Depending on your model, you need door roping and/or ash bar wicking. You will also need a 2.8 oz. tube of high temperature silicone.

I have an older Buck Stove and I would like to convert it to a freestanding stove. Is this possible?

Yes, it is possible. You will need a stack and a pedestal to do so. First, you must determine which model you have. To do so, measure the rectangular opening on the top of the unit. If the opening is 13¾” x  3¼,” you have either a Model 26000 Old Buck (Little) or a Model  27000 Old Buck (Regular). Order part # FA 260421 for the stack and part # FA P4171B for the pedestal. If the opening measures 16” x 3¾,” then you have Model 28000 Old Buck (Big). Order part # FA 280421 for the stack and part # FA P4171B for the pedestal.

I have a Buck Stove with a 3-speed thermostat. It only works on high. Can it be it 3 speeds again?

After the first burning, the combustor should have a light gray powder-like appearance. Should the combustor's cells become masked with fly-ash, use a paintbrush or soft-bristle brush and dust the combustor gently. Never use anything abrasive to clean the combustor. A vacuum cleaner may be used, but never use high-pressured air to blow the cells free of any build-up. Any cell blockage can be removed with the use of a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. Should the combustor become masked with soot or creosote, it is possible to burn the accumulation off by opening the by-pass and building a hot fire. Once the hot fire is created, close the by-pass halfway and burn for 30-60 minutes with the bypass in this position. Applied Ceramics suggests checking and cleaning the combustor before each burning season begins, if necessary.

I have a wood stove and want to make it gas. Can I do this?

No, we do not recommend doing this. If you changed from wood to gas, it would not only void the warranty of the gas log set, but you run the risk of damaging gas components in the log set itself and damaging your home.

Regarding gas valves, what is the difference between a Millivolt and Modulating unit?

A Millivolt unit has the capability of using a remote control or wall thermostat to regulate the temperature setting. Whereas, the temperature of a modulating unit is controlled by changing the knob setting on the unit itself.

Should I purchase a catalytic or non-catalytic unit?

Normal rule is, for a primary heat source, choose the catalytic unit. For supplemental heating, choose the non-cat unit. Catalytic units have efficiency rating of 72%. There is more maintenance with a catalytic unit. At some point, depending on how you operate the unit and the type of wood burned, you will probably need to replace the  catalyst. Non-catalytic units have an average efficiency rating of 63%, which is quite high for a wood burning unit. There is not a big price difference between catalytic and non-cat stoves.

MORE ABOUT A CATALYTIC UNIT

WHY DO COMBUSTORS NEED REPLACED?

THERMAL SHOCK – OCCURS WHEN REFUELING WITH WOOD CONTAINING MOISTURE EITHER ON IT OR IN IT. MOIST SMOKE IS SENT TO THE COMBUSTOR WHEN THE BY-PASS IS CLOSED AND THE RESULTS ARE THERMAL SHOCK AND  CRACKING OF THE SUBSTRATE. A CONTINUAL PRACTICE OF THIS WILL CAUSE THE COMBUSTOR TO DETERIORATE. 

    FATIGUE – THE CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR HAS A SIX-YEAR (6) LIFE EXPECTANCY WHEN USED ACCORDING TO THE STOVE OWNER’S MANUAL. ALTHOUGH, SOME COMBUSTORS HAVE OPERATED WITH EFFICIENCY FOR AS HIGH AS TEN YEARS, THE COMBUSTOR’S LIFE IS BASED ON THE STOVE OPERATOR, MAINTENANCE, FUELS USED, AND THE STOVE MANUFACTURER’S DESIGN. 

    MISHANDLING – OR ABUSE TO THE COMBUSTOR. A FEW EXAMPLES WOULD  BE … DROPPING IT, USING ABRASIVE TOOLS FOR CLEANING IT, USING HIGH PRESSURE AIR TO BLOW THE CELL FREE OF ANY FLY-ASH BUILD-UP, USING  CLEANING SOLVENTS TO CLEAN IT OR PERHAPS BEATING ON IT TO REMOVE IT FROM IT’S HOLDING DEVICE. 

    DIRECT FLAME IMPINGEMENT – FLAMES BURNING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME DIRECTLY INTO THE COMBUSTOR WITH THE BY-PASS OR DAMPER CLOSED WILL CAUSE THIS. ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN WILL CHANGE THE CHEMICAL MAKE-UP OF THE CATALYST AND CHANGE IT’S REACTION AS WELL. 

    FLAME IMPINGEMENT ON A CONTINUAL BASIS WILL CAUSE THE SUBSTRATE TO BREAK DOWN. SOME OF THE REASONS FLAME IMPINGEMENT OCCURS ARE OPERATING THE STOVE WITH THE FIREBOX DOOR AJAR OR THE ASH PAN NOT CLOSED TIGHTLY. OTHER REASONS MIGHT BE THAT THE DOOR GASKET NEEDS REPLACED OR THE AIR INTAKES ARE LEFT WIDE OPEN AFTER THE BY-PASS HAS BEEN CLOSED. UNCONTROLLABLE DRAW OR FAST DRAFT CAN BE CONTROLLED WITH THE USE OF A BAROMETRIC DAMPER. 

    POISONING – THIS HAPPENS BY BURNING MATERIALS OTHER THAN SEASONED DRIED WOOD. FOREIGN MATTER SUCH AS GARBAGE, PAINTED WOOD, LARGE AMOUNT OF COLORED PAPER, CARDBOARD, RUBBER, PLASTIC, PANELING WITH GLUE, OIL PRODUCTS AND SO ON WILL EVENTUALLY KILL THE EFFICIENCY OF THE CATALYST.

CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR CLEANING

NORMALLY THE CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR REQUIRES LITTLE OR NO MAINTENANCE. BECAUSE IT GENERATES SUCH HIGH TEMPERATURES, IT IS BASICALLY SELF-CLEANING. AFTER THE FIRST BURNING THE COMBUSTOR SHOULD HAVE A LIGHT GRAY POWDER-LIKE APPEARANCE.

SHOULD THE COMBUSTOR’S CELLS BECOME MASKED WITH FLY-ASH, USE A PAINTBRUSH OR SOFT-BRISTLED BRUSH AND DUST THE COMBUSTOR GENTLY. NEVER USE ANYTHING ABRASIVE TO CLEAN THE COMBUSTOR. A VACUUM CLEANER MAY BE USED, BUT NEVER USE HIGH PRESSURED AIR TO BLOW THE CELLS FREE OF ANY BUILD-UP. ANY CELL BLOCKAGE CAN BE REMOVED WITH THE USE OF A PIPE CLEANER OR A COTTON SWAB.

SHOULD THE COMBUSTOR BECOME MASKED WITH SOOT OR CREOSOTE, IT IS POSSIBLE TO BURN THE ACCUMULATION OFF BY OPENING THE BY-PASS AND BUILDING A HOT FIRE. ONCE THE HOT FIRE IS CREATED, CLOSE THE BY-PASS HALFWAY AND BURN FOR 30 – 60 MINUTES WITH THE BY-PASS IN THIS POSITION.

APPLIED CERAMICS SUGGESTS IT WOULD BE WISE TO CHECK AND CLEAN THE COMBUSTOR, IF NECESSARY, BEFORE EACH BURNING SEASON BEGINS.

WHY THE COMBUSTOR MIGHT STRUGGLE TO DO IT’S JOB

LIGHT-OFF - WAS NOT ACHIEVED BEFORE THE STOVE’S BY-PASS WAS  CLOSED. THIS MEANS THE CATALYST WAS NOT AT THE TEMPERATURE NECESSARY TO RECEIVE AND BURN THE INLET GASES. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE COMBUSTOR CELLS PLUGGING WITH FLY-ASH AND CREOSOTE. WHEN STARTING A FIRE IN A COLD STOVE, THE CATALYST NEEDS 500° F. OF TEMPERATURE FOCUSED ON IT FOR 20 – 30 MINUTES TO ALLOW PROPER LIGHT-OFF. 

    REFUELING - WET OR UNSEASONED WOOD WILL SHUT THE CATALYTIC  COMBUSTOR DOWN AT ONCE. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE COMBUSTOR’S CELLS    PLUGGING WITH FLY-ASH AND CREOSOTE. THIS WILL ALSO CAUSE THERMAL SHOCK TO THE COMBUSTOR’S SUBSTRATE AND HAIRLINE CRACKS WILL OCCUR ON THE  CELL WALLS. 

    MASKING – BLANKETING THE COMBUSTOR WITH A   SUBSTANCE THAT PREVENTS CATALYTIC ACTIVITY. 

    PLUGGING - A BUILD-UP OF SOOT, CREOSOTE AND/OR   FLY-ASH IN THE COMBUSTOR’S CELLS. THIS OCCURS WHEN THE COMBUSTOR IS OPERATED OR POSITIONED IMPROPERLY. INLET GAS TEMPERATURE MUST BE MAINTAINED AROUND 500°F.  TO KEEP THE CATALYST ACTIVATED. THIS ALSO OCCURS WHEN BURNING MATERIALS THAT PRODUCE LARGE FLAKES OR CHAR, LIKE WRAPPING PAPER OR CARDBOARD.

HOW TO MAINTAIN CATALYTIC BURNING CONDITIONS

WHEN INITIALLY STARTING UP A COLD STOVE, A MEDIUM TO HIGH FIRING RATE MUST BE MAINTAINED FOR 20 – 30 MINUTES. THIS WILL ALLOW THE  STOVE, THE CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR, AND THE FUEL TO STABILIZE AT A PROPER OPERATING TEMPERATURE EVEN THOUGH THE TEMPERATURE CAN REACH 600° F. WITHIN A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE FIRE HAS STARTED. IF THE FIRE IS TURNED  DOWN TOO SOON TO A LOW BURNING CONDITION, IT WILL RESULT IN THE FIRE AND/OR THE CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR GOING OUT.

AT THE END OF A BURN CYCLE, IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THE AMOUNT OF BURNING EMBERS REMAINING MIGHT NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT TEMPERATURE OR FUEL FOR THE CATALYST TO STAY LIT.

DURING THE REFUELING OF A HOT STOVE THAT HAS AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE BELOW 500° F., IT IS BEST TO FIRE THE STOVE UP FOR 10 – 15 MINUTES TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT TEMPERATURE AND PROPER AMOUNTS OF VOLATILE GASES FOR THE CATALYST TO OPERATE WELL AND EFFICIENTLY. HOWEVER, WHEN REFUELING A HOT STOVE THAT HAS AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE ABOVE 500°F., NO REFIRING IS NECESSARY.

CATAYTIC COMBUSTOR TEMPERATURES

COMBUSTOR TEMPERATURES CAN BECOME EXTREMELY HOT DURING OPERATION. TEMPERATURES ABOVE 1800° F. WILL DAMAGE THE CATALYST. TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 1400°F. AND 1600° F. ARE NORMAL, BUT TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 1200° F. AND 1400° F. ARE RECOMMENDED.

For more information about Buck Stove products, please email info@buckstove.com or call (828)765-6144 and ask for customer service.

ABOUT US...

In 1971, Robert Bailey and Alvin Barrier opened a small country store  called Minpro Supply in the town of Spruce Pine, North Carolina. They sold gasoline, refurbished appliances, and bologna sandwiches made by Robert’s mother. In 1975, Mr. Carol Buckner of Asheville, North Carolina approached the two men about selling a new wood-burning stove that he had built, which included a three-speed motor. Buckner was searching for an outfit that could manufacture the stove, which he called the “Regular Buck”, as well as set up a dealer network for its sales. He had created the stove in the midst of the national energy crisis, when people were desperately looking for heating alternatives to gas and oil. Buckner made Bailey and Barrier an offer: if they could not sell the stove within 30 days, he would buy it back from them, no strings attached.

Bailey and Barrier used the stove as a floor model, and within two weeks, the partner’s had so many orders, they realized that they should  pursue the future in dealing with Buck Stoves. They became the first official Buck Stove Dealer, and began assisting in manufacturing operations as well. Within two or three months, they had sold 200 stoves. They transformed their store into a manufacturing facility, selling the stoves faster than they could get them off of the finishing line. Robert’s sister, Betty Bailey Carswell, even learned how to weld to help keep production moving. They set a goal of producing 30 stoves a week, but the demand was so high they quickly fell behind. 

To this day, Robert continues to lead the New Buck Corporation. The company has grown tremendously over the decades and continues to grow today. In 2008 Buck Stove moved into a much larger facility across town. This 300,000 square foot, 80 acre facility not only allowed the company to expand with a more spacious work environment, warehouse and showroom. This move also allowed the company the space for additions of newer, more sophisticated manufacturing technologies and machinery. Machines such as state of the art laser cutting tables and an on site  powder coating operation. With the addition of this modern equipment,  Buck Stove began to expand our product line to include outdoor grills  and fire pits. These products are made with modern designs and classic clean lines reflecting the same quality and craftsmanship unique to Buck Stove. In 2011, after experiencing such great response from our customers in regards to our outdoor products, Buck Stove once again decided to expand our outdoor line to include outdoor patio furniture. Our furniture is made from non-porous recycled plastic and is also manufactured right here in our Spruce Pine facility, providing our  customers with a full line of outdoor living products combining durability, style and comfort all in one beautiful package. Buck Stove, once again providing our customers with the same quality and craftsmanship they have come to appreciate.

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Rick Richards
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We absolutely love this stove. It heats at a constant temp. Our old stove we had to open windows and doors to cool it off. (Feast or famine) this stove also will burn through out the night. Very easy to clean. It also arrived very quickly. Couldn’t be happier. Definitely worth the money!

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Ellis Dunn
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Great quality at a great price!

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Pete Marsh
love it

Love it the best wood stove to heat my house

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Alan Ortega
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Work great all night on a full load still had hot coals after 12 hours .

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Justin Phillips
Highly recommend

Well-built and engineered. Quality at a good cost shipping was great. Highly recommend