Why you need a Wood Stove Fan?
A wood stove fan will give you a simple, but efficient way to get a more heat from an existing stove. The modern stoves are generally made to burn wood more efficiently, but they can just transfer heat throughout a room using convection and radiation air in the direct surroundings. The following will highlight some of the benefits of using wood stove fan at home.
This Wood stove fan will boost air circulation surrounding the stove and can help to project the warm air much further into the living area. Basically a lot of heat will reach the room and much less will go up the chimney, resulting in a temperature that is more comfortable in your living space. Besides that you are only required to burn a bit of logs, which make it the ideal all round.
Categories of Wood Stove Fan
There are two categories of fans, which the ones powered by external electricity and by heat from the stove. These two types can be equally effective, but will have unique pros and cons. Some of the most popular model will be mentioned below:
A few years ago, the Caframo Fan (pictured right) was introduced to the market and has become very popular. This is has an electric motor, yet it can be powered by the heat from the stove. You could look at this is as a solar cell, except for the heat. You can find a number of models which are built robustly and can shift considerable amounts of air to make it more effective than some of the other designs. These will generate power, so external supply and set up will be as easy as putting it over the stove.
There are a few stove top fan models which use Stirling engine technology. Basically these can be regarded as external combustion engine, which is a piston with an outside heat source. They are a bit more temperamental when compared to the Ecofans, requiring a slight tap to spin the blades and at times need lubrication in order for it to function properly. In addition, overheating and distortion of the internal components will cause damages.
Virtually any fan mounted near a wood stove can disrupt the normal air flow and boost the efficiency of the stove. When you have a fan that is mounted on the ceiling or even a pedestal fan, you can try switching them on in order to enhance the circulation of warm air towards the furthest sections of the room. After using wood stove fan for some time, I am not aware of any that is similar to the stove top model that has an external power supply, possibly since the cabling is at risk from the heat even though the firebox could be more efficient if small fans are installed in close proximity.
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