Why Stove Fans are a Key Accessory for Wood Burning Stove Owners
How do stove fans work?
Stove fans are powered completely by the heat generated from your wood burning or multi-fuel stove. They do not require any electricity to function, so you don’t need to worry about any extra batteries or electric mains to run.
These fans typically sit on the top of the stove body and use the transference of heat between the surface of the stove body and the base of the fan to power the motor and blades.
Heat travels up from the base of the fan to heat a Peltier device installed underneath the fan’s blades. The heating of this device causes thermoelectric energy, which begins to turn the blades and circulate the warm air around the room.
To function properly, stove fans must draw cooler air from behind them to properly function. Because of this, the positioning of your fan on your stove body is therefore incredibly important for it to work properly. If placed too far forward, it might not be able to run!
Why you need a stove fan
One of the key differences a stove fan can make to your home is the dramatic increase in the warmth that you receive from your stove.
Stove fans are designed to circulate the warm air from the stove evenly around the room, directing warm air away from the fireplace and flue pipe, instead of it simply rising to the top of the room. This ensures that it doesn’t escape or heat rooms above when you really want it to warm the room that you’re in.
You don’t have to wait for the stove to get up to optimum temperature before the stove fan works either, with many starting to operate from as low as 45 degrees! This means that you can enjoy the warmth of your stove straight away!
Having a more effective flow of heat around the room also means that you’re likely to spend less money on fuel, as you will use less because heat is circulating around the room better. You won’t be tempted to throw an extra log on the fire if the room drops cool, instead, you’ll get to enjoy a consistent temperature the whole time the stove is burning.
Without a stove fan, you are in danger of wasting a lot of the warm air produced from your wood burning or multi-fuel stove. Due to the fact that hot air rises naturally, you may find that the room with your wood burning stove is cooler than those above it, which is the exact opposite of what you want!
Which Fan Should I choose?
Here at Stove Supermarket, we stove a wide range of Valiant stove fans that suit a number of budgets but all have the same great build quality and performance. The key difference between these models is the size and positioning of the fan on your wood burning or multi-fuel stove.
The Valiant Original 2 Blade Stove fan circulates warm air generated by your stove gently and silently. This particular model begins to operate when the stove top reaches temperatures close to 100 °C and boasts a simple two-blade mechanism.
If you are looking for a bit more of a push for your airflow, an additional blade on your stove fan can really increase performance levels. The Valiant Ventum III fan starts to operate at an ultra-low 45 °C pushing the air around your room almost instantly with its additional blade. For an even greater push, opt for the Valiant Premium 4 stove fan which boasts four dynamically balanced blades and a 70% increase in airflow than competitor products.
For those looking for a bit more efficiency from their stove fan, the Valiant Vanquish 250 has a 90% greater airflow than other designs and starts operating at 50 °C. Another advantage of this particular model is its Slimline design, meaning that it can be easily positioned on your stove should the top of the stove body be limited on space.
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