It's winter: the wind is howling; the snow is piling up; it's below freezing outside – and you are sitting in front of your wood or pellet stove, wondering why your feet are still cold. Everyone knows that hot air rises and as it does it heats the ceiling area first; as the air in the room continues to circulate, the warm air finally starts seeping down to where your feet are. Unless your feet are right in front of the fire, it may take a while to get them warm.
You could always put on a pair of warm socks while you wait for the room to get warm. But still you wonder how you can get your stove to heat up more than just the area right around it, and, of course, the ceiling above you. After all, the reason you have a stove is to heat your home, and not just a small corner of it, for less money. The good news is that there is something you can do to make your stove put out more heat and warmth. The best thing you could do is buy a stove fan that will enhance the effectiveness of your stove.
What Is A Wood Stove Fan?
Battery operated and electric operated fans are not very efficient to use because the high heat from the stove (some can become hotter than 300°C or 570°F) can do serious damage to the batteries or the electrical wiring in them. They just can't take the high heat that most stoves put out. Fortunately, these types of fans are no longer needed, as there are stove fans designed to work without electricity or batteries.
The idea for the newer stove fans is not a remarkable new discovery; it is actually something that comes from the 19th century. Only the materials are unique to our current technology. These stove fans run thanks to either a miniature Stirling engine or Thermoelectric Power Generators, better known as TEG modules. The generator takes the heat directly from the stove, then converts this heat into the electricity needed to run the fan. There are no moving parts in the thermoelectric generator, which makes these stove fans sturdy and reliable. As the air inside the fan heats up, the miniature Stirling engine expands, and the piston is thrust upward; as the air cools, the engine contracts and the piston is forced down. This cycle repeats, essentially moving the hot air up and out of the fan and into your home, rather than towards the ceiling.
Most stove fans usually kicks in when the stove temperature reaches 150°F or 65°C. If you have a stove that generates heat at or above 300°C or 570°F then this type of stove fan is not an ideal fan to use. Excess heat will damage the TEG module.
The best part of these fans is they do not run on gas or electricity; the heat of the stove generates enough power to effectively and efficiently run the fan to heat your room, and quite possibly your whole house. If you want to heat your room even faster, just get a roaring fire going and watch those fan blades spin – the faster they go, the faster you will get warm.
Stove fans use stove heat as their only source of power. No need to buy batteries or pay to use electricity.
These fans are pollution free, contain no environmental hazards, and have absolutely no health risks to humans or animals.
Electrical or battery operated fans make noise due to the way they are powered. Fans powered bythe stove heat are as quiet as a gentle wind through the treetops.
Most stove fans are easy to install.
What Are The Advantages Of A Stove Fan?
Distributes hot air in a more efficient way. Works much better than a reversed ceiling fan.
Helps you save money. Your simple investment in a quality wood stove fan will bring great benefits to your wallet for years to come.
Review Before Making A Purchase
Many different companies now manufacture stove fans that can be as different from each other as night and day. If you are ready to purchase a stove fan be prepared to read as many reviews as you can. You will want to pay attention to the consistency in the performance of each fan, as well as how much it costs and if the company has a good reputation or not. You want to find the right fan for your particular stove. Read the reviews, see what each has to offer. Then, armed with such knowledge, you can make a wise and confident decision on just which stove fan to purchase.