Why invest in a wood stove fan?
A stove fan has a lot more advantages than just warming up your space. Here are some of the pros that come with investing in one:
Most stove fans don’t need fuel to function because they are powered by heat. They have a Thermoelectric generator that transforms heat into energy used to power them. Additionally, a stove fan ensures you don’t lose any heat in your home. This means that you will end up using less fuel, and a huge chunk of your costs will be cut down.
Stove fans aren’t that costly plus you wouldn’t spend so much running them because they don’t use fuel or electricity. Plus, they don’t require much maintenance. For most of them, occasional dusting would do.
Stove fans operate silently because they are powered by heat energy. Whether they are operating on a high speed or not, stove fans will never be a noisy nuisance.
Features to consider when choosing the best fan for wood stove
These are the most crucial features that any stove fan must possess.
Before you pick a stove fan size, you must consider the size of your fireplace area or room, the kind of air conditioning you have installed and the size of the place you intend to install it. If you have a small space, be sure to go for a compact model like the Ecofan BelAir 806CAKBX to get a good balance. If you have a central air conditioning system, you must choose a stove fan with a perfect size that matches its outlet vent size.
Airflow is measured in Cubic Feet Per Minute (CFM). It is the amount of air the stove fan can move or displace. A large CFM means a fan can move a high amount of air very fast. Standard stove fans offer an average CFM of 240 while some like the Sonyabecca SF-334-US
offer a high CFM of 360.
If you have a large room or space that needs to be warmed up, go for a fan with a large CFM rating.
This is one crucial consideration if you want to make the most of your investment. Ensure the fan has an exceptional build quality to last you a long while if not a lifetime. Durability is mainly determined by the construction materials used. Metal, aluminum and nickel plate are some of the best durable construction materials used to make stove fans. Ensure its motor is also built to last and wouldn’t require replacement after a few uses.
The best stove fans are those powered by heat energy. They are cost-effective and quiet in their operation. They use the heat produced by your stove to operate. You can also opt for fans powered by battery or electricity.
Heat sensitivity and automatic control
Some fans like the GalaFire Stove Fan N429 come with a magnetic thermometer to monitor the temperature from your stove. Most stove fans that are heat powered are designed to automatically reduce their rotating speed when your stove’s temperatures decline and vice versa. This helps to avoid circulating cold air in the room.
A noisy stove fan can be a nuisance, especially at night when you need the warmth and a good night sleep at the same time. Luckily, most stove fans are whisper silent operators. Most manufacturers indicate the noise level of the fan on the packaging. Ensure the noise level of the fan you ick is less than 36dB.
Ease of installation
If it is hard to install, you are less likely to use it. Choose a fan that comes with clear installation instructions, and if you find it challenging to install, you can always hire some professional help.
Just like any other appliance, a stove fan is likely to encounter some hiccups during operation. Therefore, warranty back-up is crucial. In case of anything, you can reach out to the manufacturer for free repairs or replacements. The longer the warranty, the better.
Different stove fans have different price tags depending on the brand and build quality. High-end models tend to be costlier, but they are worth the buy. Some models like Voda 4-Blade Wood Stove Fan aren’t so expensive, but they offer top-notch quality and high-level performance.