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Stoves are a lovely feature for the home, housing the flame, and providing great heat. However, without the addition of a stove fan, the room won’t get evenly heated. Stove fans stop the heat from rising up to the ceiling and instead push it across the room to keep everyone warm.
There’s s surprising number of stove fans put on the market today, so it can be tricky to pick the best one for you. That’s where we come in. We’ve gone through them and have handpicked our Top 5 to show you.
Product reviews on these stove fans are coming up shortly, and after that, we have a buying guide for you, which runs through everything you might want to think about before you buy, to help you ascertain which one best fits your needs.
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We’ll tackle this buying guide by way of looking at what questions you may have before you buy, and answering them each in turn.
Do I need a stove fan?
Only you can really answer whether you might need a stove fan. Your level of comfort in terms of heat distribution will depend on things like the size of your room, whether the room is closed off or if you have a more open-plan layout, how much time you spend there, how well the walls are insulated, and just how cold the weather happens to be at the time (very variable).
If it’s an open-plan style room in an old building that you would like to spend many hours in at time throughout autumn and winter, then a stove fan will certainly do a lot for your level of comfort and will be well worth the money.
How much do they cost to run?
In addition to being such an affordable item to buy – they’re even cheaper to run, specifically FREE.
Stove fans don’t run off batteries or from your home’s electricity, they generate their own electricity, thanks to their thermoelectric module which uses the heat given off by the stove and acts a small generator to power the fan’s motor.
Better yet, with a stove fan to help keep your room and its occupants warm, you could cut your fuel-burning costs by as much as 30%.
This set up means that stove fans are not only free to run, but they’re super eco-friendly too, AND they can save you money on the fuel you go through.
How Much Noise Do Stove Fans Make?
A lot of people like the idea of stove fans, but worry that it will be impossible to have a conversation over the fan because it will be too loud. However, these concerns are very much misplaced. Even the low-end, inexpensively made stove fans tend to be fairly quiet,
Which stove fans are the most effective?
One of the primary specs on a stove fan is the CFM rate. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. It’s a measure of the volume of hot or warm air that the fan can drive within one minute. The higher the CFM rate, the more quickly the stove’s heat can be distributed throughout the room
A stove fan with a CFM of 100 can effectively heat rooms of up to 120 square feet, while a stove fan with a CFM of 125 can effectively heat rooms of up to 240 square feet.
Should I buy 2 stove fans?
Buying 2 stove fans could be a good idea if you have a large stove and/or a large room to heat up, although it’s not strictly necessary. Alternatively, you could buy a double fan for the cost of one, like our Number 2 pick, the Mini Size 8 Blade Stove Fan.
What if I haven’t got much room in my fireplace for a fan?
Stove fans aren’t always that big, but if space is really at a premium, say if you have an inset stove or a fireplace to worry about, then we can recommend our Number 2 pick, the Mini Size 8 Blade Stove Fan, or our Number 5 pick, the Mini Stove Fan-4-Blade Silent Operation Heat Powered Stove Fan.
Is there a fan for low-temperature stoves?
If you’re specifically interested in a stove fan for low-temperature stoves, you’re in luck. Most of the stove fans in our Top 5 picks will start to work as soon as they detect a temperature of just 50 degrees centigrade. The only exception is our Number pick, which starts at 70 degrees centigrade.