Any wood-burning stove owner knows the dramatic effect it has on the warmth and cosiness of your home. Using a woodburner fan with your stove will only enhance that.
Because woodburner owners also know that a woodburner does not deliver that sudden, intense rush of heat that you get from an open fire. A fire in a wood-burning stove heats the metal around it, and the hot metal then radiates the heat around the room.
The result is a more efficient fire and heat that spreads over a wider area than you would get from an open fire, but it’s by no means an immediate process.
Using a woodburner fan allows to aid the process by causing the warmth from your stove to spread further and more quickly than would otherwise be the case.
A quick think back to school science lessons will tell you that hot air rises, and the hot air created by your woodburner is no different. The outward thrust provided by a stove fan causes the hot air to circulate into the room and not just up to the ceiling.
How does a woodburner fan work?
A woodburner fan is no different than any other fan in that its blades rotates to encourage the flow of air. Whereas we are more accustomed to seeing this technology deployed to create cold air to cool us on a warm day, in the case of a woodburner fan it is the heated air that is being pushed around the room (and even into adjacent rooms).
Since the air directly around the stove is the hottest in the room, circulating this around the room causes it to heat much faster, so you feel the benefits sooner.
Where do you install a stove fan?
A woodburner fan sits on top of the stove, usually as far back as possible (and always to the rear of the flue pipe). Placing the fan at the back of the stove means it is able to blow the full extend of heat being created across the top of the stove in an outward direction. This is particularly useful if your woodburner sits within a recess or inglenook.
Also, the cooler air flow from behind is essential for the fan to be able to power itself. The downward movement of the cooler air when it encounters the warmer air is what drives the blades of the stove fan, so correct placement is essential.
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