Stove Fan Review – Which Stove Fan Is For You?

Stove Fan Review – Which Stove Fan Is For You?

For this review, we looked in depth at what makes the best stove fan. We analysed why you need a stove fan, how they help and which we feel is the best stove fan for your money.

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About our best stove fan review

Wood burning fires and stoves have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They look great, add a feeling of warm and cosy to your home and also provide heat. There are a few issues with the heat generated from a wood burning stove which we discuss below. But in essence the answer to these issues is a stove fan. They don't cost anything to run as they generate their own electricity, a very clever process discussed below. Once it is in place you will wonder why you didn't buy one sooner!

For this review we decided to initially do our research, we found what features are important when buying a stove fan, such as size, auto cut off, self power and of course price. We then compiled a list and started to short list. We have considered features and price, reviews from lots of customers and considered the negatives too.

We then shortlisted our list of stove fans to 5 of what feel are the very best on the market today! We have provided a handy table below, which highlights the features and specifications of each stove fan side by side. In addition we have reviewed each of our top 5 in detail.

The overall winner turned out to be the Fluesystems Eco 4 Heat Powered Stove Fan. This stove fan jumped to the top spot for several reasons, read on for more and allow us to explain.

In the article we hope to address the following;

- Do I really need a stove fan?

- What is the right stove fan for me?

- Which stove fan would suit the size of my room?

- Does a stove fan actually work?

Best Stove Fans Review Video

Watch our short video below for a quick roundup of the Top 5 Stove Fans

Why would I want a stove fan?

Stove fan or not stove fan?

So why do you need a stove fan? You have gone to the expense of having a wood burning stove fitted, it looks amazing smells amazing and provides a ridiculous amount of heat for your lounge and house. Whats the issue? Why do you need a fan sat on top of it? Ok, let us start by looking at the negatives of a wood burning stove, then I will explain how the stove fan helps.

As hot as a wood burning stove gets, you have very little hope of heating anything more than a small lounge with it and in order to do that you need all of the doors shut to contain the heat. This isn't much use if in the winter months you would like to heat the rest of the house or other rooms at least.

If you have a large living room with a stove in, you may find that sitting in front of the stove is lovely and warm, in fact it can be too warm, however if you sit in some areas of the room you will find cold pockets. No matter how you try the stove doesn't seem to want to heat them.

Enter the stove fan! This ingenious device sits on top of your wood burning stove and once it reaches a certain temperature, usually around 45-65C it starts up. It generates it's own electricity and the stove fan kicks into life. The way the fan works is to distribute the heat away from the stove and spread it around the room or house. For such a tiny fan it is incredibly effective!

When we first looked at and got our hands on one of these, we had heard how good they were but we were still unsure about it working. Would it power itself up, could it really generate it's own electricity and ultimately warm the room and eliminate the cold pockets around the room? What a fantastic surprise and massive smile that came across our faces when it did exactly as it said on the tin.

Our Best Pick Stove Fan of 2018 is the Fluesystems Eco 4 Heat Powered Stove Fan

Fluesystems Eco 4 stove fan

Fluesystems Eco 4 Heat Powered Stove Fan

The Eco 4 stove fan from FlueSystems is the winner of our best pick. It delivers in many areas, it's compact design allows for easy storage and fits on the smallest of stoves. Positioning is important of stove fans, it needs to be towards the back next to the flu pipe.

It features very quiet operation, don't get us wrong you can hear it but with background noise such as a television it isn't noticeable. It starts up once the stove hits around 50C and varies it's fan speed depending on how hot the stove gets. 

Be warned stove fans such as this will get your home lovely and warm quickly, if you feel the room is too hot simply moving or removing the fan for a period of time will drop the temperature. They are brilliant!

Features

    • Quiet running
    • Starts at 50C
    • Variable fan speed
    • 1 Year warranty

This stove fan has actually been reduced on Amazon by over 40%. This now presents even better value for money and is definitely worth purchasing to keep your home warm ready for this winter.

How do stove fans work?

Thermoelectricity

A stove fan is a very clever device, as well as what it does with regard to distributing the heat around your home it is also self powered. Thermoelectricity is a very clever yet simple concept. The stove fan has a small motor inside with two semi-conductors. When both are at two different temperatures this is enough to generate a small amount of electricity.

The bottom of the stove fan gets hot from the stove and the top of the fan is cooler, the differential between the two drives the motor which in turn rotates the blades of the fan. There are cooling fans at the top of the fan which then in turn keep the top of the fan much cooler than the base, this ensures that the fan keeps on working.

Stirling Engine

Stirling engines were developed way before electricity and driven by kerosene. The idea was in hot climates such as India what we would now recognise as an electric fan would be driven by kerosene or alcohol flames. The heat generated by the fuel burning would run the engine which in turn powered the fan.

The Stirling engine powered fans were sadly replaced by electric fans and are now found as antiques. The Stirling engine paved the way for the concept behind the thermo electric stove fans that we now love and are the basis of this article.

Will the fans work on all stoves?

Yes in theory stove fans will work on any wood burning stove. The only caveat being that there is room at the back of the stove to allow air flow and that the stove reaches the minimum required temperature for the fan.

Some stoves that don't get as hot can benefit from a low temperature stove fan. These are designed for the smaller stoves that don't get as hot. They allow people to still benefit from the heat dispersion of a stove fan with a stove that doesn't get hot enough for conventional fans.

How to choose the right model

Stove fans come in all shapes and sizes. Most of the stove fans in this review start at roughly the same working temperature and can run up to a similar temperature. Some are quieter than others and some can make quite a bit of noise when running at full tilt.

Whilst it's important to look at each model in turn to ascertain which is the best model for your needs, two of the most obvious buying decisions are the size of the unit and the aesthetics of it.

If you have a particularly small stove, you would want a smaller unit, on the flip side you may a particularly large room that needs the heat distributing around. Finally the look of the stove fan itself is important to a lot of people. Your stove typically takes pride of place in your lounge and you don't want an eyesore of a stove fan sat on top of it.

Quick Comparison of the Best Stove Fans

We've picked some key features from our reviews of the best stove fans and dropped them into our comparison table below:

Fluesystems Eco 4

Valiant IV

VonHaus 4 Blade

Galleon 4 Blade

Tribesigns 4 Blade

Fluesystems Eco 4 stove fan
Valiant IV Stove Fan
Tribesigns 4 blade stove fan

Min Temp

50C

45C

50C

50C

50C

Size

185x180mm (HxW)

203x178mm (HxW)

263x181mm (HxW)

180x180mm (HxW)

180x110mm (HxW)

Warranty​​​​

1 Year

2 Years

2 Year

1 Year

1 Year


Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade Stove Fan Review

Valiant IV Stove Fan

Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade Heat Powered Log Burner & Stove Fan

The Valiant Premium iV stove fan offers some fantastic features such as a starting temperature of just 45C, a 2 year warranty and also cuts the fan out as the temperature of the stove decreases.

The low noise is a big plus from the valiant and it really helps if you don't have any background noise and just want to relax by the fire.

This is one of the larger stove fans we have on review, having said that it's hardly big at 203mm x 178mm. But with it's size comes fantastic heat displacement. It can displace 420 feet of air around the room every minute!

Features

    • 2 Year warranty
    • Low noise
    • Low running temperature of 45C
    • Inbuilt overheat protection

Where do I position my stove fan?

Where should I put my stove fan?

You would be forgiven for thinking that you can put your stove fan wherever you like, as long as it is on top of the wood burning stove. You are correct in a sense, it needs to be on top of the stove itself so that the bottom gets the heat from the stove and starts one part of the thermoelectric process. However in order for the stove fan to get the cool air required to complete the process it needs to be positioned correctly.

You need to place the stove fan towards the back of your stove, but not blocking the back of it with a wall or the flue of the stove itself. To the side of the flu and allowing for around 150-200mm at the back of it will allow the stove fan to get plenty of cool air to work its magic!

VonHaus 4 Blade Heat Powered Stove Fan Review

VonHaus 4 Blade Heat Powered Stove Fan

The VonHaus 4 blade stove fan stands out for several reasons, it's 2-year warranty brings great peace of mind, especially with something that is getting hot and cold all the time.

It comes with an accompanying thermometer which is great, it allows you to keep an eye on what temperature your stove is at. It is also quite interesting to watch what temperatures are starting the stove fan up, speeding it up and allowing it to cool.

Finally it is pretty quiet, no stove fans are silent, no matter what they claim. This VonHaus stove fan however is pretty quiet and won't distract you from reading a book or watching TV.

Features

    • 2 Year warranty
    • 150-190 CFM displacement
    • 50C starting temperature

Can the stove fan get too hot?

Can stove fans get too hot?

Yes, in two different senses. Firstly, they can end up making the room too hot through the use of the stove fan and so you may want to remove it from the stove for a while to allow the room to cool a little.

Secondly they can also get to hot in the sense of burning it out! Each stove fan will come with a maximum operating temperature and it is important to keep an eye on the temperature to ensure you don't burn the motor out or damage your stove fan. If it is starting to get too hot you can either move it to a cooler bit of the wood burning stove or temporarily remove it completely. 

You can also purchase stove thermometers like the one below, these are a great idea as they allow you to keep an eye on the temperature of the stove. Once you get used to your stove, you will know roughly what temperature it gets to with the amount of wood it has inside. This will vary with the introduction of a stove fan and thats why these thermometers are so useful!

Stove fan thermometer

Galleon Fireplaces - 4 Blade Small Stove Fan + Thermometer - Heat Powered Wood Log Burning Stove Fan Review

Galleon Fireplaces - 4 Blade Small Stove Fan + Thermometer - Heat Powered Wood Log Burning Stove Fan

The Galleon stove fan is not only powerful, rotating at speeds faster than 900 RPM, displacing 170-190 CFM cubic feet of air per minute. It also comes with it's own thermometer. Whilst wood burning stove thermometers aren't expensive to purchase, one included in the price is certainly a bonus!

The Galleon also benefits from a super quiet operating mode, you hardly know that this stove fan is on. Whilst they are a great addition to your home and stove, they do get a little noisy from time to time and this model from Galleon really addresses that!

This model is the new upgraded version, with extra silent operation.

Features

  • 1 Year warranty
  • 900 RPM
  • 170-190 CFM
  • Ultra quiet operation

Tribesigns New Design 4 Blade Heat Powered Stove Fan Review

Tribesigns stove fan

Tribesigns New Design 4 Blade Heat Powered Stove Fan

The Tribesigns offers a big advantage over the other stove fans on review and a big disadvantage. We will let you decide whether it is worth it or not. We found the Tribsigns to work better at lower working temperatures. So whether the stove is just heating up and you want the room to heat up quickly. Or if you have a smaller cooler wood burning stove and you want it to be able to move a lot of air volume around. Either way this is a fantastic feature!

The disadvantage is that this is probably the loudest stove fan in our review. Whilst you only really notice if the room is in total silence, it can still be a slight distraction whilst watching TV, etc.

Features

  • 1 Year warranty
  • 50C Starting temperature
  • Compact design

Galleon Fireplaces 8 Blade Stove Fan Review

Galleon 8 Blade Stove Fan

Galleon Fireplaces 8 Blade Stove Fan

Galleon have got several stove fans on the market. Most of the stove fans we have reviewed in this review are 4 and 5 blade varieties. This beast is an 8 blade option, delivering even more heat dispersion around your room.

One thing to note with the Galleon 8 blade is that the noise factor is increased. Obviously with 8 blades turning and in theory 2 separate fans it does increase the noise.

If you have quite an open room that needs the benefit of more heat dispersion then the extra noise generated shouldn't be an issue.

Features

  • 1 Year warranty
  • 50C Starting temperature
  • Max operating temperature 350 degrees.

Bonus Fan - Aldi Workzone Stove Fan Review

Aldi stove fan

Aldi Workzone Stove Fan

This is not part of the 5 fan review, but we thought it was worth a mention. 

Aldi's workzone range of tools and products are well-made and come with a cracking warranty, 3 years in this case.

This stove fan is the cheapest on review at less than £25! It does however have it's faults. We have experienced the plate at the bottom warping after a few uses. This then causes it to rattle whilst in use, which is rather annoying. The 3-year warranty covered the issue though and the second one didn't seem to have the same problem.

Features

  • 3 Year warranty
  • 50C Starting temperature
  • 542g in weight

Conclusion

In conclusion, we have looked at some amazing stove fans from various manufacturers. Whilst on the surface they may seem very similar, there are distinct differences. Some are better for smaller stoves as they start operating at a lower temperature such as the Valiant Premium IV. Others come with a thermometer so that you can keep an eye on the temperature of your stove at all times such as the Galleon 4 blade.

We have looked at the features of each, why you would need a stove fan, how they work, where to place them and how to ensure you don't overheat them. Hopefully this review has been informative for you and you have any feedback please get in touch!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to use stove fan

Stove fans are more popular in the UK than the rest of the world, this is because in the UK most people put a stove in an old fireplace where once stood a traditional open fire. Some people feel this enclosed space inhibits heat from dispersing around the room and home properly. A stove fan placed on top of a wood burning stove can help disperse the heat more evenly. Once the stove fan is placed on top of the wood burning stove and the temperature of the stove reaches a certain temperature (as stated in the specifications above) the stove fan begins to spin. The difference in temperature at the back of the fan and base of the fan generates the thermoelectricity required to power the fan.

How to install stove fan

Stove fan installation is simple and pain free, you need to ensure you place it with room at the back of the fan but towards the rear of the stove. Make sure the stove fans base contacts the stove itself, then simply light the stove, wait for it to reach temperature and sit back whilst it helps warm your home.

Why use a stove fan

Do you feel that the wood burning stove you have doesn’t heat either the room its in or the house in general adequately? Then a stove fan can help. The idea is that it pushes the heat around the room and home, reducing the intensity of heat directly in front of the stove, but spreading it around the room more evenly.

When to use a stove fan

You don’t need to use a stove fan all the time, if you are sat in a position in the room where you don’t need to fill the room with heat then don’t use it. You can get a nice concentration of heat in front of your wood burning stove by just sitting in front of it. However, if you are sat around your room and feel there are heat pockets and cold sections they are a great idea and will help heat the room up. 

Where to position stove fan

A stove fan should ideally be placed towards the rear of the wood burning stove, but leaving a gap at the back of the stove to allow cold air to pass, creating a differential in temperature. This is what generates the thermoelectricity that powers the stove fan. It can be a case of trial and error until you feel the position allows the most heat circulation and gets to the speed you are happy with.

Our Best Pick Stove Fan of 2018 is the Fluesystems Eco 4 Heat Powered Stove Fan

Fluesystems Eco 4 stove fan

Fluesystems Eco 4 Heat Powered Stove Fan

The Eco 4 stove fan from FlueSystems is the winner of our best pick. It delivers in many areas, it's compact design allows for easy storage and fits on the smallest of stoves. Positioning is important of stove fans, it needs to be towards the back next to the flu pipe.

It features very quiet operation, don't get us wrong you can hear it but with background noise such as a television it isn't noticeable. It starts up once the stove hits around 50C and varies it's fan speed depending on how hot the stove gets. 

Be warned stove fans such as this will get your home lovely and warm quickly, if you feel the room is too hot simply moving or removing the fan for a period of time will drop the temperature. They are brilliant!

Features

  • Quiet running
  • Starts at 50C
  • Variable fan speed
  • 1 Year warranty

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    Tom 1 year

    Great Stove Fan Review this and really helped us to pick the one (in the end we bought 2!) we needed just as the “Wood burning season” is about to start – thanks mate …