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Re: Heat driven - ECO fans..
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2018, 09:20:48 AM »
Hug...and a blind. ;D
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« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2018, 06:48:32 PM »
Jeff,
Only you can answer that question....
I gave up the battle for two reasons:
1) I didn't want to (further) hijack the thread of a worthwhile topic that even I was learning something in
2) I never argue with someone who knows everything (something akin to that old saying about knowing what you have when you argue with a fool.....), and if that was not the case- then trying to bait these good FF members (me?) into perhaps using strong enough language to endanger your patient indulgence of our spirited debate.....
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« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2018, 07:24:24 PM »
I've been informed that one of our hero admins had a little come to Jesus exchange with him. I'd missed out since I've been in the U.P. doing storm damage clean up.  Hopefully the message has been heeded and this resource will remain available for him.
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Re: Heat driven - ECO fans..
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2018, 08:24:37 PM »
Wait till the power goes off and see how much your electric  fan moves compared to
the ECO fan. There are different sizes ,largest cost more . I got the medium one
for 500 sq. feet. It realy gets the job done.    Whitman

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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2018, 08:35:30 PM »
Wait till the power goes off and see how much your electric  fan moves compared to
the ECO fan. There are different sizes ,largest cost more . I got the medium one
for 500 sq. feet. It realy gets the job done.    Whitman
Can you actually feel a breeze coming off your ECO fan? I cannot, but I wonder if some of that may be that the top of my stove is soapstone, so may be slowing down the heat transfer that drives the fan.
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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2018, 01:28:34 AM »
The impression from some that I have heard stories about these units is.. the heat movement is very subtle - but in that sense they work almost invisibly minus the breeze, or sound of the turning blades verses that of various electrical fans normally used - and that I understand is a big part of the allure - and to a degree the mystique, for those who purchase and use them.
Aside from actually seeing the fan spinning you don't comprehend how they can spread the heat around in a room one is being used in, yet apparently they do it very well.. or so I'm told.  

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« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2018, 07:23:30 AM »
I've often wondered about how much they are moving. The fan certainly spins, and does so at a good rate when once I've got the stove fully warmed up. The blades are so flat - barely any pitch at all - that I wonder how much air they move. I don't doubt they move some air, but the area we've got ours in is the middle of our open floor plan house, so it's hard to tell.
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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2018, 02:17:38 PM »
Buy several cheap thermometers, place them around the room and commence testing!
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« Reply #28 on: September 19, 2018, 03:00:18 PM »
Sorry, late to the table on this one!  I've got one, on my 2nd or 3rd now?  It's the biggest one they make.  My stove is in the basement, big and ugly (like me) stove.  I got the first one hoping to help circulate the hot air, and in case (when) the power went out help heat the whole house without any electric fans.  I makes almost no noise, you can't really "feel" air moving from it.  BUT, as I said I'm on my 2nd or 3rd, I keep buying them because they seem to work.  I I did an experiment with my first one (the medium sized one). When my stove got up to temp and the fan was spinning, I grabbed a splint on wood and got it smoldering.  I put it behind the fan and watched the "smoke" move around.  Seemed to work good, till the smoke alarm went off! (never, ever said I was smart).  I'll adjust the direction that the fan blows if I need more heat headed toward the front side of the basement or towards the stairs going up, or toward my wood rack, if my wood needs some further "seasoning".

Long story longer.  I'd buy it again.  I traded the smaller one to a buddy, for something???  I bought the biggest one.  It died after about 5 or maybe 6 years?  New one is going onto year 3 or 4.  I got mine through my Brother-In-Law, he's a chimney sweep, so I got a bit of a discount but they are still pretty proud of them!
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« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2018, 08:58:47 PM »
Hardware store I work at sells them.
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« Reply #30 on: September 20, 2018, 07:08:06 AM »
Almost forgot, pretty sure they sell one that works on pellet stoves too.  I think it starts spinning at a lower temp??? Just don't try putting one of those on your wood stove, it won't last long since they get so much hotter
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« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2018, 11:29:06 AM »
Mine is at least 7 or 8 years old and still spins fine.
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« Reply #32 on: September 20, 2018, 04:09:46 PM »
The fan needs to be at the back of the Stove top. This is sow the top heat sink cools, the fan
is more efficient . In Alaska off the grid they are used a lot.


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« Reply #33 on: September 20, 2018, 09:37:44 PM »
i have one sure didn't pay retail price for it, handy when you're on the couch against the wall and you get the cold coming off the wall you point that way and sure can feel the heat blowing your way. no it doesn't move a thousand cfm but certainly a quit and noticeable air movement.

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« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2018, 10:59:23 AM »
I don't know if I got a bad one but I don't think it helps much.  I bought the biggest one that I could find and paid $150 for it which if I would of seen it run before buying it I would not of spent $20 on it.  It spins like crazy but does not move much air.
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« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2018, 07:56:48 PM »
After what I had already heard in the past and from the positive comments on here, I went ahead and purchased one late this past weekend.  
As I write - it is merrily spinning away and kicks in at exactly the stove top temp as advertised.
I'm presently typing this from the far end of our 30 foot open room at camp with a small fire on and it feels the same at this end, basically as at the other!
No noise, no fuss - it just came on and started turning away without any ado, and the lack of noise just makes you forget it's even there and working!
Not cheap - but if it works for a few weeks Spring and Fall for a few years - it will have paid for itself (well sort of) at least in comfort and uniqueness..
Thanks for the feedback mostly - at this early point I have to agree with those who liked and commented positively about their usage and efficiency!
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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2018, 08:27:03 AM »
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