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Heat driven - ECO fans..
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:36:14 AM »
Heat Driven - ECO fans are they worth the cost and are some models or makes better than others from users experiences?
I've been looking at an Ecofan brand MaxAir version that starts moving air once the stove top gets to 185 degrees and moves over 175 - 180 cfm. 
I have few friends that swear they work great - very quiet, trouble free, and nice gentle heat movement verses actually moving the stove heat too fast.. so the room they state, gets filled up with a nice consistent gentle warmth..
Anyone use or used them - and care to comment or complain?
I know they are sort of a gimmick to a point while being a conversation piece as well, but they do appear to garner fairly favorable responses in on-line sales info, but will they actually work well enough to warrant the cost, uniqueness and bother?
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Re: Heat driven - ECO fans..
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 04:49:17 AM »
A gimmick Randy and $$$.
Any stove circulates air naturally. Big difference however if you're moving heat horizontally into other rooms. Then a "muffin fan" in a doorway does the job.
Use the $$$ to get some good single malt. ;D

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Re: Heat driven - ECO fans..
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 04:04:18 PM »
I use the smallest model on my deer blind's wood stove.  It's 7'X10' with the stove in a corner and not much insulation ;) ;D.  Without it half the space is hot and half is cold.  With it the whole space is nice.  Works great for my application 8)
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2018, 07:18:55 PM »
What's up with a "deer blind heater " ? Most hunters here dress for the weather and deer easily smell your heat ( and after shave :-\ ).
That's a new one for us, heating a blind. :(

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2018, 07:45:09 PM »
 







It works for us.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2018, 07:51:06 PM »
They say the mind is the first to go; I'm glad it's something I don't use!

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 06:45:45 AM »
Called a "hunting camp". :D

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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 07:25:02 PM »
Well, here in Northern Michigan, we heat our blinds if we can.
Most of the deer around here are not unaccustomed to the smell of wood smoke, or after all the down- staters start on Opening Day- Aftershave.
Corley probably shot this deer as he (the Buck) was avoiding the noise and smell of all the other Hunters", and was seeking the comforts of the smell of Wood smoke and Corley, both of which he was familiar with...
Comments welcome....  
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2018, 08:39:45 PM »
My stove has a soapstone top. The fan does spin, but I can't really feel it moving a lot of air. It's possible it does, but it's nothing like holding your hand in front of even the wimpiest electric fan.

I suspect it might work better on top of a stove with a steel or cast iron top?
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2018, 07:24:50 AM »
It's a hunting camp...a building with a stove. Bet it even has a table and chair and frige for beer. :o
A blind is not a camp. Google "blind": a portable tent -like structure to HIDE for hunting deer, birds....a "blind".
You can't carry a hunting camp on your back. Blinds are carried in on your back. I'm shocked. Shocked.
Sooooo.....if it it looks like a duck, smokes like a duck, it's a ______. ;D

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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2018, 07:32:36 AM »
Here we call them blinds.  Sometimes shacks or shanties.  It does have a table and chair and two old over stuffed chairs salvaged roadside.  One's a Lazy Boy.  No fridge.  Beer's not allowed with firearms on my property.
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2018, 08:07:24 AM »
It's a hunting camp...a building with a stove. Bet it even has a table and chair and frige for beer. :o
A blind is not a camp. Google "blind": a portable tent -like structure to HIDE for hunting deer, birds....a "blind".
You can't carry a hunting camp on your back. Blinds are carried in on your back. I'm shocked. Shocked.
Sooooo.....if it it looks like a duck, smokes like a duck, it's a ______. ;D
...Does someone need a Hug? Un-wind yourself. When you have one, call it what you want.....
BTW; Long before they made portable Blinds, or GOOGLE- folks were building (some out of natural materials..) Blinds that were intended to be somewhat permanent and comfortable for staying in all day.
They say the mind is the first to go; I'm glad it's something I don't use!

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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2018, 09:20:30 AM »
Hug...and a blind. ;D
Real hunters don't need table and chairs....and stove. :snowball:

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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2018, 11:56:49 AM »
Okay; You're the authority...
Where did you read the word "Need"? Or anyone claiming to be a "Real" hunter? I use my BLIND to watch the pretty little animals come in to view and drop dead in fear of Real Hunters like you.
They say the mind is the first to go; I'm glad it's something I don't use!

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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2018, 03:24:20 PM »
Any-who, back to the OP's eco-fan question, I wouldn't mind trying one, but would never pay new price for one, seems like way to much to me.
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2018, 03:37:13 PM »
Any-who, back to the OP's eco-fan question, I wouldn't mind trying one, but would never pay new price for one, seems like way to much to me.
I own one, and would agree with that statement. My wife's parents were looking for a Christmas present to give me some years ago. I mentioned the fan to my wife. I was highly embarrassed when I realized how much it cost.
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2018, 11:35:22 PM »
Glad I saw this.  I have one in my Amazon Wish List.  I thought they were a bit much and probably a little too good to be true.
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« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2018, 09:41:45 PM »
From replies so far, I never got that the majority of related comments had reported that they were 'a little too good to be true' or in other words didn't work well... just that many thought that while they work - 'as advertised', that were overpriced and just not worth as much as they presently sell new for..
It would be interesting to get a wider cross section of users to actually learn - irrespective of cost, if they work decently in a variety of situations.. 
But that said, I do agree they aren't cheap and that usually is what it always comes down to in a cost/value/efficiency situation! 

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« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2018, 04:54:18 AM »
A buddy messaged me and asked if I had any old computer heatsinks so he could make a fan thingy for his wood stove. 

Yeah I did in my scrap metal recycle box, so I dropped off a selection. Anyway he built this steampunk heat driven fan. As you can see, it spins, but I'm not sure how much use it is.  ???



There is a little Peltier cell between the 2 heat sinks, and that generates power to spin the little motor on the fan. Fan cools the top part of the unit, which helps keep the heat differential across the cell. 

I suspect you would need a BIG (expensive) peltier cell to make enough power to run a "real" fan that would make a noticeable difference. 
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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2018, 08:55:40 AM »
In a small (14' x20') workshop I had a small (probably 6") desktop fan nailed to the wall behind the stove (very quiet) then after many years that died I put a small bathroom exhaust fan (a bit louder) on the rafter above the stove with the exhaust pointed across the shop slightly down. (both fans were free) The bathroom fan worked much better for redistributing the heat.

I'm not sure of the reason for the bathroom fan working better perhaps being up high and pushing air down helped or the way the air exited the fan through a round opening made it travel farther before loosing velocity or both.

Both are way cheaper than the eco fan.


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