Stove Fan Reviews – We compare the best models
Best Stove Fans 2017
As you may have noticed, wood burning stoves have become very popular in recent years. With the increase of fuel prices and new modern stove designs, home owners, are now turning to both, wood burning and multi fuel stoves to heat part or in some cases, all of their home.
When we started our research, we started with around 12 different stove fans. These included, both lower priced budget models, as well as more expensive models which have cool innovative features.
After countless hours of research and testing, we narrowed it down to only 4 models, out of the 12, which we determined are the best stove fans currently available.
The problem faced with wood burning stoves and how a stove fan can resolve this problem.
Wood stoves look fantastic and produce an enormous amount of heat The problem is, you have to keep the door shut just to warm a small room. Another common problem is, If you have a larger room, you usually find that parts of the room feel cool, while the area around the fire is very warm.
To sum it up, unless you sit by the fire (which is usually to hot), you will probably find yourself on the cooler side and left wondering if the wood burning stove, is suitable for heating your room after all.
This is where a 'good oven fan' comes in and can help resolve this common problem
So what is an oven fan?
These little devices are a small elegant fan which you place on top of your stove When the stove gets to a certain temperature, which is usually around 45-65C, the fan automatically turns on, moving the warm air from around the stove, out into the room. This makes the wood burning stove more efficient, by distributing the heat around the room.
Now for the inovative feature
The amazing thing about oven fans is there powdered by electric, but they produce there own electricity using a method known as 'thermoelectric power'. It does this by using the heat from the fire and the cooler air from above to produce it’s own electric which powers a small motor that turns the fan, The hotter the stove, the faster the fan turns.
The big question - Do they really work?
Yes amazingly, these do really work and if you have a wood burning stove, there worth the investment as not only are they super efficient, they also help reduce your heating bills.
BEST ST0VE FAN COMPARISON TABLE
Galleon Stove Fan
BEST VALUE FOR 2016
BEST VALUE FOR 2017
Caframo 810 Stove Fan
Valiant Premium IV 4
Mini Stove Fan
?Startng Surface Temp
235 x 205 x 100mm
22.5 x 15 x 9.5cm
121 x 76 X 223mm
102 x 178 x 203 mm
190 x 170 x 135 mm
1 year - 2 years reg online
STOVE FAN REVIEWS
There are many stove fan’s available from many manufactures, they vary in design from 2 fan models to 4 fans models, which begin to operate at varying temperatures and are designed for certain size stoves. This means that not every stove fan will be suitable for every type of stove.
Learn more about which model will be more suitable for your needs.
VALIANT PREMIUM IV 4-BLADE STOVE FAN
The Valiant Premium IV 4 Blade stove fan is another best seller on Amazon, they claim that it produces more airflow than competitor models, as much as 70% more which makes it a lot more efficient. They achieve this by using an advanced, innovative, unique radiating fin design to produce more air flow making it super efficient.
Designed to start working at 45C which is lower than most other models and it will spin faster the hotter the stove gets as with most models.
It will continue to run to a maximum operating temperature 340C (680F), it uses a safety feature that will cut the fan off if the stove gets above the maximum temperature by lifting its self up off the surface of the stove. Something that has got to be seen.
Its well designed and manufactured in the uk and comes with 24 months materials & workmanship guarantee which is 12 months longer than most other models available.
The RRP for this stove fan is just under £100 so its not a cheap model, however you can usually get it for under £80 on Amazon.co.uk which makes it a little more competitive in price. After reading most of Amazon reviews from customers (click here to read), it’s clear it is probably one of the best models available.
Its suppose to be silent but does make a slight noise but nothing too annoying and you cannot hear it over the the noise of the radio or tv. It is as quiet as they come. Its well designed and compact and we would highly recommend you take a look if considering a stove fan, specially since it comes with an impressive 2 year warranty.
GALLEON STOVE FAN
The 'Galleon Stove Fan', is a two blade design model which is priced at around £40.00 and is one of the best selling stove fans on Amazon.co.uk,. It has an impressive star rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 with over 600 reviews from Amazon customers.
Be sure to read the interesting reviews yourself (you can read them here)
It works the same way most other models, it uses the heat from the stove to generate it’s own electricity that powers the fan which circulates warm air out, into the room. It's designed to be used with wood, coat or pelleted fuel and the fan will start to operate when the surface temperature of the stove, gets to around 65C and will safety operate up to a maximum temperature of 345C.
Measurments: Height 235mm (including blade) x width 205mm (including blade) x depth 100mm base
As it is an Amazon best seller and probably, the most popular model available, it has received many positive reviews from the majority of customers (all 600+ of them).
There are literally, hundreds of positive comments that confirm it is a efficient reliable fan. At only around £40, it does offer the best value for money of any oven fan available.
Negative comments - On Amazon, there are a few negative comments, mostly regarding the stove fan only working for a few months before going faulty or not operating properly and working intermittently.
However, I feel that these faults could be caused by placing the oven fan in the wrong place.
For example, if the stove gets above 345C it can damage the fan. The solution to this is that you control the heat of the oven by the amount of wood you place in your stove. You should also be using a stove thermometer, to ensure it does not get too hot, which you can do, by simply reducing the amount of wood when it starts to get too hot.
Finally, we found that if it was not operating properly, this was caused by the fan being placed on the stove, in the wrong place. its important that you place it towards the back of the stove, but not to close to the stove pipe. If placed any where else, it will not get sufficient cold air.
In the event that it does go faulty, its worth noting that it does come with 12 months warranty for added peace of mind.
If your after a stove fan that offers excellent value for money, then the Galleon stove fan could be for you, as it is only a two blade model, it may not be suitable for larger rooms.
VONHAUS STOVE FAN
Newly Reviewed For 2017 - New winner of our 'Best Value' Stove Fan
This model from 'VonHaus', who are well known for their affordable, high quality products and this three bladed stove fan is no difference and is a vert impressive piece of kit. It has quickly become one of the best selling stove fans on Amazon.co.uk, with over 150 reviews in a very small amount of time (it wasn't even available until October 2016) its is also one of the best rated (in terms of star rating) stove fans available with not a single zero star rating which is unheard of with stoves fans, specially considering the amount of reviews it has from happy customers.
Be sure to read the interesting reviews yourself (you can read them here)
Just like most other models, it uses the heat from the stove to generate it’s own electricity using a thermoelectric module which acts as a small generator that powers the small fan which circulates warm air out, into the room at 130 - 150 CFM. It's designed to be used with wood, coat or pelleted fuel and the fan will start to operate when the surface temperature of the stove, gets to around 60C and will safety operate up to a maximum temperature of 300C.
Manufactured from very strong black steel and at only 22.5 x 15 x 9.5cm is very compact in size and comes with a 2 year warranty which you have to register to take full advantage of should anything go wrong.
We have reviewed many products in the past that have been manufactured from VonHaus and we have all ways been very impressed with both the quality and performance of there products and they there all ways excellent value for money.
So when we heard they have designed a new stove fan we had to take a look, i'm glad we did as it surpassed all expectations and we could not believe how well priced it was.
?Firstly, 10 minutes of the fire burning away it starts to kick into action and the blade starts to turn, as the stove gets hotter it starts to turn faster and faster. Once it gets going seems to circulate the warm air and you can feel the difference.
Its not as quiet as some of the more expensive models such our 'best pick' but its no too noisy either, personally I would say its suited for smaller rooms or narrower rooms, however its a great stove fan that does an excellent job at keeping the room warm.
We had prevously recommended the Galleon stove fan as the 'best value stove fan' because of its high quality, good performance and reliability, but now we would probably be more inclined to recommend this VonHaus model instead.
The only point we could not really compare fairly is the reliability of the VonHaus model. It has not been on sale for very long, however it does comes with 2 years warranty which is 1 year more than the Galleon stove fan which gives you more peace of mind. Don't forget to register for the full 2 year warranty if you purchase one as this is needed to take full advantage of the 2 years.
Overall an excellent model which performs well and at a very reasonable price.
CAFRAMO ECOFAN 810 ULTRA AIRSTOVE FAN
The Caframo 810 is made by a company in Canada called Ecofan. Being that its manufactured in Canada, you would expect Ecofan to know, how to make a good stove fan. After all, Ecofan have been making stove fans for over a decade now.
We can report that Ecofan have certainly ticked, all the boxes with this excellent stove fan and the many reviews on Amazon.co.uk, further confirm this.
Firstly, it works in the same way as many other models by using thermoelectric, this is generated by converting the heat from the stove and cooler air from above, to electric which powers the small fan. It is made from anodised aluminium, which means it's very strong, will not rust and, as it has Bi-metal strips on the base which ensures it dies not overheat ,which in its self, is a common problem with cheaper models.
It is designed for use on wood and gas stoves and the unique blade is designed to operate between 65 degrees C and 345 degrees C, EcoFan claim it generates up to 100 cubic feet (of air) per minute.
Measurements: Base 121x76mm (4.75×3?). Height 223mm (8.75) – from base to top, excluding handle. Blade diameter 200mm (8")
At around £90 it’s it not cheap, however after reading over 100 reviews, its clear that it does work and has really impressed many genuine customers.
It’s clear that it virtually makes no noise when in operation and has been manufactured to the highest standards and it operates effectively,
in short, its a very good product as you would expect for the higher price point.
STOVEFAN - MINI STOVE FAN
The Smartfan is small and compact, ideal for placing on the stove where others fans might not fit because the space at he top of the stove is restricted which is a common problem. Its uses the same thermoelectric principle as other stove fans and uses the heat from the stove and cool air from above to produce electric which powers a small motor that turns the fan.
The manufactures claim it reduces fuel consumption by up to 20% as it can move warm air by up to 200 cubic feet per minute.
So how does it work, firstly as you can see it has two fans, the aerodynamically designed large front fan circulates warm air out into the room just like other models. However it uses a cleverly designed axial fan on the top of the unit which blows the warm air away keeping this area at the top of the fan cool.
It operates at between 65C and 330C as do most other models.
Dimentions: 19cm tall, by 17cm wide and has a depth of 13.5cm.
So does it work, the short answer is yes and very well. We have researched and read through all the reviews, all 67 of them and the very large majority of people who own this fan can’t speak about it highly enough, specially how silent it is.
There a few negative reviews but I think most of them are from people who probably did not read the instructions properly and let the stove get too hot which damages all fans.
Should you buy it – At just under £90.00 is not cheap but it does use a unique two fan design which seems to work well.
If your looking for a compact model as you don’t have much space on top of your stove then this could be ideal.
We looked at over 10 different models for stove fans and spent countless hours researching them. The 4 we have reviewed above are all models which we would highly recommend as they have had lots of positive reviews.
So which would be recommend, firstly I don’t think there is one fits all. Its become clear after reading hundreds of reviews that the two bladed models are great for small or more rectangle shaped rooms.?
Keeping this in mind, for these types of rooms we would recommend one of the following models:
- Gallion Stove Fan - (ideal for someone not wanting to pay too much, great value at around £40.00)
- VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan - After some further research and testing in January 2017, this model is our new recommended stove fan for anyone looking for a cheaper alternative. A great alternative to the Gallion Stove Fan and it includes 2 years warranty.
- Caframo Ecofan 810 UltraAir - (More expensive but has more features like overheat protection)
If you have a larger open room then we would recommend either the:
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