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Best Stove Fan Reviews 2020 – Buyers Guide & Comparison (Top 7)
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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 first started our research which goes back over 4 years now, we started with around 15 different stove fans. These included, both lower priced budget models from brands such as VonHaus and Voda, as well as more expensive models which have cool innovative features such as those by Valiant which now includes a model that attaches to flue pipe instead of sitting on top of a stove.
After countless hours of research and testing over the last 5+ years (we were one of the first to review stove fans back in the day), we narrowed it down to just 7 models that stood out from all the cheaper Chinese copies out there, each has it advantages as we know that not every stove fan is suitable for every stove design due to size, positioning, not to mention the different designs stoves now come in with cool touch tops. For most people, the Valiant Premium IV 4 Blade Stove Fan is probably the best stove fan, however we have some great alternatives for those who this model is not suitable.
Startng Surface Temp
BEST PICK FOR 2018
Valiant Premium IV 4
102 x 178 x 203 mm
BEST FOR FASTENING TO FLUE
Valiant Remora Flue Stove Fan
180 x 120 x 200 mm
BEST FOR LIMITED HEIGHT ABOVE STOVE
Voda 6 Blade Stove Fan
140 x 120 x 240 mm
BEST LARGE FAN
VonHaus XL Stove Fan
190 X 90 X 220mm
BEST BUDGET MODEL
225 x 150 x 950mm
Caframo 810 Stove Fan
121 x 76 X 223mm
Mini Stove Fan
190 x 170 x 135 mm
2 years when you register online
Best flue attached model
Best for people who cannot put the traditional stove fan on the stove top
Where this model is different to nearly all stove fans is that because of the design, its perfect for stoves with a cool top, sloping, irregular surfaces, or angled tops or simply where you don't have sufficient space above your stove.
This new design is proving popular and where once it was not possible to use a stove fan for various reasons it now is thanks to the unique flue attach design.
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 innovative 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?
Amazingly yes, these do really work and they can make a big different when it comes to distributing the heat evenly around the room. If you have a wood burning stove, it's well worth while investing in one as not only are they super efficient, they also help reduce your heating bills as well as reducing the amount of wood you need to burn for consistent heat.
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There are many stove fan’s available from many manufactures and you only have to search on Amazon to realise there is now hundreds of designs from different sellers, some well known brands but many are just cheap knock offs made from cheap steal. They vary in design from 2 fan models to 4 fans models and some even have 2 fixed 3 fans models now such as the Voda 6 Blades Heat Powered Stove Fan. They 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.
Valiant Premium IV 4-Blade Stove Fan
OUR TOP RECOMMENDED MODEL
Watch stove fan in action below!
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 will spin faster, the hotter the stove gets as with most models.
It will continue to run to a maximum operating temperature 340C (680F), what we really like is that 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. I'm not really sure how it does it but its something that has got to be seen.
Watch the video below to see how effective the Valiant Premium 4 really is in a test using smoke to see its effectiveness!
Its well designed and manufactured in the uk which makes a change from the cheap Chinese models you often see and comes with 2 years materials & workmanship guarantee which is 12 months longer than most other models.
The RRP for this stove fan is just under £100 so its certainly not the cheapest model model around, however, we found, you can usually get it for under £80 on Amazon.co.uk which makes it a little more competitive in price to other top spec models.
After reading most of Amazon reviews from customers, it’s clear it is probably one of the best, if not the best, models currently available.
So what issues did we find?, for one, It's suppose to be silent, however it does make a slight noise, luckily its nothing too annoying and you cannot hear it over the the noise of the radio, tv or whilst chatting away.
To be honest, its probably as quiet as they come. It's well designed and compact so will fit on most stoves and would highly recommend you take a look at this model if considering a stove fan to improve your heating output, specially since it comes with an impressive 2 year warranty for full peace of mind.
If you don't have much room on your stove fan, then our next review which is also manufactured by Valiant may be what you need as it fastens directly to the flue pipe instead, read on below to learn more, it really is an amazing option for some people.
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Valiant FIR350 Remora Magnetic Flue Pipe Heat Powered Stove Fan
The Valiant FIR350 Remora Magnetic Flue Pipe Stove Fan is one of the best-selling models on the market and its easy to see why and what an amazing unique design. Where this model is different to nearly all stove fans is that because of the design, its perfect for stoves with a cool top, sloping, irregular surfaces, or angled tops or simply where you don't have sufficient space above your stove, and indeed there are many of them out there with the latest designer stoves coming out all the time.
With its brilliantly designed magnetic clamp, the stove fan simply attaches onto the circular edge of a log burner’s flue. In fact, assembly doesn’t get easier than just connecting the blades to the clamp and leaving your fan to start. It really is that simple.
Speaking of starting, we noticed this stove fan takes a shorter to start than many other models. The Valiant FIR350 begins operating once the temperatures hit around 50°C. The last time we checked other stove fans started operating at 60°C to 65°C on average, so expect this fan to get your room warmer sooner. Once it gets into action, the fan picks up speed as the temperatures rise, just like any other decent stove fan does. When it comes to optimum temperature range, this FIR350 fan operates properly once the flue gets between 80°C and 250°C (176-480°F).
The stove fan is obviously powered by the heat from a stove. The fan’s maximum temperature tolerance is 340°C and you can always raise the fan from the surface of your stove to prevent damage. Another major plus is that this patented GB2551040 stove fan comes with a 2-year warranty. Many other brands offer a standard 1-year warranty, so the extra coverage is a really a bonus just in case your fan fails.
There’s so much to like in this high performing stove fan and the real benefit is that it attached to the flue pipe which solves a lot of peoples problems who couldn't use a stove fan before, its also the only model that attaches to the flue pipe and what an amazing design.
This model enables those with little space above their stoves to benefit from a special fan circulating warm air all around the room where it’s installed. We like the unmatched temperature tolerance of this stove fan (340°C) and the clamp itself can withstand up to 400°C. It starts running at low temperatures and the fans operate virtually quietly.
As of the time of writing, this device had more than 1200 reviews so it has really been tried and tested. In addition, the product’s two-year warranty is more than anything you can get anywhere else. If your stove has an irregular surface, perhaps a curved surface, the Valiant FIR350 Remora Magnetic Flue Pipe Heat Powered Stove Fan is a great solution due to its magnetic clamp. It’s quite an expensive one, but no doubt worth the money even though its possibly the most expensive.
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Voda 6 Blades Heat Powered Stove Fan
The Voda 6 Blades Heat Powered Stove Fan may be equipped with 6 blades but you’d be forgiven to think it’s louder than the single 3 blade models – this model is incredibly quiet even when operating at top speeds. Whilst many consider four-blade models as the best choice for vast rooms, this 6-blade stove fan takes performance to the next level and it distributes 210 cubic feet of air per minute. When compared with a 3-blade circulation device, the 6 Blades Stove Fan actually increases heat distribution by 90%. Where it really helps though is that because the fan is not that tall, around 12.5cm, you only need 13cm clearance above the stove to use this fan making perfect for those who have limited space above the stove which is a big plug as many 3 and 4 blade models are taller and unsuitable.
Both the blades and base of this stove fan are constructed from premium anodised aluminium that is highly resistant to rust and corrosion, this basically means its made from premium materials so your buying a quality product. The fan begins to generate the power required to start running the blades when the base reaches 65°C. The 6-blade design provides impressively high power, offering twice the power of regular 3-blade stove fans.
Thanks to a Bi-metallic strip at the base of the fan, the edge of the fan will lift slightly when the maximum operating temperature is approached in order to prevent overheating and damaging the fan. To prevent long-term damage, don’t hesitate to remove the stove fan from the stove if the temperature exceeds the maximum 350°C. The fan has an extendable handle that will allow you to carry or move it. Be sure to wear gloves whenever you’ll want to hold the fan as it obviously gets very hot.
This is certainly a powerful little stove fan and it certainly has its advantages to those who don't have much clearance above the stove. Whilst its 6 blades resulted in a relatively wider design, this stove fan still fits on most freestanding stove styles, so chances are you shouldn’t have any problem installing it on yours.
‘‘Two are better than one” – that’s what some previous buyers are loving – and those who have recently upgraded to this double 3-blade fan have seen it make a significant difference in their rooms. Now this stove fan is a bit more expensive than many 4-blade models, but that’s understandable because it offers more power and improved performance.
There were mixed reactions concerning its noise levels with many positive reviews suggesting the device is quiet, whilst a few claiming it’s noisy, maybe they have super hearing, overall though it would be described as silent. We don’t get why that could happen, but we are still firmly convinced that the 6 Blades Heat Powered Stove Fan is the perfect choice for spreading heat throughout a larger room and is a great choice for those with limited space above the stove.
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VonHaus XL 4 Blade Stove Fan
VonHaus is one of the household names in the home improvement field and they have an effective heat distributing model in the VonHaus XL 4 Blade Stove Fan, this model is for those with the space for a larger stove fan, some times, bigger is better.. This fan drastically improves the efficiency of any stove, wood burner, or oven by conveying heat further into spaces where a stove alone wouldn’t manage and overall just helps evening heat up the room.
As is the thing with stove fans, this model is self-powered and doesn’t require any batteries or electricity as you probably gathered by now. Instead, a thermoelectric power generator module generates an electric current to start the fan’s motor. The stove fan works automatically between 50°C - 350°C with self-regulating speed depending on the temperature of the stove.
Accompanied by a thermometer as standard, you will be able to keep an eye on the temperature your stove is at. It’s additionally interesting to see what temperatures start the stove fan up, speed it up and allow it to cool. This stove fan is pretty quiet and won’t distract you whilst watching TV, reading a book, or chatting with someone.
Finally, this product is covered by a 2-year warranty with brings it closer in line with the Valiant stove fans.
The VonHaus XL 4 Blade Stove Fan stove fan really works as stated and is a great choice for those looking for a larger stove fan as they have plenty of pace above the stove. Many reviewers have nothing but praise about its performance and many love this silent fan. You can brush through the positive reviews here .
The model is well made and makes a huge difference in heat distribution. The fan takes a short while to start after you light your log burner and it will even keep working long after the fire goes out.
The accompanying thermometer is really something to appreciate since it will let you watch your stove’s temperature. This can help you avoid damage by overheating keeping in mind that the maximum operating temperature is 350°C.
Before we forget, this model has a solid aluminium construction with carry handles for hassle-free portability. We are not sure how long this stove fan will last, but we are convinced its sturdy build can stand the test of time and it is backed by a 2 year warranty. This is still a relatively new product on the market and so its durability has not been proven yet. Overall, a decent choice for heat circulation and incredibly quiet.
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Vonhaus 3 Blade 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.
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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.
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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.
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FAQ's On Stove Fans
How do stove fans work?
When you place a stove fan on top of a wood burning stove, the heat is conducted from the top of the stove and then travels up the base to the fan to the underside of the peltier device which is what generates the electricity to power the fan and improve air flower. The peltier device actually works by having one side hot and the other side cooler which generates the voltage needed to power the fan. Most stove fan can operate from temperatures as low as 50°C as this is what is needed in terms of heat to create enough voltage to power the fan.
How to use a stove fan?
Stove fans are very easy to use and most come ready build, simply place the stove fan on top of the stove towards the side or the back of the stove. Do not place it in front of the flue pipe or towards the front of the stove or it will not be able to draw in the cool air needed to work correctly.
What are the benefits of having a stove fan?
When using a wood burning stove, most of the heat rises up above the stove and the heat is usually concentrated in front of the stove itself so the room often has lots of cold spots and is usually only warm around the fire. By using a stove fan fan you can use air circulation provided by the fan to more evenly heat the whole room instead of all the heat rising up towards the chimney or being concentrated around the fire only.
How does a stove fan warm the room?
Stove fans are designed to to create a gentle airflow around the room so that the room will feel more evenly heated instead of being hot near the fire and colder the further away you move from the fire. its important to note that stove fan do not work like a cold fan by blowing gusts of air. they instead create a consistent air flow moment which you will likely not be able to feel like you do a cold fan but you will notice the room if much more evenly heated. This also means the room will get heated up in the fraction of the time it would take not using a stove fan.
Do stove fan need batteries?
Most stove fan do not use batteries as they get the electricity needed from the thermoelectric generated by the peltier which most stoves fan use which uses the heat from the stove and cool air from the back of the stove as explained above.
Where do i position my stove fan?
As stove fans need hot and cool air to operate and generate electricity they need to be position near the side or back of the stove so that the cool air can be drawn in from the back of the stove and over the cooling fins on top of the fan. It's important that you do not place it in front of the flue pipe or towards the front of the stove as the air will be too warm and it will not be able to draw in the cool air need from the back of the stove.
Do stove fans work on all stoves?
The short answer is no, most stove fans only work on wood burning stoves that have a level flat service that gets hot and have enough space above the stove top to position the fan. You can get some smaller stove fans if you have limited space above the stove which may fit. They do not work on stove that are cool to touch or uneven but there are some alternatives such as flue attached models which may work.
Can you get stove fans that fasten to the flue?
There are now some new models which can be attached to the fluepipe which gets very hot instead of sitting on top of a stove. These are a good alternative for stoves where a standard stove fan cannot be used whether it be there is not enough space, the stove top is cool to touch or uneven.
I have a cool touch stove, how can I use a stove fan?
if you have a cool touch stove but have access to the hot flue pipe you may be able to use one of the flue pipe models which fasten to the flue pipe from the stove instead of sitting on the stove top to get the height needed.
Can a stove fan get too hot?
If a stove top gets too hot it can actually damage the stove fan and void the warranty so we recommend you use a stovetop thermometer to monitor the temperature of the stove. Most stove fans have a maximum temperature which is usually 300 to 350c. However most good stove fan have a built in overheat protector which lefts the stove fan up slightly from the surface of the stove to help reduce the risk of damaging the stove fan. We recommend removing and repositioning the stove fan if it gets to hot. Always check the maximum temperature of your model before using it and use a stovetop thermometer.
What to take into consideration when choosing a stove fan and how to choose the right model?
Amount of space above your stove and stove surface temperature
The first thing to take into consideration of is if you can actually use a stove fan with your stove. The stove surface needs to be level and get hot in order to power the fan. There should also be enough space above the stove to actually fit a stove fan, most stove fans are around 19-20cm tall which means ideally you need a clearance above the stove larger than this. You can get some mini stove fans which may fit if you have an unusually small space above the stove.
If you don't have enough space for a traditional stove fan but your flue pipe is exposed, you may be able to use a stove fan than fastens to the stove fan directly.
Durability and build quality
Unfortunately there are now hundreds of cheap Chinese imports that are poor quality whether it be the type of steel they are manufactured from or the quality and reliability of the motor and thermoelectric conductors. As they look almost identical to the premium models that will last for many years and are made from premium materials, it can be very difficult to tell them apart, especially to the untrained eye and when comparing them on the internet. We recommend sticking to well known manufactures such as Valiant, Ecofan, Voda and VonHaus and using reviews such as ours. the big giveaway is usually price, if its cheap, its usually cheap for a reason.
the heat sensitivity is referring to the starting temperature and maximum temperature. Ideally you want a low starting temperature so that the fan starts moving the heat around the room sooner. Most stove fans will start to work at around 45-50C. The maximum temperature is usually around 340-350c.
All stove fan comes with a warranty to cover you for any defective product, you should be looking for models that offer at least 2 years warranty for full peace of mind. Some of the cheaper models come with 1 years warranty but you have ask ask yourself, why only 1 year? the manufacture cannot be confident with the product if they only offer 1 year warranty. That how we see it anyway. Also note that there are terms to the warranty such as becoming void if the stove fan has been damaged by overheating.
Stove fans vary greatly in price and over the last few years we have seen the price drop massively, mainly because of new competition. Expect to pay around £30-40 for a good budget model but know that they often lack features such as overheating protection. A good quality model will cost around £60-90 with all the bells and whistles such as overheating protection and more important, the ability to work for many years due to the premium materials and excellent workmanship.
We have now been researching stove fans for over 5 years and have seen some excellent models over the years but Valiant always seems to be at the forefront with the latest designs including the models that can be attached to a flue pipe. The 7 we have reviewed above are all models which we would highly recommend as they have had lots of positive reviews online which only further confirm our own conclusion to which models are really the best.
So which model would we recommend? firstly I don’t think there is one model that fits all but the Valiant range of stove fans have all proved reliable and very effective, they really know what there doing when it comes to designing and manufacturing stove fans and with this in mind, for most people the Valiant Premium IV 4-Blade would certainly be the best choice, the smoke test alone showed how effective this model was at distributing heat around a room.
If you have a larger open room then we would recommend either the:
- VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan - After some further research and testing in August 2019, this model is our new recommended stove fan for anyone looking for a more budget friendly alternative. Vonhaus is a reputable brand known for creating quality products are affordable prices and they have done an excellent job with this model.
- Caframo Ecofan 810 UltraAir - (More expensive but has more features like overheat protection and its a great choice for longer narrow rooms due to the 2 fin design)
If you have a cool top or an irregular surface or simply would prefer to fix a stove fan to your flue pipe and not position it on top of your stove, we could recommend just one model by is manufactured by Valiant.
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