A wood stove fan set is a fan that is mounted on the top surface of a wood-burning stove to help draw warm air into the room. Wood stove fans are made of metal and usually contain two to four blades, with some models offering dual sets of fans in one unit.
The wood stove fan set is made almost entirely of metal and, like almost all other wood stove fans, is black.
A wood stove fan works like any other fan, as the blades spin, forcing air from the back through the front of the fan. A wood stove fan uses the heat from the surface of the wood stove to power the blades and does not require a power source.
A wood stove fan is usually a single unit and there are usually no loose parts. You'll often find wood stove fans that work right out of the box. Wood-burning stove fans use the heat from the surface of the wood-burning stove to power the blades. As the blades rotate, air is drawn in from the rear of the fan and expelled from the front in the general direction the fan is facing.
The purpose of a wood stove fan is to help distribute the heat generated by the stove more evenly throughout the room. As the heat rises, the fan creates a warmer environment closer to the ground and helps keep warm air from being trapped around the stove or on the ceiling.
Without a fan, the heat from a wood stove will usually rise straight up and be trapped at the top of the room.
Many wood stoves like ours sit in an existing fireplace or alcove where warm air may not escape as easily.
By using a wood stove fan, this heat can be pushed into the room before it rises, helping to make the most of the heat generated by the wood stove.
Wood-burning stove fans should generally be placed on a flat, smooth area on top of a wood-burning stove and near the rear of the stove. For wood stoves with flues sticking out of the top, the fans should be placed at the rear of the stove and on the side of the chimney.
Wood stove fan manufacturers usually state that the fan should be placed at the rear of the stove rather than near the front.
It is also recommended to place the fan on a flat and smooth surface so that the fan can absorb heat more effectively.