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Blower....opinions.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Robbie, Jul 17, 2006.

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  1. Robbie

    Robbie Minister of Fire

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    Thought I would shake the limbs on this tree.............When I bought my stove last year I got a nice blower that mounts on the bottom of the stove and has a variable speed control.

    My opinion is.............it is the absolute icing on the cake for my stove. It will run you out of my 1850 sq.ft. house (2 story).

    The heat last winter just from my wood stove and blower on low was a constant 78 degrees F. Yes I know thats warm, but we just loved this stove and I actually had it dampered lots of times and the heat was steady. One night it got to 81 degrees and my wife finally said.........open the doors !

    My point is this blower is what made the heater work so well. Even though when the blower was off it still worked very well and kept the house toasty warm, the blower just seems to circulate heat much more evenly throughout the entire house.

    I told the nice lady I bought my stove from that I was considering ordering another blower for mine as a back up just in case mine ever went out (don't think it will because it's made very well).

    Opinions ? Thanks.


    Robbie.

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  2. Todd

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    I wouldn't waste money on an extra blower just in case it broke. Is there any kind of warranty? If something does happen to the blower you can use a ordinary box fan to circulate the heat til the blower is fixed.
  3. Corie

    Corie Minister of Fire

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    Generally the blowers are pretty simple inside, and anything that went wrong would be very easy for anyone with even a glancing knowledge of wiring to fix. Also, many of the motor units are generic and you cold find a suitable replacement from Grainger or another industrial supply shop.
  4. Shane

    Shane Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't worry about that blower I see those blowers last a decade or more when properly cared for.
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    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I've been having a tendency to acquire extras of things lately. It's turning out to be mostly a waste of space and money.
  6. Robbie

    Robbie Minister of Fire

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    Thanks everyone, makes sense. My blower is a simple double turbin type and is easy to maintain. I just thought since I rely so much on the blower to circulate hot air it would be good to get a spare (though pretty expensive).

    Todd is right, the regular fan would work just fine to circulate.......LOL............sometimes for me the simplest solutions are the hardest for me to see.



    Robbie
  7. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

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    I have found that a typcial celing fan circulates just as well as blowers, blowers belong on inserts, where there is a space that is inclosed and has a place for heat exchange. On a free standing stove, all the heat in in the room anyway, you just need a simple quite way to move the air around. Im a big fan (pardon the pun) of celing fans, on reverse, on low. All winter long.
  8. jabush

    jabush Feeling the Heat

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    I'll second the ceiling fans. I upgraded several (existing) and installed a couple new ones last year.
    Gotta keep that air moving:)
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