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Distribution blower filter? Why not?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by P38X2, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    As we know, the distribution fan blades love to get caked with dust, hair, etc, but it's generally a pain to clean. I'm thinking something could be designed to make this fan cleaning chore MUCH easier.

    Perhaps some sort of a high flow, non-combustible filter could be designed and attached magnetically. Every so often, just reach behind there, pull the filter off and rinse, vac, schticky, etc all the crud off of it, and pop it back on. Done!

    This seems like an incredibly brilliant idea but I've yet to hear of such a thing,.....which leads me to believe I'm overlooking obvious reasons why it doesn't exist.

    Thoughts?
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  2. ohbix

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    My stove draws air thru a fiberglass furnace filter as long as the side panels are in place. I thought there were other stoves which used similar filters.
  3. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Interesting. Is it a pellet boiler or a FS/insert stove?
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    Sound's like a winner to me. I'd buy one in a second. Design one and produce it, you'll be a millionaire.
  5. P38X2

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    There's gotta be some reason the manufacturers don't make em. It would likely mitigate the noise as well.

    Maybe it's just Harmans that don't use em?
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    I've never heard of one, so I don't think it's Harman related.
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    You never saw this on Amazon? Amazon does have everything! See Red Arrow
    All HHT Danson stoves can use this. Also the Englander 25-PFS has a screen on both room blowers! They are much easier to clean!
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  8. P38X2

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    Hmmm. Little pricey though;)

    Wonder how that works being so coarse. Seems like it was designed to keep pellets out?
  9. P38X2

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    Is that part available?... the screen part.
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    All that screen is there for is to keep fingers and pet hair out....it does nothing to stop dust.

    This past summer I fiddled around with different types of foam filter materials, and also the filter material out of furnace filters, but the problem with ALL the ones I tried was that they all reduced the air volume through the blower way too much.

    If someone else comes up with another material that filters w/o affecting air flow, I'd be interested.
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    Pricey yes, but free shippings
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    Must..... increase...... area. ..
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    One of these days folks will catch on.
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    Maybe a very coarse multi layer metal screen. Like in kitchen range hood. Or like the roof ridge vent that comes on a roll. Cobra makes some. Cleaning would likely require replacing the media as washing probably wouldn't be too effective.

    Air flow would def be a factor.
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    I had a screen like that on my Harman coal stove fan. It would get clogged after a while with dust bunnies. I tried attaching a small piece of furnace filter to it, but it significantly reduced the air flow. I like the idea of filtering room air
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    Mine does, too. 16 x 25 x 1, putting in a new one today, usually change it first cleaning each month.

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    Great idea and don't know why they aren't available. Certainly would be easier to take a filter off than take the blower off.
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    The St. Croix Lincoln multi fuel stove does come with furnace filter on it for the exact purpose. Works well.
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    Id buy one to, constantly cleaning dog hair.
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    One thing to try is increasing the filters area. Because the filter material constricts the air flow, If you increase the filter area it will lessen the effect of the restriction. Most of the round blowers can have a flange adapted to the inlet. Using duct adapter/reducers you can increased the diameter or use a duct register boot. I have also seen flexible duct used to relocate the inlet and connect it to a filter box to hold a larger filter.

    My blower is a quad inlet-dual outlet. I may have to make a tin box/duct of sorts to contain the blowers inlets. Then add a filter to the its inlet. HArd to explain, But I think I have it worked out. Just need to get unlazy and fab it one of these days! ;em
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    I made a filter for the blower on my p43 but haven't tried it yet.....looks promising.
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    Pix or...

    Whatcha use for filter media?
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    I used a thin air conditioner washable filter and cut it to size placed it on a frame i cut out and attached it to the motor via magnets.

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