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FLIR shots of my new Vulcan stirling stove fan

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by aries339, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. aries339

    aries339 Member

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    I just set up my new Vulcan stove fan and took a few FLIR shots so I figured I'd share them! The plain-color shot is just for perspective.

    For reference, the limit of my IR camera is 518 degrees F. So the white areas in the shot are "at least" 518 degrees. The fan is in motion and has been operating for about 15 minutes when I shot these.

    I was surprised at the temperature difference just between the bottom of the base and the top of the base. Anyway, I'm not an expert on stoves, FLIR, or fans so I don't have any further analysis. Enjoy the pics. :p

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  2. Heftiger

    Heftiger New Member

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    Interesting. Thanks for the pics.
  3. teutonicking

    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    What do you think about the Vulcan stove fan? Do you think it makes a significant difference in distributing the heat around your home? Do you think it does a better job than just using a regular electric desk fan on the floor to blow cold air into the stove room?
  4. Dunragit

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    Nice, how are you liking the stove?
  5. burnt03

    burnt03 Burning Hunk

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    Cool! Where'd you get the FLIR? Wish I could get my hands on one of those for a day so I could walk around my house and find all the cold spots :)
  6. ridemgis

    ridemgis Burning Hunk

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    My Vulcan fan is a cool to watch conversation piece that might be helpful in a power outage. It is no match for the tiny $6 electric that moves cool air into the room. Caveat: it's sitting on a stone stove that rarely sees (so far anyway) temps north of 475-500. Perhaps on a 700 degree cast or steel surface it might really move some air.
  7. aries339

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    Hey I know I am coming back to a super old thread here. I dropped off the forums for a while but I wanted to answer some of the replies.

    1) I got the FLIR from an industrial supplier. You can find them now for around $1000. I live in a very old house and wanted to find sources of heat loss.

    2) I find that the Vulcan Stove makes a big difference. Here's the thing - it isn't going to move air around your whole house. But what it does do is eliminate the hot zone around the stove. It makes the heat in the stove room much more even. It moves the heat away from the stove, and then I still use a floor fan blowing cold air into the stove room.

    3) Love the stove. Just wish I had room for a bigger one.

    Ty

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