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When you say "small fan"... (moving hot air)

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Bster13, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Can you quantify that? Or at least post a few pics of what you are using in your home? I can envision everything from small computer fans, to 12in desk fan. Thx.

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  3. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Ok, so they are decently sized then. Thx.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Our little vornado fan measures 7 1/2" across. It has 3 speeds and when used, we run it on low.
  5. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    I have a $3 clearance at Wally World, bought 3 years ago.

    I'm gonna miss it when it goes *sniff*

    2 speeds, flexible on angle and oscillating.Think your basic table fan, 6" s wide.
  6. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    This fan, I mean, "whole room circulator" changed our lives, $40 but keeps the house even temp. See the thread below - someone posted a video too about these fans. They are a bit pricey but in my old drafty barn, it's made a huge difference.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/10-degrees-and-cant-keep-up.104297/#post-1350640

    Especially since our back up oil furnace has "red light syndrome" today so it isn't running. I took the filter out, blew back the lines, checked nozzle but it's got to be the sensor. It fires up but won't stay on. There is a celluloid sensor that "sees" the fire but I don't remember where it is to clean so the safety kicks it off. I think it heard me schedule the annual PM for monday and is just mocking me ;)

    I'm now sleeping on my sofa to keep the fire going. Woke up this AM to 58 upstairs, 52 in living room and 40 in my kitchen. Took me all day to get us at 70 and I don't want to start over tomorrow, well later this morning! Glad I have the stove though, even with the maintenance contract, it always costs me over $200, so it can wait until Monday.

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    I think you mean CAD cell, if you search youtube you will find some vids showing how they work and how to clean them. It is usually a simple job to do.
  8. Matt Ruggeri

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    We just had to do the same thing on out Oil Burner, and the "Cat Eye" was just replaced. Figures, only the 3rd time we've reached for the Thermostat all winter. We lost a day of heating yesterday, contractors were working on the house with the garage doors wide open all day. Ours is a small 1850Sq ft (only 1/2 of this is finished) "Beach" house, stove in the basement/on-grade Living Rm, over 1/2 of that space is unheated, unfinished Garage.

    We use the same Fans, usually on the floor pointing out if we need to heat a room quickly! There's also one above the stove. Helps to push the heat up the open staircase/hallway. Sounds crazy but it works, and it's taken me all winter to find the right places without interrupting the natural convection and flow in the house. Other than that just some small DC Powered fans in the doorways. They're Panaflo 115CFM fans, I have no idea where they came from! I know it looks 'hack' but it was way cheaper than those corner doorway fans. all through the cold snap we were at a steady 74 day/night and around 65 in the AM.

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    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    10" fan. I needed a new one about a month ago. Drove all over town looking for a fan. Had to order one on line. I keep it on low
  10. Matt Ruggeri

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    'Tis the season! ;) I always buy a few in the fall when they go on clearance. My wife is one of those "need the loudest man-made fan on high to sleep", then she forgets to turn it off.. Needless to say, we burn out at least one a year.
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    I use a small box fan. It's only 2 ft by 2 ft. I think I paid around $14 at Walmart for it. for a blower I picked up a $10 computer fan at Radio Shack. Its 3" square. If you look for this, make sure you get a 120 volt version and not a 12 volt version.

    Matt
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    Yes, cad, not celluloid. I just couldn't remember how to get to it. woodgeek told me so I'm off to give it a shot.
  14. begreen

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    10-12" desk fan running on low speed is what I often say. The bigger blades move a fair amount of air on low speed and yet are very quiet. There are also floor fans like the Stanley/Lasko unit that work well. In a pinch a small box fan will also work.

    You will often get better results moving cold air, down low, blowing toward the stove room.

    http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-High-Velocity-Blower-Fan-655702/dp/B0001BJDUQ
  15. Hearth Mistress

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    That was it, that was my exact Carlin piece too in the video. 2 q-tips saved me a $150 service call. I will have the "proffesional" look at it Monday when they come out for the PM. THANK YOU!!!
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    That is the same fan we have. We also have a bigger one we use in summer.
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    Dont forget also that keeping the humidity up will make your house easier to heat also.
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    Most definitely. My wife refuses to use the dryer. She simply hangs clothes near the stove and we also have a ceiling fan not far from the stove. On days she does laundry I usually try to be busy outdoors because she likes to keep the temperature up to help dry things faster. Our normal temperature gets a bit uncomfortable.
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    claybe Feeling the Heat

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    I am assuming that those of you using a fan don't have a blower??? Is this true or am I missing something?
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    After returning two obnoxiously loud fans, I took the blower from my old slammer, mounted it on a steel plate and painted it. Virtually silent at low speeds. Looks a bit too industrial for my wife's liking, but I don't get to build much anymore, so I'm keeping it.

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