Do I really need a blower/fan?!

MagdalenaP

Member
Nov 10, 2018
172
Tilbury, ON
Hey All!

So I purchased my new to me regency f2400. The fan is loud, cleaning it didn't help. I could order a new one, around $100 or so, but do I really need it? Do they really help? Issue is my stove is going to be pointed towards my backdoor (best location for my home layout), so all that heat is going to be blowing that way (goes through the back heat shield and over the top of the stove).

Also, once the stove is installed with the minimum clearance to a back wall, is it very hard to add a blower (if I find that I do need one) ?

Meaning, I'm guessing the stove will need to be moved forward to access the back...does the single wall pipe disconnect easily?

Thank you in advance!
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,075
Eastern Central PA
It seems to be a lot more effective to just use a small fan to blow across the top of the stove. All my stoves have blower fans but they are not that effective and almost all are noisy at high speed
IMO.
 

moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
1,186
Iowa
They are necessary at my place. I wouldn't install without it. Just my opinion in relation to the 2 stoves I've used at this place. You can always turn it off :cool:
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
12,160
Southern IN
My brother has that stove, he fabbed his own fan setup for cheaper (I thought the original was more than 100.) I don't know he had the original fan in at one point. I just texted him, asking if his aftermarket setup is pretty quiet..
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
12,160
Southern IN
OK, he never had the original. He said his aftermarket is quiet on low, a little noisier on high.
 

Ludlow

Minister of Fire
Jun 4, 2018
1,423
PA
All those fans are noisy. I have a OEM blower in the bottom of my DV gas fireplace and it is terrible. I run it on low only. I replaced it and it sounds the same.
 

wooduser

Minister of Fire
Nov 12, 2018
679
seattle, wa
Personally, I use a three speed box fan I bought at a thrift shop for $5.

This was cheap to buy, cheap to use, quiet except on the high speed, easy to clean of dust and dirt and is easily adjusted between the low, medium and high speed.

In my view as a furnace and gas fireplace repairman, the main thing you want a fan for is to break up the convection layers of warm air at the ceiling and cold air near the floor. A box fan located almost anyplace does thuis well.

A second good use for a fan is to heat remote parts of a house. To do that with a degree of effectiveness, I locate the box fan in the hall way blowing cold air near the floor out into the room where the wood stove is located. That means that warm air near the ceiling is drawn into the remote parts of the house, and also breaks up those convection layers of cold air near the floor. The down side of a fan in the hallway is tripping over it in the middle of the night!

Fans in stoves tend to be 1) expensive 2) inflexible in that they can't be moved around 3) noisy 4) hard to clean. So I'm agin 'em.

Give a box fan a try is my recommendation!
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
12,160
Southern IN
All those fans are noisy. I have a OEM blower in the bottom of my DV gas fireplace and it is terrible. I run it on low only. I replaced it and it sounds the same.
They have a Lopi Liberty running in a shop near here. That fan is whisper-quiet, although I didn't jack it up to high..
 

wooduser

Minister of Fire
Nov 12, 2018
679
seattle, wa
I didn't jack it up to high..

I would definitely turn it up to high. Also, if the fan that was in the stove originally was noisy, sure as shoot'n it was changed out.

As a GAS stove and fireplace repairman, noisy fans were a fairly common complaint, and not one I could usually do much about. Most people just left their noisy fan turned off unless there was a real need to use it and put up with the noise.

Personally, I favor using a box fan which is typically cheaper, can be located more flexibly, is easy to clean.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,592
central pa
Personally, I use a three speed box fan I bought at a thrift shop for $5.

This was cheap to buy, cheap to use, quiet except on the high speed, easy to clean of dust and dirt and is easily adjusted between the low, medium and high speed.

In my view as a furnace and gas fireplace repairman, the main thing you want a fan for is to break up the convection layers of warm air at the ceiling and cold air near the floor. A box fan located almost anyplace does thuis well.

A second good use for a fan is to heat remote parts of a house. To do that with a degree of effectiveness, I locate the box fan in the hall way blowing cold air near the floor out into the room where the wood stove is located. That means that warm air near the ceiling is drawn into the remote parts of the house, and also breaks up those convection layers of cold air near the floor. The down side of a fan in the hallway is tripping over it in the middle of the night!

Fans in stoves tend to be 1) expensive 2) inflexible in that they can't be moved around 3) noisy 4) hard to clean. So I'm agin 'em.

Give a box fan a try is my recommendation!
So the furnaces you work on dont have fans designed to work with the system to pull heat off of the combustion chamber and help distribute that heated air?

That is exactly what the fans mounted on stoves do. You assumtions about fans are simply unfounded.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,592
central pa
I would definitely turn it up to high. Also, if the fan that was in the stove originally was noisy, sure as shoot'n it was changed out.

As a GAS stove and fireplace repairman, noisy fans were a fairly common complaint, and not one I could usually do much about. Most people just left their noisy fan turned off unless there was a real need to use it and put up with the noise.

Personally, I favor using a box fan which is typically cheaper, can be located more flexibly, is easy to clean.
Yes but again a box fan isnt nearly as effective at helping to pull extra heat off the stove.
 

ratsrepus

Minister of Fire
Jan 5, 2018
560
Howell, Mi
The fans on my BK's are quiet and effective. I run them on low in the morning to pull the cold air off the floor and bring the temps up quickly, which they do. I could do with out them, but I like them and they work great
 

ratsrepus

Minister of Fire
Jan 5, 2018
560
Howell, Mi
Besides having box fans all over looks like low rent
 
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bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
21,592
central pa
The fans on my BK's are quiet and effective. I run them on low in the morning to pull the cold air off the floor and bring the temps up quickly, which they do. I could do with out them, but I like them and they work great
Yes bk fans and many others are fairly quiet.