Stoves are a lovely feature for the home, housing the flame, and providing great heat. However, without the addition of a stove fan, the room won’t get evenly heated. Stove fans stop the heat from rising up to the ceiling and instead push it across the room to keep everyone warm.
There’s s surprising number of stove fans put on the market today, so it can be tricky to pick the best one for you. That’s where we come in. We’ve gone through them and have handpicked our Top 5 to show you.
Product reviews on these stove fans are coming up shortly, and after that, we have a buying guide for you, which runs through everything you might want to think about before you buy, to help you ascertain which one best fits your needs.
This stove fan from VonHaus is flying off the shelves at Amazon, and the customer feedback has been phenomenal. After about 2000 customer ratings, the average customer rating comes out at a really impressive 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.
It has been awarded the title of Amazon’s Choice, a title given only when superb quality meets with a reasonable price.
It’s compact yet powerful, with a height of 22.5cm, which is only a smidgen longer than the width of a piece of A4 paper. Yet it’s very effective with a CFM rating of up to 170, which means it can throw out a big volume of heated very quickly (170 cubic feet per minute) so it can heat up even large rooms very quickly. (More on CFM ratings in our buying guide.)
Like all stove fans, it’s self-powered and costs nothing to run. Once it detects a minimum temperature of 50 degrees centigrade, the thermoelectric module kicks into action and the 3 blades start to spin. And as they do they effectively disperse heat around the room.
We also love just how quiet it is.
This fan will also automatically adjust depending on the temperature in the room to avoid overheating whilst providing maximum comfort.
There’s no installation to worry about, and you don’t have to fix it in just one place, you can have it facing one direction one moment and another the next.
It comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, which is a testament as to how good a quality product it is.
If you’re looking for a stove fan but have very little space in your fireplace to fit it, then this is hands down the one for you – it will do the job even if you have a large room to heat. It will blow the air out from under the chimney, and across the room. You get to save all that heat that would have gone straight out the chimney!
It’s only 13.8cm high (less than 6 inches), which is substantially shorter than other stove fans out on the market today, including several in our Top 5.
But despite its diminutive size, it really packs a punch. And that’s because it’s a double fan, so you two 4-blade fans running together, effectively throwing out heat from a total of 8 blades. In fact, it’s CFM is staggeringly high at an outstanding 430. (More on CFM ratings in our buying guide.) You get up to 70% more airflow than competitor products.
Although it’s kind of marketed as being silent, it’s not entirely silent, that said however even at top speed it’s like a whisper.
It only needs to reach a temperature of 50 degrees centigrade before it get’s going, so you should start feeling the effects within minutes of the stove going on.
And later, as the heat from the stove burns out, the fan automatically slows down and stops.
It has really good build-quality, made with durable, hard-wearing Anodized Aluminum, able to resist really high temperature (up to 660°F/350°C), and it won’t discolour either no matter how much you use it.
With manufacture of this quality, it comes as no surprise that it comes with a full year’s warranty.
Customer feedback has been really positive on it – after well over 100 customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes to an impressive 4 stars out of 5.
Here’s another great stove fan that’s flying off the shelves at Amazon – and the customer feedback is impressive. After well over 1500 customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes in at an interesting 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.
It comes from a great brand too, Valiant has been in the business for over 10 years.
At first glance, we thought that the asking price was a bit steep – but then we saw the CFM rating – a staggering 420 cubic feet per minute! With power like this, the room will heat up unbelievably quickly, once the fan is activated.
And the fan will activate quickly too, once the stove is put on since it only needs to detect a temperature of 50 degrees centigrade to get started.
Then we thought, to be able to push so much heat out, the fan must be huge – but it’s not. It’s just under 20cm tall, short enough to fit in a tight space.
And it’s so well designed – it has an advanced radiating fin, a great motor life on the fan, an actuator, and a special protection system to prevent the fan from overheating.
And in testament to its quality, there’s a 2-year guarantee to boot.
The fan is fully compliant and certified with all the applicable UK and European standards.
The manufacturer is based in the UK, and they have a UK based customer service team.
Flying off the shelves at amazon
Really impressive customer feedback
Good, well-established brand CFM of 420, throws heat out really quickly
Only needs a temperature of 50°c to start
Under 20cm tall
Protection from overheating
Safety compliant in UK and EU
2-year materials & workmanship guarantee
UK based customer support
Premium product at a premium price (honestly that’s the only con we could come up with).
We love this oscillating stove fan from VanHaus. You get VonHaus quality at a very reasonable price – and it qualifies for free delivery if you buy it through Amazon.
It’s stand out feature is that it has an oscillating function, which means it moves from side to side as the blades go round and round. It swings a full 40 degrees, which can really help distribute the warmer air throughout the room.
Granted it doesn’t have the same heat distribution power as some of the other stove fans in our Top 5 picks, with a maximum CFM of 150 (which is about average), but that’s still enough to warm up medium size room, and we feel that the oscillating function more than makes up for it, spreading warmer air around very effectively.
It’s got a smart, well built black aluminium construction, and is really quiet to run, even when oscillating.
There are some drawbacks to this model, but they’re really minor. The first is that you may not be able to fit it into an inset stove, since it’s dimensions, while not big, is slightly larger than other stove fans on the market.
The other thing is that it doesn’t start to work until it detects a temperature of 70 degrees centigrade, which isn’t too high but isn’t as low as some of the other stove fans in our Top 5 picks.
But VonHaus are sufficiently confident to provide customers with a 2-year warranty – and that’s good enough for us. Plus the customer feedback on the Amazon page is really positive.
Qualifies for free delivery
Oscillates a full 40 degrees
Good CMF rating, 150
Smart black aluminium build
Really quiet to run
2-year manufacturer warranty
Really positive customer feedback
Has slightly bigger dimensions than some of the other stove fans in our Top 5 picks, so it’s not the best for fitting into a tight space
There’s a lot to love about this mini stove fan from CRSURE!
First of all, we love the aesthetics of it – smart and beautiful.
Then there’s just how efficient it is. It has a CFM rating of a really really good 270 – enough to warm even a very large room. And to certify it’s energy efficiency, it’s rated Energy Class A+++. With this fan in place, you could potentially save nearly 40% of your wood fuel cost.
It’s also classed as a mini stove fan, and is nice and small, with a fan height of fewer than 6 inches – really handy for fitting into small spaces.
It doesn’t need to get to a high temperature to get itself going, it will start at just 50 degrees celsius.
It also works more quietly than some of the other stove fans out there, thanks to its unique blade design.
It has a really great safety feature too. It uses a bi-metallic safety device in the base of the fan, and when the surface temperature rises above 250 degrees celsius, it will gently lift the front of the fan to protect the TEG and motor. This feature almost doubles the life span of the product.
It comes with a magnetic stove thermometer.
Customer feedback is very positive overall, with plenty of Amazon customers scoring it 5 stars out of 5.
Looks really good
Powerful with a CFM of 270
Can heat a large room
Energy Class A+++
Nice and small
Starts at just 50⁰C
Nice and quiet
Special safety device
Magnetic stove thermometer
Customer feedback is very positive
Some customers have reported that it doesn’t last too long once the 12-month warranty has run out
We’ll tackle this buying guide by way of looking at what questions you may have before you buy, and answering them each in turn.
Do I need a stove fan?
Only you can really answer whether you might need a stove fan. Your level of comfort in terms of heat distribution will depend on things like the size of your room, whether the room is closed off or if you have a more open-plan layout, how much time you spend there, how well the walls are insulated, and just how cold the weather happens to be at the time (very variable).
If it’s an open-plan style room in an old building that you would like to spend many hours in at time throughout autumn and winter, then a stove fan will certainly do a lot for your level of comfort and will be well worth the money.
How much do they cost to run?
In addition to being such an affordable item to buy – they’re even cheaper to run, specifically FREE.
Stove fans don’t run off batteries or from your home’s electricity, they generate their own electricity, thanks to their thermoelectric module which uses the heat given off by the stove and acts a small generator to power the fan’s motor.
Better yet, with a stove fan to help keep your room and its occupants warm, you could cut your fuel-burning costs by as much as 30%.
This set up means that stove fans are not only free to run, but they’re super eco-friendly too, AND they can save you money on the fuel you go through.
How Much Noise Do Stove Fans Make?
A lot of people like the idea of stove fans, but worry that it will be impossible to have a conversation over the fan because it will be too loud. However, these concerns are very much misplaced. Even the low-end, inexpensively made stove fans tend to be fairly quiet,
Which stove fans are the most effective?
One of the primary specs on a stove fan is the CFM rate. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. It’s a measure of the volume of hot or warm air that the fan can drive within one minute. The higher the CFM rate, the more quickly the stove’s heat can be distributed throughout the room
A stove fan with a CFM of 100 can effectively heat rooms of up to 120 square feet, while a stove fan with a CFM of 125 can effectively heat rooms of up to 240 square feet.
Should I buy 2 stove fans?
Buying 2 stove fans could be a good idea if you have a large stove and/or a large room to heat up, although it’s not strictly necessary. Alternatively, you could buy a double fan for the cost of one, like our Number 2 pick, the Mini Size 8 Blade Stove Fan.
What if I haven’t got much room in my fireplace for a fan?
Stove fans aren’t always that big, but if space is really at a premium, say if you have an inset stove or a fireplace to worry about, then we can recommend our Number 2 pick, the Mini Size 8 Blade Stove Fan, or our Number 5 pick, the Mini Stove Fan-4-Blade Silent Operation Heat Powered Stove Fan.
Is there a fan for low-temperature stoves?
If you’re specifically interested in a stove fan for low-temperature stoves, you’re in luck. Most of the stove fans in our Top 5 picks will start to work as soon as they detect a temperature of just 50 degrees centigrade. The only exception is our Number pick, which starts at 70 degrees centigrade.
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