In this guide we’ll take a look at the best wood burning stove fans for the UK market.
I’ve compared performance, design, efficiency and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the best wood burning stove fans for the UK market.
The Best Wood Burning Stove Fans Are...
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VonHaus 4 Blade Stove Fan Review
If you’re looking to increase the efficiency of your wood burner, without spending loads of money in the process, the VonHaus 4 Blade Stove Fan is an effective, budget option.
It is made from black aluminium which complements the majority of wood burning stoves, and is small enough to be easy to position. Measuring 20 cm tall by 18 cm wide by 11 cm deep, it’s sufficiently compact to sit on top of most stove tops – even if there’s not much space.
It doesn’t run all the time, but kicks in automatically when the heat reaches 50°C and effectively circulates warm air around the room. Powered by the heat from your stove, there are no batteries or electricity required.
When in use, there is a noticeable difference felt in the room temperature, stopping heat from getting trapped by the stove. Overall, it’s one of the best wood burning stove fans available on a budget, and it offers good value for money.
On occasion, you may have to give the fan a helping hand to start turning, but once it begins to move there’s no further effort required.
- Compact size means it should be suitable for the majority of stoves, even if they don't have a lot of available space on top
- Works effectively to distribute heat around a room, helping limit hot and cold air pockets
- Good budget option that offers efficiency and quality for the price
- Black aluminium design doesn't look out of place on most black stoves
- Very quiet when running
- Top handle can't be removed and may mean that the fan is too tall to fit under some lower alcoves
- Base becomes very hot so care must be taken when moving fan after use
Tomersun 3 Blades Heat Powered Stove Fan Review
Offering good value for money, this Tomersun 3 Blades Heat Powered Stove Fan spreads heat around the room whilst working virtually silently.
It’s made of black aluminium which blends in well against move stoves and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to itself. In a similar way, the limited noise means it’s not distracting whilst running. However, if placed on an uneven surface, the fan may become more audible.
When temperatures reach between 50 – 60°C the fan starts to work without any need for electricity or batteries. It spins faster as the temperature of the fire increases, effectively pushing heat out into the room.
There is a bi-metallic strip which helps stop the fan from suffering heat damage; however, a thermometer should still be used to make sure that the stove isn’t getting too hot.
It measures 22 cm tall by 18 cm wide and 9 cm deep so has a very small footprint overall, making it suitable for sitting on most stovetops.
All things considered, this is one of the best wood burning stove fans if you’re after value for money. It’s one of the cheapest options on this list yet is still reported to work very effectively at circulating heat in an efficient and quiet way.
- Small footprint and should sit comfortably on most small stoves
- Stable base means fan remains secure without needing to be held in place
- Runs quietly when positioned on a flat surface
- Continues turning for quite some time even as fire starts to cool down
- Increases the reach of the heat of the fire
- Can start to make more noise over time or if not positioned on a level area
4YourHome Silent Heat Powered Stove Fan Review
If you’re after a way to distribute stove heat around a medium-size room, the 4YourHome Silent Heat Powered Stove Fan could offer an effective solution. Customers have reported its efficiency at circulating warmth around rooms of 6 x 3 m, which are the approximate dimensions of a standard living room.
It activates quickly, once there is enough heat from the stove, and spins near-silently until the fire has burned down.
There is also a flue thermometer included, which can either attach magnetically to the flue or be screwed on. This allows you to keep an eye on whether the stove is getting too hot, which can be damaging for the fan as well as the stove itself.
Whether the heat from your stove gets trapped in an alcove, or seems to only sit around close proximity to the fire, this 4-blade fan can help with pushing the warm air further out into the room. It measures 23 cm high by 18 cm wide by 13 cm deep which is relatively compact; however, if there’s not a lot of ‘head room’ above your stove, it may be worth double checking whether this will fit.
Overall, this is one of the best wood burning stove fans for heating medium-size rooms, plus it’s inexpensive and comes with an included flue thermometer making it good value for money. One thing to mention is that the thermometer may not magnetically attach to all flues, depending on what they’re made of, and not everyone is keen to drill a hole in their stove in order to secure it in place.
- Capable of circulating heat effectively around a 6 x 3 m room (approx. standard living room size)
- Comes with an included flue thermometer that can magnetically attach to compatible flumes
- Sufficiently quiet so as not to be a distraction in a normal living environment
- Effectively pushed heat out away from the stove and into the room
- The handle is not completely collapsible so the fan can't be made shorter to fit into smaller spaces
- Not all flues will allow the thermometer to attach magnetically and the alternative is to drill a hole or tie it on
CWLAKON Wood Stove Fan With Stove Thermometer Review
Depending on the space you have available, a smaller fan like this CWLAKON Wood Stove Fan may be a more appropriate size to sit on top of your stove.
Measuring 15 cm tall by 11 cm wide, it’s a lot shorter than the other fans featured here and the blades have a total diameter of 9 cm. In particular, if your stove is very small, or tucked into a low alcove, this could be one of the best wood burning stove fans to consider.
Despite its size, it still does a good job of distributing heat around the room, and can reduce the amount of heat that escapes up the chimney if your stove is situated in a fireplace. Customers have even reported a noticeable improvement in the temperature of larger rooms (8 x 5 m), so it seems the small size still remains effective.
It’s also very quiet, although not silent; the fan won’t distract from watching the TV or listening to music, but it will be audible if there are no other sounds in the room.
There’s a magnetic thermometer included as well, for attaching to the flue and keeping an eye on the temperature of the stove. Stoves shouldn’t be allowed to get too hot, so this thermometer can help make managing the temperature easier.
If you need a smaller unit because space is limited, this is one of the best wood burning stove fans to consider. It’s much more likely to fit into tight spaces above the stove, and still makes a marked difference to the circulation of heat around the room.
- Very small unit is ideal for sitting on top of stoves where there is very little headroom
- Still powerful enough to noticeably circulate heat around medium-size spaces (for example, 8 x 5 m)
- Quiet in operation and won't distract from watching TV or listening to music
- Magnetic thermometer included for attaching to flue and monitoring temperature
- Fan is audible if there is no other noise in the room - may be distracting for activities such as reading
CRSURE 8 Blade Wood Stove Fan Review
For heating slightly larger spaces, this CRSURE 8 Blade Wood Stove Fan is a good choice for sitting rooms, studies and conservatories.
The main factor that sets it apart from other fans featured here is that this is a dual unit. There are two fans supported by one base, and a total of 8 fan blades. This allows for warm air to be felt at a distance of approximately 3 metres from the stove, and circulate around the room as well.
Once the temperature from the stove reaches 50°C, the fan blades start turning automatically without the need for any additional power source. They are made from anodized aluminium which is resistant to rust and corrosion and the black colour complements most stoves.
Standing at 21 cm tall by 16 cm wide, it’s still not a particularly large unit, and therefore it should be able to fit on top of most stoves without having trouble with clearance. Where a larger fan might not fit, this option gives more power than a small single fan, without the special complications of a larger model.
There is also a bi-metallic strip on the bottom of the fan, which helps create distance between the fan base and stove if the temperatures get too hot.
Due to its design, this is one of the best wood burning stove fans that is both compact, yet still efficient at warming some larger spaces. It is a pricier option, which is something to consider if you’re working to a budget, but the general consensus seems to be that it’s worth the cost.
There’s also a magnetic flue thermometer included.
- Power of two fans but still in a compact unit that can fit into relatively small spaces above a stove
- Warm air can be felt at a distance of 3 m from the stove
- Distributes air well around larger rooms like the lounge
- Sturdy unit with a solid base that does not seem in danger of falling easily
- Emits whirring sound which can be quite audible if there is no other background noise
How to Choose The Best Wood Burning Stove Fan
Whilst a wood burning stove can certainly add a bit of warmth to a room, the heat tends to congregate around the fire itself. This can lead to the corners of the space feeling cold, no matter how much fuel you throw on the fire. A fan placed on top of the stove can help maximise the heat output from the fire – stopping valuable heat from escaping up a chimney, or simply rising to the ceiling where it’s no good to anyone.
One other benefit of stove fans is that they can also help circulate heat in small rooms where it may get too hot. They can work to create a more even temperature throughout the whole space.
When it comes to buying one of these fans, there can be some variation in design, as well as price. The following information has been put together to give you more idea about what to look out for, and what to avoid, when buying a stove fan.
Size and Design
Presuming that the fan you buy works efficiently, the size and design are the next two most important factors. A lot of stoves are tucked into alcoves or fireplaces in our homes, and there may not be a lot of clearance space on top – especially for a large fan unit.
Then there’s the fact that you don’t want to ruin the look of an attractive a wood burning stove with a bulky fan.
When placing the fan on top of the stove, it needs to be as far away from the flue pipe as possible and on a level surface. Already, this may limit the amount of space available for a fan, even before taking headroom into account. They should not be placed at the front of the stove, but along the side or at the back. If the fan is too close to the flue pipe, the likelihood of it getting too hot increases. For these reasons, taking the size of the base into account is important.
If there is only a small gap between the stove and the wall above it, you may still be able to have a stove fan. Even a fan that is just 15 cm tall can make a difference to the distribution of warm air in a room. However, you are unlikely to find a fan that is much smaller than this, whilst still being functional and worthwhile.
If you only have space for a small fan, but want the power of a larger model, it’s possible to use more than one fan at a time (as long as there is sufficient surface area on top of your stove). You can either use several smaller fans, or buy a unit that uses dual fans supported on one base.
Number of Blades
The fight rages on about how many blades make for the most effective stove fan. You can easily find models with two blades, or six blades, and everything in between. So how do you decide which is the best wood burning stove fan?
Whilst a lot of people consider fans with more blades to be most effective, it depends on more than just numbers. The shape and size of the blades also plays a part. Because there is so much differentiation between models, one of the best things to do is read customer reviews to get a better feel for how the fan works in the real world.
The most commonly encountered designs seem to have either three or four blades and generally work effectively.
Stove fans don’t start running as soon as the fire is lit, they usually jump into life when a certain temperature is reached.
Most fans will start turning when the temperature from the fire reaches 60°C+ although there are models which have a higher heat sensitivity. As long as the fan advertises that it will start turning at temperatures between 50 – 60°C it should be sufficiently sensitive to get going quickly.
A lot of fans have some form of safety mechanism to protect them from the heat of the stove. This comes in the form of a bimetallic spring or strip.
When the bimetallic strip reaches a certain temperature, it expands and lifts the base of the fan away from the top of the stove. As a result, the body of the fan is somewhat protected from the heat of the stove. This usually happens at temperatures over 300°C , and it’s a good idea to use a flue thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of the stove – too hot a fire can damage the stove itself, as well as a fan on top.
Wood Burning Stove Fan FAQs
Do wood burning stove fans really work?
While not comparable to switching on a radiator, wood burning stove fans have been shown to increase the temperature in the room and maximise the efficiency of your stove. They push heat around the room, reducing the heat intensity directly in front of the stove and allowing it to reach the far corners of the room. Seeing as they stop warm air from clustering at the front of the stove, they help to distribute heat more evenly around the room.
Do I need a fan for my wood burning stove?
Whilst it’s not compulsory to use a fan, many people choose to have one in order to maximise their stove’s efficiency. There is a possibility that using a fan will allow less logs to be used on the fire, because the heat will be felt better in more parts of the room. Whilst this isn’t guaranteed, the effects of using a fan do generally seem beneficial and improve the stove’s heating efficiency.
Where should I place my stove fan?
Stove fans should ideally be placed towards the rear of your stove, and you should ensure that the top of your stove is completely level. They should be as far away from the flue as possible, and there should be a small gap between the fan and the wall at the back to allow cold air to pass behind it.