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We heat almost totally with wood here – although we have electric back up, we don’t turn on any electric heat unless winter temperatures go down to -20 Celsius. We use our woodstove a lot – but we still needed a little something to push that woodstove heat into our living room.
And that’s why I bought a wood stove fan. It’s an Ecofan 812AMXBX AirMax and I LOVE it so much I want to write about it to let you know.
Our woodstove is in the very middle of the house – in our dining room. However, we have an open floor plan on the main floor. The living room on one side, dining room in the middle and kitchen on the other side. So, looking into a fan made sense to us.
Wood Stove Fan – Ecofan 812AMXBX AirMax Product Review
Almost every one of our neighbours here heat their homes with a woodstove. Several of our friends have this type of fan – I was always curious but never went ahead and bought one.
Everyone swore they worked great but I always had my doubts. How could something so small help so much? I did some reading about different fans and how to find a good one, using CFM’s as guidelines. CFM stands for “cubic feet per minute”. The more CFM’s the fan pushes, the better the heat gets moved around.
Last winter, I finally bit the bullet and bought one. I know homesteaders can be pretty frugal – usually, we are looking for ways to reduce and reuse. I am very frugal; some call me cheap (behind my back, mostly). I can usually try to turn a nickle into a dime and I know for a fact that our thrifty lifestyle has saved us thousands of dollars.
But, I also know a good investment when I see one. (Look for my upcoming Hearth & Home gift guide for my top homesteaders gift ideas) Friends kept telling me how great this woodstove fan was. To me, it just seemed so “small” to do such a big job.
I was wrong…again. This fan is fantastic!
I ordered it from Amazon and did some research into our options. I wanted the biggest and most efficient wood stove fan I could get and learned that the 812cfm was the one to get.
This fan heats a room up to 38% faster and that’s what I wanted. It also pushes the heat out farther and we needed to get that heat into our living room.
It also actually SAVES on wood because you just don’t need as much to supply the heat you need. This fan can save us up to 18% on the fuel needed to heat the house!
And you don’t even have to do anything to set up this wood stove fan! You literally take it out of the box and set it on top of your woodstove. No assembly required. Just walk it over to your woodstove and place it on your stovetop. That’s it!
Light your stove and as the woodstove heats up, you will see the fan blade start to slowly turn. As the stove gets hotter, the blade turns faster. As the stove gets cooler, the blade slows down and finally stops when there is no heat at all coming from the stove.
Side note: This actually enables me to know WHEN it’s time to add more wood to the stove. If I’m working outside and come in for a moment, I can take a look and see how fast the blade is turning. I don’t even have to go to the stove and open it to see how much wood is left inside.
And it’s quiet! It makes no noise at all, unlike fans that need electricity to turn the blades.
Here’s my favourite winter reading spot – a little nook under the stairs. The woodstove is going and the fan is humming right along!
Here we are, one year later – and I am STILL loving this fan. Take a look at all the great reviews for this model – Ecofan 812AMXBX AirMax – as I write this there are almost 700 positive reviews! That says this is a great product.
Now we have a lot more heat when we sit in the living room. I’m more comfortable working at my desk in the depths of winter and it’s saving us time and money in gathering and burning wood. It’s been a great investment and I totally recommend the Ecofan 812AMXBX AirMax.
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