Best Stove Fan Review

Best Stove Fan Review

We take a look at the top 3 stove fans to fit any budget.

One of the most efficient, affordable and green methods of keeping your house warm is the use of pellet and wood stoves. However, since the warm air is not channelled through any ducts for distribution, only the air around the stove gets warm. So, to keep warm, you will need to stay close to the stove.

You can solve the problem by purchasing a good stove fan. The fan circulates the hot air making the whole living space equally warm and comfortable. With tens of different models on the market today, it may be a little tough to get the best stove fan for your needs.

Benefits of a Stove Fan

  • Improves air circulation
  • Saves you fuel cost
  • Better airflow
  • Does not use the power

Disadvantages of a Stove Fan

  • Very slow airflow in large rooms
  • Buzzing sound as the blades move

We have reviewed 3 of the best stove fans out of tens of brand. We have the best budget stove fan, the best value stove, and the best performing stove fan.

Best Budget Stove Fan

VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan

The VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan is designed to distribute heat across the room through its three blades. It has a thermo-electric module which converts the heat into electricity which in turn turns the blades.

In addition, the fan is self-regulating. It increases the speed of rotation depending on the temperature in the room. This helps ensure that the house does not get too hot.

The blades turn at an average of 130-150 CFM. This versatile fan starts to function when the heat reaches around 600C. It will continue to work up to a maximum temperature of 3000C. This is the ideal range for most pellet and log stoves.

The VonHaus stove fan’s body is made of a strong steel material. It is compact, light and comes with a 2-year warranty. All these features come with a lower price tag when compared to brands with similar features on the market.

Inside the box

  • Three-blade fan, assembled
  • Instruction manual

VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan

Benefits of the VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan

  1. It offers premium features at a low cost than comparable brands.
  2. It is made of strong steel that can withstand high temperatures at the surface of the stove.
  3. It operates quietly even at higher speeds
  4. The fan controls the speed of its blades according to the temperature of the room.

Disadvantages of the VonHaus 3 Blade Stove Fan

  1. It tends to get clogged with dust fast.

Manufacturers Specs

  • Weight: 862 g
  • Operation range: 60 to 300 degrees Celsius
  • Circulates at a speed: 130 to 150 CFM
  • Dimensions: 22.5 x 15 x 9.5 cm
  • Colour: Black
  • Number of blades: 3
  • Warranty: 2 years

Rating

The VonHaus 3 blade Stove fan is ideal for a small to midsize room. It generates enough air flow to keep the heat distributed in these spaces. The self-regulating fan is reliable, lightweight and easy to use.

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Best Value Stove Fan

Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade Stove Fan

Valiant (FIR361) is a heat powered stove fan ideal for small to moderate sized rooms. The four-blade stove fan generates airflow of around 420 feet per minute which is ideal for pushing hot air across a standard living room.

The fan has a compact design and is only 199mmm high. This size allows you to store in small places. It has a radiating fin design which enables it to generate better airflow even at lower temperatures.

Its thermo-electricity module starts to work at a temperature of 500C to about 2500C, a perfect temperature for top cooled log stoves. It also comes with a thermally controlled actuator that optimizes Peltier performance. If the heat goes beyond the operating range, the fan’s inbuilt protection shuts the fan to prevent damage.

The fan is made of the anodised aluminium base which comes in satin black colour. This product comes with a two-year warranty.

Inside the box

  • Stove fan – fully assembled
  • Instruction manual

Valiant (FIR361)

Benefits of  the Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade

  1. Fully CE compliant.
  2. Lightweight.
  3. The compact design enables it to fit in small spaces.
  4. The fan has the inbuilt protection that stops the fan if the heat goes beyond its operating range

Disadvantages of the Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade

  1. The rotating blades make some buzzing noise.

Manufacturers Specs

  • Weight: 549 g
  • Optimum operating temperature: 80 to 250°C
  • Dimensions: 19.9 x 18 x 11 cm
  • Airflow rate: 420 feet per minute
  • Colour: Satin black
  • Body: Anodised aluminium
  • Number of blades: 4

Rating

The Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade stands out for its performance and its built-in protection. It has a high airflow rate and is not damaged by high temperatures. These two and other features make up for the cost of purchase.

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Best Performing Stove Fan

Valiant Ventum III 3-Blade Heat Powered Log Burner & Stove Fan (FIR363)

The Valiant Ventum III is a three-blade compact stove fan that is powered by heat. It has an ultra-low operating temperature. The blades create a thrust of about 420 feet per minute at maximum speed.

The design of the fan reduces the wobble effect with the spaces between individual blades designed to reduce the drag. Its top section has ridges of fins which increase the surface air by which the air is distributed. When combined with high blade speeds, the fan is effective in distributing heat across the room.

Valiant Ventum III has a low starting temperature of about 450C. This means it can work well with top cooled stoves. The body is made of aluminium, which is not only strong and durable but also lightweight.

Should your fan break down after the two-year warranty period, you can purchase the fan and motor parts online. Replacement of the parts does not require technical expertise.

Inside the box

  • Stove fan – fully assembled
  • Instruction manual

Benefits of the Valiant Ventum III

  1. Comes with a thermally controlled actuator that optimizes Peltier performance.
  2. It can operate at low temperatures.
  3. The fan is made of a durable yet lightweight aluminium body
  4. It has a fin design that maximizes the air flow across the room.

Disadvantages of the Valiant Ventum III

  1. The fan gets clogged with dust pretty fast which causes it to make cranking noises.

Manufacturers Specs

  • Weight: 549g
  • Operating range 45 – 320 degree Celsius
  • Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 12 cm
  • Airflow rate: 420 feet per minute
  • Three blades
  • Colour: Satin black
  • Material: Aluminium

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Overall Rating

Valiant Ventum III is one of the best performing stove fans on the market. It combines a robust build and innovative features to offer effective heat distribution in medium to large rooms. It is compact. Therefore, it can fit conveniently in small rooms.

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Best Stove Fan (Overall Winner)

Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade Stove Fan

We have reviewed the best three stove fans. Each of the stoves has its unique features that make it stand out. The Von Haus 3 Blade Stove fan has a self-regulating mechanism which controls the amount of heat distributed. The Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade has the inbuilt protection that prevents heat damage. The Valiant Ventum III has a low minimum operating temperature and a high performance.

However, after comparing the three models, one stove fan stood out above the rest. At Garden Shed Reviews, we recommend the Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade. The stove fan is not only durable, but also efficient in distributing heat across the room.

It generates airflow of about 420 cubic feet a minute that equals to that of the best performing brand in our list. Its four blades provide better airflow than a three-blade fan without creating lots of drag. It has radiating fins which increase the surface area for the heat distribution.

Just like our best performing fan on the list, it has a long motor life and provides a consistent output over a long period. Its thermally controlled actuator optimizes the Peltier performance enabling it to create a high airflow all the time.

In addition to the above features, Valiant (FIR361) Premium IV 4-Blade has the inbuilt protection that shuts it down when the heat goes beyond the operating maximum. This feature is vital in enhancing the durability of the fan. Its body is made aluminium which is durable but yet lightweight.

The fan offers premium quality features and functionality with a much lower price tag compared to the competing brands. Moreover, the fan comes with a two-year warranty which is an added value to the customers.

Valiant (FIR361)

 

The Bottom Line

A pellet or log stove is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways of warming your house. However, without a means to distribute the heat across the room, the stove may not warm you well enough. Thanks to the stove fan, you can have the heat distributed across the room to get everyone warm without sitting next to the stove.

If you have a pellet or log stove at home, consider any of the above fans for heat distribution. They use heat for operation and therefore do not increase your energy bills. We believe that any of the three stove fans can solve your housewarming needs effectively.

About The Garden Shed Reviews Team 28 Articles
We write independent reviews of garden sheds, furniture and outdoor equipment from all the big manufacturers.

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