Have you ever used a stove fan? This stove accessory is a brilliant, eco-friendly way to make your stove more efficient. It works by pushing the warm air in the fans central core and circulating the heat around your home, helping your house stay toasty even on the chilliest of days. You’ll end up wasting less heat and maximising the most out of your stove and saving up to 20% fuel.
But, not every stove fan is made equal. Plenty of factors can affect how well your fan spreads heat around your room, including where you position it.
If you’re not sure where to place yours for the most warmth, we’ve put together some top tips to help.
If you want to maximise the efficiency of your stove, you should place the fan on the top surface towards the back. By positioning it at the rear, it can recover the maximum amount of heat that’s trying to rise up and push it out into your room, keeping you warm and cosy throughout the colder months. It should never be placed at the front of your stove flume; if you bring it forwards too far, you won’t feel the full effects of your fan, and a lot of rising heat will still escape.
The flue is the hottest part of your stovetop, so it’s best to keep your fan away from it. Ideally, your flue will be in the middle or towards the front of your stove (as most are), so you can easily position your fan behind it. If your flue is at the back of your stove, your fan will have to be in front of it, but it may not work quite as efficiently.
Your wood burner stove fan works by taking cool air and using the escaping heat from your stove to warm it and spread it out into your home. Because of this, you’ll need to keep enough room behind the fan to pick up the cooler air. If the gap between your stove and the wall is less than around six inches (or 15cm), you’ll have to move your fan forward slightly so that it has the room it needs to work as it should.
An unsteady stove fan isn’t a good idea. If it keeps slipping off your stove and falling to your floor, even the most durable Skaat fans will become more prone to breaking! So, make sure that you have a flat surface you can place it on that’s steady and safe. Luckily, most stoves have a flat top, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Thinking about safety is definitely important when placing your fan, especially if you have little ones around. In general, no one should be going close enough to the fan when the stove is on to create any safety issues, but we all know that accidents still happen. So, it’s best to keep your premium stove fan away from the edge of the stovetop to stop anyone from brushing past and knocking it off.
Luckily, when it comes to any danger from a fan that’s spinning at full speed, we’ve made accidents much less likely at Skaat. Most stove fans have metal blades at the front of the model, but we’ve placed ours inside the casing. Skaats are the 1st stove fan to use a moulded silicone soft touch blade. Even if little fingers get too close to the fan, it’s very unlikely they’ll touch the blades, keeping your family and friends safe and warm.
It’s also easy and safe to move your stove fan around. On top of the Skaats fan is a handy soft-touch leather handle that’s firmly secured to the body, allowing you to easily lift and adjust the positioning of your fan. If you’d like to try out a few different positions until you find the perfect sweet spot for distributing heat, this makes it easy!
Our premium stove fans are incredibly easy to use. Other than knowing where to place yours, there’s nothing you’ll need to do to keep it working at its best! It’s a power-free way to increase the efficiency of your stove that’s naturally silent, and it doesn’t need any additional help to work. Once you’ve placed it on your stove, you can sit back and let it warm your home.
To find out more about the Skaats premium stove fan which is available in 6 colours for your home, be sure to have a look at our full range of stove fans today. It’s designed, finished and assembled in the U.K.