I suppose the question should really be do I need a stove top stove fan? YES, they do work without any batteries, so operate for free but how will I benefit, and remember the fundamental question, DO I NEED A STOVE FAN?
The answer is YES, if you want to equalise the warmth produced from your wood burning stove around the room, then a stove fan is a great idea.
Here are some made from recycled computer parts
Stove fans are an excellent way of distributing the heat produced from your woodburning stove. This minimises the cold corners and cold ends of rooms the furthest away from the woodburner itself.
Stove fans range in price and quality of functionality. If you want to push the hot air from your wood stove around the space more effectively then a stove fan is a really good idea. Whereas previously you may have considered installing a back boiler in a stove to run a radiator at the far end of the room, now adding a stove fan to the top of your stove performs the same function at a fraction of the time and cost of installing back boilers, plumbing etc. Stove fans offer a simple solution to an age old problem. Now with the advancement of thermo-electric technology products such as stove fans are just the start of a range of products that will soon be available. Thermo-electric products to produce ‘free’ electricity from the heat produced by your stove.
There are generally two types, the thermo-electric type and the sterling engine type.