By Elois from Sequim, WA on July 24, 2014
Can I use a Caframo 810 or 812 on a gas stove or must I only use the 806?
By eFireplaceStore on July 24, 2014
Answer:The 810 and 812 can indeed be used on a gas stove without an issue, as long as the stove top reaches a high enough temperature to operate them. The 806 is designed to reach maximum airflow at temperatures as low as 170 degrees, while the 810 and 812 must reach approximately 225 degrees to reach maximum airflow. Some gas stoves do not reach this high of a temperature. I recommend completing a test burn, using a surface contact or digital thermometer to measure the stove top temperature.
By Chris from Crystal Falls, MI on January 30, 2014
I'm considering a Ecofan but, I don't know what model or size I would require. My house is about 1400 sq ft but we primarily use the stove to heat the kitchen and family room which I'd say is about 30'x40'. Would you recommend the larger or smaller of the two fans?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 30, 2014
By Gary from ME on January 23, 2014
I have a 16x80 mobile home and the wood stove is in the living room, which is approximately 20 ft from the end of the home [north end]. I am having trouble moving the heat to the south end of the home. Will the Ecofans help with the issue? If so, which fan would you suggest i consider?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 23, 2014
An Ecofan can indeed help with circulation, although it may not force the heated air to the end of the home. However, if you have a central air furnace, the fan could help in pushing the heat toward the nearest furnace return. The circulating blower in the furnace could then be used to circulate air to the rest of the home. The highest output fan we offer is the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan
. This model would generate the most circulation.
By Jack from Keizer, Oregon on December 19, 2013
Would these fans work well on a Quadra-fire insert? Are they good enough to use instead of the regular fan on the stove? What size would you recommend?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 20, 2013
The equivalent air movement of the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan
is usually enough to substitute the factory blower assembly. I recommend checking the surface temperature of your insert when it is burning to make sure that it achieves a high enough operating temperature for the fan to be effective. The fan operates best at a temperature range of 225 degrees and above, but will start to operate at as low 150 degrees.
By Barbara from Hollis, NH on January 7, 2014
Where do I find the serial number on the Caframo Ecofan Airmax model 812?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 7, 2014
Answer:The serial number is located on a white sticker, directly on the opposite side of the metal where the model information is on the top of the fan.
By Judi from Maryland on February 19, 2014
We have an older model EcoFan AirPlus by Caframo but it has 3 blades. It seems that all the newer ones have 2 blades. Are 2 blades better than 3?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 19, 2014
Answer:The newest versions do indeed have 2 blades. The fans have been redesigned so that greater air movement is achieved with the 2 bladed design, than with the older 3 bladed models.
By Leah C. from San Luis Obispo, CA on January 21, 2013
We have a large ecofan that has 3 blades. Does the large fan avaailable now still have 3 blades? The pictures all show just 2 blades.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 21, 2013
Answer:The only model of Ecofan currently made that is three bladed is the gas stove variant. All wood stove variants are now two bladed, as the motors have been revised to offer increased CFM output, without the use of a third blade.
By Steven from Essex Jct, VT on December 12, 2013
Will the Airmax 812 work on a gas fireplace stove?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 12, 2013
Answer:As long as your gas stove will reach the minimum required operating temperature of 150 degrees, this fan can indeed work for your application.
By Bud from Accokeek, Maryland on November 13, 2013
How long should these fans last before they need to be replaced?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 13, 2013
Answer:On average, the fan motors will last approximately 3 years before needing replacement. Your actual experience will vary, based on the average stove temperature and frequency of use. Replacement motors are available and easy to change.
By Rich from Coram, NY on February 9, 2014
Can these fans be used on a coal stove? The Model 812?
By Chris on February 9, 2014
Answer:The 812 could indeed be used on a coal stove. I would first ensure that operating temperatures are between 225°F and 650°F for optimum operation.
By Ron from Lyndonville,Vt. on January 12, 2013
My Caframo ecofan for our gas stove has not worked for the past two years-- any theories about malfunction?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on January 14, 2013
Answer:The great thing about these fans is the ingeniously simple design. Other than the fan blade assembly, there are no moving parts. If the fan blades spin freely yet the fan fails to be activated by appropriate heat, there likely is a problem with the thermoelectric module at the center of the fan. The problem could be as simple as a failed connection.
By Maria from Andover, New Hampshire on February 9, 2014
I am looking for a fan that generates it's own fan speed to be used with a Jotul fireplace insert.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 10, 2014
If your fireplace insert has a top lip that is at least 7 inches in depth, one of our Caframo Ecofans could be used, such as the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan
. This fan uses the rising heat from the insert to power a small thermoelectric generator. This allows the fan to operate without any source of electricity, effectively circulating air to the room.
By Linda from Soap Lake, Washington on November 19, 2013
Does this fan come in different sizes?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 19, 2013
By Ernie from Sterling, Alaska on July 28, 2014
Can a Caframo Ecofan Airplus be repaired after being dropped and is no longer working?
By eFireplaceStore on July 28, 2014
Answer:Possibly. Most likely, the motor shaft was damaged, which would call for a replacement motor. Are you able to tell what may have been damaged? Are the wire connections at the thermal pad and motor intact? Please advise at your convenience.
By Lisa from Rhode Island on December 13, 2013
Is the three bladed Ecofan more efficient or more quiet than the two bladed Ecofan? I'm considering buying one to sit on top of a wood stove in a house.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 13, 2013
The three-bladed Ecofan is only suitable for use on gas stoves, whereas the two other models (both with two blades), are the only options for a wood stove. Thus, the model you need will depend on what kind of stove you have. For maximum efficiency for a wood stove, we recommend the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan
By Judy from Forestdale, Massachusetts on March 5, 2014
Can these fans be used on a top loading wood stove? It would have to be moved several times during the day, is this safe?
By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 5, 2014
Answer:There would be no problem with using one of our Ecofans on a top loading stove. Frequently relocating the fan will not cause the fan to fail prematurely or cause any other problems.
By Sheala from Houghton, MI on March 21, 2013
Does the Ecofan need to be oiled?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 21, 2013
Answer:Yes; after prolonged use, the motor may indeed need to be oiled on the Ecofans.
By Sheala from Houghton, MI on March 21, 2013
How do you oil the Ecofan? Where do you put the oil?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 21, 2013
Answer:First, we recommend that you inspect the motor for debris and dust, and use a can of compressed air to clean out the motor housing. Then, lay the fan on its back and apply a couple of drops of machine oil to the motor shaft, near its penetration to the motor housing.
By Kay from Canterbury, NH on February 11, 2014
My 2 ecofans are about 15 year old and do not seem to spin as easily as previously. It takes a really hot fire to get them going. Any suggestions?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2014
Answer:It is possible that either the thermoelectric pad or the electric motors are becoming weak from age. The motors are replaceable and are the most common point of failure, but I highly recommend testing the voltage output from the thermoelectric pad before replacing the motors. A voltage meter that can read DC voltage must be used to check voltage at the wire connections on the motor. The meter should read approximately 1.2 to 1.5 volts when the surface temperature of the stove is approaching 200 degrees. If you have an electric or gas range, you can use it to test the fans by setting them in a frying pan. This offers a more controlled test than trying to stoke the stove.
By Maureen from Michigan on September 23, 2013
Are the fans safe? Am I correct in noticing that the blades are not enclosed?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 24, 2013
Answer:While the blades of the fan are not enclosed, they do not spin fast enough to cause injury. In addition to that, their stove top location makes it unlikely that you would have contact with the item during operation.
By Cliff from Farmington, CT on November 25, 2013
Unfortunately my fan got knocked off of the stove and doesn't spin. One blade was bent, so I bent it back to the normal position but the blade has a "buckle" in it. Is this the reason it won't spin? Do you sell replacement blades? It looks like the connections are fine.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 26, 2013
Answer:Even if the blade is slightly buckled, the fan should still spin, although it would be off balance. It is likely that when the fan fell, a sharp blow to the motor shaft occurred and damaged the internal coils. We do sell replacement motors for most fans, but I will need to check the blade availability.
By Mike from Orono, ME on April 30, 2013
I have an Cafrono Ecofan that's 3 years old, but isn't running as fast as it used to. I never oiled it, but have kept it clean. How can I oil it and will that fix it?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 30, 2013
Answer:Oiling can be accomplished by laying the fan on its back and applying a couple of drops of machine oil to the motor shaft, near its penetration to the motor housing. Once this is done, re-assemble the fan and test it. If this does not solve the issue, it is likely the motor is simply defective.
By Tom from Albion, CA on January 14, 2013
My fan doesn't work anymore and I don't know why. What should i do to fix it?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 15, 2013
Answer:Depending on the amount of dust in the air, the fan motor can become clogged and will require cleaning. To inspect the motor, you will need to use an Allen key to remove the set screw in the fan hub. The fan blade assembly can then be removed.
Inspect the motor for debris and dust, and use a can of compressed air to clean out the motor housing. Lastly, lay the fan on its back and apply a couple of drops of machine oil to the motor shaft, near its penetration to the motor housing. Reassemble and test the fan. If this does not solve the issue, it is likely the motor is simply defective.
By Barbara from Bay Shore, NY on December 29, 2012
Why are some fans for wood stoves and some for gas?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 31, 2012
Answer:Because wood and gas stoves will have much different surface temperatures, different motors are used in each Ecofan to optimize performance.
The gas stove fans are designed to start operating at a lower temperature and are not designed to be exposed to the high temperatures generated by a wood stove. The wood stove fans start operating at a higher temperature and would not move much air if used with a gas stove.
By Alexis from Center Moriches, NY on September 25, 2013
I have a pellet stove that has a fan that blows the hot air down a hallway, and to the bedrooms in my home. I noticed this fan at a family member's home on their wood burning stove, and it seems like a great idea to get the heat circling to my living room that is adjacent to the stove. Will it work in this way? Is there a certain model I need for pellet stoves?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 25, 2013
Answer:This fan can indeed be used to circulate heat locally to the living room. There is not a particular model that is designed for use with a pellet stove, but either the wood or gas fans may work, depending on the surface temperature achieved by the stove. I recommend taking a temperature reading of the stove top when it is operating. If you will advise me on the temperature, I can recommend the correct fan for optimal performance.
By Jim from Lake Placid NY on March 8, 2013
What's the difference between a 810, 810a, & an 810am? Also, do you have any models that will handle more than 650 degrees?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 11, 2013
Answer:The 810 and 810a are both versions of the basic Ecofan, which have an output of 105 CFM and a temperature range of 150 to 650 degrees Fahrenheit. The 810am is the "Air Max" version, which has the same operating range and an output of 130CFM. The 812am has an even higher CFM output of 150. It has the same 150 to 650 degree temperature range as the 810, but moves more air at a comparably lower temperature. Unfortunately, Caframo does not offer a fan with an operating range exceeding 650 degrees.
By Rick from Portage, Indiana on February 4, 2014
Are the 2 blade Ecofans better than the 3 bladed ones? Do they still make a 3 bladed fan?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 5, 2014
Answer:The current 2 bladed models do indeed move more air than the older 3 bladed design, due to improvements in the design of the blades themselves. The 3 bladed models are no longer being produced.
By John from NY on January 28, 2014
What wattage soldering iron should I use when installing a replacement motor for the Caframo Ecofan 800 or 802?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2014
Answer:I have used a 2 stage Weller 100/140 watt soldering gun to make this repair, using the 100 watt stage with good results. A bit lower wattage of 80 watts could work well too and would allow you more time to solder the joint without the fear of melting the nylon backing.
By Doris from Belchertown, Mass on January 7, 2013
I have an Ecofan Airplus, it is black and gold. Can I order a new motor for it?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 7, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, we do not provide parts for the Ecofan models. Please contact the manufacturer directly at 1-800-567-3556 for more information. We apologize that we are unable to assist you with this.
By Joanne from Harsens Island, Michigan on January 28, 2014
Where do I find the serial number for the Ultrair 810?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2014
Answer:The serial number for your fan should be located on a white sticker, directly underneath the model information stamped on the top of the metal housing.
By Lisa from Massachusetts on December 4, 2013
What's the difference between the Caframo 810 and 812 models? I read on another site that there may be a problem with the motor on the 812? Is this true?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 4, 2013
Answer:The primary difference between these two fans is the amount of air movement offered and the temperature range at which the air movement occurs. Both fans operate at a 150 to 650 degree temperature range, but the 810 moves 125 CFM of air, as opposed to the 175 CFM moved by the 812. The improved blade design of the 812 accounts for the increase. The 812 also moves more air at lower temperatures, increasing its effectiveness for cooler burning stoves, such as soapstone.
We have not heard of any issues pertaining to the 812. We are the preferred online retailer for Caframo and as such, move a high daily volume of the fans. The 810 and the 812 actually use the same motor, so an issue should effect the entire product line. It is not uncommon for the fans to need a motor replacement after a few years, but premature failure is rare.
By Veronica from East Blue Hill, ME on November 23, 2013
What is the difference between the 812 and the 810 Caframo wood heat fans? What's the advantage for the higher priced model?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 25, 2013
Answer:The 812 has a stronger thermal generator and different blade design, allowing it to move up to 175 CFM or air to the room, as opposed to the 125 CFM generated by the 810. Both fans have the same 150 to 650 degree operating range, but the 812 also moves more air at lower temperatures.
By Sandie from WY on April 17, 2013
Our Eco Fan has just stopped working, after having it for years. It has a small plate on the bottom that looks like it could be replaced. How can I fix it?
By Chris on April 17, 2013
Answer:Depending on what needs to be replaced on your Eco Fan, we may be able to find parts for the fan. Replacing parts, such as the motor, involve no more than simply removing the fan blade and several 2 screws holding the motor in place.