By Steven from USA on November 9, 2012
I have a wood-burning fireplace with an insert installed, probably when the house was built in 1969. There is a 29" by 4.5" vent above the fireplace opening that has three tubes connected to it so the heat can come out the front from the backside of the insert. There is another five inches of air space between the back of the vent and the beginning of the tubes.
On the sides of the fireplace are two more vents, 8" by 11" approx. so the heat can escape from the sides of the insert. Can I install a fan somewhere? There are no glass doors on the front. Are there battery-operated fans?
By Staff on November 9, 2012
Answer:From your description, this sounds like an older style of insert manufactured by Majestic or a similar company. These companies used a "heat exchanger" design as you mention, as well as the additional side ducts. The side ducts on most of these units came with 110 volt fans installed.
The fans would actually push air inward to the back of the insert. The air would then circulate around the back of the insert and then out through the large top opening. Most fans used now are squirrel cage types, which are mounted in the front bottom of the insert.
By Leslie from New York on December 11, 2012
I have a small wood-burning fireplace. I think that the chimney may be too short because it gets smokey in the house when the wind is heavy, even with the flue open. I am interested in a blower/fan option. Would this be a good choice in this situation?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 12, 2012
Answer:A blower is intended to circulate heated air into the room from the fireplace, rather than to assist in drafting issues. In your scenario, it would be necessary to extend the chimney to alleviate the pressure issue caused by the wind.
If extending the chimney is not an option, you may try using an anti-draft type of cap, which is designed to prevent against wind-induced backdrafts. Is your chimney a masonry type or a manufactured pipe?
By kelly sanchez from Auburn, WA on October 21, 2012
Hello, I am looking for a universal blower for our fireplace insert or specific to our Archibald Ind., Ltd. Marquis AGDV-38. Can you assist?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 22, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, no. All of our blowers are model-specific and we do not carry one for this particular model. We apologize for the inconvenience.
By Rich from Sioux City,Iowa on October 31, 2012
Currently have one of your fireplaces with a bad fan motor. It is a model # DVF36. Can you help me with a replacement motor for this?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 31, 2012
By Bob J from Belcamp, MD on December 16, 2012
I have a DFS Series Vent free fireplace. What blower and/or fan works with this unit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 17, 2012
By Jayne Pilot from Brampton, Ontario on November 8, 2012
I do not have a blower or fan on my fireplace. Will I have to replace the unit that is in my fireplace to have a blower?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 8, 2012
Answer:This will depend on the model of your current fireplace.
By Tina from St. Louis, MO on September 16, 2013
I have a wood burning insert that is used and missing the blower. On the solid front doors are the words "The Fire Boss". Can you tell me who the manufacturer is, or how to locate the model and serial number? It is so dirty that I am unable to see it.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 17, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this is not a model/brand that I am familiar with. There is sometimes a build tag that is affixed to either side or the back of the insert body, which will have the the manufacturer name and model number of the stove.
If you are unable to locate this information, the only other option will be to try and retrofit another blower in place of the original. If you have an idea of how large the blower housing is, I can attempt to locate a suitable replacement.
By Delbert from Charleston, WV on October 30, 2013
I have an FMI fireplace that is about three years old. It has never blown air very strong at all. I opened it up and there are two little fans in the bottom. Is that enough power to blow heat into my house? It only has an on/off switch, with no variable speeds. You can barely feel it blowing when you put your hand up to the output vent. I would like to see if I can replace it with something stronger. Can you help?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 30, 2013
Answer:The two fan system is definitely one of the weaker blowers manufactured by FMI. Most units that used this blower assembly could also use a rotary cage type blower, which has a higher CFM output. To be sure your unit can use the blower, I will need the model number of the fireplace.
By Melanie from Arenzville, IL on January 16, 2013
I currently have a blower/fan in my fireplace. How do you go about seeing if you can get it to push out more heat and blow out more?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 16, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, the fan will not perform past its rated RPM or amperage, so there is not an effective was to increase output from the fan. Many models of fireplaces offer 2 or 3 fan options, with some of the fans producing more output than others. If you would like to provide the manufacturer and model number of the unit, I will be happy to look into potential fan options.