43 Questions &
from Banning ca asked:
March 12, 2018
I have a Regency medium size airtight wood burning stove. Would this unit work well with it?
This Ecofan will work with any freestanding wood stove, so long as there is adequate space next to the vertical flue connection on the stove.
on March 13, 2018
from Jamestown, CO asked:
March 10, 2018
Is there a electric motor that turns the blades?
All of the Caframo fans rely on heat from the stove top to trigger the motor.
on March 12, 2018
from bismarck nd asked:
January 30, 2018
does it just sit on the top of your stove? Would be nice to see a picture of it on a stove..
On the product page for the item in question, there are several customer-submitted thumbnail images just below the main product photo which show the fan sitting on top the stove.
on January 31, 2018
from Excelsior, Minnesota asked:
January 17, 2018
I have a Jotul #4Combi-Fire situated on one end of my finished basement near a stairwell leading upstairs. The heat from the stove rises to the upstairs level, but does not disperse very well to the outer reaches of the upstairs rooms. Would the 812 Ecofan, especially if pointed at the stairwell, move the upstairs warm air around better?
It would indeed aid in moving the heat upward if you point it at the stairwell.
on January 17, 2018
from Indianapolis asked:
January 6, 2018
So the base of this fan is what generates the power? I couldn't set it on my hearth in front of the fire?
It is true that the base of this fan absorbs heat from your hearth appliance. That heat is transferred up the fan body to a thermoelectric pad in the middle of the fan where the thermal energy is converted to electric energy. Since the fan absorbs all it's necessary heat through it's base, setting the fan on the hearth in front of your fireplace would likely not work. There simply would not be enough reliable heat on the hearth for the fan to operate correctly.
on January 23, 2018
from Mass asked:
December 30, 2017
Will this work with a pellet stove
from Lancaster OH asked:
December 29, 2017
Can you use this for a fireplace ?
Since these fans must rest on the flat, heated top surface of a wood, pellet or gas stove, you would not be able to use an Ecofan.
on January 2, 2018
from Rushville, OH. asked:
December 13, 2017
Will this item work with a Hearthstone stove fueled by propane?
It will work as long as the surface temp is at least 185 degrees.
on December 13, 2017
from NJ asked:
November 2, 2017
What is the base size on the 810 and 812 (thank you in advance)?
These both have a base of 5" x 3".
on November 2, 2017
from CA asked:
September 5, 2017
What's the difference between the 810 and the 812?
The 810 is a 125 CFM fan that requires a surface temperature of 212 degrees to 650 degrees to operate. The 812 is a 175 CFM fan that operates at temperatures between 185 and 650 degrees.
on September 6, 2017
from Auburn, CA asked:
April 16, 2017
Will this work on a Duluth gas stove?
This fan will work on any surface that reaches at least 185 degrees.
from Evanston, IL asked:
March 3, 2017
I'm wondering if this would work on top of a radiator in our kitchen. I'm not sure how hot it gets, but it's probably at the lower end of the range indicated for this fan.
This would not work on a radiator.
on March 3, 2017
from Pennsylvania asked:
January 6, 2017
Do I need to have this fan in place when the fire is started, or can I place it on an already hot wood stove? Will it be damaged if I place it on a stove that has been burning at a consistent 500 degree for days?
That would not be a problem at all.
on January 6, 2017
I just bought one and put it on a stove that had been burning, and it worked fine. My stove was not 500 degrees but it should work. The blade did not turn immediately, only after the base heated to run the thermoelectric motor.
on January 14, 2017
from Yankton, SD
I've had mine for over a year and it has been up to 700 degrees and is still working fine. It probably sits at a constant 550-600 all the time when the stove is running hot.
on January 22, 2017
from Horseheads, NY
from Washington asked:
December 30, 2016
How does the fan actually turn?
Ecofans use thermoelectric technology to convert a temperature difference into electricity. At the center of an Ecofan is a unique thermoelectric module. The patented Ecofan design creates a hot side and a cold side on the module and when this happens, a principle called the 8220;Seebeck Effect 8220; causes electrons to flow within the module and electricity is generated to operate the fan.
on December 30, 2016
from Hartford, CT asked:
December 26, 2016
I have a wood stove in the basement that I use to heat the upstairs, through the stairwell, that is on the opposite side of the basement from the stove. My basement usually gets to 80 + degrees with the upstairs only reaching the mid 60's, would this fan help circulate the air through the stairwell (the stairwell is 12 feet from the stove)?
Yes it would help. Any fan you use would help. The best feature of this type of fan is that it does not require electricity to operate.
on December 26, 2016
from Boonsboro, MD asked:
December 16, 2016
Can this unit be used on a pellet stove, or do you recommend the 806? My stove top stays around 200-225 degrees when running.
For a pellet stove, we would indeed recommend the 806 Ecofan.
on December 16, 2016
from Albuquerque, NM asked:
November 30, 2016
Is there any way to attach this to the side of the stove. I have a pellet stove and the top doesn't get hot, of course, because that is where the pellets sit. The side of the burner box seems to have a ton of heat that could be utilized.
Unfortunately, there is not. We do, however, have a fan that is meant for lower heat stoves like gas and pellet stoves, which can be found here
on November 30, 2016
from Murfreesboro, TN asked:
November 29, 2016
I purchased a direct vent propane insert a year ago for an outdoor screened in porch. Will the Caframo Ecofan work, if placed near the front of the fireplace to distribute heat (or is there something else that maybe purchased)?
The Ecofans will only work when placed atop the flat surface of a freestanding stove. For example, the fan in questions will only work when placed on a surface with temperatures between 185 and 650 degrees.
on November 29, 2016
Donald H Capelle
from New York asked:
November 13, 2016
Will this fan work on pellet stoves? THe top gets hot, but not like a wood stove.
from Springfield, MO asked:
November 1, 2016
Will this unit work satisfactorily if placed in the front of a gas-less fireplace? See the image, please.
No. This fan is meant to be set upon a stove and would need a surface temperature of at least 150 degrees to move the blades.
on November 1, 2016
from Winnipeg, MB asked:
October 11, 2016
I'm very interested in your Ecofans, but I'm not sure which is appropriate for my fireplace (most talk about being for a stove). I moved into a new home with a gas fireplace seemingly retrofitted to the former location of the wood burning fireplace. I lose basically all the heat it generates up the chimney and would like to install a fan. They didn't wire an outlet to the fireplace, but I do have access to the top and bottom louvered "doors."
Which fan would you recommend for this application? Should I choose whatever fits or something specific? Thank you.
While our Ecofans only work on free standing units such as stoves, a fireplace blower is an alternative.
on October 12, 2016
from Ossipee, NH asked:
January 9, 2016
How do you clean this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan?
The fan body itself is an aluminum finish and can be wiped down with a damp cotton rag. The set screw should be loosened and the fan blade removed from the motor before cleaning, as to prevent bending the blades. The fan motor can be lubricated with a couple drops of a good machine oil, such as 3-IN-ONE.
on January 11, 2016
from NH asked:
January 6, 2016
How well will this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan do in an open concept home?
The Ecofan will only push heat from the hot surface of a wood stove throughout a room and will not provide any amount of measurable added heat to the entire home. These fans work very well to induce a flow of convection, better distributing heat further away from the fan and delivering the cooler air back to the stove to be heated. They typically make about a 4-5 degree difference in the space a wood stove is effectively heating.
on January 6, 2016
from Shelton, WA asked:
January 6, 2016
What happens if the stove temperature climbs over this max temperature that these fans are set to handle?
Exceeding the 650 degree maximum temperature can cause damage to the motor or the thermal generator.
on January 6, 2016
from Bean Station, TN asked:
December 15, 2015
Does this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan come with a warranty?
These Caframo Ecofans do indeed come standard with a 1 year warranty from Caframo.
on December 15, 2015
from Pendleton, OR asked:
November 15, 2015
Is this Caframo EcoFan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan the same as the, model 812CA-XBX black? My friend has one and I wanted to order the same one she has and this is what was on the box that she gave me.
The product in question would be the correct product.
on November 16, 2015
from Los Alamos, NM asked:
November 11, 2015
What is the warranty of this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan?
This product has a 1 year warranty and the specifics can be viewed here.
on November 12, 2015
from Boise, ID asked:
November 8, 2015
How long does the motor of this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan usually last?
The manufacturer warranties the fans for one year, but the motor may last several years with proper cleaning.
on November 9, 2015
from Southbridge, MA asked:
October 20, 2015
Does this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan come with the manufacturers warranty?
Caframo offers a 1 year warranty on their Ecofan models.
on October 21, 2015
from Long Island, NY asked:
October 15, 2015
Can this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered wood stove fan be used on a woodstove insert?
The Ecofan can indeed be used atop of a wood burning insert with a flat ledge for the fan to sit on.
on October 15, 2015
from Newport, RI asked:
August 11, 2015
At what temperatures can I use this Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 heat powered stove fan safely?
This fan is designed to operate between 185 and 650 degrees. Because of the sensitivity of the thermal generator, the 650 degree threshold should not be exceeded. Doing so will damage the generator and the electric motor.
on August 11, 2015
from Midlothian, TX asked:
February 26, 2015
Can you use this Ecofan in a gas log set in a fireplace?
Unfortunately, no. The base of this fan requires direct contact with the hot metal chassis of the fireplace in order to operate properly. Rising heat from a log set will not make the fan operate on its own.
on February 26, 2015
from Kellogg, ID asked:
February 1, 2015
Do these come with three blades or two?
These fans are no longer manufactured with three blades. The manufacturer switched to a two blade production to make the fans even quieter than they previously were.
on February 2, 2015
from Hampden, MA asked:
November 4, 2014
Can this fan sit on top of a wood burning stove and withstand a stove top temperature of 300+ degrees?
It can indeed. The fan is designed to handle surface temperatures of up to 650 degrees without a problem.
on November 5, 2014
from Warren, PA asked:
October 7, 2014
Does this model adjust its speed automatically?
This fan will gradually ramp up CFM output as the temperature of the stove increases. The fan will begin turning around 185 degrees and will continually gain momentum until the stove reaches between 225 and 250 degrees. From that point up to the maximum of 650 degrees, the fan will be turning at maximum speed and producing the full 175 CFM of air movement.
on October 8, 2014
from Delavan, WI asked:
October 4, 2014
Is there a warranty on this particular fan?
There is a 1 year limited warranty on this product against defects in workmanship or faulty parts.
on October 6, 2014
from Utah asked:
June 5, 2014
What if the surface temperature of your stove exceeds 650 degrees? Will the fan still operate? Will the fan be damaged?
The thermoelectric generator can be damaged if the wood stove surface temperature exceeds 650 degrees for prolonged periods. Almost all wood stoves will have a surface temperature of less than 650 degrees under normal operating conditions, although some models can go higher depending on design.
on June 5, 2014
As the thermocouple is designed to run via heat, there is an upper limit to the temperature it can withstand. There are wires,etc that at >650 may damage the components. If your woodstove top plate is >650, your stove is probably too hot internally. I've had mine quite hot and no issues, and it makes a good indicator when the stove needs wood as the fan turns very slow.
on June 5, 2014
The fan will still operate at 650 degrees or higher. I don't know if the fan will be damaged, according to the company info we shouldn't operate the fan at higher. I have an 810 also and ran it higher than I should and it still works fine. To be safe run at the recommended temperatures. Hope that helps
on June 5, 2014
from New York
I've never known the temperature of my stove but I've had it cranking as hot as possible & the fan worked beautifully.
on June 5, 2014
from Sunapee, NH
from Pocono Lake, PA asked:
January 31, 2014
Will this fan work with a coal stove?
As long as the top of the stove does not exceed the 650 degree maximum that is listed for this model, the fan can most certainly be used. Regularly exceeding the 650 degree limit can damage the thermal generator used with the fan.
Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
on February 3, 2014
from Sellersville, PA asked:
January 10, 2014
Can I use the Eco fan Airmax powered wood stove fan for my fireplace?
The Caframo Eco Fans will operate only when placed upon a surface in which the temperatures will reach approximately 225°F. If your fireplace has a flat space in which to set the fan, it may be prudent to ensure the surface reaches a high enough temperature to operate the fan.
on January 10, 2014
from Maine asked:
December 1, 2013
Do these fans blow air into other outlying rooms or is a motorized fan better for that purpose?
Indeed, a motorized blower made for your wood stove would be a better option for maximizing heated air circulation to adjacent rooms.
Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
on December 2, 2013
from Greenwich, NJ asked:
September 26, 2013
What material is this fan made of?
The fan body and blades alike are made from cast aluminum.
Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
on September 27, 2013
from Fiddletown, CA asked:
January 11, 2013
Is this fan good for continual use? What is the life of this fan?
These fans are ideal for continuous use. They are built to run all winter long. The manufacturer offers a one year warranty. However, this fan should provide you with service far beyond the expiration of this warranty.
Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
on January 14, 2013
from Watertown, NY asked:
November 6, 2012
Could you give me the exact width of the base?
This fan's base measures 4.75" wide.
Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
on November 6, 2012