The Fan-c Recycled Stove Top Fan
The Small Stove Top Fan
The Fan-C & The Fan-Ce
- Creator Name
- Mathew Look
- Furniture Making, Pen and Ink, Photography, Woodturning
- Mixed Media, Wood
- Locator Postcode
- SK23 7ER
Having researched the Seebeck Effect and TEG modules (Thermoelectric power generation module), I purchased a selection of components and made a series of DIY woodburner stove top fan prototypes, the best of each version was developed subsequently into the Fan-C shown here.
It sits on top of my Morso Log Burner and being a heat powered fan, it starts up at about 85 degrees C ( flue pipe temp), it runs faster as the temperature climbs up to 200 degrees. If I move the fan position on the stove top I can adjust the fan speed. You can use a stove thermometer to determine the surface temperature of your stove top - anything between 85 & 200 degrees C is fine. However, some Stoves have a surface temperature far greater and these will damage the integral workings of the TEG module. At very low temps below 100 degrees, please use the contact form to discuss before ordering.
The principle is in generating a temperature variation between the upper and lower plates of the TEG module. The cooling fins of copper and the fan moving air over them ensure that the upper surface is cooled while the lower surface is heated by the stove. The transfer of heat through the TEG enable the module to do its technical bit and generate the electricity for the fan motor.
Good fun if you like that sort of thing - the competitions product was too tall for my 2nd Morso Badger and I now have a Fan-Ce placed on top moving warm air from around the stove into the room.
A point to note is that unlike the aluminium based competitions versions, which require placement at the rear of the stove to pull cool air from behind the back of the stove - my little unit has the far more efficient copper cooling fins - the increased surface area and improved heat conductivity of copper means the fan will run anywhere on the stove top and is ideal for situations where a Woodburner or Multifuel Stove has been installed into an old Coal Fireplace....you know like with a shoe horn !
The design has proven to be popular and as a result I have added the Fan-C & the larger version the Fan-Ce to my portfolio of products. Please use the PayPal button below if you would like to purchase a unit. Occassionally I will make a 'special' which may have a more 'designer look' to it with 'black / gray lacquered copper fins' and a different shape / colour of fan center hub - if you like to have something really different or have a stove without a flat top use the contact form to discuss futher.
The Fan-C measure 145 mm high 113mm wide and are ideal where your stove has been set into an old Coal Fire place with limited head room. It is 75 mm front to back and sits on a 75 mm diameter disc. it moves upto 200 cu/mtr/hr
The Fan-Ce measure 158 mm tall, 125mm wide and 100 mm front to back sitting on a 75mm diameter disc. This moves upto 240 cu/mtr/hr.
Please note, the Black Varient of the Fan-Ce and the smaller Fan-C are on a very limited availability, if you would like one of these units, then please first use the contact form to establish lead time and confirm prices.
1 off Black Fan-Ce in stock ready to post £225 each please use the contact form to order.
All Fans now ship as a High Temperature version (HT) designed and tested with the aid of Nottingham University Environmental Technology Centre. The tests confirmed that Hot Plate Temperatures upto 350 degrees C were acceptable and did not result in the fans TEG module failing. However, it should be understood that placing the Fan-C or Fan-Ce at gas mark 9 all evening may cause problems - we recommend a stove top Temp not higher than 250 degrees C and plenty of air around the stove to asist with the convection currents the fan is there to asist. Common sense prevails on most occassions :-) ! If in doubt please use the contact form below to discuss.
All prices plus P&P @ £11.50 UK. International Buyers Please note - postage costs will be confirmed and you will be contacted after order placement should these exceed the prices included within the PayPal standard prices. Alternatively please request postage costs in advance through the contact form.