Fan-C & Fan-Ce Stove Fans
- Operating Temperature Range: 100°C – 240°C
- Airflow: 45CFM
- Height: 145mm
- Weight: 0.55kg
- Warranty: 1 year
Fan-C & Fan-Ce: Small in Size, Big in Power
The value that a stove Fan-C add to your household is clear. A good stove Fan-C bring so much warmth to your room without having to run your stove like a furnace. You don’t have to burn so much fuel just for this to work, because minimal heat contact is all that you need. That said, if a small stove fan is what you’re after, then you might as well go for the smallest one available in the market today.
Made from a variety of recycled components, the Fan-C & Fan-Ce stove fans are designed specifically for tight spaces. The Fan-C is 145mm tall (5 5/8”) and 113mm wide, while the Fan-Ce is just a little bigger at 158mm (~6”) tall and 125mm wide. Minimal in size but maximum in power, this stove fan is definitely an innovative solution that you will be very happy to have in your home. That said, it is also an investment and is the most expensive TEG you can get.
How were these stove fans created?
Understanding the value of these fans is also about understanding where they came from. It began, as most good stories would, with a problem.
Back in 2011, Matthew Look of Look Creations couldn’t find a single stove-top fan out of all available options that would fit on top of his wood-burning stove. Giving up on the limited choices he had before him, he then challenged himself to make one by the end of the year. To do this, he researched on the Seebeck Effect and the TEG (Thermoelectric power generation) modules.
By January 2012, he had assembled the first prototype made from recycled PC components. After a series of more prototypes and a lot of scientific testing, the Fan-C as you see it today was developed. Positive feedback about this new innovation encouraged Matthew to keep making and offering the product, as well as develop a version that’s a little bigger.
What is the difference between the Fan-C & the Fan-Ce?
The most obvious difference between the Fan-C and Fan-Ce stove fan is the size. The Fan-Ce is 15mm taller than the Fan-C, so it’s ideal if you have a bit more space. However, even with the size difference, these are still the two smallest fans you can find in the market today. It must be noted though that even if these fans are very space-efficient and could fit into the tiniest of stovetops, it will work best if there’s plenty of room around the stove as well as over the top.
Aside from size, the Fan-C moves up to 78 cu/mtr/hr (45 cfm) while the Fan-Ce can move up to 91 cu/mtr/hr (54cfm). The cost of buying each will also differ.
How do these fans work and why are they good for me?
The main thing you should remember is that these are heat-powered fans, and for them to work, they must sit on top of a stove. The key is for the entire area of the fan base to have really good contact with the heated stove. Any temperature will do, for as long as it’s between 100 and 250 degrees Celsius.
For the fan to work, there are two plates of the TEG module. The lower surface is what’s in contact with the stove top, so this is what’s heated up. The heat then transfers to the upper plate. This heat transfer is what enables the TEG to do its work and generate the electricity that the fan motor needs to function. As the fan blades circulate, the hot air from the stove is pushed around the room where the fan is located. At the same time, the fan moves air over the upper copper cooling fins to ensure that the upper surface of the TEG is cooled.
Aside from the size advantage, these fans really stand out from the UK stove fans available in the market today, the bases of which are usually made of aluminum. These aluminum-based fans work best if they’re placed at the rear of the stove. On the other hand, the Fan-C and Fan-Ce can be placed anywhere on the stovetop, and this is because of the efficient copper cooling fins as well as the increased surface area and copper’s heat conductivity.
Last but not least, with the help of the Nottingham University Environmental Technology Center, all fans now ship as high temperature versions that have been tested scientifically. The tests serve as confirmation that as long as there is enough circulating air around the hot plate, temperatures of up to 350 degrees Celsius are okay.