The EcoFan range is produced by Canadian manufacturing company, Caframo. The various models produced by the company are now sold around the world.
The product is designed to sit on top of a free standing stove ? and works by generating its own electricity from the surface heat generated by the stove. The warm air is circulated around the room, distributing the heat evenly, and increasing the efficiency of the stove as a heating mechanism.
Useful for a range of either wood, coal or pellet burning stoves, the fan starts automatically when placed on a surface that has reached a temperature of over 65 degrees Celsius. The manufacturers recommend removing the fan from the heat when the stove reaches 345 degree Celsius. The fan will stop automatically as the stove cools down, once all of the fuel has been used up.
There are several different models of the EcoFan, which vary in size and efficiency. The optimum operating temperature for the fans is between 205 and 345 degrees Celsius (150-300 Fahrenheit) - and in order for the fans to function properly, they must be placed away from the chimney stack, towards the front of the stove. This allows the cooler air behind the fan to be heated up ?this temperature gradient is important to ensure the fan works properly.
The EcoFan has highly efficient blade design, which is easy to wipe clean. The design of the fan can save up to 14% in fuel, and still heat up the entire room to an ambient temperature.