EasyRay wrote:Well its a134cfm variable speed blower. I use it when I want to move a lot of air and not a lot of heat when I keep a low burn. I also use it to do what it was intended to do and move a lot of air and heat.
My stove is in a finished basement, so unless its really cold I don't use it when the stove is really humming along or I would be cooked. The exception being at night when I'm upstairs in bed. I have my computer room, Laundry room and work shop and rec room in the basement. I have a ranch with a walk out basement onto an external porch. I really need to open the rec room to access both side of the stairs. It can get really hot in the rec room. I don't think I ever used the blower more than half way.
If you have a large open area the blower would be ideal.
I haven't jumped in yet to buy the Harman blower (for $117.00) but I did put a 16" pedestil fan behind the stove & jury-rigged a baffle to direct some of the fan's airflow through the TLC's top stove vent where the blower air omes out too. Wow!! I can't beleive the heat I getting now & the stack temp does drop about 15-20 degrees from around 120 to 100 degrees.
I live in Massachusetts & usually burn around 2 tons of nut coal/year. I'm assuming that (with the fan setup this year) I should be getting more heat for less coal this year!
1. Am I correct in assuming I should go through less coal? (depending on the severity of the winter weather of course)
2. How quiet is the Harman blower when operating on low to medium speeds?
3. Since my fan setup appears to be doing what the blower would do (with the added benefit of moving warm air at the ceiling above the stove) do you see any benefit in buying the Harman blower?