Fireplace Blowers: What You Need to Know

A person relaxing in a chair in front of a fireplace with slippers on and next to his coffee and cell phone on a table.

Not all fires are the same. We have your wood fires, gas fires, pellet fires, coal fires, forest fires, fireflies (“lightning bugs” for normal people), pink slips (getting fired), torches, scorches, branding horses, dung fires for Potawatomi pottery, campfires, cigarette lighters (the glowing kind), dragons’ breath, heartburn, and matches and flints. Somewhere between rubbing two sticks together or waiting for lightning and lasers lies a middle ground of fire technology. We propose fireplace blowers as a compromise, and will be discussing them today. What are they? How do they work? Do we need one? Do the Potawatomi really burn poop? These are questions you now have. Let’s look.

First, what are fireplace blowers? 

Considering that some of the heat produced by a fireplace goes right up the flue, we need a way to capture or distribute that heat before it leaves. Enter fireplace blowers (or “fans”). They use the heat from the fire to warm the air, and then they blow the hot air out into the room. They are often adjustable and even run on thermostats to maintain the desired temperature. Neither the fan nor the air flow should touch the fire, so they are safe to use. The blowers also do not harm the aesthetics of the fireplace since they are installed inside. Therefore, fireplace blowers are cheap (typically less than $1,000), consistent, efficient, and discreet.

How do they work?

Fireplace blowers work by pulling cold air from the room into the fireplace through tubes under the firebox (the housing of the actual flames) and then pulling that air into tubes/vents/louvers on the top of the firebox where the air gets heated, before finally blowing the hot air out back into the room. The speed of the fan is controlled using a rheostat, which helps the user control the speed of the motor and, thereby, the amount of noise produced by the blower motor, as well as the overall temperature of the room. *Unfortunately, not all fireplaces have the tubes, nor can they have fans installed. The system requires convection.   

Are fireplace blowers necessary?

Not usually. They just maximize the efficiency of the unit. With a blower, you will need less fuel, less assistance by your central heating source, and less patience since the room will be heated more evenly and consistently. The return on investment of blowers is excellent, so you’ll save enough money to easily pay for the system in short order. 

Do the Potawatomi really burn poop to make pottery?


What do we do about getting fireplace blowers?

Call The Fireplace and More Store. We have dozens of collective years of knowledge and skill matching customers with the right equipment and installation to meet their needs. And you should see our selection. We handle indoor and outdoor units; gas, wood, pellet, and electric units; and stoves, fireplaces, and insert units. So let’s work together to fix you up with the best and best-matched system for your home! Contact us!

(Now you can go look up Potawatomi pottery and the word “rheostat”) 

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