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most efficient pellet stove 'distribution fan' setting.

Posted by scryn (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 17, 08 at 8:56

hi, we just purchased a new Harmon pellet stove to replace our older pellet stove.
The older stove just had the auger speed and "interior" combustion speed fan. The distribution fan was just on full all the time.

The new harmon allows you to adjust the distribution fan speed. This is confusing me. After the stove gets warm wouldn't it be most energy efficient to have the distribution fan on full so that all the heat is blown into the room?? Is there a reason to have the fan on a lower setting?

Thanks for your help.


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RE: most efficient pellet stove 'distribution fan' setting.

I run my Harmon with the distribution fan on full and just use the temp setting to turn it on/off. I guess that if your stove was in your living room you might want to turn the distribution fan to a lower setting from time to time.


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RE: most efficient pellet stove 'distribution fan' setting.

I run my Harman at 1/3 - 1/2. Logic being that I wanted to heat the air up adequately before exiting. I figured that when the air exits, it'll be 'warmer' exiting at a slower speed and will maintain a higher core temperature.

This logic seemed to work well when I applied a lower distribution fan speed when cooling my car during the summer.

I have a ceiling fan running throughout the heating season, along with a floor fan to 'direct' the heated air into the other living areas.

Just my .02, but thought I'd chime in.


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