Ecofan + Fireplace... WORKS!

Discussion in 'Non-EPA Woodstoves and Fireplaces' started by LordOfTheFlies, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. LordOfTheFlies

    LordOfTheFlies

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    I have a traditional fireplace that was terrible for throwing heat into the room.

    Years ago (maybe 8?) after doing some research I ended up not going with a stove and instead spent $381 shipped for the Grate Wall of Fire. It is a 3/4" solid steel vertical grate that is gravity fed and a million times better than a traditional horizontal grate. You build upside down fires and then just give it a tickle every once in a while and keep feeding logs from the top. Combined with the 1/2" solid steel reflective back, this transformed the fireplace into a viable heat source.

    I also installed two ceiling fans (in both the dining room where the fireplace is as well as the living room) that have reversible direction so that I could move air.

    I've now taken it to the next level by mounting an ecofan. All the videos I've seen are of it sitting on top of a stove or an insert and even the company's own website mentions that it cannot be installed in a fireplace.

    Time will tell if it will last .....

    But I initially had used a thin piece of sheet metal attached to the "L" brackets and then on top of that had the ecofan mounted. The heat transfer was not ideal as there was definitely an air gap between the two layers.

    Yesterday I decided to remove that sheet metal plate and now the fan blades are spinning way better.

    I was literally sweating sitting at my desk in the adjacent living room and the temp was reading 79.9F!

    This fan is now casting the heat even further. It's awesome!

    Video link here.
     
  2. Rich L

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    Man that's a genius move.The satisfaction in your voice is a pleasure to hear when things exceed expectations.
     
  3. Sinngetreu

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    Man, that is awesome! I've never heard of the "Grate wall of fire" before. That's a really good idea, plus with the fan, awesome work.
     
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    Thanks. One of my internet gaming buddies was like "Why do you always say 'That's so satisfying!'" and it's true - it's all about that satisfied feeling. Heh heh.

    Thanks! Can't say enough about the gratewall - funny name but man the product really delivers. My wife was complaining that it's too hot now with that little fan going.....can you believe that???? She is *always* cold and is now saying it's too hot hahahahahahaha.
     
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    Wow, that is a true testament right there! I know my jaw dropped a bit when your thermometer said 80.
     
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