FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Ecofan™ Fans: (UK Version)

The Ecofan generates its own electricity through the difference in temperature. The base must make contact with a heat source of at least 85°C and the top of the fan must remain cool.

The Ecofan needs to draw cooler air from behind in order to operate. The actual rotation of the blade as well as the cooler air and the heat source are the essential elements needed for the Ecofan to operate. See Technical Information for more detailed information.

In 2011 the 802 AirPlus Ecofan was replaced by the 812 AirMax and in 2012 the 800 Original Ecofan was replaced by the 810 UltrAir Ecofan. The 810 and 812 Ecofans deliver 15 to 90% more air flow compared to the older models making them the highest performing Ecofans ever made. In 2014 the 800 Original Ecofan was re-introduced into the range as a budget model to compete against Chinese copies of this design.

There is no formula to say which Ecofan is required in a particular situation. The 812 AirMax will move more air and be more efficient so this is the ultimate choice. The 810 UltrAir will provide slightly less air movement and start working at a slightly higher temperature but still provide excellent results.

For minimal outlay opt for the basic 800 Original which will provide reduced performance but still outperform all Chinese copy stove fans.

All Ecofans give you the re-assurance of a 2 year warranty. Download the latest UK Ecofan Leaflet here. This clearly shows the benefits of each type of Wood-stove Ecofan.

Sorry but we are unlikely to see a low profile Ecofan in the foreseeable future. There are many design issues that dictate the overall height of the current fan and while the manufacturer is always looking at new models, and is aware of a market opportunity within the UK for a lower fan, no feasible design has yet been forthcoming.
  • The Caframo Ecofan is a heat-powered fan designed to circulate the warm air created by a wood or speciality stove. Improved warm air circulation results in greater comfort and less fuel consumption.
  • Costs nothing to run… Using the heat from the stove, the Ecofan is the most economical way to effectively circulate warm air. No cables, plugs or batteries are required.
  • Test results using AMCA testing standards prove that most air flow claims made by other stove top fan manufacturers are much lower than publicised, some by as much as 45%.
  • Ecofans are made in Canada, last longer and utilise a superior design that operates more efficiently and effectively than 4 or 5 blade models.
  • More Ecofans have been sold than all other stove top fans combined. Caframo have two decades of experience perfecting the Ecofan. This means low failures and high customer satisfaction.
  • All Ecofans are sold with the reassurance of a 2 year warranty.
  • Fully CE compliant for Immunity Emissions and Product Safety… None of the Chinese copy stove fans that we have tested meet this approval despite what is printed on the boxes or their importers claims.
place your ecofan on one side at the back edge of the stove

Check your fan for proper placement. For optimum performance, placement on the stove’s surface is critical. Be sure to position the Ecofan on the stovetop so that cool air will be drawn over the cooling fins. The Ecofan should not be used directly in front of the stove pipe or at the front of the stove. Place the Ecofan on one side at the back edge of the stove as shown in the diagram. Should the gap between the rear of your stove and your wall be less than 150mm (6”) then move the Ecofan forward, along the side of the stove and turn it in slightly. This should ensure your fan can draw the necessary cooler air from the rear/side of your stove.

NOTE: Overheating will reduce the Ecofan’s effectiveness and may damage the thermoelectric module and void the warranty. Remove the Ecofan from the stove if the temperature exceeds 345°C for the 800, 810 or 812; 150°C for the 806GS Gas or 200°C for the low-stovetop temperature Ecofan 806 BelAir.

Check the normal temperature of your stove with a stovetop thermometer:

  • Ecofan 800 Original 110°C - 345°C
  • Ecofan 802 AirPlus 110°C - 345°C
  • Ecofan 810 UltrAir 100°C - 345°C
  • Ecofan 812 AirMax 85°C - 345°C
  • Ecofan 806GS 65°C - 150°C
  • Ecofan 806 BelAir 75°C - 200°C

If the above measures do not resolve your problem please read the UK Warranty Terms and follow the process.

Prior to 2017 serial numbers were found on a label affixed to the underside of the top casting (see the diagrams). From 2017 serial numbers are more easily visible on the top face of the top casting.

locate your ecofan serial number

Simply place your Ecofan on the top of your stove*, away from the flue pipe, allowing the back of your fan to have access to cooler, room temperature air. The thermoelectric modules require a temperature difference to create the electricity needed to operate the fan’s motor.

*Not recommended for wood or gas stove inserts.
Be sure to position the Ecofan on a smooth flat surface on your stovetop near the side or back of the stove where cooler air can be drawn from behind and over the cooling fins. Do not place your Ecofan in front of the stovepipe or at the front of the stove. Should the gap between the rear of your stove and your wall be less than 150mm (6”) then move the Ecofan forward, along the side of the stove and turn it in slightly. This should ensure your fan can draw the necessary cooler air from the rear/side of your stove. Full information is supplied in the User Manuals.
The Ecofan will start to rotate once the base of the fan has reached a temperature of 65°C however to achieve a worthwhile air movement of 50 CFM (Cubic Feet {of Air} per Minute) the 812 AirMax needs a surface temperature of 85°C, while the 810 UltrAir needs 100°C and the 800 Original needs 110°C.
  1. For woodstoves the acceptable running temperature for the Ecofan AirMax is between 85°C and 345°C; for the Ecofan UltrAir it’s between 100°C and 345°C while for the Original it's between 110°C and 345°C. Relocate your woodstove Ecofan to a cooler spot if your stovetop exceeds 345°C.
  2. For gas-stoves the optimal running temperature for the Ecofan 806GS is between 65°C and 150°C. Operating above the recommended temperature may be hazardous due to excessive blade speed. Never use an Ecofan 806GS on a wood-stove.
  3. For low-temperature stoves the optimal running temperature of the Ecofan 806 BelAir is between 75°C and 200°C. Operating above the recommended temperature may be hazardous due to excessive blade speed. Never use an Ecofan BelAir on a wood-stove.
For the 812 Airmax, 810 UltrAir, 800 Original and 806 BelAir, the warranty period was increased to 2 years for all Ecofans sold on or after 1st October 2013; previously the warranty period was 1 year. See UK Warranty Terms for more information
Calfire provide warranty support for Ecofans sold through bona fide UK retailers. Any units that fail after being purchased direct from other countries or from none authorised retailers will have to be returned to the original seller for rectification. The warranty does not cover abnormal wear or damages resulting from accident, misuse, abuse or, if applicable, breakage (when such breakage is not due to a manufacturing defect) and any other incidental or consequential damages. See UK Warranty Terms for more information.
We recommend the use of a stovetop thermometer to ensure good woodstove safety. Details of our stovetop thermometer can be found by clicking here. - Remove or reposition woodstove Ecofans if the stovetop temperature exceeds 340°C. - If the 806GS Ecofan is placed on a surface hotter than 150°C, the built-in overheat protector will activate. This will cause the unit to slow down to protect itself. If this happens, simply move the 806GS Ecofan to a cooler spot on the stovetop and the overheat protector will reset automatically. - Remove or reposition the 806 BelAir Ecofan if the stovetop temperature exceeds 200°C.
Unfortunately no, the Ecofan generates its own electricity through temperature differential. The base must make contact with a heat source of at least 85°C and the top of the fan must remain cooler. The Ecofan needs to draw cooler air from behind in order to operate.
Yes, but placement is key. Again the fan needs to draw cooler air from behind to operate and the surface on which the AirMax 812, UltrAir 810 or Original 800 woodstove Ecofan is placed should never exceed 345°C. The surface on which the gas stove Ecofan 806GS is placed should never exceed 150°C while for the 806 BelAir it’s 200°C.
Once the Ecofan is placed properly on your stove there is no need to move it. We recommend leaving it in its position on top of the stove year round. If you want to remove it for any reason, please take care to store it in a location where it cannot be knocked over or dropped and not in direct sunlight. It is a good idea to retain the original box and packing to safely store your Ecofan when not in use.
Calfire is the sole distributor for Ecofans in the UK and only sell to designated retailers nationwide. You can find details of local stockists on this website by using the Find Local Stockists link; alternatively a UK web search for Ecofan 812; Ecofan 810 or Ecofan 800 will produce a list of national retailer options.
Within the UK use the Interested in Selling Ecofans? link
The Ecofans have been designed to operate maintenance free. If you would like to clean your Ecofan, use a detergent free cloth to wipe down the extrusions.
Replacement motor kits are available for purchase. Further details are available by using the Spare Parts for Ecofans link
It is advisable as the box is designed to protect the Ecofans’ blade/motor arrangement. You can use it for safe storage of your Ecofan over the summer months and it will make it easier if you ever need to return the fan under guarantee or for refurbishment.
The AirMax 812, UltrAir 810 and BelAir 806 all rotate anti-clockwise while the Original 800 is the only one that rotates clockwise.
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