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Rural Rambler



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 18 7:03 pm    Post subject: Heat powered stove fan  Reply with quote    

Best little thing i've bought in ages. They are in Aldi today. If you have a wood-burning stove then I recommend sticking one of these on top of it.

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 18 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Keep meaning to get one. Bit late in the evening for popping over to Aldi now.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 18 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Keep meaning to get one. Bit late in the evening for popping over to Aldi now.

Don't leave it too long: they sell fast.

Anybody here tried making one? Is on my todo list...

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 18 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i had a quick look at the power supply end , aldi will be cheaper than making a practical one.

ps heat gradient= leccy can be done a few ways that have no moving parts but there seems to be a gap in the tech between tiny(like a small fan or maybe slowly charging a phone battery ) and quite big or dangeroos (heat to power at factory scale or a just sub critical lump of plutonium and the cold darkness of deep space to power a long life exploration platform ).

gz



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 18 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No power in a stove fan, just uses convection

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 18 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lots of power.

And you’d never make one for close to the money needed to buy one.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
i had a quick look at the power supply end , aldi will be cheaper than making a practical one.

Nah, you can get a thermoelectric cell for a couple of quid, a motor for pennies and the rest of it is just bits of aluminium.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

there are cells and cells.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
there are cells and cells.

There are, but I don't think it is working hard.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

not hard but it is very hot on one side

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
not hard but it is very hot on one side

How hot, do you know?

Thermal transfer depends on the design of the base, and it's blowing a stream of cooler air over it... shouldn't get that hot.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The thermometer on my stove reads 2-300C. Unsure how accurate it is. And the fan sits on that. I can get a much more accurate reading if you need one.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 18 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
The thermometer on my stove reads 2-300C. Unsure how accurate it is. And the fan sits on that. I can get a much more accurate reading if you need one.

No, that's fine. Is just to get an idea. Do you get it up the high end often?

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 18 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah. I’ll recheck the figures next time it’s on.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 18 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You would need to have all electronics and electrics well away from the heat source. I wouldn't expect domestic electronics to be useable above 125 C, or even lower. Temperature cycling is also the most stressful test for electronics, so repeat, keep them away from the heat source or they will fail quite quickly. We used to use that as a test when I was working in the industry, and short of keep turning things on and off, it was the best way to get them to fail.

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