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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where can I find my fireplace's make & model?

A:  Your fireplace's make and model information can typically be found below the fireplace by removing the lower access panel and locating the fireplace's name tag. The name tag or plate should contain the fireplace's manufacturer, model and serial number.  In many cases, it will also provide details on which blower kit is recommended for your fireplace.

Q:  Can I install the blower myself?

A:  Yes, in most cases, installing a blower kit does not require a professional!  In fact, most of our kits are designed for a DIY installation.  Our kits are shipped pre-wired and fully assembled, which makes installation much easier.  We also have sample installation videos for many of the fan kits we sell.

Q:  Are installation instructions included?

A:  Yes.  However, we can't always provide specific instructions for your exact model fireplace.  Many of our kits work with dozens of models and model variations, which makes specific instructions nearly impossible. The written instructions we provide are what we call "contractor" grade instructions.  This certainly doesn't mean that professional installation is required.  It just means that the instructions are meant to be used for numerous models.  To help with installation, we have put together a series of installation videos for most of the blower kits we sell.  And of course, we're always available via phone to answer any installation questions you have.

Q:  Where is the blower installed?

A:  Most blowers installed in gas fireplaces are installed toward the rear wall of the fireplace.  However, some see-thru fireplaces require the blower to be mounted on one or both sides of the fireplace.  Installation on wood burning fireplaces varies based on the type of wood burning fireplace. 

Q:  Can the blower be installed on top of the fireplace?

A:  While it seems intuitive to install a blower on the top of the fireplace, most gas fireplace installations require the blower to be installed below the fireplace.  The temperatures on top of a fireplace are often too hot for the blower to function reliably over a long-period of time. 

Q:  When do I need a thermostatically controlled blower?

A:  Many blower kits come equipped with a thermostat that sits inline on the blower's wiring harness.  The thermostat is attached to the surface of the firebox and determines when the blower turns on and off based on the surface temperature of the fireplace.  A thermostat sensor is typically used when your fireplace setup doesn't include a designated wall switch for the blower (electrical outlet below the fireplace).  Without a designated wall switch, the blower needs some way of turning on and off, hence the thermostat sensor.  If you have a designated wall switch, then you can still use a thermostat if you prefer.  You just leave the wall switch in the "ON" position and let the thermostat do the work for you.

Q:  How do I know which replacement blower I need?

A:  Most blower kits use a specific sized blower, so replacement is merely a matter of replacing the blower with a properly sized replacement.  Before purchasing, always confirm the dimensions of your original blower and match them directly to the replacement.  Dimensions may not be exact, but they should be close.  If you have questions on which is the proper replacement to use, please contact us directly!

Q:  How do I know which blower kit is correct for my fireplace?

A:  Your owner's manual typically lists the correct blower kit for your fireplace if one is available. You can also use the "Find Your Blower Here" feature on our website or send us an email using the "Help Me Find My Blower" form.

Q: Can blowers be used in wood burning fireplaces?

A:  Yes & no.  Wood burning inserts, freestanding stoves, and pedestal stoves typically offer blower or fan kit options.  If you have an all brick fireplace, then external hearth blower kit options are often times available.  However, if you have a brick fireplace that has been converted to gas logs, installing a blower kit is usually not an option. 

Q:  How loud are your blowers?

A:  While we do not carry specific sone or dB ratings for our blowers, the blowers themselves are actually very quiet.  This is mostly due to the quality construction of our blower assemblies. However, adding a high flowing blower to an all metal box will always create the illusion that the blower is louder than it actually is. In many cases, what you're hearing is the sound of rushing air echoing against the metal surface of the firebox.  Adding a rheostat variable speed control can help reduce the noise the blower produces by allowing you to control the RPM speed of the blower.  Most of our blower kits include noise reduction padding to help prevent any metal on metal contact or added vibration from the blower.

Q:  What is the difference between a circulating and non-circulating (radiant) fireplace?

A:  A non-circulating fireplace (radiant) fireplace is one that emits heat through the hot surface of your fireplace only.  A circulating fireplace takes advantage of convection by drawing in cool air from below the fireplace.  That cool air is heated by the fireplace and travels upwards as the air becomes warmer.  The warm air eventually leaves the fireplace through an upper vent or louver.  A blower vastly improves this circulating process, which is why blowers are typically only added to circulating fireplaces.