The house we bought came with this circa mid-80's Blaze King stove. Not having used a stove like this before, I down loaded the manual, but it leaves out any information or instructions about the fan. Is it necessary to always have the fan going? Is the thermostat (flue control) independent of the fan or must the fan be on for the thermostat to work? Any help would be appreciated.
Don't know much about them. I would suggest a call to Blaze King and talk to a tech. Those stoves are extremely popular here in Alaska due to the ability to hold a fire for a long time and heat a large area.
I never owned a Blaze King but I had another high end brand catalytic stove insert. I looked at some of the Blaze King stove manuals and as with many of these stoves the fans are part of an optional kit that you can buy with the stove or as a later add-on. In some of the Blaze King manuals I saw some reference in certain installations such as mobile homes you had to have either the optional heat shield or the fan kit. The implication being that in the riskier applications the fan kit would help reduce the risk of a fire (outside of the stove). In my experience with my stove I used the fan based on how quickly I wanted to heat the room and or as a balance on the running temp of the stove. There were other factors influencing the burn temp such as amount and type of wood and how much external air you let in. If you want the fire to burn a long time and don't need a huge amount of heat output you would turn the fan on low or off completely and shut the air inlet to a minimum. This would make the fire burn hotter and for a long time. If you turn on the fan to low the fire temp will go down and possibly too low for the catalytic element to function at its maximum efficiency and more importantly life span. I do not know if the stove you have is a catalytic one or not, but those beasts like to run pretty hot to extend the life of the expensive catalytic element. I hope this helps.