Computer Fan Heater

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Introduction: Computer Fan Heater

In the winter time my house is cold.

In my house we have a gas fireplace, because we do not like running the heater and it saves money and the environment.

What i have noticed was the gas fireplace doesn't spread the heat around the room.

So i made a fan system out of a couple dead computer fans.



Step 1: What I Did

What i did.

I took a three computer fans and hooked them up to a 12v converter, then i set them up so they would

push the hot air out of our gas log fireplace saving us money, and reducing my carbon foot print.


Step 2: Materials

What you need!

3 or 2 computer fans ( i used 3)

1 12v converter

Wire stripper

Screwdriver

Wire ties

extra wire

Step 3: The Fans

If your computer fan has three wires coming out then cut off the yellow wire and keep the red and black wires.

Then use a wire tie and connect and the wires together with the extra wire, then attach it to your 12v converter



Step 4: Seting Them Up

When you have them all wired up and working you can set them up in your fireplace

But first make sure you know which way the air blows out



Step 5: Thanks for the Support

Thank you for reading my instructable

After you are done with those fan guards you should check out bauble istructable on fan guard art

Please rate, comment, and vote for me for the dead computer contest.



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    I think they would work near the floor vent, put behind the vent, heat flows, use as booster to move the heat.

    So, how does burning natural gas for a fireplace reduce your carbon footprint?

    check out these heat shields I found from hastyheat.com, made of a ceramic fiber a bic lighter will not singe!

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    What a great idea.  I stupidly put in a gas fireplace without a fan.  The cost to add one now is ridiculous!  I've been using a small fan in front of the fireplace and running my ceiling fans to pull the heat through the house.  I hope to try this, as well.  Thanks!!!

    It's a good start, but you'd be much better off just blocking the chimney to keep heat in the room. Why that's not a good idea has already been discussed though.

    The problem with those fires is the pretty-flames, if you modified it to heat some kind of mantle and have an exhaust to room heat exchanger, like ugly gas fires (pic), you might feel it a bit more.


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    Perhaps "unfashionable" would have been a better word then.

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    Yeah, but still retro-coolness

    Yes, they might come back in, designed to be effective rather than pretty I think.

    L

    stop hating...

    I'm discussing gas-fire design - what are you talking about?

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    I've been thinking about doing this, but with two fans connected by a duct or some kind of pipe running through the firebox.   Basically one fan pulls cold air into the duct where it is heated, the other fan blows out the hot air.  This would eliminate any carbon monoxide concerns since the air you're circulating and the air in the firebox would not be mixing.  There are commercially available products that do this, but I've been wondering about how PC fans would stand up to the heat... especially the conductive heat from the duct itself.

    My dad made something like this out of a big 120V fan and an old ice chest for our pellet stove.

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    cool idea in theory except i have a real fireplace,
    its a puzzler that they don't melt!

    I thoght of this but involves heatsinks too. maybe ill make an inst.

    i would be concerned about the fans melting that close to the fireplace. i'd also worry about the possibility of the fans spewing carbon monoxide into your room from the fire. most forced air heaters that are gas powered don't have fans that take air directly from the "firebox" (where the combustion occurs), and carbon monoxide is heavier than air, so placing the fans near the bottom of the fire only increases this chance

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    I looked into the carbon monoxide problem, and i found out that my gas fireplace has a automatic shutoff when there is a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide

    sorry to harp on this...but carbon monoxide is no joke.

    the carbon monoxide sensor in your fireplace is probably to detect an excess of CO in the firebox itself (i.e. the area immediately around the fireplace). which is great if your flue or exhaust system breaks or clogs up and CO starts backing up into the fireplace...HOWEVER, you're forcing the air from the firebox out into the room, by the time the CO levels in your room get high enough to trip the sensors IN the firebox, you're probably at a toxic level in the rest of the room (or god forbid the rest of the house). you should put a CO sensor (they make CO/Smoke/CO2 combo detectors) somewhere in the center of the room