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#1 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 11:15 AM

I have two of those magic fans that sit on the wood stove & just spin for no apparent reason.  Anyway, they have slowed down in recent days.  They were barely spinning even when the stove was running full bore.  I removed the electric motors, soaked them in a shot glass full of gas line antifreeze (methyl hydrate)  for about 5 hours.  They runs supper fast again, even on a cool stove.  I suppose isopropyl or rubbing alcohol might work better as they have a lubricant mixed in.



Edit: I forgot to mention I put a dab of 3 in 1 oil on the shaft as well.

Edited by New.Canadian.DB.Owner, February 06, 2014 - 06:06 PM.

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 12:15 PM

I will have to let my BIL know about this.  He has one that doesn't run very fast any more.   Thanks.      Roger.

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Posted February 07, 2014 - 01:53 AM

We have one of those as well, fascinating little gadget, but it does get gummed up now and again. I'll try that solution and see how it works. Thanks

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Posted February 07, 2014 - 07:31 AM

I have seen a few of these around here. Neat little gadgets.

The last one, the guy had just gotten. He said they are commercial available from a company in Canada. He said they are also buildable, but the ones for sale are a lot more precision and efficient than what most home builders could do.

For lubrication, you might consider the liquid/graphite stuff for door locks. Just a thought.
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