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Old 04-22-2016, 01:03 AM   #31
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Is it time to gather the forum engineers ,paper , pens and fix these vents? Pat
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:34 AM   #32
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Sticky external stove vent

I don't think the problem is the vents, but the fans. If you look at the blades their not really a high cfm design, and much of the air they pull escapes from the housing and not out the vent. A fan with better blade design would push more cfm of air, and the vent would be forced open more easily.


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Old 04-22-2016, 07:48 AM   #33
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Has anyone tried changing the pitch of the fan blades, they can easily be altered? Or replace the noisy fan with a little computer fan, but first verify it will open the flap.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:11 AM   #34
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Ian G has it right. 2 points.
"If you remove that mesh screen the vent works great, lots of flow, the charcoal filter is just too restrictive for that type and size of fan."
Jeesh, follow the KISS principle it is so easy and ineffective to speculate.
Take an awl or ice pick and poke holes (aprox. 1/8" diameter) through the charcoal matrix and between the openings in the metal wire mesh grid to greatly increase the air flow through the filter. I did this several years ago to increase the flow of air drawn through the filter and the damper flap opens 3/4 of maximum travel. No clothes pins or clamps necessary !
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:26 AM   #35
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Sounds like a redesign COMMITTEE is being organized. Just remember, a camel is a horse designed by a committee.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:03 AM   #36
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Sounds like a redesign COMMITTEE is being organized. Just remember, a camel is a horse designed by a committee.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:14 AM   #37
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Ian G has it right. 2 points.
"If you remove that mesh screen the vent works great, lots of flow"
Not in my case, I removed the screen and got exactly 'zero flow', the fan makes noise and spins like crazy, it just doesn't have enough poop because of poor blade design to create enough flow to open the flap.
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I like looking at the fan change out option. I'll be over at the trailer today and will see where ours is at on performance with and without the screen. Haven't even turned it on to date yet.
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I like looking at the fan change out option. I'll be over at the trailer today and will see where ours is at on performance with and without the screen. Haven't even turned it on to date yet.
Good and check to see which category you're in with the interior re circulation vent.

Not the best configuration for the fan. It blows vertically at the nearby "roof" of the housing. I was thinking a more efficient setup would be two small computer type fans, side by side, mounted just inside the vent flap and blowing straight out.

How's that for fixing something that's only half broke.

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I solved the problem long ago ( not that I knew I had one ). I cook outside.
I turn on the Maxxfan when boiling water for coffee ( keeps smoke alarm from going off ).
I'm more concerned about losing the pins that hold the flap closed.
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