VENTRY Inflation Fans
VENTRY® Hot Air Balloon Inflation Fans
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“...PERFECT ... in the way of power and
Every feature engineered into VENTRY Fans works to
the benefit of Hot Air Balloonists.
- The anhedral curve of our Safety Propeller produces a narrow, uniform air cone. This allows for placement far back, out of the
way of the crew and lines, and produces a very tight cold pack.
- The propeller pushes impressive CFM to fill the envelope fast, and with
extendable legs, dirt and sand are not projected into the envelope or at the
- VENTRY Inflation Fans are easy to move, store,
and use, and lighter than many other fans. Balloonists often carry their VENTRY
Fan in the basket of their balloon, as the legs retract for compact
- Extendable legs allow for more air flow to the prop, keeping the prop from
trying to suck air out of the ground, and because they retract, can make the
difference between getting it into your vehicle or not!
- VENTRY Inflation Fans are safe.
There are many advantages engineered into our VENTRY
Fans that are best experienced hands-on.
What Do Balloonists Like About VENTRY Fans?
We are repeatedly told that VENTRY Fans hold their
own against--and often exceed the air output of--much higher horsepower blowers. The
added bonus is that VENTRY Fans retract to fit in the
balloon basket. See the dimensions table for fan
The patented, three-legged design of VENTRY Balloon
Inflation Fans offer the advantages of an elevated fan with the convenience of
compact storage. Our unique aircraft-style propeller with forward-sweeping tips
creates a uniform, tight air cone allowing the fan to
be set farther back from the throat of the balloon. This keeps the fan out of the
way of lines yet pushes the air into the balloon, not onto the crew.
More Advantages of VENTRY Inflation Fans for Hot Air Balloonists
- Compact size; fits in most balloon baskets
- Maximum air volume, quiet operation, and one-person setup
- Simple design for easy, intuitive operation and field service (parts
available through your local hardware store or via next-day air shipping)
- Kevlar™ and fiberglass-clad, aircraft-type Safety Propeller is
engineered for superior safety, efficiency, and durability
- Safety propellers utilize aircraft technology to push maximum air with
- High pressure will inflate your balloon even when it is squeezed between
others and resists billowing due to wind
- Extending the legs and elevating the fan minimize the amount of debris blown
which can cause damage and even ignite during hot inflation
- Lightweight for easy handling by ground crew members
- Extremely stable; will not tip or walk
- Handle on operator side for convenient moving and aiming. Also features dual
seven-handles for one-person carry when legs are extended or retracted
- Extremely tight cold pack due to propeller design
- Heavy-duty guard designed to take abuse
- Rugged, powder-coated steel frame
- Legs lock in any position allowing downward aiming and compact storage
- Elevating the fan increases propeller clearance, eliminates debris pick-up,
ejection, and damage, and enhances safety
- Three Wheel options to choose from for easy transport and
- Standard, familiar engines and simple, intuitive operation
- Three differentially-extendible, screw-lock legs stand securely on uneven
ground and minimize “walking”
- Minimal noise level due to propeller’s efficient utilization of engine
- Tripod design retracts compactly for storage in the basket
- Patented outwardly curving legs provide a larger footprint for increased
stability as fan is elevated. Stable operation throughout full range.
- Five-year warranty on all materials and workmanship (We increased this from
three years in 2008. Warranty is retroactive!)
- Shipped fully assembled via UPS, FOB Hauser, ID
Older model 24GX160 VENTRY Fan filling a 90,000 cubic foot balloon. (Photo used with permission of Lindan Hot
Air Service Center.)
Inflator Fan Placement for Hot
Air Balloon Inflations
We have found that a VENTRY Fan should be placed
approximately 1.5 times the diameter of the throat opening back from the throat. (In
firefighting, we recommend 1.5 times the height of the door.) This gives maximum
volume while keeping the fan clear of lines. Placing a VENTRY
Fan too close to the throat opening will decrease inflation efficiency more so
than setting it too far away. We encourage balloonists to experiment with placing our
fans waaaaay farther back from the throat than they think they should!
See also the page on fan
How to Buy a Fan in 2 Steps: Choose a model from the Specifications Sheet and contact a Dealer for pricing, quotes and availability. We are here to help, too! Call and talk to a real person at Ventry Solutions, weekdays 7:30 to 3:30 Pacific. (888) 257-8967. Messages returned within 1 business day!