so I've made a few stir plates now, all with HD magnets, and I can't get them to work well when the I leave the curved HD magnet in one piece. I have to break them in half, which allows me to line them up straighter. I think the curved shape makes it difficult to get the stir bar to line up with the center of the fan.
Here's what I do. Break the magnet in half to make two, equal sized pieces (if the magnets are smaller sized ones, then break two of them and keep the big ends of each break). Use your stir bar to check the polarity of the magnets and line the magnets up under the stir bar so that each end is being pulled down by the respective magnet. Now, you should have two pieces of magnet lined up together and stuck to the stir bar. Then place them all on the center of your fan--the magnets should stick to the fan and, with a little help from spare fingers, you should be able to remove the stirbar and keep the magnets stuck to the fan. Test it out and make adjustments as necessary. When things are right you should be able to start the fan full-bore without throwing the bar. Once you get it right, glue down the magnets with some super glue. I drop super glue around the edges, so I don't have to pick up and move the magnets, which might make me lose the magic spot.
Hopefully, this makes sense--it does take some tinkering. Good luck!