Vent Hood and Avoiding Harmful Fumes

GreenDog194February 26, 2012

Our contractors think I should use a 30 inch hood over a 30 inch range. I have an opportunity to purchase a used (5 year old) Vent-a-Hood (like model PRH18-236SS) that is 36 inches wide.

I'm thinking that 36 inch hood is better than a 30 inch hood, and would select that option even if I did not have the opportunity to save money with a used appliance.

I am a bit crazy about fearing the byproducts of incomplete combustion from my gas range, and about health risks from byproducts of cooking oil (e.g., lung cancer: A good vent is very, important to me.

Here are my questions:

(1) Is 36 inch hood over a 30 inch stove a good idea?

(2) Any reason not to buy a used Vent-a-Hood?

(3) What to look out for in a used Vent-a-Hood?

(4) Any other brands of hood that will help set aside my harmful fumes paranoia?

(5) Any comments on my range choice -- dual fuel, given my concern about gas fumes (can't do induction because my dad has a pacemaker and does not like to stay out of the kitchen, and cleaning a smooth top electric drives me crazy).


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I have been told that the hood should be larger then the range. I am purchasing a 36 inch range and have been told to get a 42 inch hood. So your used hood sounds like a perfect fit. I don't know anything about used hoods - however, I have been told that modern air is the best - but very expensive.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 8:13PM
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An oversized hood is fine. There are mixed feeling on this forum about Ventahood - some people find them difficult to clean. If you do buy a used one, make sure it easily comes apart for cleaning and that there isn't a grease build up on the inside.

You're overly concerned about harmful fumes. A properly functioning gas range doesn't produce carbon monoxide or other harmful fumes. A hood is used to vent heat, steam, odors, and grease.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 11:27PM
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Rising effluent expands as it rises, so the hood should be wider and deeper than the surface contour of the pans on the burners below it.

Technical details available if desired.


    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 11:29PM
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