how high can I install my Zephyr Monsoon in a 25" deep hood?

illinigirlFebruary 19, 2014

The liner unit is 22 1/2" deep and 40 3/8" wide, and will be set in a custom wood hood made by my cabinet maker. I am being told my wood hood is going to have to be 25" deep to accomodate this Zephyr unit (715 cfm).

It is going to be used over a 36" wolf rangetop, all burner configuration.

My husband and I are 5'10" and I do not want to be hitting my head on this hood to use the stove! I understand that the higher it is the less effective, but the most important thing to me is not bumping my head.

What is a good balance of capture and comfort in my situation please?


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In my view, the best approach is to draw to scale a stick figure side view of you at the range, with the height from the floor to your bend point marked so you can draw an arc with a protractor representing the top of your head as you bend. Then, using a cut-out sectional sketch of the hood/cabinet, or just measuring by hand, determine the height that 25-inches of front-to-back depth has to be to miss your head swing.

Other factors that can be evaluated are sight lines into pots on the rear burners when you are not bent over.

Once the height is found, then consideration of whether the liner aperture is large enough for good capture can be performed.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 10:40AM
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Most pro style range top specs will say 36" is the minimum distance between a burner and flammable surface.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 10:54AM
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I keep seeing people that are worried about hitting their heads on hoods. It would seem to that there are 2 ways to look at this. You might hit your head once or maybe twice and you learn not to do it, kind of like when you were a little kid and you walked past an oven that was on and you touched it and you burned yourself, you learned not to do that again. The second is why do people feel the need to stick their heads and faces above the heat and steam of the pots and pans to reach the back burners of the appliance? Just to give a reference point I am 6'4" tall and my hood is just above my line of sight, right in prime head banging territory and I learned pretty quick not to hit my head.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 4:36PM
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thanks for the insights. Well I look at it a little differently. Since I have a special needs child I often put things on the burner farthest back with nothing burning on the front.

Secondly, I do not want to be in an uncomfortable position or have to bend awkwardly to 'learn' not to bump my head. That makes no sense to me to purposely put something where my head might bump into it. I cook only a little for fun and mostly out of necessity and I don't need any negative reinforcements to being around the range.

My cabinet makers made a nice mockup of my hood with two strong guys holding it at various heights and me practicing lifting something to the back burner, which is the primary time my head may bump. 33" off the stove, or 69" from the floor, seemed like a good clearance. I do not know how much functionality I am losing from the hood being this far away. Maybe some. But coming from a kitchen with none, I think I can live with this.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:03PM
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Clearance from range top to wood .....HAS TO BE 36" for code

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:20PM
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The liner should overlap the wood edge at the base. This will probably require a custom sized cabinet, or some added stainless steel.

Your foe is not the burners, which, unless induction type, could degrade the wood due to heat, but an unintended flambe impinging on the wood.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:29PM
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interesting. The cabinet shop manager told me they typically install their custom wood hoods at 31" (and from what I can tell about 90% of their homes do have a custom wood hood). I know the cabinet designer was asking me about corbels because those would cause a problem with code and the hood would have to be wider so the corbels weren't over the range. I don't have any corbels in my hood design though.

Point being they *seem* be to carefully following code and I know they get all the proper inspections done at the various points of the building process. We are in Michigan, don't know if the code varies at all state by state.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:56PM
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Look at the bottom of the page you will see

**914 clearly says "36" minimum clearance from counter-top to combustible materials without ventilation hood."

I could be reading it wrong. It should be noted that you are using an INSERT not a ventilation hood.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wolf Range top specs

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:10PM
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doesn't the insert function as a ventilation hood in combination with the wood shell? I will definitely ask, but it seems odd they wouldn't have come across this situation before and know how to handle it properly. Don't a lot of people have wood hoods?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:14PM
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Most other manufacturers make it much clearer by simply saying " 36" Minimum to Combustible material"

It might be wise to call Wolf and ask them the question directly, maybe they interpreter the code differently than other range companies. Will be interesting to see what the answer is.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:24PM
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