Can you convert Downdraft cooktop to vented hood?

sanjuangirlFebruary 19, 2013

We are doing a kitchen renovation and have a GE Monogram 6 burner gas cooktop. It still works fine and is not in the budget to replace. We are remodeling the cabinets over it and I would LOVE a hood. Both for aesthetic reasons and function. Since we are already vented to the outside below the cooktop, can we add a hood vent and tie it into the existing vent? We are pulling down the backsplash so the wall could be opened to pipe into the existing vent. Could such a thing work?

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chac_mool

You might be able to do this, but it may not be a good idea.

The goal with exhausting rising cooking effluents is to move them out in a straight direction, with as little loss as possible and without bends -- or doubling back down and out the floor.

If the structure of your house allows this, its probably better to add the hood above that you want and route new duct either up (out the roof) or horizontally (out an outside wall). This will likely be more effective than the old downdraft (especially for stockpots or taller pots), which you can easily close or block up.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 3:54AM
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kaseki

Or revise the lower ducting to be a key part of a make-up air system.

kas

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:09AM
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