Grill & Hood on screened in porch: Insane?

arsenalfanMarch 17, 2012

What do you all think of this?

Right now we're building a screened porch with fireplace, and a separate patio with a stone surround for a NG grill. Have to price out cost differences.

Cons: noise from fan that always would have to be on, some smoke/grease would escape and affect the roof. Might get hot in summer.

Pros: Sheltered grilling 12 months a year, right off the kitchen.


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I would really be worried about a possible fire hazard was my first thought. After seeing the photo i'm not sure. Looks safer than what i envisioned. I don't know there is just something about grilling in the actual outdoors? you know what I mean?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 10:52PM
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I will check with GC but I think it won't be fire risk/bump insurance: get fire resistant materials/backsplash, and hood will capture flare we are required to have a sprinkler head out there.

I do get the outdoor aspect of things, and will always have a big green egg on the patio for charcoal griling and slow-cooked BBQ. But our outdoor dining area is on this porch, and honestly I do more 15 minute grilling (burgers, chicken, tuna steaks, steaks) than true slow BBQ at this point.

Going to get pricing from our appliance source on the hood...was budgeting the NG grill to be around 2k, so if the installed fan/hood costs north of 2k, may be out.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 10:59PM
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Jack Kennedy

Here in NC, in Winston-Salem, a grill on a covered porch requires a hood. A friend of mine did this. Her exterior porch has a nicer hood than her kitchen does. I think this has to do with the cfm rating.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 11:47PM
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What's your friend's experience? My worries are that there would be smoke/grease stains on the ceiling, and splatters on the flooring underneath.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 12:15AM
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If the hood isn't strong enough, you will asphyxiate yourself and your guests. A good strong exterior grade hood will be expensive. If your porch is located anywhere but on the north side, it will also be HOT in the South. Most exterior spaces like this aren't usable in the summer months at all unless you are OK with sweltering it out in 90% humidity and 95 degrees. And that IS the north side! The south side can easily be 120 with the sun at the right angle and any masonry in the vicinity to absorb those rays.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 12:51AM
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I bet the hood will price you out. Exterior hoods are not common and will be costly. I personally wouldn't worry about your other concerns as much.

Cooking outdoors (or screened porch) is great in the south because it gets the heat out of the house.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 5:21AM
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Posting pic from link above ...

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 7:56AM
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Jack Kennedy

aresenal, her experience has been very good. The code in her area basically demanded that she purchase a viking professional hood. I've been over multiple times and there are never any issues with smoke or smoke staining the surrounding areas. Her grill is built into a brick enclosure with a stone top and the grill is viking too (I think). The hood and grill were more than she wanted to spend but the convenience and how it integrated into her lifestyle was more important.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:06AM
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Thanks Glenwood! We may do it...I see the outdoor 1000 cfm hoods listed around $1700 online; will see what install prices are from GC.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:41AM
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A hood with a remote blower may avoid the huge markup associated with an 'outdoor' hood.

The blower is already designed to be outside, making the hood nothing but a sheet metal box hooked to the remote blower with metal duct.

It should be no worse for smoke ad splatter than having a gas inside grill.

An option on any number of higher end ranges.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 11:00AM
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GC and appliance staff agreed. Hood and 1000 cfm fan ~2500 to buy/install.
Can put any grill under it - personally we're chosing between a Lynx or a Summit 670.
In the end, it may come down to personal choice - to us, it may be too "man cave" like to have fireplace, grill/overhead hood all on screened in porch. (I mean, might as well spring for the 48" range with double grill if you really want to grill all year round).
I think that now that the honeymoon period has worn off, we're going to go with outdoor grill on patio.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 9:48PM
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