Help with 48" range and hood
We are actively in process of doing some kitchen remodeling and range and hood shopping. We're planning on a 48" range, and have narrowed it down to Wolf, DCS, Capital, or American Range. If anyone has strong opinion against any of these it would help to distinguish since right now they're all so close. Our prime driver is really just to have something that's a work horse, reliable, easy to clean.
We're planning on getting the six burner and grill model, all gas ovens.
I've just started researching hoods and got completely overwhelmed, so that's where most of my questions are:
- Every range company seems to sell their own hoods, and then there's the specialized hood manufacturers. Are any of the Wolf, DCS, Capital, American Range hoods worth getting or are you basically paying for matching and brand name?
- Is 54" hood for a 48" range really necessary or has anyone had fine experience with just a matching sized hood?
- Is 1200CFM really necessary with the grill or would 600-900 be sufficient for everyday usage.
- MUA. This was a complete unknown to me that freaked me out reading threads about it in terms of cost. We live in Southern California so opening windows is generally not an issue. How can I find out if there are any laws requiring setup for this? Is open kitchen window sufficient to deal with the issue?
- I've seen a lot of names thrown out but for this size range, is there any consensus on the best, most reliable, easiest to clean hood brands for a range this size?
- I have to measure my duct size -- it's currently closed in behind a over range microwave. What's the formula or rule of thumb for the width of duct you need per CFM? The duct goes briefly up, then across to vent out the side of the house a short distance away from the initial opening.