Questions about popup vents!

ali80caMay 11, 2013

I would really appreciate some info if anyone knows the answers. We are planning on having an induction cooktop and retractable vent installed in the island. Both are kitchenaid. We are thinking of reversing the blower so that it doesnt take up so much room in the cabinet. The island will have access from the other side to service the vent if needed. I would really like drawers under my cooktop, but our KD seems to be struggling with that idea. How much room is needed for the vent with the blower reversed. Do I need to have a deeper cabinet to have usable drawers? If so is a 27'' deep cabinet with drawers designed for a 24'' cabinet allowing enough space at the back for the vent?
Thanks in advance for any responses!

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Download the spex for you particular model and see - don't rely on complete strangers to solve a complex issue for you that you'll have to live with for a long time.

The equation is pretty simple ( assuming the blower part even can be reversed ! ). :

Standard Cabinet is 24" deep

Downdraft unit is "x" deep and will also require clearances between unit, cooktop and cabinet.

What ever is left over will be the MAXIMUM depth you have for a drawer. Do not forget that the drawer runners usually extend past the back of the drawer box itself. SO, say you have 18" left over , you drawerbox will be even less than that.

You can go deeper but all that is going to do is push the cooktop and or vent farther away from the front edge of the countertop and that won't be very good for your back.

Some downdrafts have provisions for remotely mounted blowers - attic, basement, roof, outside wall. This would eliminate the fan box at the downdraft all together.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Thanks xedos. I wasn't planning on relying totally on strangers, was just hoping that someone had tackled this before. The blower can be reversed, I have looked at the installation instructions and I have contacted kitchenaid to ask them. My current cooktop has the closest burner 5 inches from the front so pushing it back a bit didn't seem like a big deal.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 7:31AM
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It's the back burners you need to be concerned about.

Don't lose overall perspective in your quest for a single item (deep drawer)

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 5:43PM
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Good point...I will have to do a mock up and see how far back it actually is when I discover if it is even possible. The cooktop is set up much like what I have now, with the biggest burner being right in the middle. I have never given much thought to the fact that my cooktop is so deep right now.

Thanks for your input :)

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 8:49PM
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