Please help with my 42" hood?
Hoods are the Rodney Dangerfield of kitchen appliances, they get no respect. It seems that most of us resent spending money on them, and make compromises regarding size and performance.
I've read a lot of threads here (thank you, Kaseki!) and have just about decided on a 42" cabinet hood over my 36" 90k btu KA rangetop (against a wall). 12' ceilings make an all in one chimney style hood unappealing because of the cost and look of flue extensions. The cabinet hood ($1200) will be made to my specifications once I've decided on the insert. Installation requires a new hole in my ceiling and venting through the roof, $850. So I'm at 2k and have no motor or liner :(
I won't grill indoors, and have never done much stir fry (but maybe that was because I didn't have an adequate range/vent?). I don't have any other gas appliances or a fireplace, and will often open a window, so I'm not going to address make up air. I think a 600 to 900 cfm should be adequate. Like everyone else, I'd prefer quiet and am unlikely to use the highest fan speed.
I've explored tradewind (thanks to posters here on GW) and Kobe. I'm open to suggestions! Tradewind has a 40.5 x 22" model http://www.umiphx.com/PDFS/SPECSHEETS/VSL400-BF%20Liner%20Spec%20Sheet.pdf for under $1000, it would cost more and be slightly more powerful (665 vs 836 cfm) with an inline blower. I don't know pricing on any other options.
So all that background to ask:
How should I have the hood designed to assist capture - would placing the liner up high and making the opening of the hood deeper than 24" be better? Is this a reasonable plan, or will I be sorry I didn't spend more (ouch!) for the least loved appliance? Is there a way to have adequate performance and aesthetics for less money?