Range Hood Size - Building Code?

dcipherMay 13, 2011

Someone told me something yesterday that I'm having a hard time believing, and have not found anything to support the statements...

He claimed that in Massachusetts, the building code (gas code?) states that a range hood needs to extend 6" beyond the end of the gas range.

Is there any truth to this? I find this very hard to believe.

Thanks

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weedmeister

I doubt it. But there is a rule of thumb that a hood should be 6" longer than the width of the cooktop if the hood has no cabinetry around it. 3" on either side.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 9:38AM
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sreedesq

I have this question as well. I want to do a 30" island mount hood over a 30" cooktop. Did you ever find out the answer?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:31AM
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live_wire_oak

Most likely it states that you cannot have a combustible surface closer than 24" above the range. Where that 6" wider comes into play is the cabinets at the side of the range. If you have a light rail, it will intrude into the space directly above the range and violate that 24" code requirement. You need to have a 36" hood above a 30" range with light rail to avoid being red flagged by the inspector. I had a job that had that happen, and I had to correct it on my nickel, so it's something I try to make others aware of. Now, if you choose to not have light rail, theoretically, a 30" hood can go above a 30" range, but even then, with a restrictive inspector, it's possible that they would red flag you because it's right at the borderline of being within that 24" above the range.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:41AM
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jakuvall

For Mass. You should check local building inspector to find out. I've done a few jobs there and run into a couple of quirks. For that matter no matter where you are the local inspector gets to interpret a lot. If you diisagree it is best to discuss ahead of time.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 7:59PM
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lazy_gardens

He claimed that in Massachusetts, the building code (gas code?) states that a range hood needs to extend 6" beyond the end of the gas range.

Ask him to show you the page in the code that specifies that.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:39PM
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