Range Hood DILEMMA

aannneeeeJune 7, 2013

Need suggestions ASAP!!

Our stove is under a double casement window. The location was grandfathered in for our renovation and it cannot be moved, as we've already ordered cabinets and it's literally the only place to put the stove. (Our 1929 house has 3 separate entrances into the kitchen)

The range hood thing is A NIGHTMARE. Right now we have planned to use an under-the-cabinet model to sit over the windows, which is quite a bit higher than the specs of ANY manufacturer (about 3.5 feet from the top of the range to the bottom of the hood). The space that we can fit the range hood is about 18" high, MAX, so we can't get anything too large. It's 600cfm, which our contractor said COULD work...

A traditional hood with the chimney can't work because we can't vent through the ceiling (can't get an island one), and we can't put it right against the wall (because of the windows).

We can't do a downdraft because it would have to vent out under the deck which is right outside the window.

I'm concerned the range hood will look weird just hanging out over the windows. Our contractor said we could do a custom-built hood over the windows with an insert, and even then I don't know if the 3.5 feet between the range and the hood will make anything actually functional. Like should we just forgo a range hood and open the windows and use splatter guards on the pans????

Need to make a decision ASAP. Is there an option I'm unaware of??

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I live in a 1931 house that had a passive air vent. I replaced it with a simple 300cfm ceiling kitchen fan. It has made a huge improvement in keeping cooking smells in the kitchen and out of the rest of the house. I think a 600 cfm fan would be useful.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 9:48PM
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Well, you don't say what you're cooking on (is it a pro-beast) nor do you say how many windows your room has.

If you have several windows, I might follow your GC's suggestion for a custom built cover in possibly the same color as your cabinets to blend more. Is there any way you could remove that window and leave the others. Then you could vent right to the outside on the exterior wall.

I'm not quite getting your current plan, but it does offer you some draw, especially if you have lateral cabinets to help deflect the cooking effluent for further lateral spread.

Venting is a tough issue. Sorry for your constraints and wish you good luck with this issue.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 9:56PM
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Do your casements swing in or out?

I have a range under a (fixed) window. I used a glass range hood, and I made it hang down over the window. Is that an option?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 11:00PM
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You can do an island range hood that has an option for internal venting. Not being vented outside, it won't get rid of cooking smells, but it would have a grease filter.

Though, why can't you direct the vent out above the window? Just build a soffit to mount the vent hood to and hide the horizontal run of venting.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 11:50PM
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What about a chimney style like Angie posted?

Have the chimney go to the ceiling, but have it vent out the back over the window - like I'm assuming your "under the cabinet" hood is going to.

It will look like it goes to the ceiling and vents out, but in reality it will vent out the back.

I also think if you get more cfms in either situation, you will be better off. Try for 1000 or more cfms, 6" wider than the cooking surface, and at least 24" deep (27" would be better.).

I think TrailRunner has a hood mounted higher than recommended, but, she has higher cfms than you're talking about...1400, I think. If a hood is mounted higher, you can sometimes make up for it by getting higher cfms and a wider/deeper hood.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Oh, I forgot to mention what Buehl referenced: my hood vents out the wall, not the ceiling. The chimney just goes to the ceiling, but the vent turns 90 deg. and goes out the wall.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 8:36PM
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