Opinions on 36' Hood over 30' cooktop?

cironeJuly 31, 2010

(This is my first post, so if I'm doing something wrong, please let me know!)

What do you think about installing a 36" range hood over my 30" gas cooktop?

Currently there are wall cabinets next to the cooktop, and these have quite the grease buildup on the lower corners from frequent cooking. I am planning on replacing these with open shelving during the remodel. It seems like having a larger hood might help keep these open shelves freer from grease. but I wonder if 36" would look unbalanced--big (would 3" extra on each side do that?) or if 30" would look unbalanced--small since the cooktop's black grates reach all the way to the edge unlike my current one.

Pictures of the current space, vent hood, and cooktop:

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Actually....it's recommended your hood be at least 6" wider than your range/cooktop...so a 36" hood over a 30" cooktop is perfect...especially if you do any high-heat/frying/stir-frying/meat browning/high-smoke cooking.

Since you also want open shelving, I also recommend getting a high-cfm hood as well as a 24" deep hood. Oh, and mount it according to the specifications. The combination of high-cfms (at least 1,000 cfms), 6" wider, 24" deep, and mounted properly should eliminate the vast majority (if not all) of the grease/steam/smoke/etc. in the air and help keep items on those shelves grease-free. It won't prevent the dust build-up that's natural for any open shelves, but that dust won't be mixing with grease in the air causing a "gunk" that's difficult to clean off. (If items on the shelves are used frequently, then there shouldn't be too much of a dust build-up.)

An added bonus for the high-cfm hood is that you will be able to run it on a lower setting most of the time and it will be quieter than getting a lower-cfm and having to run it on high all the time.

Looking at your picture, I see a couple of problems that explains the grease build-up...

(1) The hood is mounted too high...most hoods should be mounted around 30" off the cooking surface

(2) The hood is too narrow and, I think, too shallow (it's hard to tell from the pictures).

Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 2:29AM
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thanks for all the helpful feedback! Will definitely be looking at the 36" hood instead, then.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 1:28AM
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Hi Cirone,

there was another thread recently addressing a similar question, and several people replied with pictures as well as the key info that buehl stated above. Thought you might want to look at the pictures...

welcome to the Kitchen Forums, by the way!

Here is a link that might be useful: vent hood thread

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 1:56AM
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