Installing a 36" Range Hod over a 30" Rarnge?

murphysfOctober 24, 2012


I have 42" between my upper cabinets that are above my range.

I am doing some minor kitchen upgrades and want to install a wall mount euro sytle range hood.

Since I have the space (42") I am thinking of installing a 36" hood over my 30" range.

Is this a good idea?

what are the pros and cons of doing this?


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It's actually exactly what you should be doing. Part of optimum capture is the hood extending the cooking area by 3" on either side.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 10:29AM
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Only pros. It will give you a larger capture area. A lot of people do in fact make the hood larger than the range.

Also, if you are doing a lot of cooking that generates smoke and grease, make sure that the hood itself has a good capture area, meaning, it's not flat that the smoke would just go around it, you want it to go into a "cavity" and then up and out.

Here are 2 pics. My last house and this one. Both have 36" ranges and 42" hoods.

New house (sorry for the what turned out to be "dreadful" pot on the range)

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 10:34AM
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I also upsized my hood. 42" Rangecraft hood over a 36" rangetop. As mentioned, upsizing the hood 6", allowing a 3" overhang on both sides, is the recommended sizing anyway. Also important is the depth of the hood. If you can find a unit 24" deep, do it. If you can do 27", that's even better.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 11:07AM
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I ordered a 36" hood to go over our 30" range. I was over-ruled by SWMBO and the cabinetmaker on aesthetic grounds. Luckily, I ordered the hood locally instead of online. The salesman changed my order with no restocking fee. Unfortunately I ordered the 36" stainless duct cover which fits between the hood and the ceiling online. I now have to see if a local metal shop can re-bend it to fit in a 30" space.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 10:29PM
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I have 36" hood over 30" cooktop. Only way to fly, IMO.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 11:39AM
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I have a 48" over a 36" range :)

Overkill, I know, but it looks cool and the capture is great. As long as you're not giving up precious would-be cabinet space, go for it!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 12:23PM
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