vent hood - converting internal to external blower
Hi GW - been reading this awesome resource, this is my first post - thanks to all who are so helpful. I am re-doing a kitchen, looking at hoods for a 36" island gas cooktop. assuming I need a 42" hood, about 1000 CFM due to several right angled turns needed to get to existing vent stack that goes through roof (kitchen on second floor of 3 story townhouse). My question: looking at the few hoods that accept external blowers, they are all $$$$, plus about $700 for a blower fan, would it be possible to get a lower end hood, take out the external fan, re-wire for external fan, and save $$$? I know I would have to re-wire the hood lights, sitll seems less expensive since my husband can do the light re-wire.