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Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

Posted by TheImportersWife (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 24, 14 at 15:37

We're currently considering Vent-A-Hood PRH18460SS along with the heat lamps (with a stainless steel back splash and shelf.)

Being that we'll have a warming draw, the primary intended use of the heat lamps will be to warm dinnerware until serving time.

Any opinions/experiences with the heat lamps within the vent hoods?


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

My Thermador does.

I think Viking had or still has one with them.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

@ xedos: do you use them often? Do you like them? Do they function like you thought they would?

They're an added accessory for the Vent-A-Hood, so I'm just trying to get opinions on whether people found them functional or a waste.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

Since you're going to have a warming drawer, why not use it to warm up your dishes?


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

My parents had one. The bulbs would get grody over time. we used it as intended, to keep a plate of something warm. I would not think of heating plates since you could only do one at a time.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

we bought a house with a range and hood-- the hood has 2 empty heat lamp sockets, so i bought the bulbs since i thought they would be really nice to have-- they clearly point at the back wall- nonfunctional for us- they are made for ranges that have a (deep?)shelf which our range does not have-- the shelf would need to be pretty deep to be really functional. i would put in bulbs if they could be pivoted because i think i would like the option for a heat lamp, even with a warming drawer.
BUT, i don't think i would want a deep shelf over my cooktop tho...


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

don't use them at all.

function just like I thought they would, I just don't have a need for them.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

Our old hood had a warming shelf with lights (don't remember the brand). We used it constantly and really miss that feature in the new hood in the new house. I would say that I miss the shelf more than the lights, it was a very convenient place to hold things while cooking. The wire shelves folded up and out of the way when not in use.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

used to work behind the line and had to have them: have VH with lamps. Primary uses are keeping stirfry components warm when cooking in stages, warming serving platters and then letting cooked meats set up and stay warm, finishing off defrosting and warming up cold ingredients for stirfry. In next kitchen will have both drawer and shelf with lamps. dittos on rwiegand's post above on use of shelf.
PS: when your kitchen lights are dimmed down low, with the lights on range looks very cool, especially if there's a lot of SS.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

I like them. Easy to use, you can see/touch the food and quickly gauge how hot the food is, it's much easier to reach than a low-mounted warming drawer, it heats up instantly, and yes it looks very cool and fancy-restaurant-like.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

We have the VAH with duel heat lamps. Instead of the SS backsplash with a shelf I went with glass tile and had the tile person mount a pair of wire fold-down shelves (Viking sold those to me w/ hardware separate from the SS back). That way there's better airflow from the cooking surface to the hood (rather than a solid shelf) - and it looks nice. Have had this set up for about 8 years and use the lamps nearly every day for much the same as teachmkt as well as softening butter, warming plates etc. I have duel convection ovens and use one oven, if free, to hold larger quantities of food at temp in lieu of a drawer which we didn't have the space for. Oh, and the original set of bulbs are still going strong with no gunking.


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RE: Anybody have a vent hood with heat lamps?

The manufacturer does not ship the product with actual bulbs in place since heat lamps bulbs are very prone to filament damage in transit. The hood will come equipped with the sockets and you can purchase your desired wattage at a local lighting store or home depot


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