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Can you convert Downdraft cooktop to vented hood?

Posted by sanjuangirl (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 19, 13 at 20:50

We are doing a kitchen renovation and have a GE Monogram 6 burner gas cooktop. It still works fine and is not in the budget to replace. We are remodeling the cabinets over it and I would LOVE a hood. Both for aesthetic reasons and function. Since we are already vented to the outside below the cooktop, can we add a hood vent and tie it into the existing vent? We are pulling down the backsplash so the wall could be opened to pipe into the existing vent. Could such a thing work?

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RE: Can you convert Downdraft cooktop to vented hood?

You might be able to do this, but it may not be a good idea.

The goal with exhausting rising cooking effluents is to move them out in a straight direction, with as little loss as possible and without bends -- or doubling back down and out the floor.

If the structure of your house allows this, its probably better to add the hood above that you want and route new duct either up (out the roof) or horizontally (out an outside wall). This will likely be more effective than the old downdraft (especially for stockpots or taller pots), which you can easily close or block up.

RE: Can you convert Downdraft cooktop to vented hood?

Or revise the lower ducting to be a key part of a make-up air system.


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