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OTR Microwave - to vent or not to vent

Posted by BlackChamois (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 9, 14 at 23:11

I'll be installing an OTR micro in my new, almost finished kitchen.

My previous OTR micro was vented through the cabinet above, through the attic and outside.

I had planned on doing the same this go-round, but I have such a tiny kitchen and the extra cabinet space would come in handy.

The micro that I have purchased has a ductless option (using a recirculating filter).

I am wondering if I should go that route and forego having a hole cut into the cabinet for the venting.

I don't/won't do a lot of high-heat cooking on my range - stir fry, burgers, nothing really greasy, etc. So would the recirculating filter option work okay?

Thank you for the advice!


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RE: OTR Microwave - to vent or not to vent

Recirculating hoods are practically worthless. If you already have duct work in place then you should definitely vent outside.


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RE: OTR Microwave - to vent or not to vent

You will find little support here on GW for an OTR microwave at all, and even less support for a microwave-based vent, either to the outside or recirculating.

That being said, we had an OTR microwave before the reno, and I have a new OTR microwave after our reno. I was very happy and remain very happy with this.

My old micro had a recirculating vent, and the new one vents to the outside. I have not noticed any difference between the two. I'm happy with both.

That being said, the space "lost" above the microwave was minimal with both set-ups. All we have is the wire and plug above the microwave. Whatever ductwork is there is not taking up any cabinet space.

Good luck with your decision.


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RE: OTR Microwave - to vent or not to vent

I would vent it in case you ever decide to convert to a hood.

BTW I too put in a vented OTR microwave


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RE: OTR Microwave - to vent or not to vent

Oliver - Yes, I know that OTR micro's are not a GW favorite, but it really was the best option for my situation. I'll be gaining storage elsewhere, so you're probably right that the loss here would be minimal.

Zeitgast - I don't think that "I" will be putting in a hood anytime soon :) but great point!

Thank you all for the feedback!


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