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Range Hood Size - Building Code?

Posted by dcipher (My Page) on
Fri, May 13, 11 at 8:06

Someone told me something yesterday that I'm having a hard time believing, and have not found anything to support the statements...

He claimed that in Massachusetts, the building code (gas code?) states that a range hood needs to extend 6" beyond the end of the gas range.

Is there any truth to this? I find this very hard to believe.

Thanks


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RE: Range Hood Size - Building Code?

I doubt it. But there is a rule of thumb that a hood should be 6" longer than the width of the cooktop if the hood has no cabinetry around it. 3" on either side.


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RE: Range Hood Size - Building Code?

I have this question as well. I want to do a 30" island mount hood over a 30" cooktop. Did you ever find out the answer?


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RE: Range Hood Size - Building Code?

Most likely it states that you cannot have a combustible surface closer than 24" above the range. Where that 6" wider comes into play is the cabinets at the side of the range. If you have a light rail, it will intrude into the space directly above the range and violate that 24" code requirement. You need to have a 36" hood above a 30" range with light rail to avoid being red flagged by the inspector. I had a job that had that happen, and I had to correct it on my nickel, so it's something I try to make others aware of. Now, if you choose to not have light rail, theoretically, a 30" hood can go above a 30" range, but even then, with a restrictive inspector, it's possible that they would red flag you because it's right at the borderline of being within that 24" above the range.


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RE: Range Hood Size - Building Code?

For Mass. You should check local building inspector to find out. I've done a few jobs there and run into a couple of quirks. For that matter no matter where you are the local inspector gets to interpret a lot. If you diisagree it is best to discuss ahead of time.


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RE: Range Hood Size - Building Code?

He claimed that in Massachusetts, the building code (gas code?) states that a range hood needs to extend 6" beyond the end of the gas range.

Ask him to show you the page in the code that specifies that.


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