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Help with kitchen vent

Posted by new-landlord (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 6, 13 at 22:04

The builder 5 years ago terminated the kitchen range vent in a cabinet. While legal in my area, it's both a fire hazard and creates an odor problem.

It's on an outside wall and the outside wall is brick and not near a patio, etc. In other words I can vent there.

I hate putting holes in roofs - just more potential for leaks and other problems. I'm going to have to caulk several areas as it is. So I see my options as (1) a hood with grease shield recirculating into the room, (2) cut a hole in the exterior wall for a vent. But it's number (3) I'd really like advice about. Can I go up, into the attic, make a U-turn, and vent out of an under eave soffit vent?

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RE: Help with kitchen vent

Yes you can vent into a soffit though the more turns the more backpressure and louder it will be. If the stove is on an exterior wall, I believe the best option would be a 90* turn and vent right out of the wall. The eve should help protect it from water.

RE: Help with kitchen vent

Vent out the wall, and have a small angled rain hood on the outlet.

RE: Help with kitchen vent

Mine vents directly out because our contractor and framers forgot to bring it out the roof (we lived on site and didn't catch it either). It's pretty nice this way. The unit works better, there won't be any roof leaks ever, and to my relief the hot air blowing down from the hooded exit does not damage our plantings.

BTW, we continued the flue cover to the ceiling anyway because I still wanted it to break up the flat wall between banks of windows.

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