In the houses from the early part of the last century the kitchens
have a chimney in the ceiling for ventilation. It is a simple four
cornered five inch deep indentation. Im sure most of you have seen
them at one time or another. A while back a company was selling
retrofit electric exhaust fans. It was a square flat piece of steel
with a fan and grid in the middle that mounted on the opening and
connected to electrical lines that you had to run in the attic. Does
anyone know if anyone still makes these retrofit exhaust fans or who
the company is or was that made them?
On Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Molly Brown
No, I have not seen what you are talking about. Please post a photo
if you can. I'm curious! What did this chimney attach to? Did it
actually vent outdoors? I have worked in many older homes from the
early 1900s and never saw what you describe. Where are you located?
May be a regional thing.
I have seen old stove hoods from that era, my grandparents home had
one, but never an opening in the middle of the ceiling like you
described. If you are handy, you should be able to put something
together using a ceiling-mounted bathroom exhaust fan.
My problem is going to be justifying the time it will take me to put
something together, especially if they later finds out that there was
a company that still makes them; Im going to wind-up with egg on my
If you are refering to an exterior blower they are as common as a door
on any restuarant, I think Broan is just one manufactuer, I was
looking at removing my above stove blower and going outside because
the outside units can be many time more powerfull and many times
quieter, shop and compare by cfm they produce.
I beleive I have seen what you're descrbing
I think of it as more of a "formed ceiling cooking hood", the slopes &
indentation wind up in a hole in the ceiling that goes up through the
attic (via a vent duct) and out through the roof.
Do you have to have this particular fan or are oyu just looking for
I'd put an exhaust fan in the attic attached to the "hood" & vented to
The house I saw this thing in was a ~1920's house in SoCal.
Thank you DD_Bobk. Yes that is exactly what I am describing. In the
retrofit that I have the whole thing is covered with decades of paint,
the pull switch is bad, the motor is covered with decades of cooking
grease and there is no grease filter. I was hoping that someone still
made a more modern version of these retrofit exhaust fans so that I
dont have to replace the switch, the motor and rig a grease filter to
go over the whole thing.
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