Microwave-range hood combo

We are remodeling our kitchen and the stove will be relocated. When range hood ducting was mentioned the sales person suggested getting a microwave-range hood combination and no ducting would be required. It blows through a filter and then back into the kitchen.
Does anyone have experience with this type of arrangement and what are your comments.
Thanks, G.S.
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IMNSHO one of the reasons for a range hood is the exhausting of noxious fumes. The filters in most systems are no more than cooling systems that remove the oil and grease droplets. If you want to have everyone in the house share in the delights of cooking fumes (bacon, onions, overfried, burnt stuff etc), then by all means blow the fumes back into the house.
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Some of these units have a carbon filter. Even when they don't (like in most uWave over the oven units), it seems to me that a good bit of the odor goes with the "oil & grease."
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Yes, they are about useless. Consider that millions of home have no vent at all, you can survive without one. The recirculating filters do trap some of the grease, but none of the heat if that is an issue. Not much better than having nothing.
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The ventless type are perfectly fine, provided you don't cook. Be sure they run a dedicated circuit for this unit, and not try to use the old hood wiring
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I had one. It sucked. Or, rather, it failed to suck. It was just like having nothing at all. We got rid of it and ducted out through the roof.
I couldn't be happier with it. Cooking smells and excess heat and steam actually leave the house now instead of just rolling around the HVAC system.
Cindy Hamilton
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Cindy Hamilton wrote:

Agreed. That arrangement sucks. I have that, I hate it, but I wasn't around when it was decided. Whatever you can do to vent to the outside, do it. It might even be required by law where you live.
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Cindy Hamilton wrote:

Venting outside also doesn't set off the smoke alarm...
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HeyBub wrote:

Hi, It all depends how heavily the oven is used. If it is used for regular cooking often, it's bad idea. Any Smoke, grease, and smell. Yuch!
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I guess it's unanimous. I will duct the exhaust to the outside. Thanks for the replies, G.S.
On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:52:47 -0600, Gordon Shumway

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Hey Gordon,
One other thing to consider with the microwave/vent combo other than whether to vent inside or out (and I vote out for the record!) is the issue of having the microwave over the stove. It can be a bit of a hassle if you do much cooking and have others helping. With one person trying to get access to the microwave while someone else is trying to use the cook top it can get aggravating.
Also, pay close attention to the mounting height requirements. The guy that remodeled my mom's kitchen didn't and it was much too close to the cook top. Besides the obvious safety issues, the heat from the cook top caused the plastic on the front of the microwave to become brittle and it ended up cracking.
Mark
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Having owned several, I would never ever ever put a microwave over a stove for any reason. You're trying to get into a microwave to get out something that's very hot, and you're at chest high level or so with a stove full of hot stuff right next to your crotch. Plus, all that grease and steam go straight up from the stove into the mw. Even hoods have to be professionally cleaned occasionally.
Steve
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You will still need to put a microwave someplace. When I get around to redoing my kitchen I plan to mount one under the cabinets. Like this one:
Sharp R-1214 http://www.sharp-usa.com/products/ModelLanding/0,1058,741,00.html
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
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Everyone has their preferences. I would never have one that isn't open on all sides, even if in a slightly bigger slide in cabinet, but with the proper clearances on all sides. I've just seen (and had) too many that got goopy over time with the steam and oily smoke. We are getting ready for a full kitchen remodel, and you can bet the microwave will be banished to its own location away from the stove, with adequate countertop space beside and in front of it. Last time, I bought a very nice Panasonic Inverter, and it only lasted about three years. I would have been pissed if I had to take it out and try to find an exact match for that space. As it was, I bought another brand and slid it in the space. They do make them where one will interchange into that cutout, but mostly they're not an easy thing to switch out. And if you've ever switched one out, you know what kind of goop accumulates in there no matter what ducting you use. Ducting doesn't take much out of the house, as most of it sticks to the inside of the duct, particularly on long runs.
imo, ymmv, and all that
Steve
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I have a microcover vent hood that vents outside. But still it is not good. I have a feeling that the one that doesn't vent to outside is even worse.
Jay Chan
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When we remodeled our kitchen we put the stove in the same place it had always been but we removed the vent that had been over the stove - vented to outside through the roof. We put a new microwave over the stove and the microwave has a vent/fan that is vented outside like the old one.I am not too tall but can manage the microwave without any problem and that is even with a burner going on the stove. I don't have a lot of other people sharing the kitchen with me - three people live here but no more than two of us are usually in the kitchen at the same time. The kitchen is very small ... and not having to use counter space for a microwave is a good thing.
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