We have an old non-vented hood over our stove. My wife says she never
uses it (we have a downdraft in the stove) and wants me to replace it
with a light.
I'm concerned that if I remove it and replace it with a light, that part
of the cabinet bottom will be exposed to the heat and vapor from the
stove and will delaminate and/or rot.
Are my concerns justified? Would a metal plate over the exposed plywood,
probably on short standoffs, fix the problem?
What would you do? Or have done?
That's the best answer yet :-).
But I'm still worried about steam, grease, etc..
Someone suggested that the downdraft would eliminate that worry, but
getting my wife to turn that on (it's noisy) every time she uses the
stove might be detrimental to our marriage :-).
The problem with the hood is that the cabinet is low and the hood sticks
out quite a ways and is in the way when she goes to clean the back
Overkill never hurt anything but the wallet, so I'll probably just
install an enclosed light fixture *and* a metal plate.
Thanks to all who responded.
From my limited experience wuth downdraft ranges, they don't work vey
well. Laws of physics is hard to break.
Maybe the cabinets should not be there. From the burner to cabinet is
32". We have an OTR microwave and it leaves 16" and had never been a
problem. A range hood with light should still leave 26" or so. Does
your wife stand on the countertop to clean the burners?
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