We just purchased a 4 yr old home with Hardiplank on the exterior walls.
It currently has a "vent" over the stove, which only blows the smoke
around, and is not vented to the outside. Can this be properly vented
through the exterior wall, or must it be vented through the roof, and,
what kind of licensed contractor should I get estimates from?
I can't see your walls so I can't say for sure. Most vents can be cut
through a wall. Siding, stone, brick, anything can be cut. You want to be
sure there is nothing in the wall that would cause a problem, like heating
ducts, wiring, plumbing.
Some hoods are made to vent to the outdoors, others just to filter. Be sure
you can convert yours or you will have to buy a new one.
This hood is made to filter, but I would think an outside vent would be
better, and not have to have filter changes. Am I wrong? I had thought
that I might have to buy a new one, but when this community was built,
the buyers had a choice of vents/filter, which "may" indicate it's
convertible. But, who should I contact, a "ventilation" person or a
Thank you for the speedy reply.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
Find the brand and model number of the hood / vent.
Take that to the appropriate appliance dealer.
Ask if it can be made to vent outside.
Check outside that the vent will not interfere with neighbors.
A carpenter or general contractor can do the work you want.
That includes running a vent pipe through the wall and making
The regulations may say you need a specialist.
In practice, a competent & experienced carpenter can usually do that.
Ask around for suggestions.
Ask for and check references of anyone you consider using.
Ask for license and insurance and make sure they are good.
Don't hesitate to turn away someone with whom you don't feel
In my area, the building trades are very busy and it is hard to find
Be prepared to wait.
The pain and suffering caused by an unreliable or incompetent builder
cannot be described.
Tom Baker AIA
Tom Baker writes:
Excellent advice. Allow me to add, grease fires are known problems in stove
vents, mostly in commercial installations. As a result, some building codes may
be restrictive in that regard. Be sure to do all your homework on the project
and you will have good safe installation. HTH
You will probably do best with a home handyman rather than a company that
installs duct work. It is a matter of some cutting and fitting stock vents.
Perhaps the appliance store that sells the vents can point you in the right
Its ductwork, get a "ventilation" specialist. Depending on how old the
vent hood is, there may or may not be additional hardware needed to
redirect the air flow "up and out" instead of "forward through the
filter." For sure, you will need a barometric damper to close the vent
stack when its not on. If you are lucky, the pieces didn't get tossed
into the installer's stash box.
Grandpa Koca - SAHD of 6 - Keeper of the Perpetual Kindergarten
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