While I want mine vented, I lived a long time in homes where there was
no vent and survived. However it was hotter in the summer and there was
more grease build up all around.
Many of the ranges designed for a an island (bad place to put on in my
opinion) are designed with as down flow vent.
Some of it is fashion. So folks can do the Beni Hana thing in front of their
guests. Or really, so that they can cook and talk with others in the house,
Takes more plumbing, maybe there's more opportunity for accidental fires.
Banty (galley kitchen, no such opportunity)
Islands can be a problem for venting a sink in some circumstances, but
don't have to be.
Having a stove or cooktop on an outside wall makes more sense as its hood
can vent directly to the outside with the minimum amount of ducting.
"Never ascribe to malice what can equally be explained by incompetence."
Good for you. I've lived in a few houses that did not have one and it is
not a big deal. In the summer, the windows take care of most of it. If you
are cooking good food, the odor is considered aromatherapy.
I agree with ya, but lots of homes were built without em. Mine from
1970 in Chicagoland was no exception.
I didn't care for the lingering smell issue and had a 10" round
ceiling utility fan instgalled with some beefy ductwork out to a roof
cap. It works a lot better than some of the half assed ducted hoods
On 07 Dec 2005 18:51:03 -0600 firstname.lastname@example.org (Todd H.) wrote:
You can also get ranges with side or downdraft vents. I have the
downdraft kind myself. In between the burners is the vent, which
draws air down. Not nearly as good as overhead, but it's something.
Lots of the sidedraft kinds are invisible. The vent pops up when you
Also many of the range hoods installed just vent back into the room, and
unlike many of us that know better, be supprised how many people do not
realize that their hood does not vent to the outside when I show them.
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