I am considering replacing our electric range with a gas one. I see that
some folks have vents over theirs and am wondering if that is just for
dampness and smell or if there is a need to vent a gas byproduct? Is it
mandatory that I have one and why (it sure seems like gas stoves were around
a long time before these came along).
Nothing to do with the gas part, other than under a few conditions the
gas range will give off a little more heat than an electric one will. I
have mine mainly to dump excess heat and moisture during the summer. It is
seldom on during the winter.
I find using a vent full time when using the gas oven or stovetop burners
really reduces grit, soot, and grease in the kitchen and adjacent rooms. The
windows and ceiling are especially affected. A hood, as long as it vents
outdoors, is also really effective for reducing odors of cooked food.
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