So I get this above range Microwave/hood. It has 3 options for Venting,
top, back or re-circ... Re-circ?
So this ,ay save a few days worth of work. When is a recirc venting okay
and when is it not?
The Range is in a 522 SqFt Rental Unit. Its a basic coiler burner electric
Absolute no-brainer in a rental unit. Outside vent a must. Always
imagine your renters are Neanderthals with little house training and
plan everything for that possibility. Too many landlords are cheap-
asses and then they whine about not making much money from their
property as it slowly deteriorates to the point where only riff-raff
and evictees from public housing will want to live there.
I had a recirc fan in one kitchen - it filters the grease out of the
air. With a little care to cover boiling pots
you really don't need a vent. In another kitchen, there was no fan or
vent at all. How did I survive?
Recently went through this when remodeling the kitchen. I went for
the "Re-circ" option. Also saved a bunch of space in the cabinets
above the microwave.
The General Electric microwave has the external filter. There was no
filter internal, because I suppose the manufacturing doesn't know how
your going to install it. Searched the NET and purchased a charcoal
filter. Saved a bunch of money not purchasing the GE specific part.
When you think about it, how much does a traditional vent intake?
If I want a nice charbroiled steak I cook it outdoors on my LP gas
Venting outside is always better than re-circ, especially in the
summer time when you have the A/C going and you want that heat out.
But if it's impossibe to duct it to the outside, re-circ is better
By code, it's always OK. When installed in in recirc mode, the hood runs the air
through a small carbon filter and back into the room. The primary purpose of the
hood is fire control, so how you vent it is immaterial.
Most people want odor control though and recirc doesn't do a whole lot for that.
Recirc installs are a bit noisier fan wise as well.
For a small (read: cheap) rental unit, recirc is fine.
I'm wondering what is over the stove now? A vent hood that goes to
the outside? When we did over our kitchen, we took down the original
vent fan - there is a round pipe that runs up through the cabinet to
the roof. The microwave had a place to vent it that fit the pipe. We
don't use the fan very much, even on high it isn't real powerful. But
it rarely is necessary. I cook so much in the microwave that I had
previously cooked on top of the stove that I don't need too much
There was a Hood with a 7" Round hole for the Vent right on the top. Then it
went Right 90 to the back wall. Then Left 90 to the vent that went out a
So my issues is that I have to get that stupid rectangular to round adapter
and the 2 90's in place to match up with the Existing Vent. We are thinking
to do a vent out the back of the Micro hood, then right 90 up, then left 90
over, but it will end up looking like some funny 'S' shaped thing.
I hate hodge poge/jimmy-rig setups. I hate spending more money and time
then I have to for a rental too!
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I did that set-up when I did my kitchen over. It goes out of the back
between 2 wall studs, a short bend 90 up and through the roof.
Keep in mind you may need to remove the damper that comes with the
microhood or else it will block the vent when it opens. I think it
opens like 2 1/2 or 3". Since I had a short 90 in a 3 1/2" wall, the
damper blocks the duct, so I removed it, leaving only the flange part
on the microhood. I have a Broan roof cap with a damper, much better
than than the one on the microhood. This past winter I noticed no
issues with drafts or cold air coming in.
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