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Old 04-11-2015, 08:21 AM   #1
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venting a microwave into room? same as recirculating?

curious about installing an above range microwave in cabinet pictured below. having trouble finding a model that fits and has front vent recirculating. It seems a lot of them now have to stick out past the cabinet and blow out the top in front of the above cabinets because i guesss people don't like the ugly vents?

The problem below is the cabinet above is deeper and blocks the up venting that a lot have.

We purchased a microwave that fits the dimensions but it was unclear from the spec that you had to have extend beyond the cabinet 2 inches to for the recirculating vent clearance. so it appears we could only use this microwave if it was going to be using rear or top venting.

So my question is, with the vaulted ceilings in the kitchen, can I just set it up like I was roof venting, but just run duct through the upper cabinet to exhaust out into the area above the cabinets wit maybe a 45 degree elbo that points out ino the room, but is hidden in back behind trim?


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Old 04-11-2015, 08:41 AM   #2
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Probably would be incredibly noisy. Plus the outside vent models don't contain usually contain a charcoal filter to remove odors. They have a small grease filter but you probably want more than that for recirculation. Anyway you can vent through the roof? I cook a lot and find most of the recirculating hoods next to useless . Outside venting is more important to me than granite counters or other features .


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Old 04-11-2015, 08:54 AM   #3
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the model we bought is meant to be both outside venting or recirculating and has an optional charcoal filter, but the recirculating portion is meant to stick out from the cabinets a few inches and vent up (which looks terrible IMO), but in our case with the deeper upper cabinet, it's blocking the upward recirculating vent.

We don't cook that much so we're okay with recirculating and don't want to make big deal of running vents out the roof etc. running a short vent out the top of the cabinet wouldn't be a big deal for a clean look with the matching set microwave with the rest of the appliances and fit nice and flush with the upper cabinet, but I'm not sure if just redirecting the vent like that would be some unsafe thing or code violation or something along those lines.

I wouldn't think so, but just checking in for more experienced opinions.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:47 AM   #4
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I can understand your resistance to vents .But you can find some really neat vents which do not spoil the interior
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