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Old 09-09-2009, 04:26 PM   #1
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Hood / Vent Requirements for Gas Stove


We're remodeling our kitchen, and one of the layouts puts the gas stove (cooktop & oven) below an existing window. That makes it very difficult (read: impossible) to install a traditional hood above the stove.

First question, is there a requirement to have a range hood? This is an average 4 burner stove, nothing industrial.

Second question, is there even a requirement to have a vent in the kitchen? If I don't need a hood, I could likely still have a vent, just not over the stove.

Finally, if the hood is needed, would it still be needed if we had a gas cooktop, but electric ovens elsewhere. IOW, is it the combination of cooktop & ovens that requires a hood (if one is required at all).

And yes, we're still considering if we'd even want a stove w/out a hood, but if we can't do it, then whether we'd want it isn't relevant.

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We're remodeling our kitchen, and one of the layouts puts the gas stove (cooktop & oven) below an existing window. That makes it very difficult (read: impossible) to install a traditional hood above the stove.

First question, is there a requirement to have a range hood? This is an average 4 burner stove, nothing industrial.

Second question, is there even a requirement to have a vent in the kitchen? If I don't need a hood, I could likely still have a vent, just not over the stove.

Finally, if the hood is needed, would it still be needed if we had a gas cooktop, but electric ovens elsewhere. IOW, is it the combination of cooktop & ovens that requires a hood (if one is required at all).

And yes, we're still considering if we'd even want a stove w/out a hood, but if we can't do it, then whether we'd want it isn't relevant.
You might consider a downdraft vent. They aren't great with gas, but it would tend to solve the layout issue.

On the other hand, I'm not sure if the window is as big a problem as you're thinking. There are plenty of vent hoods designed to be installed above islands. This situation would seem to be a step above an island in terms of having the structure of the wall to tie into. Perhaps I'm "misunderestimating" the window in question, though.

I can't speak to whether the hood is needed. I spent 8 months house shopping over 2008-2009 and I'd say the houses I saw were about 2/3rds with and 1/3rd without.

I think you're going to want one, though. Having just moved out of a place that had a hood that vented right into the room, I can say with some authority that a good externally-vented hood is a nice thing to have if you do any amount of cooking.

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