[quote=maveric;907708]knotquiteawake, nitronate and ralph III, thanks so much. Exactly the feedback I needed. Sounds like retractable downdraft is the answer for me. Here are my reasons (from you all's valuable feedback):
1. i have lower than normal ceilings (8 foot) 9'foot is typical minimum. whether for a pot rack or open space, not having a bulky hood vent will look less crowded
2. I don't need extra power of the updraft (hood). I've heard several of you say the downdrafts do the job and I don't have a restaraunt. so I only need for my onion, garlic, burned food smells. Pretty good venting is enough for me.
3. Downdrafts I've seen don't use an extra burner. They retract/extract behind all the usual burners. ON top of that, I have a family of 5 and still rarely use more than one or two burners.
Here are other random thoughts:
1. money isn't a consideration for me since downdraft seems to be very close to the hood vent option. I'm not getting a custom hood vent and I've seen very modern hood vents for pretty cheap. Plus what's an extra hundred bucks for the right solution.
2. Pot racks rule. I had one in our last house and wow, that thing was great. No opening drawers, clanking pots/pans, lids, no shuffeling. Easy put away, easy get. Also, I'd wash dishes and put them up still a bit wet. They're hang drying.
3. Why do most contractors deal crooked. They're the reason I am a do it yourself-er. Also why do we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway. Also, why did the turtle cross the street - to get to the shell station.
I do not understand the deal crooked comment.....Ii have been in business for 30 years... does that mean i should have retired by now