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Old 10-03-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Baked cookies last evening.

My house is 1,430 sf with kitchen in back. Theres a stove hood with a vent thru the roof. I assume cooking odors escape thru the vent???

Yesterday my daughter got home and said she could smell the cookies from the front porch.

Cookie smells are fine, but I hate thinking visitors could smell onions and garlic on my front porch. Maybe I should stop using the vent.

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Keebler elves in the trees? Sorry, not helpful, I know, but it is odd that you would smell kitchen odors that clear in the front of the house if the stove is vented in the back. Is it possible that there is a leak in the vent stack in the attic and it is flowing out through the soffit vents?

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Aha. Didnt think of a leak in vent!!! I do have very deep overhang from roof and that was where the odor was.

How would I verify that or do What kind of contractor would check? The house is 30 yrs old so anythings possible.
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The smarta$$ answer in my case would be wait for the next time my wife is cooking, take a flashlight up into the attic and watch for where the smoke escapes! (the running joke at our house is that "the smoke alarm is not intended to be used as a cooking timer").
If your hood vent allows, you could try to remove the grease filter and shine a a powerful flashlight into the vent and have another person in the attic examine the vent pipe for any signs of light. I was in one house where someone had vented the stove directly into the attic.
As far as a contractor, you'd probably be better off with a handyman.
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You could boil water making lots of steam, have someone younger and spryer climb up in the attic, examine the venting for escaping vapor.

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I'm surprised there isn't a line from Starting's door to the curb wondering if today's cookies are chocolate chip, peanut butter or oat meal among others too numerous to mention. I can almost smell them from here a thousand miles away.
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great ideas. Thanks.

I think the only reason my daughter visits is for the food.
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Most young women have at least one male friend, maybe you can get one of her male entourage to help you out by getting in your attic.

To inspect the venting.



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