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Old 04-09-2010, 12:00 AM   #1
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Alternative to range hood fan

Hello all,

I am building a custom kitchen for my new home and I would like to have a cabinet enclosed range hood as opposed the standard under cabinet range hoods. These are quite expensive and I don't need something quite so high end.

I was considering the possibility of making my own range hood using a bathroom fan and a couple can lights mounted to a piece of wood recessed in the underside of the cabinet. One particular bathroom fan I found perfectly fits a range hood filter behind its screen.

Problem is, most range hoods are 150 CFM and greater while most bathroom fans are 120 CFM and under.

My other thought is to butcher up an economy range hood just to get the fan housing out of the center, but of course that is all welded together so it sounds like a lot of work with a hacksaw and tin snips.

Can anyone offer any suggestions for what might work for such a project?
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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buy a fantec fan. these mount in the attic and only the intake vent goes into the kitchen
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:43 PM   #3
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I would think a microwave oven between the cabinet and range would be the way to go, maybe that wont work for you. Another possibility is to install a wall stack and cut out an opening for/a grill that could accommodate for the appropriate filter. Then install the motor and venting in the attic or crawl space.
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