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Old 07-29-2016, 02:21 PM   #1
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Kitchen venting over rental range


I am in the process of doing some upgrades on a little rental cabin I own. It's a really cute little place in a woodland setting -- 660 sf studio layout. I'm adding a dishwasher, a new bathroom vent/heater light, and am thinking about putting some kind of simple venting over the range as it does not have anything at this time.

The range is next to a half wall, so any vent that would go over it must be attached to the ceiling. I really would rather not put a big, low hanging island type range hood in at all. The space is better suited to a flush mount or recessed option.

It can be single speed for the fan, but I'd like the light and the fan to be able to be operated independently with a switch on the wall. I've seen a couple Broan options that people generally put in Bathrooms that seem like they would be just about right for this situation: Inexpensive, unobtrusive, get the job done adequately. What I am wondering is whether anyone might have some feedback as to whether those type of vents can be used in a kitchen situation. I do want it to vent out of the house/roof via flexible pipe. But I'm a little worried about grease build up and maintenance (cleaning.)

I have a Broan light/fan in a bathroom already and though the fan is a little loud, it does a really good job of removing steam. I clean it by removing the lights and vacuuming and wiping it out periodically.

Looking forward to your feedback and ideas and appreciate your time.
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A bathroom-style vent could go in the kitchen but they are more intended to vent small rooms, not efficiently remove kitchen odours. Your total space is quite small so a larger fan would probably work, just not that well. The various models advertise their cfm/intended room size for a given air exchange. You can get quiet ones but they are more expensive.

You say the range is "next to" a half wall. If it backs on the half wall, yes, you have a design problem. If it backs on a full wall, you could use a traditional range vent hood and box in the ducting.

I don't recommend flex ducting for the reasons stated. If you run it horizontally towards a wall, avoid low spots that will collect grease.

You can switch the fan and light separately by running 14/3 cable.
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Thanks so much, lenaitch! It would be possible for me to vent strait up through the roof. This will be my first time installing a fan like this... I wonder if the Broan fans can be vented with ridged pipe?

And, yes, the range abuts a half wall so I'm limited to a fan in or on the ceiling. This is a really small kitchen -- efficiently designed for the most part, but small: less than a 100 sf. More like around 70 -- 75 sf. So I bet a strong fan would be adequate as long as I handled the venting correctly. The space directly above the little range does not have a designated light source, either, so I figure I could kill two birds with one stone by going this route. I've attached a photo of the space showing the stove and the ceiling above it.

I lived in this little cabin for a while while I remodeled my main house and not having any sort of venting directly above the range was a pain. The least little puff of smoke and the smoke detector went off! The entrance to the cabin is right at the kitchen, so I just had to leave the door open to vent. Kind of a pain if the weather's cold... LOL! Rustic, but a pain.
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Ah yes - the picture helps. Cute-looking cabin. At 660 sq ft. total area, you should be able to get a ceiling fan that will do a decent job; not as great as a range hood but close. Check the specs of the various models. You will probably need one of the larger available. Spend the extra bucks (and maybe check on-line reviews) to get quiet. As far as I know they are compatible with rigid metal pipe. An advantage of rigid pipe is s smoother profile to improve airflow.
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