About Outdoor Kitchen Ventilation Hoods

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People who love to grill outside and eat alfresco during the warmer months sometimes take their hobby to extremes. While most people prefer to have a grill outside on their deck or patio, some people will build entire kitchens outdoors so that they have all the functions of an indoor kitchen outside where they can enjoy the elements. For those who have kitchens outside, kitchen ventilation hoods can be beneficial.

Function

  • Whether it's indoors or outdoors, kitchen vent hoods perform a variety of functions.They keep pollutants from affecting those who are cooking. In addition they keep the paint from peeling around the stove area, as well as preventing grease from sticking to the walls around the cooking area. In outdoor kitchens, the vent hood helps the pollutants from cooking be vented instead of having smoke blowing in the faces of the people sitting outside. The hood helps funnel smoke into the atmosphere, rather than letting it blow all around the cooking area.

Considerations

  • Not all range hoods are the same. When choosing an outdoor range hood, make sure that you choose the proper one. It will need to be powerful enough to filter the outdoor kitchen's pollutants. The rule of thumb is this: If a gas stove generates 10,000 BTUs, then you would need 100 cubic feet per Minute or CFM of airflow being exhausted. If you are using an electric stove, then every 10 inches of width will require 100 CFM. Basically, if you have a stove that is 30 inches wide, then you will need 300 CFM.

Types

  • There are two types of vent hoods. One is the ducted hood and the other is ductless. If you are choosing a hood for the inside of the home, then by all means, use the ducted hood. These hoods typically run to the outside of the home, pulling in all the pollutants from the inside and filtering them to the outside and away from the occupants. If you are cooking outside, then you can use a ductless hood. These types of hoods trap some of the odors and grease caused by cooking, however, smoke, heat and humidity will be recirculated. If you are outside, then it won't affect you too much because of the free flowing natural air.

Potential

  • Most of the vent hoods that are available at home improvement stores come in certain styles and color, however, if you are looking for a unique vent hood, then keep in mind that you can have them designed to suit your tastes. Most of the time, if you can find someone who designs custom hoods, he will design just about anything you want. A good place to start such a search is on the Internet. There are a lot of resources on the Web that feature custom made hoods.

Prevention/Solution

  • Regardless of whether you use an indoor hood or an outdoor kitchen ventilation hood, the filters will eventually need to be replaced in order for your hood to function properly. It is recommended that this sort of maintenance be performed 90 to 180 days if the filters you have in place are charcoal filters. However, the filters may have to be replaced more often, depending on the type of cooking that is being done and how frequently you use your outdoor grill. If you cook greasy foods often, the filters will definitely have to be replaced more frequently.

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