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Hi Matt. Check your gmail for my response regarding your project. Hogaholic (Tom)


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  • Re: Has anyone used a vent hood or chimney to remove smoke?

    Here you go. These pictures were taken at the end of construction and before the final touch-up by the painters.  The stainless steel pieces mounted on the wall behind the egg are custom.  We did an inside kitchen renovation 4 years ago and tagged a covered porch expansion with an outdoor cooking area and patio onto the project.  I am so glad we did because this area is my favorite part of our home.  We love spending time out here in good weather with our kids, family and friends.

    This is a 60",  1,200 CFM hood made by the Vent-a-Hood company.  It has four 150/300 CFM fans and it really moves the air.  I had to have it in order to keep smoke out of the adjacent screened-in porch.  It works great and the light from the four halogen lamps in the front of the hood is fantastic. It is so much easier to cook great food at night when you have great light.

    If you choose to go with a hood please take note of how it is installed.  In order for the hood to perform properly and catch all the exhaust you must get the front edge of the hood well out over the front of the grill(s).  That requires that you build a mounting box that moves the hood out away from the wall.  In these pics you can see it as unpainted lumber between the hood and the wall. 

    It is critical for the performance of the hood that it be installed correctly using the proper size duct work and vent cap.  Vent-a-Hood provides great instructions with the proper duct specs.  as I suspect all hood companies. do.  This hood required 12" ducts and that is exactly what we used.  Avoid turns in the ducts and never use adjustable pipes (the kind that can be bent to fit).  In my case we vented it straight up through the roof of the house with no turns until it hit the vent cap on the roof.

    Send me a message if I can help you.  I would be happy to talk to you about it. 


  • Re: Is your egg area covered?

    Covered patio adjacent to my screened porch, right off the kitchen.  That is a 60" commercial vent-a-hood.  Great light and it gets the smoke out of there.



  • Re: Terminology question

    In my convection wall mount oven, baking means the heat is generated from below the food.  Using the roasting setting results in heat from the burners both below and above the food.
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