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ductless hood (VENT A HOOD?)

bzboston Jul 19, 2013 08:06 PM

We have recently bought a house and in the new kitchen there is no duct hood unfortunately. Because I cook everyday at home, I look to solve the problem of oil and smoke in the air. The only feasible solution is to use a ductless hood. I've found one on the web from Vent-a-Hood.
Does anyone of you use the ductless model? What do you think of it? Do you have any suggestion for a good one? I can imagine it is not going to be perfect but it is my only possibility

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  1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: bzboston Jul 20, 2013 04:37 AM

    They are better than nothing. The one on the top right will probably do ya.


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      bzboston RE: mrbigshotno.1 Jul 20, 2013 02:42 PM

      thanks a lot for the link

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      Chowrin RE: bzboston Jul 20, 2013 07:41 AM

      You have other possibilities. You could rig a duct through your ceiling (or wall). I'm not certain how much it would cost (depends on if your house is faced with brick/stone or not).

      Since you're typing here, I assume you have reasonably valuable goods that you'd like to not see meet an untimely death by grease.

      I'd build a vent.

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        bzboston RE: Chowrin Jul 20, 2013 01:10 PM

        I wish I could. Unfortunately is a condo and they don't allow
        I hope to find one that could help reduce the grease

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        Ray2 RE: bzboston Jul 30, 2013 11:22 PM

        Ductless fans are quite common in Europe. Ikea in the USA sells them, or at least used to. We have one in Switzerland and have installed another in Sweden in my mother-in-law's place.

        They are fine except for pots putting out a lot of steam. Need one with a replaceable carbon filter, otherwise they do little to nothing.

        I glanced at the Vent a Hood line and don't see any reference to filtering. Frankly, it looks like a designer/marketing product of dubious value in a working kitchen.

        1. DeeAgeaux RE: bzboston Jul 31, 2013 12:39 AM

          Ductless is close to worthless.

          Quote in NY Times calls them "forehead greasers" LOL.


          1. BiscuitBoy RE: bzboston Jul 31, 2013 07:02 AM

            They suck (if only they actually did!) Marginally better than nothing I guess. A small desktop style fan om your counter and a box fan in the nearest open window would be more effective

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              JWVideo RE: bzboston Jul 31, 2013 09:59 AM


              Were you asking about Vent-h-hood's ARS models?

              If so, you might have a look at this thread on gardenweb which discussed them last year.


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                bzboston RE: JWVideo Aug 20, 2013 08:04 PM

                thank you so much
                this is exactly the kind of inromation I was looking for!
                thanks again

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                Lmrbest RE: bzboston Aug 20, 2013 08:16 PM

                I use the fan in my 1/2 bath that is very near to the kitchen, and open a window for good ventilation. Probably doesn't cut down on grease, but it definitely helps keep the smoke detectors from going off when using the broiler.

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