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Can I Install a Range Hood Over a Charcoal Grill?

Are you considering installing a range hood over your charcoal grill? In this article, we will dicuss about installing a range hood over a charcoal grill.

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If you’re looking to add some additional ventilation to your grill-based cooking setup, you might wonder if installing a range hood over the charcoal grill is possible. Range hoods are a great way to improve air quality in your kitchen, but should they be installed over a charcoal grill?

This article will teach you what a range hood is, how it works, and its benefits over a charcoal grill, so you can cook barbecue with less smoke.

Image of a kitchen and a dining table. Source: pixabay
Image of a kitchen and a dining table. Source: Pixabay

A range hood can be installed over a charcoal grill, provided the hood is large enough to accommodate the grill. Range hoods are designed to trap smoke and steam produced by the grill, thereby reducing the amount of smoke and fumes released into the room.

What is a range hood

A rangehood employs a fan (or two) to filter the air while you cook and in the moments following completion. Rangehoods perform several important tasks, including moving moisture and steam away from surrounding cabinetry and reducing odor buildup in the kitchen.

How does a range hood work

A range hood is a must-have appliance for any kitchen. They’re designed to help reduce the amount of smoke and fumes released when you cook, which is a great way to protect your health. Here’s how a range hood works over a charcoal grill.

When you turn on your grill, the range hood will start to circulate air throughout the grill. This will help to trap the smoke and fumes inside the range hood, where they can be quickly eliminated. Not only is this helpful for your health, but it also saves you from constantly cleaning the grill.

What are the benefits of a range hood over a charcoal grill (advantages)

Upgrading to a high-quality range hood can be an easy way to enhance your cooking experience.

The following are some of the advantages of adding a vent hood to your outdoor grill:

  1. Safeguarding your outdoor furniture and entertaining area
  2. This extends the life of your grill.
  3. Preventing damage and staining to your home’s external walls.
  4. Keeping your family and friends safe from toxic substances.
  5. Grilling gases can contain hazardous substances that harm your health and cause surface damage over time. Smoke may cause degradation and permanently taint the walls of new homeowners or those who have recently finished a patio remodel, costing you more money in repairs in the future.
Image of a small kitchen couter top and an oven source pixabay
Image of a small kitchen countertop and an oven. Source: pixabay

How do I know if I even need a grill range hood

Generally, a range hood is required if your grill or outdoor kitchen is located beneath a roofed structure with two adjacent walls or poor cross-ventilation. Range hoods excel at two things: rescuing your outdoor kitchen from black, filmy oil in areas you’d never think to wash off and keeping you safe. We know we said more for the first one, but truly – stay careful. Purchase a vent hood. If you have to ask, you’ll almost certainly need one.

What are the different types of range hoods

There are a few range hoods on the market, each with pros and cons. Here are the four main types:

Central air conditioning range hoods

These are the most common types and work by sucking in air from outside and cooling it down, which is then distributed to the kitchen. They’re usually small and relatively easy to install.

Food-grade range hoods

Food-grade range hoods are made from stainless steel or other high-quality materials and are designed to protect food from bacteria and other contaminants. They’re usually larger and more expensive than central air-conditioning range hoods, but they also have a longer lifespan and can handle higher temperatures.

Dual-purpose range hoods

These are designed for both cooling and ventilation purposes and can be used for cooking and cleaning. They tend to be larger and more expensive than food-grade range hoods, but they also have more features (like adjustable exhaust pipes) that may be useful in specific situations.

Portable range hoods

Portable range hoods aren’t typically designed for a kitchen but serve as supplemental air conditioners or ventilation systems for areas like a garage or patio. They’re smaller, lighter, and easier to carry than dual-purpose range hoods, but they don’t have as many features or durability as some of the other types.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “BBQ Rangehood Commercial Canopy Outdoor Range hood Alfresco Rangehoods – A Grade Finish Canopies” from the Nick P YouTube Channel.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about range hoods.

Should my range hood be larger than my grill?

Yes, your range hood should extend at least 6 inches wider than your grill head (with a 3-inch overhang on either side). If it’s more convenient, larger is perfectly fine — and likely guarantees you aren’t competing with smoke for that valuable oxygen space.

How high should my vent hood be above my grilling surface?

Commonly, 36 inches above the countertop (not the top of the grill, the countertop) is a solid recommendation for vent hood installation. Your owner’s manual will be more specific.

Do I need a vent hood if I only have a gas grill (electric or pellet grill)?

While no gas grill is complete without a vent hood (unless you’re cooking in a completely open location with proper ventilation), electric and pellet grills are a little more situational. These depend on the manufacturer, grill size, and local building codes. Any single source that isn’t the appropriate department for your local jurisdiction is out to sabotage you. Do you want to be stuck with an unusable outdoor kitchen because Uncle Google said it was fine and you made eye contact with a code inspector?

I only use my grill once a week or so. Do I still need a vent hood?

We can tell you where “how often” your grill falls on the vent hood scale: it doesn’t. How many times a week or a month do you rev up the grill? It changes nothing about its smoke production (unless you’re not cleaning it — if so, congrats, you’ve made it worse). Every time it roars to life, it generates smoke. If a code inspector swings by and throws the book at your outdoor kitchen, we can tell you about “how often” a week you’ll be legally allowed to use that grill: you won’t.

Conclusion

Many people love to place a hood over charcoal grills as there is no more smoke or odor in their house after installing a range hood. The range hood will reduce the smoke and decrease your chances of choking due to dust particles. The clean air also makes cooking more enjoyable. However, others prefer the traditional grills because of their sturdiness and efficient circulation system. 

This article covered a range hood, how it works, and its benefits over a charcoal grill. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • A rangehood employs a fan (or two) to filter the air while you cook and in the moments following completion.
  • A range hood is a must-have appliance for any kitchen.
  • When you turn on your grill, the range hood will start to circulate air throughout the grill.
  • The CFM number indicates how much air you need for your fans to pull enough of this amount simultaneously.
  • A ductless range hood can also be used as an exhaust fan for appliances like dishwashers, clothes dryers, wood stoves, etc., by using ducts and fans under these products because they are not part of a conventional power ventilation system.

So, do you have a range hood over your charcoal grill? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? And what do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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