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Can You Install a Range Hood Over an Open Fire? (Answered)

The open flame in a range hood can be dangerous. Is it safe to install a range hood over an open fire? Here is a guide to help you out.

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When it comes to cooking, there’s nothing quite like a good open fire. But if you live in a rental property or have restrictions on the materials, you can use them in your kitchen. A range hood might be the perfect solution. Range hoods are typically installed over an open fire and help reduce the smoke and soot from the fire. They also improve the air quality in the room, which can make it easier to breathe. But can you install a range hood over an open fire?

This article will teach you what range hoods are, how they work on an open fire, and their benefits so you can enjoy cooking with less smell and smoke.

Image of an indoor fire place. Source: pixabay
Image of an indoor fire place. Source: Pixabay

It is not advised. An open fire generates a lot of heat, damaging your hood. Instead, mount your hood over an outdoor propane or gas grill instead. These grills allow you to control the heat easily and are a much safer option for your outdoor kitchen.

What is a range hood

A range hood is one of the most important kitchen appliances. It consists of a canopy or other “capture area” type and a fan or blower motor to extract cooking-related air pollution. The range hood maintains the air quality in the kitchen and makes cleaning much easier by capturing and eliminating contaminated air at its source.

How does a range hood work on an open fire

A range hood is a device used to capture and filter smoke and fumes from the air breathed in by people in a kitchen, living room, or any other area where there is a kitchen or open fire. When the range hood is used, it will switch on when it senses smoke or fumes from the open fire. It will then start to capture and filter the smoke and fumes until they dissipate.

What are the benefits of having a range hood over an open fire (advantages)

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

A few key advantages of range hoods in open fires include improved ventilation, reduced fire hazard, and easier clean-up.

Improved ventilation means that range hoods allow hot air and smoke to escape more easily, preventing the fire from becoming too dense and difficult to control. In addition, range hoods allow the use of smaller fires that are easier to move around and access, making them ideal for regions where space is at a premium.

Reduced fire hazard is another major benefit of range hoods. By allowing the use of larger fires that burn more slowly and evenly, range hoods help to prevent potentially dangerous flare-ups. And because they are easy to clean, range hoods make open fires a safer option for those particularly sensitive to the smell or sight of smoke.

What are the disadvantages of range hoods over an open fire

There is no way to control the heat produced by a fire. A fire’s heat is constantly changing. It doesn’t take long for the heat from open flames to reach dangerous levels that will damage any range hood.

Fires will heat up over time, reaching 600 to 800 degrees. 600 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit is too hot for a range hood to be exposed regularly.

The average residential range can reach temperatures of around 550º F. However, unlike a stove, which you can closely monitor and control, a fire is more difficult to manage. An open fire could melt all of the internal components of your range hood at temperatures of 600 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

Because fire does not have a CFM rating, it cannot be measured or regulated. Fire is unpredictable; you can never be certain of the exact intensity of the heat it emits on any given day. As a result, you can’t always rely on your range hood to exhaust all smoke and chemicals outside your cooking area.

A hood will only work over a fire if its components are completely remote and the lights are explosion-proof. Although installing a hood over an open fire is not recommended, some range hoods are designed to withstand the intense heat. Control and touch panels, on the other hand, are more brittle. They must be far away from the heat, mounted on a wall. Similarly, LED and halogen lights do not tolerate heat well, so you should invest in heatproof and explosion-proof lighting.

Image of a kitchen with a stove and dining table. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels
Image of a kitchen with a stove and dining table. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels
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What types of range hoods can be used over an open fire

There are a few types of range hoods that can be used over an open fire.

The first type is the centrifugal range hood. This type of hood uses centrifugal force to move the air and remove particles from the air. This type of range hood is usually less expensive than other range hoods and is less likely to cause eye irritation.

The second type of range hood is the vacuum cleaner range hood. This type of range hood uses a vacuum cleaner to remove particles from the air. This type of range hood is usually more expensive than the centrifugal range hood but is more reliable in removing particles from the air.

The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) range hood is the third type of range hood. In this range, the hood uses a catalyst to reduce the number of pollutants released into the atmosphere. This type of range hood is usually more expensive than vacuum cleaners and centrifugal range hoods but is more effective in removing particles from the air.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “Kitchen Rangehood Ventilation Solutions” from the Efficiency Matrix YouTube Channel.

A video called “Kitchen Rangehood Ventilation Solutions” from the Efficiency Matrix YouTube Channel.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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

What is the significance of a range hood?

Perhaps the most important function of a range hood is to improve the air quality in your kitchen. Hoods are designed to remove odors, smoke, grease, and other pollutants from the air that are released during cooking.

Are range hoods useful?

According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the capture efficiency of standard hoods on front burners is typically in the 30–40% range. It can be up to 90% on the back burner.

How do I select a range hood?

The new hood should be at least as wide as the range or cooktop, if not 3 inches longer on each side. 30 and 36 inches are the most common widths.

How far should a range hood protrude?

A range hood should extend at least half the length of your kitchen range and usually does not extend the entire length. If the upper surface is combustible (for example, cabinets), add another six inches of vertical space to achieve total clearance of 30 inches between the stove and the cabinets.

This article covered range hoods, how they work on an open fire, and their benefits. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • The range hood maintains the air quality in the kitchen and makes cleaning much easier by capturing and eliminating contaminated air at its source.
  • When the range hood is used, it will switch on when it senses smoke or fumes from the open fire.
  • Reduced fire hazard is another major benefit of range hoods.
  • Your stainless steel range hood should handle your outdoor kitchen’s ventilation and dust generation.
  • Vent hoods are ventilating systems designed to prevent fumes and smoke from escaping the kitchen by venting or sucking the air out of the space.
  • The outdoor range hood can protect your family’s health against possible lung diseases, so install ductwork above the kitchen fireplace area.

So, will you use a range hood on an open fire in your home? 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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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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