Outdoor Vent Hoods

An outdoor kitchen is not complete without the right appliances including a vent hood.

At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we help customers find the very best products for their outdoor kitchens and grilling areas. Apart from the cooking solution, the most important aspect of your backyard area is the outdoor grill vent hood.  You don’t want smoke and fumes ruining your dining experience, and with the right outdoor kitchen hood vent,  you can keep the area clear of annoying odors and haze. We carry only the best products from top brands that are available in several different sizes.

The Correct Size for your Outdoor Kitchen Vent Hood

If you already have an outdoor kitchen, and you want to add a vent hood, then it’s important to find the right size. You’ll want to measure the space where the hood will go, taking into account the height, width, and depth with which you have to work.

The hood should be at least 4 inches wider than your grill to allow for a 2-inch overhang on either side of the grill to ensure maximum smoke clearance.  You’ll want to be sure that it’s placed high enough to avoid posing a risk to people as they stand at or walk by the grill.

The Correct Height for your Outdoor Kitchen Vent Hood

Make sure your outdoor vent hood is positioned low enough so that it pulls all the smoke from the grill up and away from the cooking area. The maximum height that you should hang a hood is 36 inches above your grill, any higher and the smoke will spread out before being vented. If the blowers aren’t able to pull exhaust adequately, you could be left with a smoky and clouded grilling space that’s no fun to use. You could also impact your seating and dining area, and nobody wants to end up smelling like grill smoke when they’re trying to enjoy a relaxing weekend afternoon.


RCS gas grill with a hood

What are CFMs?

CFM represents the amount of air that moves through the vent every minute–cubic feet per minute.  You need a minimum of 1200 CFMs for an outdoor hood.   Anything less than that isn’t going to perform well in the outdoor elements. All outdoor-rated hoods should have at least 1200 CFMs.

Vent Your Outdoor Grill Vent Hood

We get asked this question all the time.  If you are on an outside wall, of course, you would want to vent through the wall. Venting through the roof, however, is the most common type of installation.  You want to make sure that the ductwork is at least 10 inches round to achieve maximum efficiency,

Tradewind recently introduced the Tradewind Island Style Vent Hood which can be suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the room.  This is a new and innovative product that can help in those situations when the kitchen is not built up against the wall.



Trade-Wind Outdoor Vent Hoods

Finding the right outdoor vent hood doesn’t have to be difficult! With our selection from Trade-Wind, the process will be easier than ever. Trade-wind was founded in the 1950s and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. They only use high-quality stainless steel in all of its products.

They measure 32″ from the wall so that the smoke gets captured and it overhangs the grill enough so that the smoke does not roll over.  The baffle filters can easily be washed in the dishwasher!  These units are available with a minimum of 1200 CFM and up to 2300 CFM for the larger units.

We have a variety of options, and you can find the size that fits your backyard kitchen. If you’re not sure which size you need, we will gladly help you choose the right option. Above all, we want you to end up with the right product that fits perfectly above your grill!


Heat Vent Hoods

Heat Versa chimney hoods are another option for effective outdoor ventilation.  These hoods also have a 32″ depth profile so that smoke can be captured.  They are available in 36″, 42″, or 48″ wide versions.  Heat Vesra Hoods are built with 304-grade stainless steel, 1250 CFM output, and have 3-speed internal blowers.  Additionally, they come equipped with commercial-style baffle filters also constructed with 304 stainless steel.


Zephyr Hoods

The Zephyr Cypress Hoods feature a seamlessly contoured, welded, and polished exterior. Along with a corrosion-resistant, 304-grade stainless steel canopy that houses high-performance, professional stainless steel baffle filters to enhance airflow – which are dishwasher safe, too. 3-speed metallic knob controls withstand extreme heat and moisture. Featuring dual-level LumiLight LED lighting and an extended 32” depth for even more capture. Optional 12” duct cover as well as a telescopic duct cover for 10’ to 12’ ceilings are available.



We’re available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET. We’re always ready to help however we can and proudly offer the best in outdoor vent hoods and accessories. We know that you’ll be able to find everything you need! Visit The Outdoor Appliance Store online via Facebook,Instagram, and LinkedIn for more tips on enhancing your outdoor kitchen.


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