The last thing you want when grilling is to have a bunch of smoke accumulating in your lanai or back porch clouding your grilling experience. Choosing a hood for your outdoor kitchen can be difficult if you do not know what to look for. You may need to speak to a professional to help you make not only a cost efficient selection but also the right one based on the grill and features you have in your outdoor kitchen.
There are special outdoor range hoods out on the market made specifically to go above your outdoor grill of choice. Keep the following recommendations in mind when making a selection:
-Determine if your hood location needs additional modification such as enclosing a nearby opening or creating a buffer to the outside elements.
-Having a powerful fan is very important, so we usually recommend nothing lower than 1200 CFM.
-The hood should be larger than the grill you've chosen to be able to "catch" the smoke a little easier.
-Be sure to follow the manufacturer recommendations on proper venting size.
If you are replacing an existing hood, make sure the venting that exists is as specified by the outdoor vent hood manufacturer. Also, check that the roof vent cover is sized correctly to receive the new venting. You do not want your outdoor grill hood to underperform because of small venting. The bottom of your venting hood should not exceed 36" above the countertop. If the hood is placed any lower, you may hit your head on the corner and if it is placed any higher the slightest breeze could affect the ventilation hoods performance (one reason that we recommend at least a 1200 CFM blower in outdoor vent hoods).