I'm looking for advice on how to vent (or not to vent) an electric stove on a kitchen peninsula in a class B rental. Ideally we'd like to leave the peninsula completely open with a eat in bar behind the stove. Our tenants are primarily from the medical school community and don't cook too much.
The options I see are as follows:
1. Leave it unvented (okay by code for electric stove) and hope to avoid lingering odors and yellowing of walls
2. Add a pop up vent behind the stove and hope tenants use it ( In my opinion not likely and pop ups are very expensive)
3. Move the stove off the peninsula as the rest of the kitchen connects to an outside wall. We're on a slab so this could be very costly.
Any other suggestions are welcome!
That never occurred to me. Thank you for your input; that's much cheaper than the other options we were researching.
Did you end up installing one of those in your old apartment? If so, how did it work?
They do make hoods specifically for this sort of situation. They hang from the ceiling and vent through the roof. Google "peninsula range hood" or "island range hood" and you'll find examples. We have one of these in our kitchen and it works fine. Its a little noisy, but that's because the fan is pretty powerful.
@Chris Lawson , no, I was renting that place, so didn't install. I've seen them friend's houses, seem to be effective, you just have to be thoughtful about the location and installation.
@Chris Lawson A little more old school alternative is a flush mounted ceiling fan. This is a low cost alternative to a hood. They look similar to a bath fan. But it is important to note they are not bath fans. Each manufacture has a few models specific for kitchen use. Some even come with removable filters.
If you go this direction make sure the fan you choose is quite or the tenant may never us it.
I would move the cooktop to another location or as Jon Holdman suggested, buy a vent hood. Leaving it without ventilation is the best way to create future problems and expenses.
@Jon Holdman @Darryl Putnam Thank you for the ideas! Have either of you had problems with tenants not using the fans/vents? If so, do you have any experience with wiring the fan to a timer much like some owners do with bathroom fans?
I'm not sure I knew what one was when I was in college, much less ever turned one on.
They have vents that will mount flush with the countertops. Basically, it will suck the air in as it starts to float upwards.
@Chris Lawson the bath fan is the fan you want to have tied to the light switch or on a timer. I prefer to former. In the kitchen the tenant will use the fan when necessary. But if it is loud they my not us it as often as they should.
@Chris Lawson You can't hook up a timer to a vent hood for a cooktop, how would you know what time they were using it. You can not control every step a tenant takes, however, your bestvstrategy is to protect yourself by plugging in verbiage into your lease agreement that states that tenant is required to use the vent hood when cooking and failure to do so which causes damage such as smell in drywall, discooratiins, etc will result in thetenants security deposit being forefieted. Your lease agreement isn't your best protection and you second best protection is proper tenant selection.
Tenants are going to do far worse stuff than not using the kitchen (or bath) fan. If you expect tenants to behave like you do, you're in for disappointment and frustration. Even the best tenants will break stuff and make messes. Its just part of the business.
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