When it comes to an outdoor kitchen, you may not think an outdoor vent hood is a necessity. What's the point of an outdoor kitchen vent hood, when you have the entire outdoors to vent to? But range hoods can be an integral part of an outdoor kitchen, and the experts at Appliances Connection are glad to go over the reasons an outdoor range hood may be a necessary appliance for you.
Maximizing the Comfort of Your Outdoor Environment
With the entire outdoors as your vent, you may wonder why outdoor range hoods are necessary. But ask anyone who's grilled: without one, a single stray gust of wind can blow all that smoke and grime toward your guests. If you want to maximize the experience of your guests in your outdoor kitchen, a range hood is a good idea, since with one you can control the emissions of your cooking. Your neighbors will also thank you!
Keeping Your Outdoor Kitchen Clean
Smoke, grease, and grime can build up quickly in an outdoor kitchen, because what goes up must eventually come down. It's got to go somewhere, and without an outdoor range hood, you can expect a thin layer of grime to build up on your appliances and cooking surfaces instead. Obviously, nobody wants this. An outdoor range hood collects this grease and grime in one place, making it much easier to clean and reducing the amount of maintenance (not to mention scrubbing) that you have to do. This also keeps your outdoor appliances looking pristine: this grease layer can discolor any finish on your appliances, making them look much older than they actually are. Many outdoor vent hoods even have dishwasher-safe filters, meaning that you can keep your outdoor kitchen clean with even less work.
Minimizing Outdoor Appliance Maintenance
Speaking of scrubbing and maintenance, this layer of grease can actually build up in the crevices of your outdoor appliances, and it can be very hard to see and clean properly. An outdoor range hood helps prevent this buildup in the first place, reducing the amount of maintenance and cleanup you have to do with your outdoor kitchen. It also means you don't have contaminants like dust and pollen sticking to your cooking surfaces for you to clean up every time you lift your grill's lid.
Improving Gas Safety in Your Outdoor Kitchen
One of the main concerns people have about cooking with gas is what happens when the burners go out. Particularly strong gusts of wind can completely extinguish the gas burners in outdoor kitchens, leading to gas buildup near the grill. This buildup even happens in outdoor environments, and if you don't catch it instantly, it can make reigniting the burners a dangerous task. An outdoor vent hood can collect the bulk of this hazardous gas, letting you safely reignite the burners and get back to cooking without needing to evacuate your backyard.
Do outdoor grills need ventilation?
Proper airflow is crucial to grilling, whether you use a gas, charcoal, or electric grill. You'll find that most grills have vents on the outside that you can open and close to ensure this airflow is at the level you want.
How high should an outdoor vent hood be above a grill?
A vent hood should be at least 36 in. above the grill. This placement ensures that you have room to work, but that the hood is close enough to the grill to actually reach all the smoke and grease that comes from it.
Do I need a sink in my outdoor kitchen?
Most of the time, your outdoor kitchen will need a sink, unless you're willing to run indoors every time you need to wash your hands or get water.