If you have an outdoor kitchen, you already know what it’s like to have every amenity and necessary appliance close to hand. It's a natural part of the luxuriant outdoor lifestyle you’ve fostered for yourself and your family.
Yet the single standard kitchen appliance many chefs forget to include in their culinary arsenal is an outdoor range hood. It’s an easy thing to miss. After all, if you’re cooking outdoors, why would you need a hood? One would think that nature alone should be able to disperse whatever smoke, greasy air, and heat that your outdoor grill or outdoor cooktop can generate. And while an open-plan kitchen may get away with no hood, that’s just not the case with an outdoor kitchen under a solid ceiling—even if it’s an outdoor island. An outdoor range hood can be just as necessary outside as it is inside.
Here, the experts at Appliances Connection are here to offer some reasons for adding a range hood to your cherished outdoor kitchen .
Reason #1 - Comfort
The primary reason you have an outdoor kitchen in the first place is to have the freedom of a luxury outdoor lifestyle. That means maintaining a certain level of comfort and ease while enjoying the fresh, invigorating air of your outdoor entertainment area. The last thing you want is random clouds of polluted air blowing around at the whim of the wind. And if you’ve ever cooked on an outdoor grill, you know how fast the wind can change to blow smoke in your face as well as into your party guests. A range hood makes sure that affected air is removed in the direction you want—which is away from you and your outdoor kitchen.
Reason #2 – Cleanliness
Another major reason to have a hood in your outdoor kitchen is the exact same reason you have a hood in your indoor kitchen—to keep things clean. This ranks right up there with the hood keeping you comfortable. Because tainted, greasy air affects everything it touches.
You may not realize immediately, but after cooking in your outdoor kitchen numerous times you might notice an uncomfortable difference in how the surface of your kitchen appliances and counter feel no matter how fine their material. A thin, unpleasant, and discoloring residue can build up over time—the results of soiled air flowing throughout the space. It can really collect in overhead crevices, fixtures, corners, and ornamentation which can be especially difficult (and annoying) to remove. Worse, your furnishings outdoor furniture might he affected by the same air. And while it’s always a good idea to keep your outdoor lounging furniture clean, you don’t want to expand any extra elbow grease if you don’t have to. So why not bypass all of that and get a hood?
Reason #3 – Preservation
A reason directly associated with keeping your outdoor kitchen and lounging space clean is keeping everything in working order. Because if you think layers of accumulated grime can make your appliances, furniture, etc. look bad, just imagine how it can affect their operation.
Think of it this way: when you clean your grill, how much gunk, greasy build-up, and scorched food remnants do you have to contend with? Not a pretty picture, no matter how fastidious you are. Now, imagine that same dirtying effluence getting into the operating system of your outdoor refrigerator, the interior of your storage cabinets, the padding and frames of your furniture? Or worse, the overhead lighting fixtures as well as any electrical switches, where smoke and grime can build up even faster?
Is an outdoor range hood looking better by the minute?
Reason #4 - SAFETY
Call us worry warts, but when dealing with any kind of combustible material, Appliances Connection is an absolute believer in safety first. And while it’s an extreme rarity, burners on an outdoor grill or cooktop CAN be extinguished by the right gust of wind or by the wrong circumstances.
When this happens, the gas can collect within the grill compartment—or worse—settle into the compartments of your cooking area or outdoor grill island. If your grill is in an covered or partially enclosed space, this can keep gas cornered more than you think. And when you attempt to re-ignite the grill or cooktop, that gas will react in a very fast and fiery way. No one wants to experience this. So, in that unlikely event, wouldn’t you want a steady source of ventilation to disperse the gas? It might just save your skin.
WHILE YOU’RE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD…
Since you just learned the benefits of having an outdoor range hood, why not take a gander at some of the most popular models we offer? You might find something you like!
PRICE: $3,399.00 *
Luxury brand Viking offers a larger, top-selling 60" Stainless Steel Outdoor Wall Hood with plenty of power, with up to 1,500 CFM with an exterior ventilator kit. A built-in heat sensor automatically ramps up the blower when the temperature reaches uncomfortable levels while bright halogen lights fully illuminate your cooking area. And its clean, simple commercial type styling can fit in any modern outdoor kitchen with ease.
- Easy Cleaning – dishwasher safe baffle filters and removable grease trough catches
- Virtually Seamless Design – no visible screws or attachments
- Damp Denial – designed for use in wet, humid environments
- Light Dimmer – dimmer and separate on/off switch let you keep lights at your level
- Dishwasher Safe Filters – easy, quick cleaning
- Ventilator Switch – variable speed controls for custom air extraction
PRICE: $2,899.00 *
Grill supplier-turned-manufacturer RCS (Renaissance Cooking Systems) really delivers with their durable Wall Mount 48" Outdoor 304 Stainless Steel Vent Hood with Dual Blowers for that extra oomph when you need to clear the air quick, reaching up to a strong 1,200 CFM. And with 12 vent filters, the air will be as clean as possible when it’s expelled.
- Dual Interior Lights – keep your grill and cooking area brightly lit for cooking after dark
- Adjustable Fan Speed – lets you choose how strong the exhaust fans blow
- 304 Stainless Steel Construction – tough, simple, and beautiful for any outdoor design
PRICE: $629.95 *
This kindly-priced 48" Wall Mounted Range Stovepipe Hood from ZLINE still packs enough power and the features you might expect in a high-end model. And four fans speeds let you set it for just as much power is needed. It can run up to 760 CFM, but still keeps the noise level down to less than 60 decibels on the highest fan speed setting.
- LED Lighting – bright, clear illumination for the cooking area
- Baffle Filters – are easily removed and dishwasher safe
Now those are some very viable reasons to make sure your outdoor kitchen has a reliable range hood over the cooking area. Remember, your outdoor kitchen is just as much as an investment as your household kitchen, and you should make sure it stays as clean, beautiful, and problem-free as possible—and that’s exactly what a hood will provide for years of fun and festivities outdoors for years to come.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
Do I need a vent hood for outdoor kitchen?
Yes, in our professional opinion, you do need a vent hood for an outdoor kitchen. Even if it’s not a higher-end model, the benefits keeping of your outdoor kitchen properly ventilated are too many to ignore.
What can I use if I don't have a range hood?
If you don’t have a range hood, in a pinch you can utilize open windows, window fans, portable fans, or portable air filter. However, none of these come close to replacing a range hood, preferably with proper ventilation.
Do you have to vent an outdoor grill?
You have to vent an outdoor grill if your cooking area is under an overhang, pavilion, porch, or any structure with a solid ceiling. It’s an imperative. But even if your grill is in the open, you will want to use a hood to keep the smoke out of your eyes (and everyone else’s).