02:54PM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 11/15/04
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We currently have a Jenn Air downdraft stove. They are very expensive and it will need to be replaced in the next couple of years. Do you have to have a hood or venting system for your stove?


Jim D

11:34PM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
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ROSEGARDEN - hi, and yes - you need some type of ventilation system for your stove. You can get one of the hoods that use special filtering to clean the air and pump it back out into the kitchen - it doesn't have to go into a vent that goes outside the house. You'll want to ask detailed questions about it - how they operate, the pros and cons, filter life, filter cleaning, etc.

I also have a Jenn Air downdraft stove at present and I've looked underneath the house at the vent piping. I don't think you'd be able to easily adapt the vent pipe for your current downdraft stove for use with a different type of stove, but I'm not an expert on this. Maybe Jeff or Dan O - the two appliance experts I see posting regularly here - will know. I do know there's restrictions on how many bends in the pipe and the overall pipe length to take into consideration.

I hope this helps you some - good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


12:47PM | 07/18/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** Do you have to have a hood or venting system for your stove? **

It depends on local building codes, check with a *local* appliance installer, home inspector, kitchen designer or the municipal authorities. Around here stoves, ovens and cooktops do NOT have to be vented to the outdoors, even gas ones.

** Jenn Air downdraft stove... will need to be replaced in the next couple of years. **

Maybe if you look into any problems before they get too serious, you can keep it for a bit longer than even that and not have to consider remodeling your kitchen to accommodate a replacement?


Dan O.

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