Asked on Mar 20, 2013

How difficult is it to install a down-draft gas stove?

Cheryle FullerDesigns by BSBDouglas Hunt


I live in a 1927-built house, w/original cabs. When we did the kitchen over about 10 yrs ago, we installed an over-the-stove microwave w/fan. Mistake! Fan wasn't powerful enough, and the grease spread all over my kitchen, the smell permeated INSIDE the cabs.
Changed to a fan, effective but very noisy. Hence, the down draft stove?????
4 answers
  • We had the same issue with our micro hood. Fan is just not strong enough for many foods we cook. I removed the fan guts out of the unit and installed a larger outside wall mounted fan. Works like a charm. Down draft stoves are not all they are cracked up to be. The best type of vent is the overhead type as most smells and vapors move up first. If you still have your current hood, you also can remove the fan system and pipe a new outside fan that will pull the smoke etc and it will be much more quite.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 21, 2013

    I don't think you want a downdraft gas range as any fan effective enough to work will pull the flames toward the downdraft.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Mar 23, 2013

    agreed with previous recommendations. if you have any way possible to duct up, rather than down - you will be much happier. no matter how fancy/expensive the downdraft system, they are not nearly as effective. And in reality, they are on effective on the back 2 burners - who fries back there? :)

  • Cheryle Fuller
    on Aug 22, 2015

    A stronger fan is your solution, and venting to the outside is the best way. if your stove is on an outside wall, it is easy to vent through the back, or if on an adjacent wall, use ducting to the outside covered with a furr down about your cabinets. if overhead on an island try a larger vent than your stove, and run the duct to the outside wall. cover it with wood to make a faux beam if you don't want the industrial look.

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