Asked on Jun 13, 2014

Venting a stove on an interior wall...

Lori J
by Lori J
We are relocating our kitchen and the stove will not be positioned on an outside wall. We have a plan to vent and I am wondering if it is feasible. The wall backs to a lean to style addition and we plan to add a soffit on the other side of the wall (it is a nook of sorts, created by a door frame that protrudes and an outside wall). In the soffit, we plan to add wiring for over the bed reading lights and--more importantly--we are hoping to run vent tubing to the outside wall. The reason for going through the wall is that we don't want cabinetry on this wall--going for a country kitchen look with open shelving. The distance of the tubing would be approximately six feet from the elbow. Does this sound doable to those in the know?
  5 answers
  • Z Z on Jun 13, 2014
    Hi Lori, I can't help you with this, but I bet Bob from @Woodbridge Environmental can.
  • Rosalie M Rosalie M on Jun 13, 2014
    They sell vent hoods specific to the inside wall. I have one for 30 years.
    • Z Z on Jun 14, 2014
      Does it vent to then outside Rosalie?
  • Lori J Lori J on Jun 14, 2014
    I have one--it does not vent to the outside. Hate the damned thing. It gets the steam out of my face and that is about it. And it in the current incarnation of the kitchen, it leaves a dirty, greasy stain on a popcorn ceiling. It will not survive the remodel, that is for sure. We are going to do a built in like this: (amazing video with annoying beginning). So lucky to have a handy husband, as we will do every bit of this kitchen, including farm style cabinets, from scratch. You can vent through a soffit but usually it is one that runs along cabinets. I am concerned about making two turns with the venting. One into and through the wall and then another to turn the tubing towards an outside vent. I see that some do vent into the spaces between floor joists. Yuck--why would you want all that steam/moisture trapped anywhere in your home?
  • Luann Chandler Luann Chandler on Jun 14, 2014
    Wish I could help, but need this answer myself. Getting ready to renovate a downstairs in my daughter's basement as an apartment for me. Best place for range does not have a place for outside venting. Been worrying about that.
  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Aug 25, 2015
    My in laws remodeled and put the stove on an interior wall. They bought a down-draft Jenn Air. The vent runs UNDER the base cabinet between the stove and outside wall, utilizing the toe kick space. It accommodates a standard 3 1/2 x 10 inch duct pipe right to the outside wall 5 feet away. The installer planned to run the duct under the kitchen floor, to the same exterior wall, but the furnace was in the way. His Plan B was to run it 30 feet to another outside wall with a booster fan do to the distance. My creative mother in law suggested the toe kick. Just the right size and normally wasted space. If you haven't picked out a stove yet, you might want to consider a down-draft model.