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is it necessary to have a vent in the kitchen?

  • October 22 2012 - Berkeley
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I totally agree
  • December 06 2012
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The code requirement is a vent or a window that opens within a certain distance to the source.
  • November 28 2012
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I don't have a vent.  My home has never had a vent in either the kitchen or the bath.

I have these really cool things called windows & I crack them open when necessary.  Even in January.

It's all good.
  • November 27 2012
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The newest building code will mandate a kitchen exhaust and must be ducted/discharge to the exterior. This requirement will affect new homes and remodeled homes.
  • November 07 2012
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Typically gas stoves require ventilation for the combustion.  There are a few exceptions.  Typically, electric stoves and ovens... don't require ventilation as there is no combustion.

I know of at least one house that doesn't have a vent for the gas stove in the kitchen, and it is inspected by the city at least once every 4 years.  I have no clue why the city never complained about it missing the vent.  But then the stove is not presently being used (gas shut off), so it really is not a safety issue.
  • October 22 2012
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The presence of a Kitchen Vent is not a code requirement. However, there are only two types of vents that are acceptable. 1. overhead vent that vents into kitchen, i.e. above stove. 2. Overhead vent that vents to outside through a fireproof vent pipe. So, if you add a vent make sure it is one of these two types.

  • October 22 2012
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I've had some homeowners that do not have kitchen vents tell me that they use a plug in air filter (charcoal) to help eliminate odors. Still if you cook at high temps you may have some issues with the smoke detector. I've heard some homeowners also say that they've cooked on older pans and all of the residual oil turned brown and set off the smoke detectors, and this is just from the pan, its not like they've burnt something while cooking. So, if you DO NOT have a vent expect minor smoke creation, white walls turning yellowish, sometimes even brown, and furniture to have everlasting smell of food even after moving or installing a vent.
  • October 22 2012
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I think it would be wise to have a vent. All the heat will build up to moisture if it has no place to escape, that could mean disaster for food or even potential wood dammage from all the potential moisture.

  • October 22 2012
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Regardless of whether it is a code requirement or not the moisture that a kitchen generates is second only to a bathroom.  Moisture is the food of mold.  If you want mold, don't use a fan.
  • October 22 2012
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You should check with your local building and safety office, in city-hall.  They usually answer all questions in a friendly manner, and often offer up solutions to any problems you may have :)

Best wishes from So-Cal and good luck
  • October 22 2012
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