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Can I Install A Ductless Range Hood Outside?

When deciding on a range hood for your outdoor kitchen, one of the most important things to consider is ducting. You might be wondering: can I install a ductless range hood outside?

It’s not recommended to install a ductless range hood outside. A ductless hood won’t vent all the heavy smoke produced by your grill or strong cooking odors. With a ductless hood outside, walls and overhangs will accumulate grease and require frequent cleaning.

Ductless hoods use charcoal filters, which capture some grease and neutralize some odors. But they are not designed to keep up with outdoor grills.

Many people think that you can invest in a ductless hood to save money and save time on installation. Although that’s true for indoor installations, you’ll end up having problems over time if you install a ductless hood outside.

We’ll go over these misconceptions and then give you some tips on how to choose the best outdoor hood for you.

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Will An Outdoor Ductless Range Hood Will Save Me Money?

You might think that a ductless hood installed outside will save you money. But in reality, you won’t get your money’s worth. A ductless hood simply won’t have enough power to keep your outdoor kitchen air clean and fresh.

After a few weeks of use, you may discover that the filters need replacement frequently. Smoke and odors may persist in your cooking space. Since your range hood isn’t doing what it’s meant to do, you’ll need to buy a new one. That’s not cost-effective! Chances are high that you’ll convert your hood to ducted or buy a ducted hood after a few weeks of using your ductless one.

Another reason people may choose a ductless hood for their outdoor kitchen is that it’s easy to install. Although it’s easy to install, the ease of installation does not outweigh the drawbacks. To effectively vent heavy smoke and grease from an outdoor grill, you need ductwork.

In some situations, ductwork can be optional. For example, if you live in an apartment where it’s not allowed. Or, if you cook sparingly indoors and just want to keep a little smoke and occasional cooking odors at bay. But, in outdoor kitchens, ductwork is not optional. 

Invest In A Ducted Outdoor Vent Hood.

So, how do you avoid the hassle of maintaining a ductless hood that doesn’t vent adequately? Buy a ducted outdoor hood. At Range Craft, we have a wide selection of professional outdoor range hoods. They pack more than enough power to vent heavy smoke and cooking exhaust.

Take a look at four of our best outdoor range hoods at this link. If you are looking for a 60” hood, check out this post. Or if you are after the most powerful outdoor hoods, see our list of 2000 CFM outdoor hoods.

Outdoor Range Hood Buyer’s Guide

When looking for a quality outdoor range hood, there’s a lot to consider. Here are four of the most important factors: CFM, size, filters, and material. 

CFM

You’ll want at least 1200 CFM for your outdoor range hood. 600 to 900 CFM is ideal for indoor hoods but you need more power for an outdoor vent hood. 1200 CFM will work great for most homeowners. But if you have a unique setup with two or three grills, side burners, or other extras, you might want to consider more power. If you grill every day, you also may want more than 1200 CFM.

Size

Range hood size is particularly important when choosing your outdoor hood. All you need to do is take your kitchen range or grill and add 12” to it. So if you have a 36” outdoor grill, a 48” range hood is ideal. This gives you maximum coverage and ensures all the smoke and odors is vented out of your cooking area.

Filters

There are three different types of range hood filters. Baffle, mesh, and charcoal. Baffle filters are the most efficient at capturing grease, followed by mesh filters. Baffle filters are the best choice for your outdoor range hood. Ductless range hoods use replaceable charcoal filters. These filters remove some grease and odors but are not as efficient as baffles.