to insist that I don't want a cooker hood?
happyon · 12/04/2013 12:31
Sorry to be dull but have been quite amazed at how much debate this has caused. My kitchen is small but open plan and has a huge window so I'd rather have the cabinet space. Builder claims he won't put in new kitchen without it . His refusal is not about building regs. He just thinks I'll 'regret it'. AIBU not to have one?
Bunbaker · 12/04/2013 12:35
Yes. I wouldn't want kitchen cupboards over the cooker as they would get too hot. I do a lot of cooking and have had kitchens with and without cooker hoods and would not have one without one now. An extractor fan on the wall just isn't good enough. A cooker hood with an extractor fan in it will help prevent your windows from steaming up and extract the steam, smoke from griddling and fumes from stir frying. I think you would regret not having one.
WillieWaggledagger · 12/04/2013 12:45
we don't have a cooker hood or extractor fan (rented house) and it is a nightmare. admittedly part of the problem is that we don't have heating in the kitchen and it's tacked onto the back of the house so it's very very cold and that makes the steam problem worse.
even with the window and back door open (which is miserable in the depths of winter) the condensation on and inside all the cupboards is terrible, and i have to take everything out of the cupboards on an almost weekly basis and wipe down or there is a risk of mould build-up which is disgusting
dry goods have to be kept in airtight tupperware or they go mouldy too
we're moving within the next year and although i'm sure it wouldn't be as bad as this for you i wouldn't risk it
happyon · 12/04/2013 13:09
But I had one there for years, a proper externally ventilated one, and used only the light. There has been no problem with damp, condensation etc... It was kind of fitted into the cabinet, with a small shelf on top for spices etc... It never buckled. I also had a kind of hanging rack on the splash back. It was handy but everything on got very hot so not very practical. No room for a pull out larder unfortunately.
Maybe a compromise would work? Can anyone recommend a really small and thin one that I could fix on the bottom of my cabinet?
ChunkyPickle · 12/04/2013 13:25
We have a tuckaway/pull out one, with a shallow cupboard above it. The cupboard does get very warm, covered in ick (grease, dust etc - and I almost never fry!) and if the hood wasn't in the way the edging would be peeling off (as it is at the corners of the wall cupboards right next to the hob.
MIL has a hood which she never turns on, and the underside of all the cupboards around, and her ceiling are absolutely foul.
ChunkyPickle · 12/04/2013 13:27
We have an ancient version of one of the telescopic ones at the bottom of this page:
Lueji · 12/04/2013 13:32
This type, for example.
I had one from Ikea, and the cabinet was designed to fit the hood.
You can have the external duct inside the cabinet and still space for storage, inside and over the cabinet.
Just remember that it has to have a certain space over the cooker.
forevergreek · 12/04/2013 13:48
We have a hood extractor and a cupboard :)
Wouldn't like to not have one. All the steam from cooking goes through it.
The cupboard isn't that big and is high up, but just has extra cooking dishes/ cake trays etc in
I think it's called an under cabinet range hood...
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