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Do You Own a VENT A HOOD Exhaust Hood Over Your Stove??

Two added points from personal experience (1) a dishwasher can loosen the paint on the cage which will be hard to remove, even with an old toothbrush. (2) Try to keep the cages on their respective shafts from being pushed too close to the back before tightening; they can then rattle if slightly off balance.

Apr 28, 2014
TennilleGuy in Cookware

Do You Own a VENT A HOOD Exhaust Hood Over Your Stove??

Let us know what you get and why you decided on it. Our Ventahood is almost 5 years old and has functioned very well.

Feb 27, 2012
TennilleGuy in Cookware

Do You Own a VENT A HOOD Exhaust Hood Over Your Stove??

To me, the "important point" is whether or not the hood does its job... take fumes and smells out of the kitchen. I cannot answer for all other hoods, but the Vent A--Hood does a good job for us. If I l look up into the duct, directly above the unit, there is very little grease on it.

If ease of cleaning and a nice clean duct is your primary concern I suspect you are facing a tough choice. Good luck. Let us know, after a year or two, how whatever you choose is working out.

Jan 18, 2012
TennilleGuy in Cookware

Do You Own a VENT A HOOD Exhaust Hood Over Your Stove??

No, not necessarily at the same frequency, but I've found that it's much easier than letting them accumulate grease that sticks on harder. I've had my unit since '07. Certainly much easier to get to and clean than those hoodless pop-up downdraft units.

I suppose that most exhaust fans have blades... so?

Jan 18, 2012
TennilleGuy in Cookware

Do You Own a VENT A HOOD Exhaust Hood Over Your Stove??

First off... TED is correct about WD-40. However, the grease trap can be cleaned this way without too much inhaling of fumes.

Secondly, There is more to this than "merely" cleaning the "box". The two rotary fan blades (white; black) need to be removed (requiring a extended length Allen wrench on the set-screws). These blades accumulate grease and are not easy to clean! Then, they have to be replaced at the proper position and the set-screws retightened.

Jan 18, 2012
TennilleGuy in Cookware

Do You Own a VENT A HOOD Exhaust Hood Over Your Stove??

We have had a Vent-a-Hood for over three years. The easiest way to clean the hood is to remove the cover(s) as instructed by the manufacturer. Place them on newspapers and wipe off, wipe out any excess and pooled grease with paper towels. Then spray the various parts (including the plastic flaps) with WD-40 and wipe them off with fresh paper towels. WD-40 cuts the grease and makes the cleaning waterless (no rinsing needed). WD-40 also works well on the exterior stainless areas as well as on our range top backsplash.

Dec 01, 2011
TennilleGuy in Cookware