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I get the concept of over the range microwaves being space saving, but that idea is not a good one. Stuff spills and drops, and when it drops onto your range, it's not good-especially if you have a burner on.

When we moved into our home last year we had a micro/fan unit over the stove, it was from Ikea. Even though it was ducted to an outside vent, it was useless as a fan, and it collected grease

Most n.american household ventilation hoods are garbage, even the expensive ones. The issue is those flat 1/4" thick screens that theoritically absorbs grease. Just plain stupid, you need gallons of hot water to clean them, and then they aren't effective. It costs too much to replace them every two months, so what do you do?

The Asian style of ventilation hood has two semi exposed fans. Each fan has a drip cup underneath, as well as a drip cup at the back. You just remove the drip cups, clean out the grease, and it's done.
 

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Hi planethoff,

Here in Vancouver we get a lot of rain, a lot... Clothes dryers, kitchen and bathroom fans are almost always vented through the walls, some through the soffits, but mostly through the walls. What I'm trying to say is that there is no need to vent through the roof, the shortest and best route is through the walls
 
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