Grill Ventilation Issues/Problems/Mistakes

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 20, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

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I spend a ton of time on Houzz these days. It’s a great site for planning anything for your home. You should look through before attempting any type of renovation. So I was skimming through when I saw this picture.

Now someone placed a ton of thought into this room. Look at the pillows and how they match the chairs and the toy house in the background. Yet it makes me want to scream at the same time. Does anyone else see the issue? At least one person does.

That’s right. No ventilation for 75,000 BTUs. Those pillows won’t be cute for long if they grill often. Broan estimates 4-6 quarts of grease are spread through a kitchen due to poor ventilation. The average stove is only 45,000 BTU's, and you typically do not grill on the stove itself.

This is a real problem, and this isn't the only home with it. These next two share the same issue:

This is a far more common problem. You probably know that the blower needs to be a certain power (I recommend 1,200-1500 for outdoor use). However, capture area is equally essential. Smoke from the blower will be emitted from the grill. It first has to be captured by the hood and then exhausted with the vent. The smoke will bypass these smaller (yet fancy) hoods.

I really do not have a problem with not venting in a totally outside space. The smoke goes outside directly. Hoods direct smoke to the outside. However, you should place your TV in a less greasy area.

This is how to vent properly

Both of these homes have plenty of capture area to handle the smoke off the grill. I am assuming enough CFM power as well.

How to vent:

  1. At least 1,200 to 1,500 CFM, if not greater
  2. A big enough capture area. I recommend 27 inches depth. If you have to buy a metal shell, make sure its UL to be outside
  3. Ducting. Straight up or straight back. No elbows as this will reduce the static flow

Final Thoughts

I do not know what to say, but vent properly in a closed room with a grill or ruin the furnishings. If you cannot, then leave the grill outside.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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