You love to grill, and as an avid grill master (or a future one), you should consider installing an outdoor grill hood if you haven’t already! Burgers, steaks, ribs, hotdogs; all these delicious foods produce smoke and oils while cooking, which could end up on your ceiling, cabinets, and outdoor furniture.
When grilling and cooking in your outdoor kitchen, you may find that a grill hood is a key feature in improving the airflow and ventilation in your covered outdoor cooking area. The outdoor kitchen pros at Synergy Outdoor Living explain…
What is a Grill Hood?
A grill hood is a kitchen exhaust fan that is installed outside in an enclosed or open patio. Grill hoods can be mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling of your outdoor kitchen space.
Grill hoods are typically deeper and wider than an indoor kitchen model to provide optimal ventilation. Dishwasher-safe filters and a muffler ensure minimal maintenance and a quiet outdoor living space!
Pro tip: If your grill is against the wall on your patio, opt for a wall range hood. If your grill is installed into an outdoor island, you’ll want to install the grill hood over top.
Benefits of a Grill Hood
While outdoor grill hoods aren’t required in open-air outdoor cooking areas, any cooking space, whether indoors or out, should include one for ventilation and improved airflow. Some building codes may even require a grill hood in an outdoor cooking space.
Outdoor grill hoods are suitable for all kinds of grills including electric, charcoal, gas, and even smokers. Heavy stainless steel is a great option due to its durability, and integrating lighting into the grill hood can also help with visibility when grilling at night, and add ambiance to your cooking space.
Top Reasons to Install a Grill Hood
First, they make a big statement to the overall design of your amazing new outdoor kitchen area. These are the other main reasons to install a grill hood:
You Grill Often
While burgers, steaks, ribs, hotdogs, etc, are delicious, they also produce a lot of smoke and oils as you cook them. If you grill frequently, it is important to filter that smoke-filled air from your outdoor cooking and relaxation space.
You Have Trouble Keeping Outdoor Surfaces Clean
A grill hood can be a great investment if you have trouble keeping your patio furniture, appliances, and walls clean. Without a grill hood, the grease and oil from the grill may accumulate on your cooking spaces, furniture, ceiling, and walls, and become dirty over time.
And it’s hard to clean! Protect your entire outdoor living area and install a grill hood to properly ventilate the air.
You Often Host Guests
A grill hood in your backyard will keep your air fresh for you and all your guests while out on the patio. A grill hood is especially important if your outdoor kitchen is small or in an enclosed area.
Smoke can build up quickly in a smaller enclosed space making it uncomfortable to spend time there. You want to enjoy your time dining al fresco with friends, not have them wondering if they are going to leave smelling like smoke.
You are Remodeling Your Outdoor Space
If you are in the planning stages of designing a new kitchen for your backyard, or you are remodeling your current space, a grill hood can be a great addition.
Remember: outdoor range hoods tend to be larger than indoor range hoods to accommodate the size of the grill, so make sure that you have enough space in your outdoor living area before making any purchases or decisions.
Choosing a Grill Hood
When choosing a grill hood for your outdoor cooking area, look for the hood’s CFMs. CFMs are the measurement of the cubic feet of air that a hood will move each minute.
For an outdoor cooking area with a grill, choose a grill hood with between 1200 and 2000 CFM. Only high CFM hoods can handle the intense heat, fumes, and grease that come from your grill. The more power that your grill hood has, the faster your outdoor relaxation area will be smoke and grease–free.
Install a Grill Hood to Protect Your Outdoor Kitchen
While the smoke and delicious aromas that come off the grill can entice friends and family outside while you grill, your outdoor kitchen should have a grill hood to protect the appliances, ceiling, walls, and furniture from damage over time.
Synergy Outdoor Living was founded with the idea that everyone deserves a beautiful outdoor living space to enjoy with friends and family. We can install a beautiful and functional grill hood into any outdoor living space!