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Old 06-13-2018, 08:24 PM   #1
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How important is a stove hood?

We've been considering getting a Apex Nano 193BHS and just noticed that it does not come with a stove hood and vent unlike some of it's competitors like the mini winnie 2100 BH or the Roo 19.

How important is a stove hood? Just open the window and you're fine or can condensation be an issue?


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Old 06-13-2018, 09:00 PM   #2
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For me a stove hood is pretty important. If one does any more than just boil water on the stove top there's a lot of vaporized oils, some from the meat and what you use to cook with, that float upward. Might not seem like much but take a look at the filter in the hood over most any stove that's been in use for a while and you'll see how much "greasy" residue builds up. If this isn't sucked in by the hood and directed outside then it eventually deposits itself on ceiling, walls, wood work, etc. A hood may not prevent all of this but it will cut it down considerably.

That's just me take on how important a hood is.

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Old 06-13-2018, 09:13 PM   #3
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It's a must for me. If I don't use it, the toaster sets off the smoke alarm, which in turn sets off the dogs and kids.
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I agree 100% with Mike. The trailer is a fairly small enclosed space and without a range hood you will have grease and crud running down the walls and on the ceiling in no time.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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Very important. I have one but the stupid thing blows back in your face. Cutting a hole in the side and venting a new one this summer. Removes cooking smells that won't end up in the master bed. Humidity. helps to cool. I could go on and on.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:32 PM   #6
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If you do most of your cooking outside you could easily live without it. If you fry anything on the stovetop, or generate anything other than steam while cooking, it's necessary. Incidentally, our electric toaster doesn't cause any problems without the stove hood on.
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:51 AM   #7
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Follow up question then: how hard is it to install a range hood? Looks like Amazon sells 12v Hengs range covers and matching exterior vent covers, but the prospect of cutting into the exterior wall seems scary. On aluminum construction how do you even know where the studs are?
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If you install a hood, you don't want to hit a stud, you want to go in between the studs. I would investigate first before buying one without to determine stud location. Best bet is to get one with a hood if the stud location is bad.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:12 AM   #9
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It's needed. I already set off the smoke alarm and nothing was burning. Just some Canadian bacon in the pan.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:07 AM   #10
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A range hood that vents to the outside of the camper is a great thing. A range hood like I have, that doesn’t have an exhaust duct to the outside and only has a “filter” to capture any smoke and smells, is useless. This is just about the only complaint I have with my Windjammer. What were they thinking when they decided to go this route?


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