Outdoor range hoods have most of the same features as indoor range hoods for the kitchen (such as sones, CFM, filters, etc.), but outdoor range hoods are used outside over outdoor kitchen stove tops, inside outdoor kitchens and/or above outdoor barbeques. Outdoor kitchen range hoods are also known as barbeque range hoods, or BBQ range hoods.
Outdoor range hoods have a lot of similarities with indoor range hoods. First of all, most of the same features are still available and perform the same functions. Both types of range hoods require ductwork to ventilate air, otherwise a ductless option needs to be installed. Both require the use of range hood filters and both provide stove top lighting with light bulbs. Also, both types work at different noise levels, which are measured in sones, and both come in wall mount styles or island mount styles.
Outdoor range hoods are typically installed about three feet above the barbeque or outdoor cooking surface. They range in size from 30 inches to 60 inches, but custom outdoor range hoods may be bigger, depending upon the needs of the outdoor cooking space. Indoor range hoods are typically installed 28 inches to 30 inches above the cooking surface and are as wide as the range with three extra inches on each side.
Additionally, outdoor range hoods need to be more powerful because they are ventilating air from a BBQ, versus an average kitchen electric or gas stove top. This means they have to ventilate larger amounts of smoke and heat during cooking. Thus, outdoor range hoods usually function at higher CFMs. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and measures how much air a range hood can exhaust. (This measures the power of the range hood.)
Outdoor range hoods typically have capabilities of at least 900 to 1000 CFM and higher. This also means that the range hood will be louder because it is working harder. This is similar to professional range hoods, which also work at higher CFMs for cooks who cook more often. RangeHoodsInc.com offers a series of professional range hoods for cooks who require higher CFM and prefer the professional and modern look of baffle filters.
Outdoor range hoods are great for ventilating air in outdoor cooking spaces, such as over barbeques or inside of porches and/or patios where people cook food. They also become a focal point in the cooking space, just like range hoods become a focal point for kitchen design inside of the home. They also make entertaining outdoors even safer by keeping the air that you are breathing cleaner.
Mounting the range hood outside also means that it has to be able to withstand different types of weather. Outdoor range hoods are usually made to be durable in different weather conditions. Indoor range hoods do not have to be as durable because they are not exposed to the elements.
You can browse indoor range hoods for your kitchen on RangeHoodsInc.com. We carry island range hoods, wall mount range hoods, professional series range hoods, under cabinet range hoods, insert liner range hoods and more.