Mar 17, 2008, 3:43 PM
Post #1 of 16
I am in the process of buying a new stove/oven for my new house. The place in the kitchen where I thought the stove ought to go has no vent to the outside. Well, actually, there is no vent to the outside anywhere in the kitchen, except the windows and the back door.
Don't ovens need to be vented to the outside?
I talked to someone in a store about the hood over the stove, that has a fan in it, and had what looked like a vent in the back of it, sort of round 3"-4" opening. The sales person said people here do not vent the hood to the outside. They get good filters in the hood and let the fan pull the air from over the stove into the filter and out the top of the hood into the kitchen. I accepted that but did not even think about the oven. Then as I began to think about it, I don't recall ever seeing the back of a stove. I have never had to deal with one that intimately myself.
That wall where I think the stove belongs is a shared wall. By that I mean, the other side of the wall is in the neighbor's service area. I don't think I could have a vent hole put through my kitchen wall, to become the vent, because it would vent right into the neighbor's service area. The service areas in these houses are all open, but the neighbors behind my house are in the process of enclosing theirs and I can see me doing that sometime in the future. If I were my nieghbor (on the back side of my kitchen wall) I don't think I would want the neighbors (me) venting their stove into my service area, especially if I too had plans to enclose that area. But, in my recent house shopping adventures I came across at least one situation where the neighbors had installed what I call a window air conditioner through the wall of their house. The back end of the a/c was left hanging over the driveway of the house I was looking at. If we ever wanted to add a room onto that side of that house, we would have the back end of the neighbor's air conditioner in our new room. I mention this only because I have to realize that some people are not terribly concerned about invading their neighbor's space. So perhaps my putting a vent through my kitchen wall into the neighbor's service area would not be considered that unusual in Mexico. Who knows? I know I scratched that house off the list because I did not want neighbors who did things like that. Maybe they had the former owner's permission. Who knows?
So I thought I would ask here, half way anticipating that things may be done differently in Mexico than they are NOB. I am primarily concerned with the issue of whether or not it is necessary/advisable/required to vent an oven to the outiside. I am not THAT interested in a discussion about invading the neighbor's spaces.