Discreet extractor fan

Space solves

Discreet extractor fan

The Guardian, Saturday 17 April 2010

I have an island unit containing a gas hob in my open-plan kitchen. I want to install an extractor fan, but do not want a large hood and chimney obscuring the view of the garden.

Our DIY expert Julian Cassell says, “Sadly, you cannot use a flush-mounted centrifugal fan above the cooker, because it will simply clog up in no time. These are designed for positioning across the room from the cooker, to help extract moisture. The hood design is the most efficient way of dealing with odours and grease. For something less obtrusive, try a downdraught extractor, which is fitted into the worktop along the back edge of the hob and extends up a few centimetres above it. Appliance City stocks the De Dietrich Downdraught extractor for £1,399. Or go for a design that is recessed in the ceiling. Atag’s Magna range, for example, is effective as long as the gap between worktop and hood is less than 2m. This will keep your garden view, but will cost around £2,000 fitted.”

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