Finding the perfect insert
Insert and Liner:
People have confused and misused the word liner to refer to the insert. Insert is your stainless steel ventilation unit that houses the blower, lights and baffles. Liner is a fill between the range hood and insert made from copper(depending on your range hoods material). No insert or range hood are the same size and therefore will have a gap that needs to be fill. Thats where your liner comes in to fill the gap. We manufacture liners that are custom designed to accommodate the insert of your choice and are prebuilt into the range hood with matching patina and texture of your range hood. No need to do any additional installation. Liner cost: $150-$400
1. You have to know your cooktop/stove size.
2. Once that is established, the next point would be to see if the insert can fit into the needed range hood size. For example: if your cooktop is 36” and you want a 36” wide range hood, insert size would need to be 34” or less(few inches smaller than the range hood). Most inserts need to be 2” less in width, so that we can create a liner lip to accommodate the insert flange.
Suggestion: if you want your insert to overlap the cooktop, please add additional 2”-6” of clearance between the cabinets. For example: if you want your insert to be 40” wide as your cooktop, please designate 42”-46” of distance between the cabinets. These are very conservative numbers, so add an inch or two so there’s enough clearance for the range hood. Most people prefer no gap between range and cabinets for better ventilation or design purposes.
This depends on your cooktops BTU rating. Divide the BTU rating of your cooktop by 100 to arrive at a minimum guideline of CFM rating. For example: if a stove is capable of producing 35,000 BTUs should be paired with an insert rating of 350 CFM or greater. Finding CFM power is not a problem because most professional inserts we work with come standard 900+ CFM with variable speeds for different CFM ratings.
Noise Level(sone rating)
Understanding sone ratings may be difficult but imagine your insert blower making noise levels anywhere from a quite restaurant dinner to a sound of busy traffic(described level of 50-70 db or 5-20 sones). Insert sone rating depends on the CFM rating but typically see it anywhere from 10-20 sones from brands such as Broan, Best, Wolf, Viking and Vent-A-Hood. Quieter inserts are recommended because we believe cooking with your fan on shouldn’t sound like a busy highway noise. Inserts we work with not only produce big CFM ratings but also quietest sone levels. Brands such as Proline produce stunning power of 1200 CFM’s at 7 sones or Imperial’s most powerful 1360 CFM insert at 5 sones.
Finding your range hood height:
Here’s a simple method of finding your range hood height(make sure this is within your city codes). This will be determined on how tall the persons cooking or that are around the range hood area most. The distance measured between the cooktop and range hood should be anywhere from 30”-36”. If you are taller than 6 ft you are most likely to stick with 36” distance. But if shorter than 6’ tall, you have the option of having the distance less than 36” but more than 30”(unless advised by us otherwise). Certain range hood depths also will determine the height. Other factors come into play such as: certain range hood designs that require certain heights to be proportionate to their width. But, before ordering we’ll always make sure you get the right height for your needed design and ventilation needs.
If your wall is open and without sheetrock, we advise all of our customers to reinforce between wall studs with 2x4’s or sheet of plywood. Needs to be done only in the area of the range hood or insert will be installed. This will make your range hood installation easier and faster without the need of finding studs or making silly stud outlines on your wall! This is strongly recommended if you have big heavy range hood and insert.
DIY range hood installation(SAVE MONEY):
Typically, people think that range hood installation needs a skilled installer with 30+ years of experience. That is not true and we hope to help you save money by doing it yourself. In fact, once you read our easy 5 step installation instructions, you’ll want nail the range hood yourself and save the money for your next copper range hood purchase(pun intended). Knowing that you do not need any special work to install your custom range hood, will save you hundreds of dollars!
You’ll need a set of extra hands to hold the range hood up while you secure it to the wall. Installing the insert would be your HVAC guys work. No need to throw extra cash at him, it’s part of his appliance installation you’re already paying him. If you do not have an HVAC guy, insert installation is easy and wouldn’t take any longer to install than the range hood itself. You need to be good with some power tools and duct tape. Both units will come with installation instructions.