Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by pookie May need to be installed upside down
I have an island kitchen stove. If this blower is installed at ground level to the outside of a house it has a ground clearance issue and may need to be installed upside down. I had to fabricate a hood on the exhaust outlet to make it weatherproof. The hood is made of stainless steel so now it looks and works great.
August 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ThomasF Much quieter than hood with fan
Replaced a Broan hood vent with fan which was so noisy that you couldn't talk in the kitchen with it running. This is much quieter but even on the quietest setting it has enough air flow to easily remove the fumes. This did not have a large skirt for use with a tile roof, so I had to improvise and make a larger one to fit under and along side the tiles using roofing tape and sheet aluminum. It eventually worked out after much effort and has survived its first rain without a problem Would give it a higher rating if it had been made with the larger skirt needed for tile roofing.
May 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BillD Great Solution To Odor Problem
This is the first time I have ever reviewed a product on line, but the Broan 336 1500 CFM Exterior Blower has worked out so well I feel I should do so as a public service. My wife and I cook Indian with some regularity. Our pop-up, downdraft island vent fan is completely useless at keeping up with the powerful odors. The entire house smells like the kitchen of an Indian restaurant literally for most of a week later. My wife, who grew up in an Indian family and whose mother cooked traditionally, doesn’t mind. I, who grew up a rural Methodist and whose mother couldn’t have distinguished between a curry and a sari, do mind. The design problem was a very large skylight over the island cook top whose presence precluded any form of normal range hood. Working with a local remodeling firm (Wilderness Construction, Ann Arbor, MI), they agreed to install the fan, create a standard sort of HVAC ducting arrangement from the fan down to the wall of the skylight, and do a transition from the round ducts to the square grill which serves as the pseudo “vent hood” in the side of the skylight. They insulated the ductwork from the freezing temperatures in the attic space; coupled with the back draft prevention in the fan itself, we get no cold air back into the kitchen. I really wasn’t sure whether this system would work, but after making a very fine curry last night, there is no residual odor for the breakfast o.j. At low speeds, you can’t hear the fan at all (unlike the downdraft fan, which sounds like an SST taking off), and at a little above medium, which was enough to vent the cooking, it was a quiet background hiss. Not objectionable at all. Despite its impressive size, when installed on the roof and painted, it looks very little different from the cluster of attic vents that are common on newish homes. Assuming it proves to be durable (no reason to think otherwise), this fan will be a surprisingly effective solution to an otherwise intractable kitchen problem. P.S. The sales guy for VentingDirect was knowledgeable and happy to help me think through how to accomplish this quite customized arrangement.
January 9, 2011