Moisture between range hood and cabinet?

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Moisture between range hood and cabinet?

Our over-the-range microwave quit and we opted to not replace it since we use it so seldom. We do want a hood of some sort for over-the-range lighting and air filtration (since the range is on an island, ventilating isn't feasible.

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I recently purchased and installed a range hood but now I'm concerned about moisture getting between the hood and the bottom of the cabinet. You can't really see it from the picture, but there are spacers around the edge of the bottom, so there's a gap of approx. 1" between the top of the hood and the cabinet bottom.

Since the hood isn't sealed, I know moisture will eventually get in between the hood and cabinet (even when the fan is running). That gap isn't well ventilated so I'm concerned about mold developing.

I'm not really sure what to do. Based on the look of other range hoods, I'd think this problem would occur with all of them.
 
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I don't understand why you think that moisture will occur?
 
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Were's the picture of the hood installed?
I agree, where's this moisture going to come from?
 
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I snapped a couple photos of the underside of the hood. I circled the existing holes in the metal that will allow moisture from cooking to get in between the hood and the cabinet bottom.

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I just posted pictures of the hood.

The moisture will be generated from cooking. Steam, etc.
 
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I really don't see it as a problem but if you are worried about it, I imagine that you could put some kind of vapor barrier above the hood.
 
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I've install at least 50 like that and it's never been an issue.
Amazed you did not use that microwave over the stove.
I use the two I own all the time.
 
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There is enough heat rising from the stove to more than dry out any moisture that gets up there.
There won't be a moisture problem.
 
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Thanks

Thanks to all who chimed in.
 
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We did use it before it quit, but not often and my wife insists we can do without it. It's been a couple weeks and so far she's right. We re-heat leftovers on the stove, in the oven, or in our small toaster/convection oven. Have to plan for a little more time but it's not a big deal. Funny thing is it reminds me of my grandmother, who made re-heated leftovers taste as good as the night they were first cooked, and she never once touched a microwave.
 
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