Old Okeefe and Merritt venting question

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Old 11-29-09, 05:25 PM
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Old Okeefe and Merritt venting question

We have an old Okeefe and Merritt (probably late 50's) gas stove (see pictures below). Currently there is a steel vent pipe coming off the top right side of the stove that bends 90 degrees, goes through a boxed off section of wall, then runs into a dedicated vertical vent that goes up and out the roof (encased in terracotta from kitchen floor through roof).

There is also an open air (fanless) vent that exists directly above the center of the stove in the kitchen ceiling.

We're considering removing the existing steel vent, as well as the giant vent in the boxed off section of wall to gain more space in that section of the kitchen. Then adding a powered fan into the vent directly above the stove that we would switch on whenever cooking..

The question- is this a good or bad idea? Does the stove require venting when not cooking (lot's of pilot lights burning)? Would the fanned vent straight above be enough to vent when cooking/not cooking?

Also does anyone know if the opening pictured on the top left side of the stove is an intake or a vent?

Thanks for any thoughts!


 
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Old 11-29-09, 07:08 PM
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If memory serves me, the vent could come off either side of the range. The open side should have a blank plate installed.
You would be better served to check the codes with your local jurisdiction concerning removal of venting and installing a hood.
 
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Old 11-30-09, 06:46 PM
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If memory serves me, the vent could come off either side of the range. The open side should have a blank plate installed.
You would be better served to check the codes with your local jurisdiction concerning removal of venting and installing a hood.
The open side in this case has a slotted grill plate over it- it's basically just wide open. So does that mean the left side is also a vent? And if both sides are vents, are they specific to each oven? Or does each vent share the venting of both ovens?

Thanks for the response.
 
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