Classic Copper Works’ standing seam copper bay windows, standing seam copper chimney caps, copper range hoods,and standing seam copper awnings and copper chimney pots, have long been in highdemand. Over the past 46 years, Classic Copper Works (fomerly TSMW, Inc.) has crafted hundreds of these items. We’ve used our experience to develop techniques that make it not just possible, but easy, for do it yourselfers (DIY) and everyone else to add these highly sought custom items to their homes.
The Straford custom copper range hood shown at the top left is hand contructed from 24 ounce pure copper sheet. The seams are sweat soldered from the back and the excess solder removed durinf the clean up phase. The brass straps shown are one quarter inch thick and fastened with carriage bolts which have smooth domed head. The two upright straps are worked over the horizontal strap bolted through and through. The range hood shown has been finished in a distressed antiqued copper color. The Stratford is available in a number of finishes including polished from our online ordering system.
A copper range hood is a device containing a fan that hangs above the stove or cooktop in the kitchen. It is used to remove airborne grease, combustion products, smoke, odors, heat, and steam from the air by a combination of filtration and evacuation of the air.
The device is known as a copper range hood (in the UK) and as copper range hood (in the United States) or rangehood (in Australia). It is also called a kitchen, stove, exhaust, cooker, vent or ventilation hood. Other names include cooking canopy, extractor fan, fume extractor, and electric chimney.
A range hood consists of three main components: a skirt or capture panel to contain the rising gases (also known as the "effluent plume"), one or more grease filters, and a fan or tangential blower for forced ventilation.
There are 2 major applications of range hoods: ducted (or vented) application, and ductless (or recirculating) application. In a ducted application, the output collar of the range hood’s blower motor is attached to a duct system, which terminates outside of the residence. In a ductless application, a filter containing activated charcoal is used to remove odor and smoke particles from the air, before releasing the cleaned air back into the kitchen environment.
A ducted application is generally preferable, since it allows for removal of all forms of airborne contamination, while ductless application recirculates heat and moisture into the kitchen environment. In addition, a ducted application eliminates the need for replacing the activated charcoal filters on a regular basis, and avoids the airflow restriction (and resultant loss of power) caused by activated charcoal filter placement. However, some kitchen environments do not allow ducted application, due to lack of space or ability to install a duct system, make-up air requirements, or the additional cost of heating/cooling the make-up air.
Some range hood designs allow for both types of applications, and are typically noted as such in the manufacturer’s product literature.
Exhaust hoods almost always include built-in lighting (incandescent, fluorescent, or halogen) to illuminate the cooking surface. In addition, some manufacturers offer matching accessories, such as: backsplash panels, pot racks, shelf units, dish racks, and other attachments, allowing a greater flexibility of design.
Control systems for range hoods are typically electronic in nature. However, electromechanical controls (relatively rare on mid-market and high-end models) exist as well. Range Hoods with electronic control systems may offer one or more of the following features: remote control, motorized height adjustment, thermal sensor, overheat protection, boost mode, delayed shut-off, filter cleaning reminder, active noise cancellation, temperature display, user presets (memory), or a combination of the above.
In the United States, prices for residential range hoods can range from US$400 to US$20,000 or more for custom-built models. The majority of products are located in the US$400 – US$2500 range (according to results from major online sources, including Google Base, Epinions.com, PriceGrabber.com, and other popular review sites.
The invention of various forms of range hood in mid 20th century allowed for the reintroduction of the Farmhouse kitchen into popular architecture. The first extraction hood was produced by Vent-a-Hood in 1937.
Range Hoods may be made from a variety of materials, including: copper, steel, tempered glass, wood, aluminum, brass, heat-resistant plastics, and more.
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