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Old 12-12-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Kitchen Ventilation - Small Batch

I've noticed condensation on windows during the Winter when I brew smaller batches in my kitchen. My stove-vent EDIT (does NOT) vent to the exterior. I have a kitchen window about 4' away from my pot.

Does anyone have experience using a fan in the window? Other than a cheap box fan, I'm considering this high-volume fan:

http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-...tor-97762.html


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Old 12-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Do you open the window a crack when venting?

If your home is well sealed, you need an air intake for a vent fan to work at all.

Igagine a small fan in the mouth of a 2 liter bottle trying to push air out.

Air would have to go in the same hole it is going out.


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Old 12-12-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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Do you open the window a crack when venting?

If your home is well sealed, you need an air intake for a vent fan to work at all.

Igagine a small fan in the mouth of a 2 liter bottle trying to push air out.

Air would have to go in the same hole it is going out.
I haven't used any fan yet. There is a window across the kitchen that I could crack open, fan in the window closest to the stove (maybe with an extension piece through the window).
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Try opening the closest window an inch and running the vent fan only.

The vent fan should do all of the air movement.
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CORRECTION: My stove vent does NOT vent to the exterior. It's microwave-over-the-stove that just blows air in your face.

I'm looking at a fan to move humid air outside using the closest window and looking for a suggestion if a fan (or high volume fan) would work.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:01 PM   #6
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On low that fan is moving 1400 CFM. That's like changing the entire volume of a 12 by 15 room in one minute..

I think a cheapo 16 inch box fan would do the job...

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In the summertime I open a window on the farside of the apartment with a fan blowing in, then open the kitchen window. In the wintertime I donít worry about it.

The fan is a 9" and it works pretty well on low.
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On low that fan is moving 1400 CFM. That's like changing the entire volume of a 12 by 15 room in one minute..

I think a cheapo 16 inch box fan would do the job...

OMO

bosco
Harbor Freight if close by my house so I decided to pick up the 8" high volume fan - I'm planning on doing some drywall/insulation work too soon and saw more uses for this than brewing.

For a crude test, I cut a piece of cardboard for the window opening with an 8" hole and butted the fan up to it, opening a window across the kitchen. The airflow seemed significant and I'm thinking this will be the way to vent moisture and smell from boiling inside. The drawback is that it's loud - but, if that is really a problem I can get their flexible tube and put the fan outside. Time to brew another batch to see how this works.

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I did a batch with the fan and the ventilation was night-and-day difference from my previous indoor experience. I partially opened a window across the kitchen. There was no signs of condensation on the windows anywhere in the house with about a gallon boiled off. The drawback is noise and a chilly kitchen but it works.

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CORRECTION: My stove vent does NOT vent to the exterior. It's microwave-over-the-stove that just blows air in your face.

I'm looking at a fan to move humid air outside using the closest window and looking for a suggestion if a fan (or high volume fan) would work.


Starting a thread with "My hood vent vents to the outside" when it doesn't, is like posting a thread "I want to brew a pale ale" and then sying you really wanted to make wine...



Sorry! lol.


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