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Old 10-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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We don't have a stove vent and rely on the Maxxfan as cpaharley suggests. No problems at all.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:11 PM   #12
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When we were shopping for a TT one of the requirements was a venting range hood fan. We have the 3 burner stove in the standard position near the bed. When cooking and using boiling water all of the vapors are vented by the range vent fan. By comparison we opened the awning kitchen widow and used the Maxxx fan to vent the water vapor from boiling water. While there may be some other variables, the interior temps, the cooking time and the duration the fans were on were the same. Condensation was noticeable on the ceiling with the Maxx fan but not so with the range hood vent fan. The range hood vent fan works best for us. Yes, we did replace the range hood bulb with an LED lamp. There multiple sources for air exchange and heat loss in the Escape trailers including the door.
A good point by cpaharley. Maxx fan blowing in and range vent fan blowing out.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #13
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And the one, the only, the correct answer is: It all depends on what you want and what you prefer.

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Old 10-13-2013, 10:07 PM   #14
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The colder the weather the more important it is to keep avoidable water vapor outside the trailer. I have a single burner Snow Peak stove that burns ISO butane propane mix fuel in liquid injection mode that lights and cooks well in very cold/high altitude conditions. The action shot is at Banff Tunnel Mtn II campground earlier this Oct.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:05 AM   #15
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Thanks very much everybody for your feedback. Your opinions and experiences really give me lots to think about and decide what 's best for me. Thanks ! j
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:36 PM   #16
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No issues here with cold and the hood fan. In fact, when it is cold is when it is most needed. The added condensation of cooking inside needs to be evacuated. You could do this with the Maxx Fan, but it is sure nice to have it go directly out at the stove.

As mentioned above, cooking inside when real cold should be avoided if possible.

Last night we camped with an overnight low of -10°C (14°F). With the short days (and the stupid DST still in place), even as late as 7:30 it is still dark out, so I made the coffee inside while I read a bit. I REALLY appreciated the hood fan, as it carried the steam from the boiling water directly outside.

I was one of the early promoters of the idea of just using the Maxx fan, but I think I am just as glad to have the hood fan now.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #17
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And steam tends to set off my smoke detector.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:52 PM   #18
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Thanks very much for the feedback Jim and gbaglo. So many decisions to make! j
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:16 PM   #19
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Anybody else find the flaper on outside vent for the range hood doesn't really open when the fan is on? I use a bag clip to keep it open but it is kind of anoying that it doesn't open properly with jus the force of the fan.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:40 PM   #20
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Dave, my experience matches yours...the vent doesn't really open from the force of the fan. On the other hand we were camped in Western N.D. Last weekend with 40-50 MPH winds and gusts that were higher. In those conditions, the vent flaps quite a bit!
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