width do I need?|
height do I need?
if my ceiling is sloped?
is a frame?
is a finish?
is a patina?
What width do
Your copper range hood will be most
effective if it covers the entire cooking area. That
means not only the width of the heating elements, but
also the depth from the back to the front edge of the
If you have a 36" range or cooktop
ALONG A WALL, you could use a 36" wide range hood or
move up to a 42" and have 3" overlap on each side. An
obvious factor in the sizing is whether it is fitting
between cabinets on a wall mount. If you are installing
a hood over an island, we strongly recommend increasing
the size 6" wider than the cooking area. With an
unobstructed air flow, the hood needs a wider area to
capture rising fumes and heat.
We make most of
our copper hoods 24" deep (front to back) to cover most
cooking surfaces. We can make them deeper if you have a
height do I need?
We generally position the hood
34" above the cooktop or 5'10" off the floor. This keeps
it out of the cooking area, and still allows for a good
draw from the fan. If you are worried about hitting your
head on it, keep in mind that many ranges are deeper
than 24" and people are generally standing a few inches
away from the range. We can also make it a taller hood,
so it hangs lower, which also positions the switches
lower. We understand that not everyone is near the 5'10"
Likewise, if you ceiling is not exactly 8
feet or 9 feet, please round up and tell us your floor
to ceiling height in the special comments of the order.
We will build your hood to your specifications and can
provide a drawing for your approval.
What if my ceiling is sloped?
can handle that. We need to know the pitch (such as 5"
rise and 12" run, etc) and the direction of the slope in
relation to the hood (front sloping to back, etc). We
will provide a drawing for your approval prior to
finalizing the order.
What is a
Most of our designs have a horizontal
frame at the bottom of the hood. This adds structure to
the hood as well as a design element/option. We can
dress it up with straps and rivets, add lettering or
switch it to stainless steel or brass to match other
elements in your kitchen. Likewise, our texturing (at no
additional charge) can be done to the frame only for a
no-cost design contrast.
is a finish?
Texturing is something we do instead
of hammering. Hammering is when an actual hammer is used
over and over to condition the copper. We run our copper
through a texture roll - like a giant rolling pin with
bumps - to achieve a textured look. This is a quieter
method that saves our employees' ear drums and keeps
them from any carpal tunnel problems. We are concerned
about the health of our employees as well as the design
of your hood. We have different rolls to produce a
light, medium or heavy texture. The light texture is
good for countertops, sinks or large body panels of
range hoods. Heavy textures show up well on hoods with a
patina and give the classic "Old World" look. We keep
our medium texture handy for those who want something in
What is a
A patina is the result of a chemical
reaction with the metal (copper, zinc or brass) and
various elements. We do not seal any of our products and
they will, therefore, react with their environment. In
most cases, polished copper will show evidence of this
reaction by turning a brownish color. Green is usually
seen in exterior applications and most reactants that a
range hood come in contact with will not turn it
We do advance the patination process using
mild chemicals in our shop. For design purposes, we
offer a light brown or dark brown patina. The dark brown
is the most popular to achieve the "Old World" look that
attracts many people to copper. Our light brown is often
used in kitchen with a lighter color scheme and helps
take the reflectance off the copper while creating a
base color similar to a tan leather.
also work with Brass and Zinc, we do offer other patina
options. Brass has a golden undertone to its browns in
contrast to coppers reddish orange undertones. Zinc is
normally a silver/gray color, but it has been quite
popular to blacken it for more of a charcoal
While we do have pictures or our copper
patinas online, we encourage you to request actual metal
samples. If you are interested in the patinas that we
offer, please send us an e-mail to request samples in
the mail. This is a good practice from any copper hood
manufacturer as patinas are not paint - they are a
chemical reaction and the chemicals can vary in their
mixture and result.