Don Fugler
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Kitchen Ventilation

In many homes, cooking is the largest indoor source of air pollutants. Exposures can be higher in the kitchen compared to other places in the home. We can still enjoy the many benefits of cooking by installing and using range hoods that vent to the outdoors. This group will promote discussion about how to select effective range hoods, strategies to improve the efficiency of existing ventilation systems for kitchen pollutants, and what to do in homes that don’t have ducting already installed…See More
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Kitchen Ventilation

In many homes, cooking is the largest indoor source of air pollutants. Exposures can be higher in the kitchen compared to other places in the home. We can still enjoy the many benefits of cooking by installing and using range hoods that vent to the outdoors. This group will promote discussion about how to select effective range hoods, strategies to improve the efficiency of existing ventilation systems for kitchen pollutants, and what to do in homes that don’t have ducting already installed…See More
May 2
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Difficult retrofits in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"If you have a microwave oven in the same approximate area - repeat some of the tests with the microwave (using covered microwave save pans)  I think you see numbers that are in the same range.   I suspect you could see some of the…"
Apr 15
Don Fugler replied to Don Fugler's discussion Difficult retrofits in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"OK, I did five trials of approximately the same set-up. Each time the onions were ready and taken off the burner (or squelched with canned tomatoes) 8 minutes following the start of heating. Initial Dylos total readings ranged from 72 to 281. Peak…"
Apr 15
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"Yup,  I've read prior posts.    And I know Don's posts are six months old.   While the one particular brand is no longer available,  there are actually quite a few on the market.   Its still on…"
Apr 5
David Butler replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"You're preachin' to the choir. We had several in-depth discussions on this topic here, here, here, and here. Unfortunately, CO-Experts detector is no longer manufactured. I believe the ProTech 8505 is still available (see this site)."
Apr 5
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"They do meet UL standards, different UL standards,   but not for alarm systems that call fire departments. The CO detectors that are commonly used - are last ditch before people die alarms.   The save lives,  but do not…"
Apr 5
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Difficult retrofits in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"It's amazing to see how much junk are in some types of ducts.  I doubt anyone except the original owners would every think of checking and cleaning out the duct.  Many would not understand what its for - and worse someone else may see…"
Apr 5
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"Correct,  but if we're worried about depressurizing issues - having at least one very sensitive CO detector to monitor the issue - if make up air is not being supplied."
Apr 5
David Butler replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"That's because those standards were written to protect municipalities (from nuisance alarms) rather than to protect the public =:-o"
Apr 5
Don Fugler replied to Don Fugler's discussion Difficult retrofits in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"The beauty of a duct running in an unfinished basement is that you can put a clean-out/inspection cover at the bottom of the vertical run and check it ever so often."
Apr 4
Don Fugler replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"There are more sensitive CO detectors on the market but, unfortunately, their very sensitivity makes it impossible to meet UL standards. The revised Canadian CO sensor standard, CSA 6.19, has a section for sensitive alarms. I am not sure if any…"
Apr 4
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Recirculating hoods in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"CO isn't adsorbed by activated charcoal filters.  There are other compounds that result while cooking - even on electric stoves - and I don't know anyone that has done extensive testing of food groups and which emissions are…"
Apr 3
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"This is an old query that you had made six months ago,  but it is worth commenting on that second to the last paragraph. "The gradual disappearance of natural draft appliances (those with chimneys) and the availability of consumer carbon…"
Apr 3
Dennis Heidner replied to Don Fugler's discussion Difficult retrofits in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"It's possible that the location that you've setup the Dylos will not be actually capture an "accurate" particulate count.  Bear with me a moment.   Since you mentioned multiple different configurations (outside…"
Apr 2
Tom Phillips replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"Brennan: re: CMHC reports: if you don't have any luck, I can track down the big pile of hard copies I collected at CARB (may be in the Cal EPA library, or in my home file storage)."
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At 11:20am on March 18, 2019, Paul Raymer said…

Don -

Hope you are doing well and enjoying life!

I am working on an IAQ program for existing homes with the EPA and wondered if I could get you to take a look at a short section on combustion safety.  I think it's covered, but I would welcome your input.

Thanks.  Paul

At 9:43am on February 24, 2017, Rana Belshe said…

Don,

I never got a link from you to the low cost particle monitoring group.  Or if I did I don't know where it arrived.  Thanks in Advance,  Rana

At 11:04am on November 15, 2016, Rana Belshe said…

Thanks, Don!

At 10:01am on May 27, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Don,

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