Re: Ansul hood in the common house kitchen
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 13:56:28 -0700 (PDT)
> On Jun 1, 2021, at 3:42 PM, Katie Henry <katie-henry [at]> wrote:
> According to the engineers, our options are to (1) install the Ansul hood now 
> or (2) install a regular hood and hope the inspector passes it, but if not 
> and we are required to replace it with an Ansul hood, it will cost much more 
> than if we'd installed it in the first place. 

Have you tried reading the code? What are the criteria for requiring the 
commercial hood? 

If you can find this, then you may fine a basis on which to appeal.

Is there any advantage to you to have a commercial hood? Maybe it would be 
better. Often our cooks don’t turn on our non-commercial hood, but even when 
they do and make a serious garlic or onion dish for 30 people the entire common 
house is saturated with garlic and onion odors. For hours.

Also unless the inspector has written down that you have to have a commercial 
hood, the next person or even the first might not even notice the issue the 
next time.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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