Outdoor BBQ Ventilation

outdoor bbq ventilation

Lets face it everybody loves a BBQ, especially during the summer months. A fixed position BBQ or outdoor grille when in use can generate a lot of excess smoke/steam from cooking, therefore it is very important to ensure that the area is adequately ventilated. At Pure ventilation we have a few different options for providing ventilation to your BBQ.

Roof Mounted BBQ Ventilation Fan

A popular solution is to install a roof mounted fan. A roof fan means that the motor is located on the roof, as opposed to directly above you. You would then run ducting (typically semi rigid or fire rated ducting) to an intake vent over your BBQ area. This solution means that you can pick an attractive intake vent that may be similar to your outdoor design theme/style.

roof ventilation for bbq

Example Products for a metal roof:

Inline Fan for BBQ Ventilation

Another popular and equally effective solution can be an inline fan in the roofspace/void above the BBQ area. Similar to a roof mounted solution the fan does not have to be installed directly above you, therefore once again minimizing the noise. You can then run ducting to an intake vent above the BBQ. At the other end of the inline fan you can either run ducting to a roof cowl or an external wall vent. A popular inline fan model for this application is the Fanco VKM centrifugal fan. This fan can be wired by an electrician to a variable dimmer style switch, meaning you can control the speed (extraction rate) of the fan. You may not always require the fan to be operating at full speed, so this can be a very useful feature for this particular application.

inline fan bbq ventilation fan

Example Products for ducted inline system:

Example Products for ducted inline system with roof vent (metal roof):

Ceiling Mounted Fan for BBQ Ventilation

You may also install a ceiling mounted fan above the cooking area to extract the steam and smoke. A popular choice in this instance would be one of our commercial grade extraction fans. With the fan being a commercial grade product it is suitable for continuous running and you also have the added bonus of the fan being able to be speed controlled via the dimmer style switch. The fan that we typically sell in this instance is the Fanco OV range.

Example Products for Ceiling Mounted system:


The above information is a general guide and does not constitute specific advice.

This article was written on 4th October 2017 by our in house specialist Andy.