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Old 02-12-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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I bought this 13' Scamp late last summer and have yet to use it. How safe is it to cook with NO HOOD VENT? I would think the fiberglass would get very warm under the cabinet above the stove area. I do have a small vent window for air flow. Should I put up some kind of vent or heat shield?

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Old 02-12-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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HI,
I have neither a window or a vent. None of my trailers ever had a vent.
I don't do alot of cooking indoors because of the possible heat/smells/condensation/ factor. And because I would much rather cook outdoors anyway. But when we have cooked inside, the cabinets do not get hot at all.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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Unless you are using flame throwers straight up, it's not a problem.

My 13 didn't have a vent/hood and I rarely use the hood vent on my 17. The flap lets in too much air and its a pain to remember to close it every nite.

I just pop open the roof vent.
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:04 PM   #4
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I don't have a hood/vent in 13' either. I do have the window and roof vent. I open both a bit even in to the coldest weather. I never had a problem with the cabinets getting warm from cooking. We cook inside much of the time, primarily because we camp year around. When ever cooking inside one should always have two somethings open to provide fresh air and air movement. Open flames burn oxygen, lack of oxygen puts you into a very long sleep.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:31 PM   #5
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I fulltimed in my Scamp 13 and it has no range hood. It does have a small window over the range plus I added a fantastical fan. I usually leave the small window open all the time and run the vent on exhaust when I am cooking to vent all the black smoke that comes from my efforts
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:23 PM   #6
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Your trailer looks so shinny and new! i have to agree with the others.. just open your little window and you should be fine and do you have a roof vent also? I rarely cook anything inside unless i have to...
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:38 PM   #7
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Our '82 Scamp has a metal "heat deflector" attached to the underside of the cabinet. I'll see if I can find a photo to attach. We only used the stovetop a couple of times because it heated up the interior so much. We finally removed it & only cook inside with our combination microwave/toaster oven (Sharp Warm & Toasty.) We always open the vent when we use it. We do most of our cooking outdoors.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
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It's a 1983 all stock bought from the original owner. Needs a new axle.(spring project)Can't wait to take it out camping.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:06 PM   #9
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Our '82 Scamp has a metal "heat deflector" attached to the underside of the cabinet. I'll see if I can find a photo to attach. We only used the stovetop a couple of times because it heated up the interior so much. We finally removed it & only cook inside with our combination microwave/toaster oven (Sharp Warm & Toasty.) We always open the vent when we use it. We do most of our cooking outdoors.
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I haven't seen a heat deflector, but if all it is is a piece of metal glued to the bottom of the cabinet, it might add to the potential problem by conducting heat to the cabinet. OTOH, if it is something mounted on standoffs so there is space between it and the cabinet, it should be OK.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:57 PM   #10
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I have a 17' Casita and cook inside. When it is really cold, I cook
without any windows or vents open. I have added a muffin fan?
a 12 volt computer fan to the window where the stove hood
used to be. Works great if the cooking is producing a lot of
smoke or steam.

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Old 02-14-2008, 12:36 PM   #11
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I haven't seen a heat deflector, but if all it is is a piece of metal glued to the bottom of the cabinet, it might add to the potential problem by conducting heat to the cabinet. OTOH, if it is something mounted on standoffs so there is space between it and the cabinet, it should be OK.
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The deflector is not glued to the cabinet. It's screwed on with spacers about 3/4" long so that there's air between the metal & the cabinet. Maybe you can tell in this pic.
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That should be a good one -- Of course, you want to check by feeling the inside bottom of the cabinet.
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That should be a good one -- Of course, you want to check by feeling the inside bottom of the cabinet.
The heat deflector was original to the camper and it works well. I just assumed Scamp was still installing them. Maybe not. I wouldn't feel comfortable having the bare fiberglass directly over the cooking area so I'm glad it's there.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:53 PM   #14
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same, cooking inside is the last resort! bacon grease and other oils on the interior are not good. however, in the morning i boil the water for coffee without a problem...'member they were designed some 30 years ago for just this function!
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