I love that shelf.
But trying to sear meat or do anything that created a lot of steam was a real pain. I'd end up smoking out the whole house. I hired a contractor to put in a hood because it involved cutting cabinets, electricity, duct work, and going into the attic where THE SPIDERS, OH MY GOD, THE SPIDERS are.
Did I mention I did this the Friday before Thanksgiving? I'm stupid.
This was messy business.
It was totally worth the mess. He even cut down my shelf so I still have a place to put my salt and pepper. I'm not sure how I would have pulled off Thanksgiving without it. My only regret is that I bought a used hood on craigslist rather than buy a new one. This hood is old so it will be difficult or impossible to get replacement parts, and it's LOUD. Good thing I'm sort of deaf. Bummer to be my perfect-hearing roommate!