Every apartment I've ever lived in in NYC uses all-gas ranges. And there has never been a hood/vent or any type of recirculating vent over the range. What on earth do people do? Also, every apartment I have lived in never even had an electrical outlet up top over the range in order to install some type of hood or even a microwave. I've cooked like this for years, even without a window in the kitchen. And yes, I've set off my carbon monoxide detector a few times.
Now I'm in a new place, and I just wanted to replace the old range with a more powerful one like a Wolf or a GE. I am in the same bind, except now I do have a kitchen window. There is no way for me to install a hood/vent/micro over the range without doing a big $$$ renovation. I talked to Wolf, and the woman said they definitely recommend a vent, but it's not required to purchase. And she was horrified when I told her of all the cooking I've done without a vent.
Am I just the freak case and everyone else has an easy enough time installing a vent? I thought this was one of those typical NYC issues that everyone had. Any advice? This whole idea of just getting a better range has turned into such a stressful and complicated issue!