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I have a GE XL44 that I inherited in my new house. For some reason that I cannot figure out, the previous homeowner cut a circular hole in the floor below the stove and ran a vent line (looks like a six inch vent pipe) underneath the hole (but not extending up through the hole towards the oven) along my basement ceiling and out to a hooded flapper exhaust vent on the brick exterior of the house. Do you think he previously had a stove that used a pilot light and he was (overly) concerned about CO buildup? The reason I ask is that I think chipmunks/mice are getting into the basement through this vent and I would like to know if I can safely close off this vent.

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It is possible that a down draft venting stove such as a Jenn-Air could have been previously installed and now there is this stove that doesn't need this vent system.

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    psmirman2085 Dec 03, 2012

    Thanks. That makes perfect sense. There was a bunch of stuff (shards of plastic) shoved in the elbow of that vent line (I guess it\'s closer to 10 inch diameter). I guess I\'ll just screw down the flapper so critters can\'t get in again.

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