We all love the sound and smell of a crackling tadka don’t we? Unfortunately, it also splatters oil droplets and lets out a lot of fumes in the kitchen. So does most of our regular cooking.
A kitchen chimney is an appliance that removes gas, flue and smoke produced by your stove, throwing it out into the atmosphere. It is usually placed vertically above the stove, to ensure the smooth flow of gases and fumes through them, and drawing in the air into the combustion, in a ‘chimney effect’.
Read on for a quick, comprehensive guide on kitchen chimneys and what to look for when you buy one for your kitchen.
Benefits of a Kitchen Chimney
Kitchen chimneys today, are modern and stylish and add an architectural element to space. However, their real function is keeping the cooking space free of noxious fumes, grime, and oil while making the space breathable. Unlike exhaust fans, windows and doors which do the same, chimneys do it much more quickly, effortlessly and smoothly.
Kitchen chimneys run on a motorized mechanism that pulls out fumes faster than regular ventilation while replacing it with cleaner air. Besides funnelling away the fumes, chimneys also keep unwanted rodents & insects out of the kitchen, by creating an environment where they can’t survive.
Types of Kitchen Chimneys
Chimneys are classified based on the type of filters, kind of installation and fittings used. You should pick one depending upon the shape and structure of your kitchen as well as the amount of free space above your stove.
Chimney Based on Installation:
- Wall Mounted Chimney – mounted on the wall on one side.
- Ceiling-Mounted Chimney – hangs above the stove and is perfect for an island kitchen.
Chimney Based on Filters:
- Mesh or Cassette Filter: Here, many layers of steel or aluminium mesh filters to trap particles and allow the smoke to escape freely. They are high maintenance and reduce the filter’s suction capacity.
- Baffle Filter: Steel, a slatted design which is easier to clean than a mesh filter. The filter panels allow the smoke to escape easily while stopping the grease from doing so.
- Carbon or Charcoal Filter: It is made up of charcoal slate with holes in it, and removes bad odour.
Chimney Based on Fittings:
- Duct and Ductless (Recycling): Chimneys with ducts channel gases, heat, and smoke out through a PVC or aluminium pipe. A ductless or recycling chimney only recirculates the heat, grease and smoke that it absorbs, so it can only remove odours and not the other substances.
Features of Modern Kitchen Chimneys
Look for these essential features when you buy a chimney.
- Auto-cleaning facility: This will decide whether your chimney needs zero or low maintenance.
- Sealed motor: Check whether the motor is sealed. This will ensure that it doesn’t allow smoke or dust particles to get in.
- Detachable oil collector: This is essential if your chimney has to collect oil particles and keep your kitchen grime free.
- Minimum noise: You don’t want a noisy chimney to ruin your cooking experience, right?
- Filter-less: Pick a chimney that has no filters to avoid regular cleaning and scrubbing.
- Maximum suction power: If most of your cooking involves oils and spices, you would need a powerful exhaust in the chimney to absorb the fumes and heat.
- Soft-touch controls and energy-saving LED lamps are other features that you could look for.
Typical Kitchen Chimney Sizes
Kitchen chimneys generally come in two sizes, 60 cm and 90 cm. You should choose one depending on your kitchen size and type of cooktop. A 60 cm one is popular for Indian kitchens with two- or three-burner gas stoves. If you have a bigger cooktop, opt for a 90 cm wide chimney.
As you can see, kitchen chimneys come in a variety of styles. You can also match the size, design and style of overhead cabinets with the design of your chimney.
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