A kitchen chimney is a device that removes oil from the kitchen and absorbs smoke and pollutants from the kitchen. The modern kitchen chimney adds a style factor to your modular kitchen.
Things To Consider Before Buying a Chimney
The vast array of options can make purchasing a kitchen chimney very perplexing. However, if you choose the incorrect one, you can regret it for the entire lifespan of the chimney. Not all kitchen chimneys are appropriate for all kitchens, so before purchasing one, you should consider whether it will be helpful to you. Before buying a chimney, it’s vital to take the following factors into account.
1. Size of your chimney
The size of your stove or oven greatly impacts the size of your chimney. The two most popular chimney sizes are 60 cm and 90 cm. You can choose a 60-centimeter chimney if your stove has two burners or less. However, if your stove has three or more burners, you should choose a 90 cm chimney. The Wonderchef offers a 90 cm variant, which fits two burner stoves perfectly.
2. Mounting Style
The architecture of your kitchen will determine the mounting style. You can choose a ceiling-mounted chimney or an island chimney if your roof has a duct that is sealed in place. But be careful that the shapes of your duct and chimney match; for example, if your duct is round, ensure the chimney’s exhaust pipe is also round. You might choose a wall-mounted chimney for a kitchen with a standard exhaust hole.
3. Suction Capacity
Suction capacities for kitchen chimneys range from 700 m3/hr to 1600 m3/hr. Depending on your preferred cooking method, you can select the suction power. If you are a vegetarian and consume fewer fatty foods, you can choose a suction power of 800 to 1000. I advise against purchasing a chimney with suction power below 1100 if you are non-vegetarian. If you eat more deep-fried items, you must buy a chimney with at least 1200 suction power.
There are two different kinds of chimneys in India. A straight glass window and a curved glass window. This decision is purely a matter of taste. I prefer straight glass if it’s hung on the ceiling and curved glass if it’s mounted on the wall, but you should choose the option that you think will make your kitchen look cooler.
5. Installation kit included in the box
You must purchase the installation, aluminium duct, and end cap separately from the chimney box from most chimney dealers. Some chimneys incorporate them as part of the kit. Checking these details before purchasing is crucial.
Most importantly, if a product doesn’t have a strong service offering, it shouldn’t be purchased, no matter how amazing. Therefore, before placing an order, be sure the manufacturer offers service in your area.
Types Of Chimney Filter
- Chimneys Based On Construction
- Hood/Duct Chimneys: Hood chimney has a covering above the range. An internal fan catches steam, odour, and fumes and pumps them into the chimney and then into a vent. The Hood chimney can be wall mounted or installed as a self-supporting unit over the cooking area if you have an island kitchen.
- Straight Line/ductless Chimney: After the charcoal filter traps smell, smoke, and grease particles, ductless chimneys recirculate air back into the kitchen with the help of a blower and motor.These chimneys are ideal for kitchens without a large amount of space for drilling pipes and ducts.
- Based On The Installation Process
- Wall Mounted Chimneys: This suits a kitchen where the cooktop is adjacent to a wall. In this case, the chimney can be installed against the wall, and the extractor can be wall-mounted.
- Built-in Chimneys/Integrated Hood: These work well in kitchens when the cooktop is below a wall unit. Typically, the extractor hood is mounted inside the wall unit.
- Island Chimneys: In an island kitchen, the primary appliance, such as the stove, is placed in the center of the space, typically away from the walls.
Below we have simplified and explained the difference between a hood and a straight line chimney so that you can decide easily.
|Straight Line Chimney
|Cost & Installation
|Installation requires drilling for ducts and pipes, which adds a little complexity.Repositioning is not possible.
|No pipes or ducts involvedEasy way to install and reposition without any difficulty.Low installation cost.
|Very high compared to straight line chimneys.
|Low, as air is not expelled outside.
|Baffle filtersSuitable for Indian cooking Easy to cleanResults in improved airflownoise due to the filter’s moderate levelRequires monthly cleaningMesh FiltersSuitable for light cookingOnce a week, the mesh needs to be cleaned.
|Charcoal filtersSuitable for Indian cooking It cannot be washedNees to be replaced once in 2 months, depending on the usageVery noisy due to filter.
|30% more effective than straight line chimneys as it extracts and throws air outside.
|Less effective as air is recirculated back to the kitchen.
|greater effectiveness since heat and humidity are removed
|Less efficient as it doesn’t remove heat
Wonderchef’s line of chimneys are elegant, practical, and keep your kitchen free of foul odour. A modern kitchen with curved glass, a black powder-coated cover, and a stainless steel glass panel features Italian design, exceptional construction quality, cutting-edge technology, and a sleek appearance.