Kitchen chimney is an appliance that absorb smoke, fumes from kitchen and makes kitchen clean and oil, smoke free. In fact, modern kitchen chimney adds style and decor to your modular kitchen.
We are providing buying guide and tips to buy kitchen chimney to choose best kitchen chimney. In fact, you can use our kitchen chimney selector to choose best kitchen chimney.
Whatever the kitchen chimney online you are going to buy, must fit in your kitchen, suction power, chimney filter types is comfortable with cooking habits. We are furnishing some of the tips must consider before buying chimney online.
Depending on the structure, material and filtering process, chimney filter types are classified into 3 categories.
Cassette filter is made of aluminum mesh that are stocked on each other. Gap between the mesh allows air through it. Oil, grease particles in air strike to the this mesh aluminum thread.
Slowly these grease, oil particles clogged the mesh and affects the suction power of the chimney. That’s why, cassette filters need to wash, clean once in a week for better performance. To clean chimney, immerse cassette filter in a bucket of detergent water for some while, wash with cleaner water. If need you can scrub too.
The baffle is a flow control panel. Baffle filter is made in multiple curve structure. When cooking air passes through these curve changes the direction of smoke air. During this process heavy grease, smoke particles they are dragged down in baffle filter. Even though, baffle filter is fully filled with grease, oil it hardly affects the chimney suction power.
Baffle filter chimneys are best for Indian food items with Masala food. It is very easy to find baffle chimney, look for the product description and search for baffle. For example Pigeon Sterling chimney is one of such good baffle filter kitchen chimney. The baffle filter needs very less maintenance. Needs to wash baffle filter once in 3 months. These filters capabilities to run a number of years without replacement.
Carbon filter, also known as Charcoal filter because it is made up of black charcoal. Carbon filter mainly used for absorbing odor. The carbon filter is an optional one. In case of recycling / without duct, chimney carbon filter used along with the baffle filter or cassette filter.
The oil, smoke particles clogged inside the carbon filter and reduce the suction power of the chimney, so they need to replace once in six months depending the intensity of cooking. For more details about type kitchen chimney do read different types of chimney filters
What type kitchen chimney are going to buy decision depends on the kitchen structure and construction were going to fit it and location of the cooking platform, hob, stove. Based on the capabilities where can fit, kitchen chimney is divided into 3 - 4 categories.
Kitchen chimney fitted against the wall and cooktop, hob also located adjacent to the wall.
Cooking platform, hob located at the center of the kitchen, away from the wall. Kitchen chimney is hanging to the ceiling above cooking top, hob.
Built-in chimneys are integrated inside the kitchen wood furniture work against the wall.
Corner chimney is fitted in the corner of the kitchen where the cooking top, hob located at corner against the wall.
For more details about type kitchen chimney do read different types of Chimneys
Thumb rule to decide kitchen chimney size is chosen kitchen chimney is of exact or greater size than a stove or hob size. Kitchen chimney size should be the size of stove or hob but never smaller than the stove, hob.
For more details about kitchen chimney size read our post how to choose kitchen chimney size
As it names, auto cleaner chimney capable to maintain its body parts clean. The cooling air mostly contains oil particles. When this cooking passes through the auto clean chimney, it’s turbine blower forces air to move towards the chimney walls. During this process whatever oil present in the air is stuck to the container walls and collected in an oil collecting bowl. This detachable oil collector has to wash once in a month. Auto clean chimney converts cumbersome, time consuming cleaning process to easy and effective. Auto clean chimney avoids sticking grease, oil particles and improves the chimney suction power and increase the lifetime of the chimney.
The oil, grease particles are deposited in the oil tray / bowl, once it's filled user have to take out and empty the bowl and fit back into place. However auto clean features collect all the oil and grease, the small amount of grease, oil stuck, stored in baffle filter too as time passes. Overall, auto clean chimney also needs manually cleaning, but very low that to infrequently. If you really bothering about chimney cleaning than auto clean chimney is perfect choice. Here, we are presenting a short video on how auto clean chimney works and how they are differ from other chimneys.
|Feature||Auto clean chimney||Normal chimney|
|Cleaning frequency||Frequent cleaning not required||Need to clean often and regular intervals|
|Cleaning process||As oil collected in separate oil collector, so oil not clog the filter. Overall cleaning filters much easier.||Oil clogs the filters, so cleaning is much difficult|
Kitchen chimney ducting is nothing but extracted smoke air are exhausted out of the kitchen atmosphere whereas in without ducting or recycling method using carbon filter oil, smoke particle captured and remained clean air are released again back into kitchen.
Chimney with duct removes heat from the kitchen. Chimney with duct is more effective, but it’s ducting, pipes disturb the kitchen aesthetic. However, chimney with duct is inexpensive but if you needed lengthy ducting makes overhead costs. Whereas, chimney without duct filters the air, removes the odor and release the air back into the home. Chimney without not disturbs any kitchen interior, but it has the overhead of regular replace of the carbon filter. For more details about kitchen chimney without ducting please read our post kitchen chimney without duct
There are two types kitchen chimney designs depending the factor how they look.
Convectional kitchen chimneys made for complete practical use, are found in most of the kitchens. Convectional chimneys are made by stainless steel and in straight line model. Convectional chimneys are inexpensive. Convectional chimneys available with the ducted mode as well without duct / recycling. These type chimneys are basically focused on the performance.
Contemporary kitchen chimney is designers one and mostly used in modular kitchens for style and status symbol. These chimneys are made of stainless steel with glass, crystal with variety color red, white.
Chimney suction power depends on the size of your kitchen and home. For a home with 1 to 3 rooms 500 m3/hr to 650 m3/hr suction power chimney is sufficient. Home with bigger kitchen choose 650 m3/hr to 1000 m3/hr suction power chimney.
If you're still in confusion please go with following calculation method.The thumb rule for chimney suction power is kitchen should able to changes the air 10 times per hour. It means to calculate the air volume in your kitchen by calculating the volume of the kitchen then multiple kitchen chimney volume by 10. For instance, you have a kitchen of width 4m, length 4m, and height 2.5m. Calculating volume of room w x L x H = 4 x 4 x 2.5 = 40m3. Now multiple room volume by 10. 40m3 x 10 = 400 m3 . So chimney suction power must be at least 400m3/hr. Please read our article all about chimney suction power for complete picture.
Snapdeal is a major player in selling a huge range of chimneys in India. However, you have to work hard to shortlist chimneys depending on the chimney type, filter type on Snapdeal. Amazon is next in queue. Flipkart have very few numbers of chimney models.
Kitchen chimney price range starting from Rs.4000 in India. Branded straight line chimney price varies from Rs.4000 to Rs.5000. Kitchen chimney prices greatly varied depending on the size. 60cm size chimney price range starting from Rs.6000. Whereas, 90cm size chimney price starts from Rs.12000 in India. By the by most of chimney manufacturers provides free installation feasibility. So no need to worry about installation charges. However, if you are going to mount chimney very far from the wall or outside exhaust point, it needs additional ducting/piping which skyrocket the whole cost.
Cleaning kitchen chimney is time consuming, tedious task. Whereas clean the baffle filter is a little bit easier than mesh filter as well as frequency of cleaning baffle filter is less too. You can use dishwasher liquid, baking soda, paint thinner, caustic soda. Take the tub in which chimney filter can immerse. Fill tub with hot water, add dishwash liquid soap or you can sprinkle the baking soda or caustic soda on filter and immerse in hot water. Let it soak for the half an hour to one hour depending on dirt and grease. Now take out the filter and clean with brush, scrub. If needed repeat above process. Rinse in clean water and leave it in sunlight for one hour. Take look our other post on cleaning chimney for information.