If you want a sparkling clean kitchen, you need a kitchen chimney.
In 2018, HomeZene’s research team visited various homes, both, with chimneys and without. We then combined the comparison of these homes’ kitchens, with customer reviews data.
According to it, kitchens with chimneys are much cleaner because their average cleanliness is rating 4.1/5. But the ones without chimneys had 2.8/5 cleanliness rating.
Now that you know you’re making the right decision, let’s get to the real questions – which chimney should you buy? And what should you consider before buying?
Here are those 3 basic factors you must keep in mind:
- Size: This is simple. If your cooktop(stove) has 3 or less hobs(burners), then look for 60 cm versions. For any stove that uses more than 3 hobs, 90 cm versions are more suitable.
- Suction: 1200 m3/hour is the suction power recommended for both 60 cm and 90 cm versions.
- Noise: These days most chimneys come with a standard noise level of 58 db.
- Easy to Clean: Some kitchen chimney come with auto-clean options while others don’t. auto-clean option increases the price factor as well. If you are budget constraint, then at least make sure the chimney you choose is easy to clean. If you are worried how to easily clean a kitchen chimney, read here.
We chose seven chimneys options based on customer reviews and popularity. Other important factors include light, suction speed, timer, etc. you can read them clearly in our “Buying Guide Here“. Additionally, we selected the best brands based on their product quality, service, durability etc.
Best Auto Clean Chimney in India
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|BEST KITCHEN CHIMNEYS||Power Suction||Noise Level (dB)||Warranty||Buy Now|
|Elica Auto Clean Chimney *Budget Friendly||1425 m3/hr||58||1 + 5(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Faber HC SC BK 60cm Kitchen Chimney||1200 m3/hr||58||1 + 5(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Eurodoma HC TC Kitchen Chimney||1200 m3/hr||58||1 + 5(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Hindware Nevio 90cm Kitchen Chimney||1200 m3/hr||58||1 + 5(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Inalsa Nexa 60BKMAC Kitchen Chimney||1250 m3/hr||65||2 + 7(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|KAFF META 60cm Kitchen Chimney||1050 m3/hr||58||1 + 5(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Glen Senza 60cm Kitchen Chimney||1100 m3/hr||62||2 years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|SUNFLAME CH Matrix Kitchen Chimeny||1100 m3/hr||62||2 years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|V-Guard M20 Electric Kitchen Chimney||1200 m3/hr||58||1 + 5(motor) years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
Best Chimneys For Indian Kitchens
For over a decade, Elica has been providing exceptional products across India. Among their 15 models and 50 versions, WD TBF HAC is the best option. The manufacturers of Elica have really crafted this product with elegance and grace. It is suitable for 2, 3 and 4 burner gas stove.
Suction Power – This product has 1200m^3/hr suction power which is efficient enough in getting rid of smoke, heat and harmful gases emitting from the gas stove.
Filter – The baffle filter present in this chimney forces oils and other residues to settle into the baffle. This helps the air to move freely without any interruption.
Operation – It comes with motion sensor control and smooth touch display. As it has motion sensor, you can just wave your hand to turn it on/off and increase the suction speed level.
Another major benefit of this product – Heat Auto Clean Technology. By just pushing a button, the chimney will clean itself. This is achieved by using heating element which removes sticky oil particles and let it collect in an oil collector can. You can just clean this can once in a while.
This kitchen chimney also comes with 2 LED lamps which provide perfect lighting for cooking. These lamps consume just 3 Watts power so you don’t have to worry about more power consumption.
This chimney consumes less power (180 Watts) so you don’t have to worry about monthly electricity bills. It produces 58db which is actually less compared to other kitchen chimneys. The manufacturer is providing a 1-year warranty on the whole product and 5-years warranty on the motor.
What we like:
- The suction power of 1200 m3/hr
- Stylish look with curved glass
- Suitable for both 2 and 4 burners
- 2 baffle filters
- 180-watt consumption
- 2 LED lamps for proper lighting
- Touch panel for operation
- Heat Auto Clean Technology
What we didn’t like:
- You have to pay extra for installation
Faber kitchen chimneys are known for their superior suction technology, higher efficiency and lesser noise. The model Hood Crest from their products is a combination of high performance, durability and stylish looks.
Suction – This model comes with the suction power of 1200m3/hr which ensures effective removal of oils, grease and other gases. Though the suction power is high, it doesn’t produce much noise so you can peacefully concentrate on your cooking.
Filter – Unlike other products mentioned above, this chimney doesn’t have any filters. The position of the motor in the chimney provides a clear pathway for proper air flow. With no filters, the consumable and maintenance cost is absolutely zero.
Operation – It come with digital touch display. Along with that, it also has a special feature – gesture control, which is not available in the above products. Just by waving your hand, you can control the speed of the suction. It also has a one-touch control panel; you can also use it for operation.
Hood Crest kitchen chimney also has auto-clean technology. With this option, you no longer have to dirty your hands for cleaning the chimney. With just one click, the auto-clean feature will generate some heat to force the oil, grease and other residues to move in a collector can. If you can just clean the can once in a while, then it will be sufficient enough.
The 2 LED lights provided on each corner of the chimney provides sufficient light for cooking. Faber Hood Crest kitchen hood comes with 5-years warranty on the motor and 1-year comprehensive warranty.
- 1200 m3/hr
- Heat-Auto-Clean technology
- Wall mounted
- Powerful motor
- Less noise level
- Touch and gesture control
- Oil collector
- Filter-less technology
- A little bit pricey
Eurodomo is a renowned European brand providing innovatively crafted kitchen appliances like sinks, chimneys and others for the past 15 years. In their product range, HC TC 60 model not only has amazing looks but also has smart features as well.
Suction – This chimney has power capacity of 1200 cubic meters per hour which is sufficient enough to suck out smoke, dirt, and vapors emitted while cooking.
Filter – It comes with high-quality stainless steel baffle filters making it the best kitchen chimney for Indian kitchen household. Because this filter which is efficient in removing oil, smoke and other residue particles emitted while cooking.
Operation – Touch control panel present on the top of chimney provides easy and fast operation. 2 LED lights are provided at the front of the chimney which brighten the cooking area
Manufacturer has provided auto-clean feature in this product. When you want to clean the filters, just press the auto-clean button, the chimney will generate some heat to loosen the stubborn oil and other deposits on the filter which will be collected in an oil collector.
At highest suction setting, it produces 58Db of noise which can be irritating for some people. Eurodomo provides free installation for this product unlike other kitchen chimney brands. It comes with 1-year manufacturer warranty and 5-years warranty on the motor.
- Suction capacity: 1200 m3/hr
- Auto-clean feature
- Premium black finish
- Tempered glass
- Requires cleaning once in 6 months
- 2 LED lights
- Touch control panel
- Stainless steel baffle filters
- 1-year overall warranty and 5 years on motor
- Produces 58Db noise
- Proper user manual not provided
For over 60 years, Hindware has made its mark nationwide with its quality, commitment, advanced technology, futuristic designs and durable products. From their wide range of cooker hoods, we shall discuss Nevio 90 – which is a unique blend of cutting edge technology and stylish design.
Suction – This duct type of kitchen chimney has the suction power of 1200m3/hr which effective enough in removing smoke, odour and harmful gases.
Filter – It contains stainless steel baffle filter – which forces the oils and other cooking residues to stay in the baffle and lets only to freely flow between the filters.
Operation – Using one-touch control, you can easily operate the chimney without any hassles.
Just like the first product, Nevio 90 also uses auto-clean technology. By just clicking one button, this feature will make sure the oil and other residues sticking on the baffle will be forced into an oil collector box. You have to just clean the box once in a while to maintain the chimney clean and fresh.
This kitchen chimney has a unique feature – Metallic Blower, connected to the duct system. This feature ensures high air delivery, durability, and less noise. Nevio 90 is also equipped with 2 LED lamps which provide illumination to a large area of the countertop. As these lights consume very less power, you don’t have to worry about electricity bills even if you keep them on for a longer period of time.
As the manufacturer is providing a 1-year comprehensive and 5-year motor warranty, you can be assured of quality. Once you purchase the product, the certified service engineers will provide product installation.
- Suitable for >200 sqft kitchen size
- Baffle filters
- Curved glass, wall mounted
- Auto clean
- Maximum airflow, suction capacity 1200 m3/hr
- Oil collector box
- One touch control
- High-quality stainless steel
- 2 LED lamps
- Though manufacturer provides installation, it is charged separately
- Pipe has to be replaced once in a while.
Inalsa is a subsidiary company of European company which has been developing high quality home appliances since its inception in 1967. Among their product range, Nexa 60BKMAC is one of the best kitchen chimneys in India.
Suction – It has 1250 m3/hr suction capacity which is efficient enough to eliminate heat, smoke, and other harmful gases that are often emitted in Indian kitchens. It is suitable for kitchen size of 175sqft. It can handle smoke or heat from heavy frying and grilling as well.
Filter – This is a filter less chimney. So, there is no issue of cleaning the filters.
Operation – It comes with smooth touch control and motion sensor. Because of sensors, you can just turn on/off, the chimney by just waving before it. The touch control is also very easy to operate as well.
This product comes with auto-clean technology which lets you maintain the chimney easily. Bu just pressing the auto-clean feature, heat will be generated which will melt down any oil accumulated in motors and filter. This oil will be collected in an oil collector which can be cleaned easily once in a while.
Two LED lights are provided in the kitchen chimney which is helpful to illuminate the stove area in dim lighting conditions. It produces 65 dB of noise which is actually very high and irritating as well. It has only 2 speed settings. So you can use the suction based on your requirement. 7 years warranty on motor and 2 years warranty on the product is provided by the manufacturer.
- Toughened glass top
- Thermal auto-clean
- Touch control and motion sensor
- Suitable for 2 to 4 gas stoves
- 2 LED lights
- 2 speed settings
- Filter less technology
- Generates 65dB of noise
Kaff is a European company that is determined in providing high quality kitchen appliances. If you are looking for a kitchen chimney at affordable price, then META is the right choice. Despite the low price, it is still efficient in providing good performance.
Suction – It has 925 m3/hr suction power which is efficient enough for kitchens sized 100 to 200 sqft. They are efficient for Indian cooking type that include frying and grilling as well.
Filter – This model come with cassette filters which are efficient in terms of eliminating smoke, odors and grease but you have to clean them once in every two weeks.
Operation – It has five push buttons which let you turn on/off the chimney and increase/decrease the suction level.
Unlike above mentioned models, this one has stainless steel finish. Two normal lights are provided with the chimney for better visibility in dim lighting conditions. 1 year warranty on the product and 7 years warranty on the motor are provided by the manufacturer.
- Budget-friendly kitchen chimney
- Suitable for Indian cooking
- Aluminum cassette filters
- Push button control
- 59 db volume
- Suitable for 2 to 4 burner gas stoves
- No auto-clean feature
- Filters have to be cleaned once in every 2 weeks
Since two decades, GLEN has been revolutionizing kitchen equipment in India with innovative product and thoughtful features. Glen Hood Chimney Senza has a black toughened glass which not only ensures durability, safety but also enhances your kitchen interiors.
Suction – This product has powerful suction of 1050m3/hr which will remove all the traces of grime and fumes within seconds.
Filter – This product doesn’t come with filters however it can provide dynamic airflow and high efficiency. The advanced design ensures the residues are accumulated separately without choking the filter, which improve air flow as well.
Operation – Digital display is provided for operating the you choose the between the three speeds and hob light.
Power saving LED lights are provided to illuminate the gas stove area for convenient cooking. Unlike most of the kitchen chimneys brands, Glen is providing 1-year comprehensive and 7-year motor warranty.
- Low on noise and maintenance
- Combination of aesthetics and performance
- Curved toughened glass body
- Bright LED lights
- 1050m3/hr suction capacity
- All the wiring used are flame retardant plastic
- Long lasting and durable
- No proper customer service
Sunflame brand has been one of the well-known brands in India for kitchen appliances. Among their wide product range of kitchen chimneys, Sunflame Innova has grabbed a place in our list due to its performance and capability.
Suction – It comes with a suction power of 1100m3/hr which suitable enough for a kitchen of >200sqft size.
Filter – This product contains next generation baffle filter which provides dynamic airflow and high efficiency. It also ensures the residues are accumulated separately without choking the filter, which improve air flow as well. These filters are perfect for Indian kitchens. You have to clean the filters once in 6 months for proper air flow maintenance.
Operation – Its control panel has four push buttons which let you increase/decrease the suction, turn on the lights.
It has metallic finish hood which ensures long lasting life and durability. Apart from that, one unique thing about this product is that – it comes in combination with a 2 burner gas stove. If you have bought a new house or if you are newly married, then this offer is perfect.
- Suction power of 1100m3/hr
- 2-years warranty
- Touch control
- Baffle and charcoal filter
- Comes in combination with gas stove
- Suitable for small to medium sized kitchens
- Extra spacious toughened glass cooktop
- Brushed matte finish stainless steel
- The base of the gas stove isn’t properly balanced
- Chimney is a bit noisy
V-Guard is a well-known and trustworthy brand when it comes to quality and fine kitchen equipment. It has brought a revolutionary change in the kitchen appliances by bringing the cutting-edge designs and fine quality products to the customers. Among their product range, we will discuss about M20 kitchen chimney.
Suction – This product has an amazing suction power of 1000m3/hr which is ideal for the medium-large kitchen. It is also suitable for people who cook regularly for a large family.
Filter – The baffle filter present in it sucks out grease, oil, and residues and send them into an oil collector. This eases the process of cleaning the chimney and also improves the lifespan of the chimney.
Operation – This chimney features a control panel with push buttons which provide ease of operation.
The stylish design and cutting-edge technology make your kitchen look even more fabulous. It comes in titanium steel finish, which makes it easy to blend in any kitchen interiors. 1-year comprehensive warranty and 5-year motor warranty is provided by the manufacturer.
- 1200m3/hr suction capacity
- Baffle filter
- Requires cleaning only once in 6 months
- Auto-clean technology
- Aesthetic and functional appliance
- Speed control
- Touch panel for easy operation
- The installation kit is also provided with the product
- Not suitable for small kitchens
How to Choose the Best Kitchen Chimney?
A chimney is the household appliances that absorb smoke and fume from the cooking utensils and makes the kitchen clean and is free from oil, smoke. They even add an elegant look and style to the indoor kitchen. In this section, we’ve given a few important factors like chimney types, filters, size, suction power, etc that helps to make an intimated choice.
1. Types of Kitchen Chimneys
There are 2 main types of kitchen chimneys that are classified based on installation. i.e. one is ducting chimney and the other is ductless. Here, we’re discussing about the working, and benefits of chimney type. Check it out!
a) Ducting Chimney
The ducting or extracting chimneys work by sucking in the air from the kitchen and then passing it through filters and meshes that absorb the oils and grim from the air and releases the air outside through a pipe or PVC outlet.
- Highly efficient to use.
- Used for commercial kitchens.
- Captures smoke, dust, fumes in high amounts.
- Generates noise.
- Proper installation required.
b) Ductless Chimney
Ductless or reducing chimneys work using a motor and a fan or blower. The air absorbed by the chimney is passed through charcoal filters that absorb heat, odor and smoke and release the clean air into the kitchen itself.
- Versatile nature.
- Easy to install and setup.
- Programmed to turn-on/off automatically.
- Re-circulates the air.
- Produces lot of noise.
- Need to change filters frequently.
Duct Vs Ductless Kitchen Chimneys
|Ducting Chimneys||Ductless Chimneys|
|High cost||Low cost|
|Uses mesh and baffle filters||Uses charcoal filters|
|Has high suction power||Low suction power|
|Simple and easy to maintain||Needs to change the filters frequently|
|Highly efficient to use in home||Not pretty good to use|
Choosing the right one helps to maintain the kitchen clean and more convenient while cooking delicious food. To conclude, ducted systems are more efficient than ductless because it has come with lot of settings and flexible options. For commercial kitchens its best to use ducted, whereas for residential purposes, you can prefer both.
2. Different Types of Filters in Chimneys
A filter is the main component of a kitchen chimney that purifies the air by filtering the oil particles, grime, dust and odor. There are 3 main types of filters based on the material used and construction.
- Mesh Filter/Cassette Filter
These types of filters are made by overlapping layers of aluminum mesh that have minute holes. As the air passes through this filter, the oil and grime gets caught in the pores. But the pores in mesh filters get obstructed soon and need to be cleaned every fortnight. If it is not properly cleaned, then suction power decreases and noise level increases. Chimneys with this filter require more maintenance than other types.
- Baffle Filter
Baffle filter is a flow control panel that comes in multiple curve structures. It is made of steel or aluminum materials that help to alter the course of air. Chimneys with baffle filters are specially made for Indian kitchens.
This filter makes use of the ‘cut and slash’ innovative mechanism to separate oil and odor from the smoke. Further, the oil gets deposited on the layers of steel of aluminum but it does not affect the suction power of the chimney. It needs cleaning once every 2 to 3 months. Even if oil is collected within the filter layers, it will have minimum impact on suction power.
- Charcoal (Carbon) Filter
Charcoal filters are also known as carbon filter. It comes with charcoal granules that deters odor from the smoke. The charcoal filter is an optional filter that comes in combination with a baffle filter or mesh filter. The holes in the charcoal carbon will absorb the oil, heat and smoke particles. Charcoal filters are not washable. You can replace this wonderful filter for every 3-6 months depending on the intensity of cooking. These filters are used mostly in ductless and expensive chimneys.
Among all the different types of chimney filters, baffle filters are the best for Indian cooking. Be it a traditional or modular kitchen, baffle filter can handle the regular Indian household cooking style which includes lots of masala and frying. And moreover, it requires less maintenance and easy to clean as well.
3. Types of Chimney Hoods
There are 4 main types of chimney designs based on the mounting position and the functionality – wall canopy, downdraft, island canopy and built-in hood.
- Wall Mounted Chimneys:
Wall Mounted Chimneys are the most commonly used chimney that can be fixed onto the wall and hands above the stove. They come in different styles and designs to look great and also attract the customers.
- Island Chimney:
Island Chimney can be fixed to the ceiling and hand exactly above the stove. It seems to be hanging exactly on the top and suitable for counter top cooking ranges in western style designs.
- Corner Chimney:
Corner Chimney is an adjustable chimney that can be drawn over the stove when you want to use it and retracted back with the push of a button when not in use.
- Built-in Chimney:
Built-in Chimney remains concealed behind or under cabinets and blend with the decor of the kitchen.
4. Kitchen Chimney Design
This factor is often overlooked by most of the people while purchasing a kitchen chimney. This factor helps you decide which chimney is perfect for mounting in your kitchen. There are several types of designs that include curved glass, pyramid, straight glass, box type, straight line and angular. Let’s discuss these types in detail…
- Curved Glass Chimneys:
Among all the chimney types, curved glass chimneys make less noise as they have separate outdoor and indoor units. They are perfect for both small and large kitchen spaces. The curved glass provides additional suction power and coverage which is beneficial while deep frying or tempering. The focus lighting will provide additional lighting for cooking purposes.
- Straight Line Chimneys:
Most of the Indian kitchen have limited space. In such cases, it may not be possible to install wall mounted chimneys. So, straight line chimneys can be the perfect alternative. They are specially designed to fit into tight spaces and provide flawless operation without being too visible.
Apart from sucking out the smoke directly from stove, they are also capable of removing smoke from other parts of kitchen as well. Another advantage of using straight line chimneys – it provides extra overhead space for storing containers or items.
These chimneys have bi-rational technology which offer maximum suction and efficiency. The illumination available on the chimney will provide focus lighting on stove. Its minimalist design, smoke extraction performance and stainless look is what makes this product stand among the crowd. They also come with removable filters which are easy to clean and maintain.
- Angular Chimneys:
Angular chimneys are perfect for Indian style of cooking as it is expert in expelling smoke and grease. Its stylish and elegant looks can fit well into any kitchen interiors and sizes. These chimneys have excellent suction power and high efficiency.
- Pyramid Chimneys:
These chimneys contain integrated baffle filters which are known for reducing power consumption. If you are worried about electric consumption, then this is the perfect choice.
- Box Type Chimneys:
These chimneys are also called ceiling mounted cook hoods. They also provide a visual appeal to your kitchen space. The steel and glass items used for making this chimney are of high quality. Apart from that, the surface of this chimneys are dirt resistant, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning regularly. It comes with LED focus lighting and soft touch digital controls which makes it easy to use the chimney.
5. Size of Chimney
Kitchen chimneys come in different sizes and the best way to decide on the chimney size is to choose a chimney that of exact or greater size than your stove or hob size so that it can suck up the smoke more efficiently. A kitchen chimney should never be smaller that the size of the stove or hob.
Size of the chimney determines the performance – if the chimney sizes is less than stove then it will not provide effective results. For example, 3ft gas stove requires at least 3ft chimney. Anything less than that will not provide proper justice to your needs. Most of the chimneys in India come in two different types – 60cm and 90cms. If you are confused which one to purchase, then below is a quick solution…
- 2 or 4 burner stove requires – 60cm kitchen chimney
- 3 to 5 burner stove requires – 90cm chimney
Important Note: While installing, make sure the distance between chimney and gas stove is between 65 – 75cms. If the distance is more than that, the effectiveness will reduce.
6. Suction Power of the Chimney
The main aspect or principle on which a chimney works is – suction power. So, it is very important to consider this factor while making the purchase. If you are wondering how to know the right suction power, then there is a thumb rule – a chimney should be able to suck 10 times of air volume in the given space. In India, suction power is represented in cubic meter per hour.
A chimney with high suction power is powerful enough. Most of the kitchens in India are small, having an average of 48 cubic meters. So, the best suction power for any average Indian kitchen is 480 cubic meters per hour.
The average suction power range available in Indian kitchen chimneys is from 400 cubic meters to 1250 cubic meters per hour. You should also consider distance between the vents, gas stove and others. If you want to know the right suction power, then here is the math rule for it. Measure the kitchen volume in cubic meters and then multiply it with 10 then results is what the suction power required. For example, kitchen volume is 40 cubic meters, then 40 multiplied by 10 is 400. So the suction required is 400 cubic meters.
7. Auto Clean
In case of auto clean chimneys, the oil molecules are isolated by the filters so the chimney does not gets obstructed like ordinary chimneys. This in turn, improves the suction power of the chimney. Auto clean chimney collects all the oil in a specific compartment which can be taken out easily, cleaned and set back in. This function helps to time and effort.
The presence of motors in chimneys carries out the excess air circulation which results in noise. So, one must take noise into consideration while purchasing chimneys for home usage. Otherwise, you may feel bit irritation and uncomfortable due to the loud noise produced from the chimneys.
9. Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning and maintenance of chimney is the most important thing that everyone must do to improve the performance and to last longer. As the functionality of the chimney is to remove smoke and dust present in the kitchen, needs constant washing as it gets stuck by debris.
If you find difficulty in cleaning the chimneys, then simple grab the one that comprises of detachable filters and auto-cleaning functionalities. It will automatically clean up the filters neatly and looks like a new one.
10. Manufacturer Reputation and Warranty
Another important factor that you need to look into is the manufacturer’s reputation and warranty information. Most of the people do attract for branded models as they provide exceptional performance and also increases the lifespan of chimneys.
Besides, the manufacturer offers a warranty period of 1/2 years. Though it may vary from brand to brand, you can get it repaired for free of cost within the specified time. So, when you make a purchase, always check for the models that come with the warranty services.
Amazon, Flip Kart and Snap deal are the major selling e-commerce sites in India. However, to sort of the best, you need to look into the features and price. They usually available at a price starting from 2,000/- and may vary depending on the size, functionality, durability and the upgraded features.
Have a close look at the products given in this article that is in your budget range and suitable for your home cooking requirements. If you can afford more on kitchen chimneys, my best suggestion is to go with the models that come with the advanced features to operate smartly.
12. Advanced Features in Chimneys
The buzzer will buzz an alarm when it requires cleaning, and replacement to be done immediately.
LED Light Indictor notifies when the chimney is not working properly.
Push Buttons are available in 2-3-4 speed levels and may vary from brand to brand. They’re very helpful to use in dark times or at night.
Detachable Oil Collector gathers the oil particles and then detaches for easy cleaning. Further, it improves the performance of filters used in chimneys.
Auto-Clean Function stops functioning for some time to clean up the device i.e. until the oil is removed completely.
Auto-Heat Sensor will detect the oil particles heat and switch to on/off mode automatically.
How Do Kitchen Chimneys Work?
Kitchen chimneys contain a hood which is usually mounted over countertop or gas stoves. Inside this appliance, a powerful fan is places which sucks the burnt gases and smoke and exhaust it out through a piped duct. Expelling smoke directly from above the gas stove is a better option than normal exhaust fan. As the oil fumes, smoke, masala fumes and cooking smells are sucked out immediately, you can work comfortably in the kitchen. And moreover, your kitchen will be free of grime and oil deposits.
Which is better Auto Clean Chimney or Manual Clean Chimneys?
Cleaning is one of the difficult tasks when it comes to chimneys. However, maintaining them clean is important to increase the life of a chimney. If you don’t like cleaning or don’t have much time to do it, then we recommend going for an auto-clean chimney.
Though the name itself represents the difference between the two types, it is better to know a little more about them before making the purchase. Below, we have mentioned the difference and working mechanism of these two types in detail.
- Auto-Clean Chimney
When compared to other model, this one is considered as the best oil collector. When the cooking air passes through it, the oil collector present in it will collect most of the oil and grease. Chimneys with auto-clean feature require very less maintenance. You can just click the auto-clean button once in a week and be assured of cleaning. Apart from that, you have to clean the oil collector using general cleaning methods. This chimney is perfect heavy usage kitchens and for people who don’t have much time for cleaning chores.
- Manual Clean Chimney
This model is a complete opposite of auto-clean chimney. Cleaning them requires a lot of patience and time. However, they last long and more durable if they are properly maintained. You have to clean these chimneys 2 or 3 times in a week. These are perfect for people who don’t have a lot of food as the cleaning will less and easy.
Precautions to Consider While Using an Electric Chimney
Kitchen chimneys are meant to remove smoke and odour emitted while cooking in the kitchen. However, if it is not properly cared or maintained, then the performance of the chimney will gradually decrease. Below are some of the important precautions to consider while using a kitchen chimney. If you follow these precautions, kitchen chimney will provide best performance every time.
- Stove and Hob distance: While installing the appliance, make sure the stove and hob are placed at a minimum distance of 25 to maximum of 30 inches. Whatever might be the type of kitchen chimney (wall mounted, built-in hob or others), it is very important to maintain the distance.
- If distance Less: If the distance between the stove and chimney is less than 26”, then there is a possibility of hood catching fire. For suppose, if the distance is less and gas is turned on without any utensil and the chimney is also turned on, then the fan may suck the flame and catch fire.
- If distance more: Similarly, if the distance between the chimney bottom and gas-stove is more, then the chimney performance will decrease. It will not able to take away the smoke, heat and odour completely out of the kitchen. Because of the distance, the particles will spread in the air. So, in order to prevent any major consequences and let the chimney work at its peak, the distance should be between 26” to 30”.
- Voltage: In order to provide better performance, kitchen chimneys should get exact voltage of power. Sometimes, a 2 phase voltage may not be enough for electric appliances to work at their best. So, it is better to have 3 phase voltage.
- Before installing a kitchen chimney, make sure the house has proper earthing.
- If you are using a duct chimney, then make sure to maintain a separate duct for smoke exhaustion. Avoid connecting or combining the duct to other smoke exhaustion appliances.
- It is not recommended to leave the gas burners open. Most of the filters present in the kitchen chimney are flammable which may burn the chimney as well.
- Avoid leaving frying pans unattended as the oil may catch fire.
- Before even purchasing a kitchen hood, you should check out if there is any space or provision to install the duct kitchen chimney. For installing a kitchen chimney, you need a hole bigger than 6”. If it isn’t present, then you can request the dealers or installation service person to do the work for making a hole. However, this work would be charged extra money apart from the installation service.
- Chimney Pipe: Along with the kitchen chimney, a 6 feet pipe is provided. If the duct hole is more than 6 feet length, then an additional pipe can be bought and fixed. Usually for Indian kitchen chimneys, 10 feet height is recommended. Even if the duct height is more then 10 (13 – 15 feet), then it is a much better option. However, it is better to have at least 6 to 8 feet of duct to maintain the performance and productivity.
- When the duct is installed, make sure it has less numbers of bends or turns. If the bends are more, then the efficiency can be reduced and the noise level will be increased. The basic thumb rule is to have a maximum of 3 bends (90-degree bends). A good installation expert will never recommend more than 3 bends. However, if the bends are 45 degrees then 1 or 2 bends more will not be a problem. Some companies like SIMENS (a German company) specially notify to have only 2 bends for better performance. A third bend is prohibited by some companies. So, check with the dealer or brand’s customer service before making the installation.
- Some companies have introduced flexible ducts concept using advanced technology. The standards length for the ducts of these companies is 3 meter with 3” to 18” inches in diameter. This flexible duct can be stretched to 3 times of its length and highly resistant to corrosion as well. However, check all the features, technologies and specifications before making the purchase.
My chimney is making terrible noise, why?
The capacity and working quality of electric chimney depends on motor suction power – which is responsible for the noise as well. The higher suction power, the noise kitchen chimney will be. If you need a high suction power kitchen chimney, then you have to adjust with the noise.
What is the best way to reduce the noise made by an electric kitchen chimney?
One of the best ways to prevent kitchen chimney noise is to switch it on 5 minutes before or after completion of cooking. So, that chimney can remove bad odour, smoke present in the kitchen without facing the noise. Apart from that, below are some other ways of reducing kitchen chimney noise…
- To decrease the noise, make sure the duct has less number of bends or turns from the chimney to outside.
- Some manufacturers have been manufacturing noise-free chimneys. In this type of chimney, the main noise source – motor pump is separate from appliance itself. The motor pump is placed outside of the kitchen to provide relief from noise while using it. However, this type of chimney is very few in the Indian market and quite expensive as well. Very few manufacturers have been developing this kind of electric kitchen chimneys.
You can also go for a 3-way suction chimney as it removes leftover smoke by providing multiple suction outlets at different angles in the chimney hood. This lets the fumes be sucked out properly at different directions. As there are multiple inlets for the motor, a 3-way suction kitchen chimney has lesser pressure inside its hood so the noise gets much lesser. But 3-way chimneys are developed to increase the suction power of a motor, not to reduce the noise.
Safety Tips to Consider While Installing a Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood
Installing a stainless steel chimney hood is not a simple task as it requires special skill set. And most importantly, this job has to be carried out carefully with safety measures. Most of the chimney hoods are free standing hoods available in different sizes. Some of them can be attached to the wall while some of them to the wall. Some of the stainless steel kitchen hoods contain touch control, a digital display, LED or halogen light, automatic shut off and other bonus features. For comfortable and easy cleaning, some kitchen chimneys come with dishwasher safe grease filter. As the appliances are placed over the kitchen stove, you have to make sure the widths between them should be maintained. They can also be placed over the kitchen islands. Some of the other important safety measures while installing a stainless steel hood are mentioned below…
- Careful Handling
Until it’s time, never remove the kitchen hood from the packaging. While removing it from the package, grab with fingers from the lower level. Avoid lifting by a utensil rail. It is better to wear cotton gloves and safety glasses while handling the appliance. The safety gloves ensure the hood doesn’t get damaged or scratched while being handled. Last but not least, never remove the plastic – remove it only after the installation process is completely.
- Prefer an Electrician
Unless you have experience of installing electrical appliances, never attempt to do it by yourself. The electrical connections have to connected properly as per the functioning of the chimney. Disconnect the electrical supply until the chimney is completely installed. Apart from that, also make sure the hoot is power is off and doesn’t turn on the chimney automatically once it is fixed. Some kitchen chimneys have specific electrical wiring. If you aren’t aware of this, then it is better to call an electrician or experts. Apart from that, there are specific distance requirements to handle while installing the chimney, make sure to follow the required guidelines.
- Handling Proper Ventilation
Never connect a kitchen chimney to a duct that has already been used previously. The ventilation flow must be proper as the hood’s main responsibility is to remove steam, odour and smoke. Adequate air supply is important to flow through the kitchen so better performance. The sucked air should not crawl into garages, spaces, or attics. The kitchen chimney ensures a pleasant smelling kitchen without smoke or oil deposits.
- Proper Hood Ducting
Apart from proper ventilation, a hood must be properly ducted as well. Before even beginning for duct work, know exactly where the duct should be placed. It is always recommended to install the ducts outside the house. If the ducts are placed inside the kitchen or home, then it may remove the odour but it will push back the heat and smoke into the house. If the filters of kitchen chimney are not properly cleaned, then the odours may get circulated within the home. Additional cleaning process may become a hassle
What is the appropriate way to cover up the chimney pipe?
Kitchen vent pipe is a very important part of a chimney to dispose the steam, heat, smoke and odour sucked out by the chimney. Its presence may be a little inappropriate to your interiors. Instead of moving it, we recommend some concealing design options for you. We have mentioned some of the techniques below that literally cover the pipe with some creativity.
One of the simple ways to cover up a kitchen vent is to hide it inside a column or soffit. You can create a soffit by placing boards around the sides of pipe and attaching them to the wall. Based on your kitchen décor, you can choose the texture and type of wood or dry wall. Once pipe is boxed up, you can paint or stain according to your remaining cabinetry. Another way to conceal a pipe, it is better to purchase a prefabricated column which is bit larger in diameter than the vent pipe.
Based on the length of pipe and how it is installed on the wall, you can build a false cabinet to conceal the presence of vent pipe. Some kitchen design outlets and building careers provide backless and prefabricated cabinets that match your present cabinets. A cut above and below will be open for the pipe to pass through. These openings are at least one inch wider than the pipe’s diameter. Other option is to increase the height of cabinets along the pipe. It not only conceals the ugly pipe but also provides additional storage.
- Paints and Accessories
If the orientation or layout of the cabinets are a hurdle to cover up the vent pipe, then the only way is to draw away the eye away. Painting the pipe with same colour as cabinets or walls or consider adding decorative elements like hanging baskets, art, plants are some of the ways to take away the attention from the vent pipe. Though these wont completely seal the pipe, the attention will be taken away.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Chimneys are good to use in kitchens and other commercial cooking places (closed rooms) as they absorb smoke, fumes, gases, and dust particles present in the air, and eliminates them completely. It enhances the cooking experience by reducing indoor pollution levels to some extent.
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The working of chimney is such that it draws hot air from the kitchen appliances (i.e. while cooking) by creating a pressure and then expels the gas outside. It is the foremost best strategy to deter bad odors and gases to keep the kitchen clean and hygiene.
Follow the simple steps given below to setup the kitchen chimneys in the right location…
* Take out all the necessary tools and equipments and be ready to start the installation procedure.
* Drill the holes properly so as to fix the chimney in the desired location.
* Fit the screws and nuts in their respective position with proper care.
* And for electric chimneys, connect the wires to the switch board and then switch on the power supply.
* In case, if you don’t have any idea about installing a chimney, you can contact the authorized service center or person.
There are lot of features, functionalities and brands- Elica, Sunflame, IFB, Pigeon, Prestige, Hindware, Faber, and Glen that chimneys do come in. It’s important for an individual to know the parameters like- chimney type, size of chimney, kitchen size, suction power, noise and smart features – auto cleaning function, heat sensor, buzzer, indicator, timer etc.
So, choose the one that perfectly matches with your home requirements and ensure that it is in your budget range. You can also go with the high-end chimney models (advanced features) that we’ve mentioned.
Yes, it is possible to clean chimney. But, is a time-consuming process if you don’t know the darkest secret to wipe out the dust particles present on it. As it is sticked with oily substances and steam, use harsh soap or detergents (liquids or powder) like baking soda, vinegar solution and salt.
* Firstly, remove all the filters and place them in a hot water tub.
* Add any of the ingredients you like- salt, vinegar, baking soda power, etc to the hot water.
* Leave it for sometime- say 15-20 minutes.
* And then wash thoroughly until it removes the stains completely.
* After washing, keep it sunlight to drain water from the filters.
* If necessary you can do it twice in a month to work efficiently.
Having chimneys in your home makes the cooking easy and comfortable. It gets access to the things while cooking and makes the chef free from unwanted smoke, steam, and dust. If you are planning to have kitchen chimney, then you must know the amazing benefits of chimneys. Have a look!
* Reduces the indoor air pollution.
* Improves the cooking experience.
* Deters bad odours present in the house.
* Even protects against the gas leakage.
* Looks great and attractive in your kitchen.
* Protects the kitchen side walls, tiles and surfaces from turning black and greasy.
* Prevents from allergies, skin rashes, cough and cold, headache and breathing issues.
If the chimney is not regularly cleaned, then oil, grease, dust and other fine particles will cover the filter which in turn affect the suction power and increase the noise as well. So, it is always recommended to clean the filters at least once in a while depending on how regularly you cook.
For this you need to calculate the kitchen area. For example, if your kitchen is 10*12 with a ceiling height of 10 feet then 10*12*10 = 1200 cubic feet or 34 cubic meter. Let’s say if the air while cooking has to be cleaned 15 times in an hour then the calculation is 34*15=510 which is minimum suction power you require. But if you cook meat or deep fry regularly then the suction power has to be even more than that.
There are several brands available in the market that sell different models of kitchen hoods. They range from Rs.3000 to Rs.10000 depending on the advanced features and other functionalities. According to your budget and requirements, you can choose any one among them.
With small and improperly ventilated kitchens, chimneys or hoods have become a necessity. They will make sure circulate proper air flow and suck out all the harmful gases and smoke produced by the cooking/gas stove. Apart from that, a kitchen hood also ensures the cooking space is clean from grease and oil residues.
Most of the people are not aware of the factors to look out while purchasing a chimney. That is why we have gathered the information in regards to it in our buying guide.
As per our experts, Elica WD Touch Kitchen Chimney is the perfect choice. The combination of both appearance and high quality is what makes this product a must-have appliance for any kitchen. Apart from that, it also has auto clean technology, one-touch control, and other advanced features. And moreover it is quite reasonable for the features it is providing.
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