Kitchen Chimney Types

Whether you have a modular kitchen or in the process of remodelling your kitchen, the most prominent thing you need to look for is a kitchen chimney. A chimney eliminates smoke, fumes, and unpleasant odors in the kitchen and promotes good ventilation. Undoubtedly, this has become a necessity in every modular kitchen.

A kitchen chimney comes in different types, designs, strengths, and materials. If you want to select a top-notch chimney setting, you may have to do it depending on several factors. These include your kitchen layout, stove size (2/3/4-burner), your personal preferences, etc. Ensure that you choose a ventilation device that fulfils the purpose, protects your kitchen’s beauty, and above all, it meets all the ventilation needs in your kitchen.

Let us look at the types of kitchen chimneys and discuss their technicalities in detail.

Types of Kitchen Chimneys

Each of these kitchen chimneys as mentioned below, have specific features that are unique for every kitchen layout.

1. Wall-Mounted 

As the name suggests, this is a ventilation device attached or mounted against the wall right above the cooking area in the kitchen. Another significant feature of this type is that it helps in preserving the space. You can install it right above the stove cooking surface to absorb the fumes, moisture, and odor. If your kitchen already has a cabinet in the space above the stove, you can still install it by simply removing the cabinet.

This type of chimney helps perfectly with ventilation. Not only that, but it also adds an aesthetic appeal to your kitchen by serving as a design element. These come in different shapes, and the most common one is a pyramid-shaped style. A wall-mount chimney vents out any smoke or fumes from the kitchen in no time through an exterior wall behind it.

2. Island or Ceiling-Mounted

Unlike wall-mounted, an island kitchen chimney does not get mounted against the wall. Instead, they suspend it from the ceiling. Specially designed for stoves located at the centre of the kitchen space, they add a more stunning look to your cooking space.

Island chimney comes in various designs and styles. It has an exhaust pipe through the ceiling that vents out polluted air from the kitchen. When installing an island chimney,it is crucial to consider the recommendations of the manufacturer for the height measurements. Some homes do not have a proper clearance to vent the air pollutants through the ceiling. Such homes need ductwork installation and this may cost you extra money. In the end, you’ll have a beautiful and unique centrepiece for your kitchen.

3. Downdraft

Downdraft is yet another innovative and stylish exhaust product for an island kitchen. This is an ideal solution for kitchens with limited space, as it discretely hides behind your cook-top. It shows up only when it is time to use. This peculiar feature of it exclusively complements the look of your kitchen.

The downdraft does not work as other kitchen chimneys do. It does not extract air pollutants up towards the ceiling but pulls them in a downward direction away from the cooking space. It is unobstructed. It captures the rising air, pulls it down, and finally vents it out through ducts present underneath the floor.

4. Cabinet Insert

Cabinet insert chimney is yet another kitchen ventilation device specially designed for installing within an existing cabinet, which is right above the stove or cook-top. They have just the basic features of the chimney like the blowers, lights, and speed controls. They are not a complete ventilation system like others. However, this type of chimney is great for customization. You can build your custom-designed kitchen with a ventilation system that matches your kitchen’s decor and layout.

4. Under-cabinet

An under-cabinet chimney is probably the most common chimney available. As the name suggests, these get installed under the cabinets, directly above the stove or cook-top. Because of their compact size and attractive design, they are a great option for people and hence found in many homes.

An under-cabinet is available both as a ducted or ductless model. This is how a ducted model works – it takes the air inside and exhausts it through vents. A ductless model filters the polluted air and then recycles it back into your kitchen. A ductless model is more effective than a ducted one. Nevertheless, it consumes a lot of space than the ducted model during installation.

5. Professional Grade Range Hoods

This is a seamless type of kitchen ventilation device that is most suitable for homes that want restaurant-quality ventilation in their kitchen. These are power pack models featuring powerful exhaust fans and a set of controls to flash out toxins and pollutants from the kitchen.

It is a powerful, accurate, and efficient option for kitchens as you can easily install it in your existing cabinets without occupying any extra storage space. Also, you don’t have to remove the cabinets or even adjust the look of your kitchen. They perform in high capacities by expelling toxins, unpleasant odors, and contaminants from the air at high speeds.


Kitchen ventilation is an essential part of your kitchen and a perfect ventilation device vents smoke and fumes from the kitchen that are harmful to your health. It further improves the quality of air and keeps your cooking area fresh.

Now that you are familiar with the different types and models of kitchen chimneys, make a wise decision in choosing the one that gives a more customized look to your kitchen.