A kitchen chimney is an electrical home appliance used to absorb and get rid of smoke and odor. Cooking involves frying spices in oil, and this makes our kitchen messy. The following are the most important characteristics based on which the types of chimneys can be categorized are:
Duct Chimney :The duct is also called extraction because it sucks all the air that passes through it and sends out using pipes. These pipes are installed at the time of set up with bends and length as per the requirement.
Ductless Chimney : Ductless kitchen chimney is commonly known as recycling. It uses a fan through which the smoke and grease is trapped. Then, they pass along a filter made of charcoal that cleans the air and sends the clean air back into the kitchen.
Types of filters
- Baffle filter
It is most widely used in the Indian kitchen due to its heavy filter capacity of oil and grease. It uses an aluminum or steel layer to change the air direction. It must be cleaned regularly from 4 to 5 months for optimal performance.
- Cassette filter
It has many layers of aluminum or steel mesh, especially to trap solid particles. They require good maintenance for proper efficiency.
- Charcoal filter
It is also known as a carbon filter. It is made up of granules of charcoal, which is mainly used to remove odor. It needs to be replaced every 6 months, depending on the intensity of cooking.
Type of mount
- Wall-mounted chimney
The side that absorbs particles is placed adjacent to the cooking stove. The one side of the chimney is attached to the wall.
- Island chimney
The one end of the chimney is connected to the ceiling wherein it seems to be hanging from nowhere. It is used when the cooking stove is located at the center of the kitchen.
- Built-in chimney
They are placed somewhere inside the wooden furniture inside the kitchen and works in counter with the wall.
- Corner chimney
The chimney is placed at the corner of the kitchen, where the cooking stove is also in the corner of the kitchen.
- Suction power
It is the capacity of absorbing the oil and grease particles into the chimney. Its unit is cubic meter per hour (m3/hr). The ideal range is between 400 and 1000 m3/her. An average range to cleanse the air in an hour should be at least 10 times.
- Size of chimneys
The most standard sizes used are 60 cm and 90 cm. It depends upon the size of the cooking stove and the kitchen length.
- Auto-clean capacity
Some chimneys keep themselves clean automatically, especially its primary sections.
- LED light
The LED light gives brightness and clarity while cooking.
- Removable oil accumulator
The collected greasy oil particles settle into this oil accumulator and can be detached and cleaned, which improves the performance of the chimney.
The more advanced the chimney is, the more costly it is. Mostly, the average cost of a kitchen chimney is between Rs. 5000, and 100000.
Though various chimneys with different options may come, the best one always depends upon our affordability, cooking stove, and kitchen area.