Good food leads to good health. This is not just a saying, efforts are made on daily basis to keep the kitchen neat and tidy.
The kitchen is considering the core part of the house. Most of the day time is spent in the kitchen, cooking delicious food. Cleaning up the mess on the countertop is not enough, the layer of oil and smoky air around the whole area needs to remove.
Cleaning greasy oil all over the cabinets, stovetop, and backsplash is quite a tiring process. Here’s where the kitchen chimney plays a role. Also, the kitchen color affects this greasy layer formed in the whole kitchen space.
Let us now consider several factors before deciding the right chimney according to the kitchen design of a home.
WHAT IS KITCHEN CHIMNEY?
A kitchen chimney is a device installed above the stove. It is approachable through pressing a button, or through using hand gestures. After it starts, it sucks away the oil and smoke, giving you a smoke-free kitchen.
To throw out all these constituents, chimney design comes with two options. One method involves removing through the duct and another method involves recirculating the air.
Selecting the right choice of the chimney in terms of its available function, cost, models is a big task. To simplify this, knowledge about every modern chimney is necessary.
Let us go through some of the KITCHEN CHIMNEY designs available in the market.
CHIMNEY DESIGNS BASED ON UTILITY
The chimney design mainly depends on the layout and the space of the kitchen. Following are some of its examples.
 BOX-TYPE CHIMNEY :
Add visual allure to your kitchen by adding this box-type chimney. This chimney makes less noise while it is being operated during the cooking process.
Also, it thoroughly reduces smoke and dusty particles present in the air. If you have less space under your cabinets, opt for this type of chimney. It’s a box shape, catch your attention visually.
 WALL-MOUNTED KITCHEN CHIMNEY DESIGN :
This type of chimney design fits against the wall over the stove. Designed for space where there is a restriction against cutting the wall for ducting. This chimney requires less/no pipes for polluted air to throw out.
 BUILT-IN KITCHEN CHIMNEY DESIGN :
Modern kitchen designs are now moving to modular forms. Every portion of the kitchen gets its individual space, without compromising the look.
The built-in chimney, as its name suggests is hidden under the kitchen cabinet. This type of chimney gives seamless look, as the extra part of the chimney remains inside the cabinet.
 AN ISLAND CHIMNEY :
If in your kitchen, the counter is located in the center of the space, then the island chimney is ideal. This is ceiling mounted, hangs above the stove, and is placed in the center of the kitchen counter.
This design requires huge ducts to extract fumes out. It also comes with a built-in LED so that you can perform well while cooking.
 A DOWNDRAFT CHIMNEY :
A downdraft chimney is an ultimate option in the range of chimney development. It reduces space above the countertop, as it goes inside.
Helps you to access full space when you need not switch on the chimney. It has a button that brings the chimney up when needed.
CHIMNEY DESIGNS BASED ON SHAPE
The kitchen chimney adds an elegant look to your space. Not only it is available as per the type of its function, but also it comes in different shapes. Here we will discuss some of the available shapes in chimneys.
 AN ANGULAR CHIMNEY DESIGN :
As you can see in the above picture, an angular chimney pops up in the black and white themed kitchen. It’s the stunning angular look from the front adds to its beauty. This type of chimney design has side vents that allow smoke to expel with great efficiency.
 A CORNER CHIMNEY DESIGN :
Usually, the corner in the kitchen is not utilized and forms extra space on the countertop. In earlier times, you cannot do much to utilize such corners as the appliances were not available. For the kitchen that has a stove kept in the corner, this corner chimney design works well. These are compact and do not waste an inch of space, giving your kitchen corner a new look.
 CHIMNEY WITH CURVED GLASS DESIGN :
Looking for some elegant and unique shape in chimney design? Have a glance at the curved glass design. This design will surely reach your expectation level.
Also, it comes with an auto-clean feature, so it saves your time of cleaning oily and greasy filters manually. This chimney comes with an in-built push button, which provides easy access.
 A STRAIGHT-LINE CHIMNEY DESIGN :
This straight-line chimney is a go-to option for small size kitchens. Its design is such that it comes only halfway down, leaving plenty of space above the stove. Also, it comes with an inbuilt LED light feature.
 A PYRAMID KITCHEN CHIMNEY DESIGN:
This pyramid shape chimney makes a bold statement in the kitchen. It comes with baffle filters, which have the capacity of sucking every constituent present in the air. This chimney comes with push-button for easy access.
TYPES OF FILTER IN CHIMNEY
Kitchen chimneys are further classified based on their filter type. All these filters help to keep the environment clean inside the kitchen.
 CASSETTE FILTER :
This filter has numerous mesh layers that retain oil, greasy particles, and smoke from the kitchen. The cassette filter composes aluminum or stainless steel filter, where the latter one is more expensive. This filter is easily removable and you need to clean once every week.
 BAFFLE FILTER :
This filter works as a panel of aluminum and stainless steel that controls the flow of oil and fumes. It has multiple curves through which the constituents are thrown out. You need to clean this filter once in 2 to 4 weeks.
 CHARCOAL FILTER :
This type of filter is used along with the baffle or cassette filter. It has charcoal granules, which eliminates odor out of the kitchen. You need to change this filter every 3 to 6 months for better efficiency.
CHIMNEY WITH DUCT VERSUS DUCTLESS DESIGNS
The kitchen chimney is installed with duct or without a duct based on different models.
DESIGNS WITH DUCT :
This type of design includes pipes for air to be sucked and flushed out of the kitchen through a duct. The oil and other constituents are trapped in the filters while the air flows through the duct. You cannot change once the number of bends in a duct is installed.
DUCTLESS DESIGNS :
This design does not require pipes, it comes with filters through which air is sucked and is purified before coming out in the kitchen. Other oily particles get trapped between the filters. The maintenance of this chimney is high as filters need to change frequently.
HOW TO SELECT CHIMNEY SIZES?
Most of the available chimneys come with a standard size of 60cm and 90cm. To select chimney size, it relays on sizes of the stove and the room.
You should always look for a chimney size slightly bigger than the stove. Usually, for a 2 to 4 burner stove, 60cm chimney size is enough and for 3 to 5 burner 90cm size is perfect.
HOW 3 WAYS SUCTION CHIMNEY WORKS?
In regular chimneys, fumes start to go in an upward direction. The chimney sucks some of the air while the other escape from the two sides. In this case, the ceiling and the kitchen wall also gets sticky and greasy.
Here’s, where 3 ways suction chimney is beneficial. Its basic purpose is to clean the remaining smoke through multiple suction inlets. As you can see in the above picture, 3 suction inlets are present. One in the center and the rest two on each side of the chimney.
IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE CARE
The kitchen chimneys are meant for reducing smoke and oil from your kitchen. This needs good maintenance of the appliance for better performance. Make sure while installing kitchen chimney, that your chimney and stove should have a minimum distance of 25 inches to a maximum of 30 inches.
An electric chimney needs 3 phase voltage for better performance. A 2 phase voltage is not enough for this appliance. Also, your house needs proper earthing.
Maintain a separate duct for the smoke to expel, do not connect the duct to some other smoke exhausting appliances. Never leave your gas burner open and your frying pans unattended. This will lead to affect your chimney filters, as these are flammable and can catch fire.
The kitchen chimney will be an attractive addition to your kitchen. Keeping your kitchen clean and smoke-free. It also improves your cooking experience. Eliminating extra heat and reduces pollution inside the kitchen.
If you are willing to redesign your kitchen, at this point you will get a lot many options to select from and make your kitchen more stylish. The kitchen chimney put on additional lighting in the kitchen. All these above-mentioned points will help you to select the right choice of a chimney for your wonderful kitchen.
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