Different Types of Kitchen Chimneys (and Filters)

In this article, we are going to discuss the different types of kitchen chimneys and chimney filters with their pros and cons.

Choosing a chimney is difficult. By educating yourself about different chimneys will help you to choose the best kitchen chimney for your home.

Types of Kitchen Chimney

Choosing a kitchen chimney is dependent on several factors like your kitchen structure, location of chimney, gas stove size, and budget.

Primarily you need to choose from these chimneys which are dependent on the location of your kitchen.

  • Wall-mounted Chimney
  • Built-in Chimney
  • Island Chimney
  • Corner Mounted Chimney

Each type of chimney has advantages and disadvantages depending on the end-user usage.

Wall-mounted Chimney

Wall-mounted chimneys are one of the popular models these days. They cost less, comes in different designs and easy to use. They are fixed on your wall with screws and has exterior PVC pipes to vents out the smoke, fumes, moisture, and odours.

Wall-mounted Kitchen Chimney
Wall-mounted Kitchen Chimney

Pros

  • Easy to install.
  • Installation cost is less.
  • Affordable pricing.
  • Sturdy design and build quality.

Cons

  • Requires larger space compared to other types of chimneys.

Island Chimney

Island chimneys are also called ceiling chimneys. If you have got a kitchen island, these types of chimneys are best. They are directly fitted with the ceiling and need more PVC pipe for the ventilation. They cost more than a wall-mounted chimney.

Ceiling mounted or Island kitchen chimney
Ceiling mounted or Island kitchen chimney

Pros

  • Looks premium.
  • The vent pipe is hidden under the false ceiling.

Cons

  • Requires special civil mechanic to install the hook in the ceiling.
  • Installation cost is more when service charges included.
  • Only for open modular type kitchen.

An island chimney comes with an exhaust pipe or duct through the ceiling that vents out the smoke, pollutants, and other particles from the kitchen. This appliance will add a more stunning look to your kitchen. However, you need to be careful about the height measurements during installation. The higher the ceiling, the longer duct your chimney requires.

You should install your ceiling chimney right above the cooktop surface. Make certain that it is at least six inches wider than your stove to ensure the fumes do not escape from the sides.

Now, you may say that your home does not have a proper clearance to vent out the air pollutants through the ceiling? In such a case, you need ductwork installation, which will cost you extra money.

Tip: Before installing, see to it that the cooktop position and the chimney position are in alignment.

Built-in Chimney

Cabinet chimneys are best for small kitchen. For those who are renovating the kitchen and want to install a new chimney, these types of chimneys come in handy. They can be fitted within a cabinet and ideal for small kitchens. Proper ventilation requires planning with a carpenter and a civil worker.

Built-in Cabinet Chimney
Built-in Cabinet Chimney

Pros

  • Best for small kitchens.
  • Affordable pricing.
  • Sturdy design and build quality.

Cons

  • Installation cost is less than Island chimneys but more than wall mounted chimneys.

Also known as a cabinet chimney, this device is ideal for smaller kitchens. You can install a built-in hood within the existing cabinet or woodwork of your kitchen. They allow great customization to the kitchen by their built-in feature.

Corner Mounted Chimney

Unlike the wall-mounted device, a corner chimney comes fitted in the corner of the kitchen where the cooking top, the hob is usually located at the corner against the wall.

Corner Mounted Chimney
Corner Mounted Chimney, Source: Amazon

Pros

  • Save your kitchen space.

Cons

  • Hard to install.

Types of Kitchen Chimney Filters

Chimney filter types are classified into 3 categories depending upon the structure,material, and filtering process.

Cassette/Mesh Filter

Mesh filter chimneys have multiple layers of aluminum or stainless steel mesh to catch the solid particles while allowing the smoke to pass. These filters require high maintenance. The design also reduces the suction capacity of the filters because of blockages. The best way to maintain this filter is to wash it regularly either by yourself or by getting it done by a professional.

Materials UsedAluminium, Stainless Steel
Suitable ForSmall Kitchen
Cleaning FrequencyOnce a week
DurabilityYears
PriceRs. 500-1000

Pros

  • Least expensive than other chimney filters.
  • Lightweight.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Not suitable for deep frying.
  • Requires frequent cleaning.
  • Prone to rust, if not cleaned properly.

Baffle Filter

Most of the chimneys used in Indian kitchens have baffle filters. This also an improvement on the aluminum wire mesh filters. Experts say that these filters are 30% better than mesh filters. They are much easier to maintain because they require cleaning once in around 3-4 months. These days, you get a detachable baffle filter that you can easily remove and clean yourself at home. You don’t have to spend extra money on calling a technician to do so.

Materials UsedStainless Steel
Suitable ForDeep Frying
Cleaning Frequency2 months
Durability5-6 Years
PriceRs. 1000-1500

Pros

  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Perfect for Indian cooking.
  • Need not replace frequently. You can replace it once in 5 years.
  • Improved suction and airflow than mesh filter.

Cons

  • Baffle filters are a bit heft and can be tough to remove from the chimney.
  • Can develop rust when not cleaned on time.

Carbon Filter

Just as you have carbon filters in your home water purifiers, you can have these filters in your chimneys as well. They even help to remove the bad smell from the food. You can use this carbon filter in the duct as well as the ductless chimneys. These require very little maintenance as compared to the other two filters. You need to clean it once in six months. This filter is very popular in India.

Materials UsedCharcoal Granules
Suitable ForDeep Frying, Bengali Cuisine
Cleaning FrequencyReplacement
Durability6 Months
PriceRs. 2000-4000

Pros

  • Carbon filter act as a secondary filter, it improves the efficiency of your chimney.
  • This filter is readily available in India.

Cons

  • Cleaning is not possible.
  • Replacement needed after usage of 6 months.

Conclusion

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