Buying a Kitchen Chimney can be really confusing with the enormous number of options. But if you buy the wrong one then you might regret it through the chimney’s lifetime. All kitchen chimneys are not suitable for all kitchens, you should know if a kitchen chimney is useful to you before buying one. Here are some major criterias to consider before buying a chimney.
To make things simple, we have made a tool to find the best chimney for your kitchen. Just select the requirements and the tool will tell you the right type of chimney to buy.
1.Size of your chimney
The size of your chimney mainly depends on the size of the stove/hob you have. The most commonly available sizes of chimneys are 60 cm and 90 cm. If you have a stove with two burners or less you can go for a 60 cm chimney. But if your stove has 3 burners or more you should opt for a 90 cm chimney. Hindware has an option of 75 cm which is a perfect fit for 2 burner stoves.
2. Mounting Style
Mounting style depends on your kitchen’s construction. If you have got a cemented duct constructed through your roof then you can go for a ceiling-mounted chimney or island chimney. But make sure the shape of your duct and chimney matches i.e. if you have a round duct, make sure the chimney also has a round pipe as exhaust. In the case of a kitchen with a normal exhaust hole, you can go for a wall-mounted chimney.
Kitchen Chimneys are available with varied suction capacities from 700 m3/hr to 1600 m3/hr. You can choose the suction power based on your cooking style. If you are a vegetarian with less oily food consumption you can go for a suction power from 800 to 1000. If you are a non-vegetarian, I suggest not buying a chimney below a suction power of 1100. In case you consume more deep-fried foods you must definitely buy a chimney above 1200 suction power.
Chimneys in India come in two options. One with curved glass and one with straight glass. This decision is purely based on your taste. Although you should go for the one that you feel will make your kitchen look cooler, I prefer curved glass if it is wall-mounted and straight glass if it’s ceiling mounted.
5.Installation kit included in the box
Most of the chimney sellers don’t include the installation, aluminum duct, and the end cap with the chimney box and you have to buy them separately. There are some chimneys that include them with the package. It is very important to check these details before buying.
Most importantly, no matter how good the product is it doesn’t have a good service line up then don’t go for it. Therefore, it is important to check if the manufacturer provided service in your area before ordering.
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7. Filterless technology
Chimneys now a days come with filter less technologies. Chimney without filters require much less cleaning. They often come with oil collectors and auto clean technology. They might be little costlier than normal chimney but the service cost nullifies the difference. Filter less technology is not good for people using more oil in their cooking. You can read out post on Baffle filter vs Filterless chimneys to know more on this.