Kitchen Appliances & Fixtures

How to Buy the perfect Kitchen Chimney









Kitchen Chimney
These are an effective way of removing smoke due to cooking from your kitchen. They typically are better than exhaust fans as they suck the smoke immediately and presence of several international brands like Glen, Elica, Faber and Gilma give various options at suitable prices.

It saves the ceiling above the cooking area to get damaged and also smoke spreading to other rooms.

They come in two types - traditional and designer. The traditional ones are a utility removing smoke. The designer ones on the other hand also enhance the decor of the kitchen.

TYPES

Based on installation

Wall-mounted

This is located against the wall with the cooktop adjacent to the wall on the countertop.

Island

This is located in the middle of the room, this is typically meant for island kitchens. The ducting will need to be done from the ceiling.

Corner

It will extend along the walls, the cooktop is located in the corner between them.

Built-in

The cooktop is located beneath a wall-unit.

MATERIAL

Avoid buying chimeys made of wood as these can catch fire.

Grease filter

Mesh filter

The alumunium mesh filter also known as aluminium cassette filter is made of several layers of aluminium mesh for effective purification. The mesh retains the grease particles in the fumes. This filter can be washed by hand.

The aluminium mesh filters contain very small holes and small particles like masalas and oil can form a coating and block the filters and stop suction. Because of this reason, mesh filters are not very useful in Indian conditions.

Baffle filter

Baffle filters separate oil and spices from smoke. Thus they are useful in Indian conditions as the suction power does not get affected due to oil and spices. They are more effectuve than mesh filters and cleaning the filters is also very easy.

FILTERS

Materials of Baffle filter

The baffle filters are available in stainless steel or alumunium. Alumunium filters are lighter than steel and hence easier to handle. However, alumunium baffles may rattle, or even be drawn back into the hood. Also, you should be careful when cleaning an aluminum baffle. as most caustic solutions can and will scar, burn or even melt the aluminum.

Mesh Filter

Mesh Filters



Baffle Filter

Baffle Filters


Charcoal filter

Charcoal filter is mainly used for absorbing odor. This is used when the unit is in recycling mode and the air gets recycled. The thickness of this filter defines the purification and absorption capacity. The filter needs to be replaced periodically as it is not washable. Also this filter might not be built in most appliances.

FEATURES

Air Suction Capacity

This refers to the motors capacity to suck the odour and oily vapour and is measured as m3 per hour. The unit with a higher air suction capacity is ideal for an Indian home as the cooking involves a lot of frying. For heavy cooking such as non vegetarian food or deep frying go for HIGH SUCTION above 401 m3/hr. For normal cooking go for MEDIUM air suction capacity at 400 m3/hr and below.

Number of blowers

The blowers exhaust the smell and oil and it runs with the motors. The higher the number of blowers the more effective it will be in removing unwanted smell and oil vapour.

Size

These are generally available in two sizes - 60 cms and 90 cms.

Thermal Overload protector

Overheating of motor can be a danger However they nowadays come with thermostatic protection mechanism which cut off power supply and prevent motor burnout.

Bi-rotational Technology

Two high performance motors rotating in opposite direction create a special low pressure zone. This low pressure cavity forces the fumes to rush in,resulting in a much higher airflow compared to conventional systems.
Because of this reason a twin motor unit is better than a single motor one.

External motors

Elica comes with external motors - this is called split chimney. The motor is installed outside the kitchen and hence this reduces noise considerably compared to other brands.
You can check more about this at: http://www.elica.com/ww/en/External_motor2

Concealed hoods

For suspended ceilings some of the chimneys come with concealed hoods which is built into the ceiling. This come with glass panels, ambient lighting and other aesthetics for a visually attractive design.

Island

Island chimneys typically go with island kitchens where the countertop is separated from the walls.
Island
Island

Auto Clean

There are various features in the auto clean chimneys in the market today. This are from viewpoint of Indian cooking which uses oil and also easing maintenance and cleaning. The basic features to look for in these are:

MODES/FITTINGS

Ducting

In the ducting mode, heavier particles of Oil/grease/spice are trapped in the baffle / mesh filter, and the smoke/fumes are ducted out of the house. Ducting requires pipes and this is a typical one time investment to set up. This is an alternative to using charcoal filter which needs regular spend to change them.

For ducting details the pipe parameters should be checked to ensure reliability and longevity.

Recycling

In recycling mode, heavier particles of Oil/grease/spice are trapped in the baffle / mesh filter and the smoke/fumes are filtered through the activated charcoal filter. The clean, deodorized air is then re-circulated into the room.

OTHER TIPS LIKE CLEANING ETC.

A few tips to remember though, before you buy:

BEST BRANDS

These are the brands of electric chimneys available in India.

COMPARE PRICE AND FEATURES

Checkout these websites which give a list of electric chimney features and prices.

REVIEWS

Check the reviews in the websites listed below.

PRICE AND BUDGET

These cost between Rs 3,000 to Rs 110,000 - the designer ones will cost more then traditional chimneys.
The prices are depend mainly on the suction capacity of the chimney.

Check out price of some of the brands in the links below:

Faber

Glen Straight line

Glen Designer Hood

Kaff

Cata


Electric chimney in India is an important appliance in the kitchen. Check this guide to buy the best ones like Glen, Elica or Faber in India by considering brands, price and features.
Kitchen Chimney
Date Published: 09/09/2013
Electric chimney in India is an important appliance in the kitchen. This article gives an excellent idea buy the best one like Glen, Elica or Faber in India by considering brands, price and features.
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