In this article, you will learn the difference between hood chimney and straight line chimney. And which one should you prefer for your kitchen.
but…Why Chimney is important in a kitchen?
Using a chimney can remove hot gases and toxic pollutants from the air in your kitchen. You can also reduce the level of carbon monoxide in the kitchen while cooking.
Since the air in your kitchen stays cool and clean, it also helps control the growth of bacteria and other germs.
Benefits of Installing a Chimney:
- Using a chimney can remove hot and toxic gases from the air in your kitchen.
- The most important benefit of using a kitchen hood is that it absorbs the heat or steam that comes out of the cookware, preventing it from hitting your face.
- Another benefit of using an electric kitchen chimney is that the ceiling and wall behind the stove will remain clean.
- Installing an electric chimney in your kitchen can make it functional and look aesthetically appealing.
Installing a kitchen chimney not only makes your kitchen more functional but also makes it look aesthetically pleasing.
Coming back to the topic…
Hood Chimney And Straight Line Chimney: The Difference
Both straight and hooded chimneys are good enough for most kitchens (especially Indian-style cooking).
Basically, straight line chimneys are more about performance i.e, keeping the kitchen regularly free from cooking odor, fumes, grease, and ventilating it with fresh air.
Hooded chimneys perform the same function in an improved way and also come with the added benefit of being available in various styles, materials like stainless steel with or without glass, and in many colors to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your modular kitchen.
But, the hooded chimneys are more expensive than straight ones.
Which To Pick…
Whether you should go for the Hood chimney or straight line chimney depends on your Kitchen design. The straight line is preferred when you don’t have enough space for the hood, if at all immediate loft comes in the way.
Instead of looking at a hood or no-hood kitchen chimney, I prefer to suggest that you gather more information on the performance of the chimney by identifying the size of the kitchen, the type of filter used, and the suction power of the chimneys.
1. Kitchen Chimney Size
Whenever you intend to buy a chimney for your kitchen, look for a chimney that is equal to or larger than your gas stove or hob.
Chimneys absorb smoke from the kitchen and leave it clean and smoke-free. Before deciding to buy one, take a look at the kitchen area, ventilation, and eating habits. It is essential to understand if it requires a chimney.
These are used in all stages of air handling and are majorly classified into 3 categories, namely cassette filter, baffle filter, and carbon filter.
For Indian kitchens, where people use a lot of masalas, ghee, and oil in their food while cooking, baffle filters are considered to be the best. This is due to its superior ability to separate oil and spices from the vapors, that are generated during cooking and efficiently exhaust them out.
3. Suction Power
Another very important point to take into account in chimneys is their suction power. Suction power is basically the ability of the chimney’s motor to absorb odor and grease/oil particles produced during cooking.
That means the higher the suction power of a chimney, the better its performance. However, the suction power of the chimney also depends on the size of your kitchen.
So for a small to medium-sized, chimney offering a suction power of 500 m3/hr to 750 m3/hr is sufficient. For a larger kitchen, buy a chimney with a suction power of more than 750 m3/hr.
Some additional things to look at while purchasing a chimney…
1. Chimney Type:
There are four common categories of chimneys. Wall-mounted chimney, island chimney, built-in chimney, and corner chimney. Depending on the structure of your kitchen and the internal construction, you can select the correct option.
2. Auto-clean vs normal:
Self-cleaning chimneys are good oil collectors. They are easier to clean and more durable compared to normal chimneys.
3. Design and cost:
Make sure the design matches and enhances the overall appearance and functionality of your kitchens.
On the one hand, conventional chimneys are made of stainless steel and are available as straight line models, while contemporary chimneys (Hooded chimneys) are expensive and redefine the style, enhancing the interior of the kitchen.
Most Common Chimneys Type
There are four common categories of chimneys,
- Wall-mounted chimney
- Island chimney
- Built-in chimney
- Corner chimney
1. Wall-mounted chimney
A wall-mounted kitchen chimney is mounted or attached to the wall just above the gas stove. It gives the kitchen a modern and elegant look. In addition, the hood is available in a pyramid shape or in a classic straight line style.
However, it is important to ensure that the size of the hood is equivalent to that of the hob or stove, for optimal suction. These chimneys are suitable for L-shaped, G-shaped and U-shaped kitchens.
2. Island chimney
For the kitchen, space with a cooking island, an island electric chimney is just perfect. The cooking platform and hob is separated from the kitchen walls and located in the middle. However, the ducts are kept hidden under a false ceiling.
Only suitable for an open kitchen with a stove platform in the middle of the kitchen, away from the wall, island chimneys are hanging chimneys with many ducts and pipes necessary to draw out smoke and fumes. These are highly expensive…
3. Built-in chimney
Integrated inside kitchen cabinets against the wall, these are placed according to their design so that all the excess parts of the chimneys are not seen.
Extra woodworks have to be done for its installation.
4. Corner chimney
Corner chimneys are placed in the corner area of the kitchen. Located just above the cooktop of the stove against the wall, it is given the least preference in the Indian market.
Now you will be well aware of the difference between hood chimney and straight line chimney after reading this article…
Straight line hoods are installed in such a way that they are not visible and are blend in with the kitchen. These chimneys are suitable for people who do not want to show the presence of the chimney in their kitchen’s interior look.
Hood chimney has a canopy (or hood) above the stove with an internal fan to trap fumes, steam, and odors that are then pumped through a flue (chimney) to the ceiling and into a vent.
Yes, It sucks hot and toxic air from the kitchen using the hood (“chimney”) and eventually will cool the room, though possibly not by much on a hot day.