The kitchen chimney or hood is an essential kitchen appliance that absorbs and removes the fumes by either throwing it out or recycling it. It is known by different names in different countries for eg:

  • India - Chimney, Hood
  • UK - Extractor Hood
  • US and Australia - Range Hood
  • Other popular names are: Cooking canopy, Kitchen stove, Extractor fan, Cooker hood, Ventilation hood and Fume extractor.

    All you need to know before buying a Chimney and Kitchen Hood

    Indian cooking involves lot of frying, grilling using lot of oil and masalas. The sound of spluttering tadka though gives a lovely aroma and taste but it also leaves its impression on your kitchen tiles and ceiling. Over a period of time grime collects on the cabinets and over-the-counter appliances. More than cooking, it’s cleaning the kitchen that is cumbersome and discourages many from cooking that sumptuous meal....

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    This is a type of chimney with an additional functionality like external unit for Air Conditioner etc.

    Integrated (Built-in)

    They remain concealed behind or under the cabinets and blend with the tapestry of the kitchen.


    They are fixed on the ceiling and seem like hanging from nowhere. They are for the counter-top cooking ranges and gas stoves. It is an ideal choice for hobs with western styled counters.

    Wall Mounted - Hood/ Canopy

    They are the most common hoods. They are fixed onto the wall and the hood or canopy hangs above the stove to catch fumes. It comes in various styles and designs.

    Wall Mounted - Straight Line

    This is another common type of chimney which has a flat top with a pipe to remove the fumes. They are fixed on a wall.

    Outlet Type

    There are two types of outlets

  • Ducted: In this type of outlet the fumes or heat catched by the chimney are thrown out of the kitchen.
  • Ductless In ductless outlets the fumes or smoke absorbed by the chimney is filtered and recycled back in the room.
  • Width

    The hood or canopy size depends on the size of the kitchen. Normally a 2 to 4 burner stove/ hob requires a 2 ft chimney whereas a 3 to 5 burner require a 3 ft one. But to absorb maximum fumes or smoke, a chimney should cover the entire gas stove otherwise the heat, smoke or fumes will move out of the canopy area and cannot solve the desired purpose of a chimney.

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