The science behind Chimneys
The chimney is one of the most essential components of a modern kitchen. Besides, efficient space utilisation and giving a modern and chic feel to your kitchen, the chimney has a lot more going on. These are designed keeping in mind the needs of the modern user along with some simple scientific fundamentals, for a hassle free experience. A chimney provides ventilation for hot gases or smoke from a cooking pan to the outside atmosphere. Chimneys are used to remove the grease and smoke straight from the pan to outside so that it doesn’t reacts with the walls and kitchen furniture and leaves the greasy layer on the same which normally happens when one uses the exhaust fan.
To make it simpler, it can be understood that your house has a ventilation system, even though you cannot see it, the air in your house is constantly in motion. In general, hot airflowsout of your house from the upper parts and the cool air enters into your house fromthe lower parts of your house. The actual flow of air into and out of any house is influenced by a number of constantly changing factors. The same principle is kept in mind while designing a kitchen chimney, in order to meet the needs of the user. An exhaust hood, extractor hood, or range hood is a device containing a mechanical fan that hangs above the stove or cooktop in the kitchen. The bottom of the chimney is usually placed 30 inches above the cooking hob, which is the ideal distance. The suction caused by the fan above the cooking hob creates vacuum which is replaced by fresh air. It removes airborne grease, combustion products, fumes, smoke, odours, heat and steam from the air by evacuation of the air and filtration. The chimney hoods have Baffle filters and a blower that removes grease and other particles. The filter retains all the oil and grime and the blower vents out the smoke of the kitchen. That is why using a chimney helps keep the kitchen walls clean from oil and grease stains, as all the fumes are exhausted outside the kitchen immediately when these leave the Pan. This is very essential for Indian kitchens, as Indian cooking uses lot of deep and shallow frying.
The main objective is to keep the kitchen air clean so that it doesn’t not become difficult to breathe and cause suffocation. The Indian kitchens back in the day, were very hazardous to health given to it’s design. The women working in those kitchens very often suffered from respiratory disorders due to constant exposure. Many households still manage with exhaust fans which are actually meant for the bathrooms and the difference is only felt after installing a chimney. Thus, safety and well being is of paramount importance. The modern chimneys have variety of designs and concepts to choose from depending on your style and requirements. A fabulous chimney, which adds to your contemporary lifestyle is a good way to keep yourself hazard free and your kitchen tidy.