The pros and cons of a filterless chimney you must know

You are in the market and looking for a good kitchen chimney. So, to gain some knowledge on the subject you go and ask the people on the internet. After feeling like a buffoon and not gaining any insight, you become more confused than you were before.

Well, this happens to a lot of us. Since misinformation is everywhere, it is difficult to filter what’s good advice and what is hogwash.

After being asked the difference between a baffle filter chimney and a filterless chimney, I wrote an article on the subject. Now, people want to know what are the pros and cons of the latter. So, here I am, writing yet another article on the pros and cons of a filterless chimney.

Pros of Filterless chimney

The filterless chimney is easy to clean

The biggest reason people buy these is the ease with which they can be cleaned. The metal mesh is inclined back at an angle of 7° to 11°. What this does is that when the oil is trapped at the metal mesh, it slowly starts flowing towards the back where a metal oil collector is present.

As more and more oil is trapped at the metal mesh over time, the oil collector at the back gets fuller. It is an automated process, the oil collection.

The best part of this design is that there is no oil dripping over the stove.

To clean the chimney, you just need to unscrew the metal mesh and clean it using hot water and dishwashing solution. You can apply the same method to the oil collector.

For the exterior (which will get greasy), you will need kerosene and a paper towel. That is one proven method to get rid of the dirt and grease mixture sitting on the hood.

Overall, after owning a filterless chimney for about two years, I can confidently tell you that cleaning it is the lease of your concern.

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Filterless chimney produces lower noise level

If you have a small kitchen, you can feel the loud noise even louder. This scenario is not the best to be in. I have called for my cook many times only to know that my voice was not loud enough to be heard over my even louder baffle filter chimney.

Exposure to loud noise can also cause loss of hearing. So, keeping the noise level is the only option. I had replaced the baffle filter chimney with a new filterless chimney.

Where the baffle filter chimney could produce more than 80 dB of loud noise when it ran on level 3, the filterless chimney is quieter and can only touch 70 dB of loudness. This is not quiet at all, but quieter than what I had experienced.

There are quieter options in the market, now available. Brands claim that their super-silent chimney produces only 40 dB of noise. Besides this being complete crap, it also says that their blower motor is less powerful. There has not been any improvement to the blower motor in recent years and so claiming to have achieved lower noise with the same loud blower motor is false.

You can expect the super silent filterless chimney models to produce a noise level of about 58-62 dB. In my opinion, this is a big improvement over the louder baffle filter chimneys.

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Filterless chimneys are cheaper to buy

Upon comparing a lot of baffle filter chimneys and filterless chimneys, I saw a price difference of at least ₹500 between the two, of course, filterless chimneys being the cheaper. The price difference varied from brand to brand, but the filterless chimney had remained the cheaper one.

This is due to the amount of metal that went into making the chimney. Almost all the other components stay the same, just the filter design and suction mechanism change. On the baffle filter chimney, both these things require more time and designing hours and so the prices are driven higher.

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Cons of filterless chimney

Maintenance interval is high of filterless chimney

Though the cleaning is easy, the maintenance interval is high. So, what do I mean by the maintenance interval? The inner cleaning.

Due to the absence of a filter, the oil and grease get past the metal mesh and into the inner parts of the chimney. The inner parts like the metal housing, blower motor and other plastic tids and bits. I am pretty sure that you only see the cleaning of the metal mesh and oil collector as real cleaning, but what lies inside the chimney housing is more important.

There are auto clean chimneys that turn ON the heat on the blower motor that helps (supposedly) in dripping the oil trapped in it, onto the metal mesh and into the oil collector. But the effectiveness of this feature is not as much as advertised.

So, hiring a professional and getting the chimney cleaned from the inside is one option to ensure that it keeps working for years to come.

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Filterless chimney’s longevity is questionable

Products are engineered keeping in mind the consumer’s habit. And being lazy is the top trait seen in the prospective consumer. So, cleaning the chimney becomes one big task for people. The filterless chimney does solve this problem by omitting the filter, but as I mentioned above, the maintenance parts are neglected.

As the oil and grease keep on collecting inside the chimney housing, its effectiveness is further reduced. And then a time comes, when the suction capacity is so much reduced that the chimney does not suck any smoke and oil. At this point, the filterless chimney becomes a metal vegetable. It sits there and does nothing!

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The filterless chimney is not dishwasher friendly

I am not asking you to put the whole chimney in the dishwasher, just the metal mesh. In a baffle filter chimney, a filter is a two-piece unit. It is easier to put it into the dishwasher given the size is small and can easily be accommodated on the dishwasher rack.

On the other hand, the metal mesh on a filterless chimney is one big unit. And putting it on the dishwasher is not possible. So, you have to clean the metal mesh manually. Don’t worry, cleaning it is a relatively easy task.

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