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How much Distance is enough between cooktop and kitchen hood/chimney

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Important : Home owners shall get Kitchen hoods or chimneys installed from company authorized technician only.

There are two types of kitchen hood- Duct-able & Recirculation- able.

In ductable kitchen hood type, a duct pipe is fixed to the chimney that take away the heat, odor, smoke and other particles out of house. Whereas in Recirculation-able/ recyclable kitchen hood, impurities, smoke, odor, etc. gets filtered and fresh air is circulated through openings.

Out of two, ductable chimneys are observed to be more effective. Recyclable chimney are usually installed in home where there’s no space for ducts to be installed.

But before using the kitchen hood there are few things that one needs to be careful of like distance between the cooking range and the chimney. The distance is universally set i.e. the distance between the gas stove and bottom of chimney shall minimum be 26” and maximum 30” .

No matter what type of cooking range you have like electric cooking range, built in hob or a usual cooktop, the distance to be maintained is same. The distance shall not be less than 26” nor more than 30”.

If the distance happens to be less than 26”, there are chance that chimney/kitchen hood to catch fire. Like suppose if the distance maintained is less and the gas is left turned on with no utensil on it. Here as per chimneys function when it will be turned on, the fan may suck the flame and catch fire.

Similarly, is the distance between the gas-stove and bottom of chimney is kept more, the performance of chimney will reduce. This is because chimney will not be able to take away all the smoke, heat, odor and impurities completely out of the room. Some of it will spread in air because the distance is more than required. Therefore to avoid any major consequences and degrade performance level of chimney, the distance shall be maintained anywhere between 26” to 30”.

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  1. yugal 7 February 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

    thanks for Info.

  2. Subrat 29 April 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Thanks a Lot dear team..

  3. Saanvi 13 May 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    I’m told that a higher suction chimney will be able to work since behind my stove there is a window so distance between stove and bottom of chimney is 4.5 ft. Is this gonna work ?

  4. Rajeev. G 16 August 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Is the pipe of the duct of the chimney will see at the bottom?

    • contractorbhai 17 August 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Rajeev ji, if I understand correctly, you are asking about end of pipe, right ? should end be pointed up or down ? If that is your question then answer is – best is to keep it straight. If there is no problem in keeping it straight, then leave it like that. This will avoid one more turn in pipe & this way you will avoid extra burden on your chimney.

      • contractorbhai 17 August 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        Incase you are asking about visible part of duct/pipe connected to chimney/ well most of the time, people hide it behind partition. However there are design concepts, where these pipes are kept visible & it dds to the beauty, but otherwise by default they are hidden through design

  5. Ali 13 April 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    The distance should be between 65-75 cm
    This is the best

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