Did you know restaurants are legally required to contain duct access doors at regulated intervals, within their kitchen hood and duct system, allowing for easy maintenance and inspection?
Furthermore, these access points must also meet strict safety standards that are taken very seriously by fire marshals.
When it comes to choosing an access door for a grease duct, there is no shortage of options. The problem is finding a duct access door that meets all safety standards and provides convenient access for cleaning and inspections.
Many access doors are made in foreign factories that favor cheap, unreliable materials such as low-quality galvanized steel. With its premium, octagonally-shaped access doors constructed from 316 stainless steel, Access Armor from Omni Containment Systems, is a solid choice for any restaurant owner or kitchen exhaust service provider.
The Driploc Oversized Exhaust Fan Hinge Kit makes it simple to securely attach an upblast exhaust fan to a curb that is a different size. Once the fan hinge has been properly installed, you’ll be able to safely and easily prop up the exhaust fan for quick cleaning and maintenance.
With the proper tools and an easy to follow tutorial, the entire process of installing the Driploc Hinge Kit should only take 15 to 20 minutes.Continue reading →
When selecting a baffle hood filter for a commercial kitchen, what’s best for you depends on a variety of factors including the volume and type of cooking, whether or not the filter will be visible to guests, and the amount of money you want to spend. If you have a relatively low volume kitchen or simply want to save money, you may have already narrowed your choice down to aluminum hood filters.
HoodFilters.com offers two main types of aluminum hood filters — standard duty and heavy duty. In order to decide which of these is right for you, we’ll take a look at how they are both similar and different from each other.Continue reading →
Stainless steel is by far the most popular material used for baffle hood filters. It’s everything you want in a baffle filter – long lasting, durable, corrosion resistant and visually attractive with it’s bright shiny finish.
When choosing a stainless steel baffle filter, keep in mind that all stainless steel is not created equal. There are varying grades of metal used that impact corrosion resistance – which is one of the most important features of any hood filter.
While different grades of stainless steel do have some visual distinctions, the simplest way to determine stainless steel quality, is by performing a magnet test.Continue reading →
Proper lighting is essential to any commercial cooking operation. That is why HoodFilters.com provides high-performance, safe, and energy-efficient lighting for restaurant exhaust hoods.
Our exhaust hood lights are UL listed, NFPA approved and designed to meet the rigors of a commercial kitchen. By installing adequate lighting in your cooking area, you will improve the working environment and help ensure the safety of your staff.
How LED lighting can benefit your restaurant
The average restaurant owner has hundreds of details to think about during any moment of the day, and kitchen lighting isn’t likely to be high on the list. However, your exhaust hood lighting can have a dramatic effect on both your energy usage, as well as the conditions of the kitchen.Continue reading →
Most of you already know how crucial make-up air supply is to your commercial kitchen ventilation system. (If you don’t, be sure to check out this article.) But people often overlook the importance of using high quality metal mesh air filters. Not only will they increase your system’s performance and energy efficiency, they will also extend the life of your fan and motor.
First, let’s take a quick look at the different types of metal mesh air filters we carry. Then, read on to find out more about the advantages each one has to offer.
Whether you operate a quick-service chophouse or a five-star bistro, your restaurant kitchen is a hotbed of flammable materials and high-powered cooking methods. If you want to avoid disaster, it’s important to remember that your fire safety standards are just as unique and important as the food you serve and the number of customers you attract.
Despite modern safety innovations and strict health and safety standards, disaster does strike thousands of kitchens every year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, American fire departments respond to about 5,600 restaurant fires each year. These fires cost an estimated $116 million in property damage alone annually, in addition to 100 injuries and even a few deaths.
Is your kitchen prepared to minimize the risks associated with your cooking methods, materials, and equipment? Fire hazards are common in most restaurant kitchens, but you can decrease your odds of disaster if you understand the specific safety precautions that each hazard requires. Continue reading →
You can quickly and easily increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your commercial kitchen ventilation system with this simple and affordable method. By treating your metal mesh filters with air filter spray , you can help capture more dust, dirt, and sub-microscopic particles. A light coating is all it takes to improve your metal mesh filter’s performance and increase its arrestance.
Air filter spray is a slightly tacky, non-oily, water-soluble liquid adhesive that is applied to the leaving side of the filter. The filter spray extends the mechanical impingement of a filter by creating a positively charged surface that electrostatically attracts and traps negatively charged particles such as allergens and mold spores that would otherwise escape. Continue reading →
For the final entry in our Complete Guide to Restaurant Exhaust Fans blog series, we will offer some troubleshooting tips that can save you both time and money. If you haven’t already read the first three installments, be sure to start with Part One where we cover the basics of commercial kitchen upblast exhaust fans.
Commercial upblast exhaust fan units are typically very reliable, but every so often a problem may arise. Many times, instead of calling a technician, you can easily troubleshoot and fix the issue yourself.Continue reading →
Now that we’ve covered exhaust fan basics including cleaning and general maintenance in parts one and two of of our Complete Guide to Restaurant Exhaust Fans blog series, we’ll focus on how to deal with a few common maintenance and repair issues.
While many repairs and mechanical problems require the expertise of a professional electrician or kitchen exhaust technician, routine maintenance can be as easy as ensuring the shaft bearings are greased or replacing a worn fan belt. These types of simple adjustments can be accomplished with a basic tool kit (hammer, Allen wrenches, socket wrench set, vise grips, nuts, bolts, washers, etc.)