Commercial kitchens come in all sizes so it’s safe to say that not every restaurant or facility will have the same ventilation hood needs. Larger kitchens will need a hood and fan that can handle full scale cooking operations. Smaller kitchens and food trucks don’t necessarily need that much power. Furthermore, the size of the kitchen doesn’t warrant it.
We get a lot of questions about reducing fire risk in commercial kitchen ventilation and exhaust systems. Considering the cost and disruption to operations even a small fire can have on a business, it’s no surprise.
So how can you reduce fire risk in your restaurant and commercial kitchen? Continue reading
Energy costs for commercial kitchens are continuing to rise. While many restaurants have lowered their energy consumption with water-saving dishwashers, high tech reach-in refrigerators and freezers, programmable thermostats, and the like, many commercial kitchens are overlooking a few obvious and affordable solutions.
For facility managers at foodservice establishments, ensuring commercial kitchens are in compliance with state and local health regulations is a critical responsibility. A failing health inspection grade not only can halt operations, but it could potentially lead to high repair costs as well as the loss of revenue and reputation. Continue reading
Looking for one of the best exhaust fan hinge kits on the market? The original Omni Super Hinge is a durable, versatile workhorse of a hinge that comes with a lifetime warranty.
But what is a hinge kit, and why exactly does my exhaust fan need one? If you already know and just want to hear about the Omni Super Hinge, then you can skip the next part. Otherwise, read on to learn more! Continue reading
It’s not here yet, but colder weather is right around the corner. If you own a mobile kitchen or concession truck, we’ve got a few winter tips to help you avoid potential problems with your vehicle and your food truck ventilation system. Even if you live in a climate that doesn’t allow your food truck to stay open all winter, a lot of these suggestions will still apply.
Whether you’re putting your food truck in storage until warmer weather returns, focusing on catering and indoor events, or simply changing your menu around, now is a great time to get your vehicle and your food truck ventilation system back in perfect working order. Continue reading
When purchasing an upblast fan for your commercial kitchen, there are several exhaust fan accessories you need. Some are required by law, while others make it easier and safer for personnel to access equipment for routine maintenance and cleaning.
Exhaust Fan Accessories Required By Law
When installing a rooftop ventilator, you should familiarize yourself with the National Fire Protection Association’s fire code (NFPA 96) and check your local regulations.
The NFPA 96 fire codes require all commercial kitchens install a grease box, hinge kit, and access panel on all upblast exhaust fans.
Exhaust Fan Grease Box
The grease box is installed under the downspout on your exhaust fan. The grease box captures fats, grease, and oil run off from the fan. It is required because it is important to keep grease off of your rooftop. Continue reading
What is a Flame Gard exhaust fan access panel and why should you install one? Exhaust fan access panels play a crucial role in keeping your commercial kitchen ventilation system properly cleaned and maintained.
Exhaust fan clean out access ports help you access concealed and hard to reach areas of your fan. Plus, they are required by the National Fire Protection Association. Flame Gard access panels aren’t just an affordable way to comply, they are super easy to install. Continue reading
There are many types of commercial kitchen exhaust hood filters designed to do pretty much the same job, but one of the most unique styles we carry is the Franklin hinged hood filter.
Like other baffle grease filters, the Franklin hinged filter will help keep your duct work from getting clogged with grease and residue, reduce your fire hazard, and provide you with cleaner air. But what sets this hood filter apart from other baffle grease filters? Let’s find out. Continue reading
Your vent hood and exhaust fan are in place and now you’re ready to install your make-up air fan. If you’ve purchased our economy make-up air fan, here is what you need to know about correctly setting it up to replace your exhaust air.
Check Your Equipment
Before installing any new commercial kitchen equipment, you should always closely inspect the equipment both inside and out. Also confirm that all accessory items are damage free and accounted for. Continue reading