It doesn’t take harsh chemicals to get a greasy, dirty commercial kitchen really clean. In fact, you can actually save both time and money using environmentally conscious cleaners that get the job done without dangerous acids, caustics, solvents and surfactants.
If you’re looking for a safe replacement to help you keep everything from your kitchen vent hood to your rooftop free of grime and grease buildup, here’s what you need to know about the top 4 eco-friendly green cleaners for restaurants and commercial kitchens.
Grease duct access doors are required in all restaurant and commercial kitchens with cooking applications that produce smoke or grease. Even if your cooking operations don’t produce grease or smoke you still might want or need one.
There are many reasons you may want to access the inside of your duct system and grease duct access doors are the perfect solution to gaining easy entry.
But duct access doors are not one-size-fits-all. If you have round ducts, you can’t use a duct access door that is designed to fit flat ducts. That would result in a poor seal and wreak havoc on the air balance of your commercial kitchen ventilation system.
It also would not meet the minimum NFPA fire code requirements for systems exhausting smoke and grease laden air. For a grease-proof, leak-proof, airtight fit on a round duct, you need a round grease duct access door.
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