top 5 things you didn't know you needed for your commercial kitchen or restaurant


Everyone knows that commercial kitchens need things like ventilation hoods, exhaust fans, cook tops and refrigerators. Heck, you might even know about the importance of installing exhaust fan access panels or what a filter spacer is.

But there are lots of helpful items you might have never even heard of. We’ve narrowed down the list to the top five commercial kitchen and restaurant accessories we can’t live without. If you don’t already have them, be prepared to have your life made easier! Continue reading


Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Resource Center


We get a lot of questions about restaurant ventilation and commercial kitchen hood systems – and we have lots of answers! Our commercial kitchen ventilation Resource Center and our online Hood Filter Buying Guide are just two examples of how we are always hard at work making our website helpful and easy to use! Continue reading


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.
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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.

round grease duct access doors


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Low Ceiling Ventilation Hoods

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.

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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.
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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

OmniStandardSuperHinge3Looking 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